Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sporty without the Trash Talk

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sporty without the Trash Talk

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Byline: Craig Duff

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Model: Audi S4.

Details: All-wheel drive five-seat sedan or wagon.

Engine: 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 generating 260kW/500Nm.

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic.

Consumption: 7.7 litres/100km (combined average).

Performance 0-100kmh: 4.7 seconds.

Bottom line plus on-roads: $99,900-$102,900

AUDI'S S4 sedan and wagon don't rely on visual effects to make an impression. They are very much stealth fighters, seducing buyers with performance rather than looks.

Key to that appeal is a turbocharged V6, an eight-speed auto (regular A4s have a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission), beefier brakes, lowered adaptive suspension and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive setup.

It may be hard to spot but it's impossible not to notice once you're underway. What will really attract attention is the claimed $19,000 worth of extra value in the new model.

Prices are down by more than $6000 compared to the outgoing model and Audi says it has also added $12,000 of equipment to the S4. The sedan starts at $99,900 plus on-roads; the wagon is $3000 more.

What do you get?

The standout feature is a suite of driver assistance systems unrivalled this side of the company's SQ7 SUV. The exhaustive list runs from adaptive cruise control that can ease the car to a stop and accelerate to cruising speed to rear cross-traffic alert and sensors to prevent drivers "dooring" passing cyclists or crossing into the path of oncoming traffic.

Beyond that the S4 uses Audi's yet-to-be-beaten "virtual cockpit" digital driver's display, which can be reconfigured to suit the driver's taste. There are also adaptive LED headlamps, an 8.3-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, sat nav, digital radio and ambient interior lighting.

Audi product planner Peter Strudwicke says the S4 is a car for unpretentious prestige performance fans.

"The philosophy behind our S models is to have a car a bit more sporty than our regular models without shouting about it," he says.

A rear sports differential costs $2950 and there are a pair of option packs for those willing to spend more. …

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