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    By admin


    September 22, 2008


    Source: Audi of America


    INFO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

    (Note: AudiWorld has added bold items to call out certain points of interest)

    Key Messages

  • The A4 product line is critical to Audi of America’s growth in the USA, and the S4 supports this by expanding the line’s sportiness.
  • The new S4 is a sports car offering an impressive driving experience, leading technologies, and every-day suitability.
  • Audi Drive Select (adjustable engine/throttle mapping, suspension damping, and dynamic steering) is a benchmark in the segment and industry.
  • All-new version of the 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 provides excellent acceleration and efficiency in all driving situations.
  • New 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission for faster precise gear changes.
  • New optional quattroSport rear differential enhances agility.
  • S4 will be offered exclusively as a sedan in the USA.
  • USA market launch is Fall 2009, as a 2010 model year vehicle.

    Market

  • Key competitors are BMW M3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63.

    Design

  • S4-specific interior and exterior distinctive features include:

       New rear LED lighting

       Front/rear bumpers, including unique front grille

       Trunk lid with integrated spoiler

       Aluminum optic mirrors

       Special 18” wheels standard with high performance tires

       S4 brake calipers with logo

       Sport seats with unique interior color offerings

       Black interior headliner

       S4-badged steering wheel, aluminum door sill inlays, key fob, and gauge cluster

       Brushed aluminum interior trim with available carbon fiber, wood, and stainless steel options
  • Typical Audi interior design is modern and sophisticated, with clear attention to detail.
  • S4 Aluminum-optic exterior accents include front and rear diffuser blades, mirror housings, and four exhaust pipes.

    Dynamics

  • Modular Longitudinal Chassis architecture is the foundation for a benchmark sport sedan.

       Extensive use of new ultra-high-strength steels increase rigidity of the body while also reducing weight.

       Repositioned clutch / torque-converter allows more forward position of front axle.
  • Better agility and turn in
  • Better axle load distribution
  • Shorter front overhang
  • Longer wheelbase = more comfortable ride

       Repositioned steering rack, lower and closer to the wheel carriers lowers center of gravity and provides more direct steering control/feedback.

       Sporty proportions and muscular stance enhanced due to longer, wider, and lower dimensions.

       Reduced front overhang adds to visual sportiness.

    Powertrain and Performance

  • Standard power train will be the new 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 mated to quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a new 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission.
  • 3.0 TFSI V6 specifications:

       FSI direct injection with intercooled supercharger

       333hp – 325 lb-ft

       0-60 mph 5.1 sec (est.)

       Top speed 155 mph
  • Latest generation of quattro® all-wheel drive is employed, with asymmetric rearbiased torque split (40% front / 60% rear under nominal conditions).
  • New available quattroSport rear differential dynamically varies torque between the rear wheels.
  • Fuel economy is significantly improved over previous generation S4.
  • Braking system is upgraded specifically for the S4.

    Innovations

  • MMI operating logic standard (with central display screen)
  • Audi Drive Select – varies the engine, transmission, steering, and suspension damping characteristics to suit the driver’s preferences
  • Self-opening trunk lid
  • Audi Intelligent Key – stores service information in the key
  • Advanced Key keyless entry and starting
  • Bluetooth hands-free telephone interface
  • Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
  • Audi Parking System rear with rearview camera
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • DVD-based Navigation system with voice control
  • Audi Side Assist lane change assistant
  • Bang & Olufsen 505W 14-speaker sound system
  • Standard 6-speed manual and optional S tronic 7-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel shift paddles

    Dimensions

  • Interior is 20mm longer, rear knee room increased by 36mm, leg room, headroom and shoulder room also increased.

    Launch Timing and Pricing

  • USA S4 sedan goes on sale in Fall 2009 (as a 2010 model year vehicle), with pricing expected to be similar to the outgoing model. S4 Avant body style will not
    be offered in the USA.
  • European S4 hits European roads in Spring 2009.




    Resources:

  • Related Content: The New Audi S4/S4 Avant
  • Photo Gallery: B8 Audi S4
  • Discussion Forum: B8 Audi S4




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