The latest generation of the Audi S4 was revealed in sedan form at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. Adopting all of the attributes of the regular A4 such as lightweight construction, a digital instrument cluster and impeccable build quality, and then combining all of this with a powerful engine makes the S4 an enticing package. Now we have our first look at the version of the car we won’t get here in the United States, the S4 Avant station wagon.
The car debuts March 1 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and is pretty much identical to the sedan apart from its more practical body. S4 Avant owners, just like owners of the A4 Avant, enjoy up to 53.3 cubic feet of storage space. A powered cover is featured so that you can quickly hide anything sitting up back. And to make access as easy as possible the tailgate is also powered.
The engine of the latest S4 is an all-new 3.0-liter V-6 with a single turbocharger. It delivers a peak output of 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, with the latter delivered from 1,300 all the way up to 4,500 rpm. Sadly, the sole transmission is now an eight-speed automatic. Drive is to all four wheels as standard and as an option you can enhance the all-wheel-drive system with Audi’s Sport Differential. This allows drive torque to be split between the rear wheels as well as between the axles.
Owners of the new S4 Avant can expect 0-62 mph acceleration in around 4.9 seconds, or about 0.2 seconds slower than the sedan. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. The slower acceleration makes sense as the wagon at 3,693 lb is about 100 lb heavier than the sedan. Meanwhile, both vehicles are 165 lb lighter than their respective predecessors thanks to the adoption of the lightweight MLB Evo platform.
Sales of the S4 Avant will commence in markets where the A4 wagon is sold in the summer.
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