Along with the new “B9” generation of the A4 lineup, Audi unveiled the all-new, 2017 S4 Sedan and Avant at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The performance-tuned German sedan and wagon are notable improvements over their predecessors.
The new S4 is powered by a 3.0L, turbocharged TFSI V6 that produces (354 PS) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft.) of torque at 1,300 to 4,500 RPM. The engine is lighter, more powerful and more efficient than the one it replaces.
- 2017 Audi A4 Sedan / Wagon Looks Familiar, But It’s All-New
- Audi e-tron Quattro Concept – The 311-Mile Electric SUV Audi Needs
All that power is sent to the ground via a quattro all-wheel drive system with a self-locking center differential and a new eight-speed tiptronic transmission that boosts efficiency and offers very quick gear changes, allowing the 2017 Audi S4 Sedan in particular to sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The all-wheel drive system is capable of sending 70% to the front axle or up to 85% to the rear wheels to provide optimal traction in all road conditions.
Despite the impressive performance, Audi promises fuel consumption of less than 7.4 liters / 100 km (31.8 mpg US in NEDC cycle) and CO2 emissions of 170 g/km.
The S4 sits 23 mm (0.9 inches) lower than the regular A4 and rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 245/40 tires (19-inch rims are optional). The sedan weighs 1,630 kg (3,593 lbs), while the S4 Avant tips the scale at 1,675 kg (3,692 lbs).
Buyers looking for a more dynamic ride have the option of active damper setup, which — with a “continuous damping control” feature — can lower ride height even further.
Design wise, the new S4 isn’t too different from the lesser A4. The model’s signature singleframe grille are complimented by prominently-profiled bumpers and air inlets, as well as quad-tipped exhausts that hint at the power beneath the hood. LED headlights are standard, while Audi’s spiffy matrix LED units are optional.
The interior comes nicely equipped and styled with S sport seats wrapped around in pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, matte brushed aluminum and illuminated door sill trim with the “S4” logo. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display (HUD), among many other optional features, can be had for extra money.
Set to compete against the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 and Cadillac ATS-V, the new, 2017 Audi S4 Sedan and Avant are serious performance machines that are also great grocer-getters. Don’t you want one?
Is Audi Bringing More Wagons To The United States, Canada?
An enigmatic Twitter post suggests more Audi wagons are coming to North America.
With the A4 Allroad serving as its only wagon available in the United States and Canada, Audi could be gearing up to capitalize on the small renaissance in the wagon segment.
A tweet () by the German automaker hints at more of its wagon crossing the Atlantic, with some reports claiming that the A6 Avant at the very least will be sold alongside the rugged, more offroad-oriented A4 Allroad.
The performance-oriented RS6 Avant with its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 may also come to America, giving practical-minded driving enthusiasts a compelling option to consider.
The North American-spec A6 Avant could go on sale sometime in the second half of 2019 as 2020 model year vehicle as Audi’s an answer to Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon and Volvo V90. How will you configure yours?
Audi’s New Tech Lets Drivers Catch Green Lights, Avoid Red Lights
If you hate sitting at red lights, Audi has a novel solution that allows you to ride the ‘wave’ of green lights.
Audi has introduced a new technology that could make waiting at red lights a thing of the past.
Leveraging the company’s Traffic Light Information system, the so-called ‘Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory’ (GLOSA) system uses traffic light information to let drivers know what speed they should travel to catch the next green light and avoid having to stop at a red light, thereby reducing a journey’s overall emissions.
“Audi is committed to moving America in many ways, including through the development of industry-leading connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Mark Del Rosso, president, Audi of America. “Not only do vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies like GLOSA benefit drivers today, they’re also the critical steps needed as we continue toward an automated future.”
But should you by chance get stuck at a red light, the system also has a countdown to green that lets you know exactly how long you’ll have to wait before you can continue on your journey.
Available on select 2017 and newer vehicles, the GLOSA system launches in select metro areas before expanding to new locals over time.
New Audi e-tron GT Concept Previews Audi’s Tesla Model S Fighter
The electrified fastback sedan will eventually join the e-tron SUV in Audi’s growing electric vehicle lineup.
Audi has revealed the e-tron GT concept, effectively previewing its answer to the Tesla Model S.
Based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT will follow the e-tron and e-tron Sportback crossovers as the brand’s third electric car. It features a five-door liftback bodystyle that’s similar to the A7, though it slightly wider and sits lower to the ground than that Audi. In fact, the car’s center of gravity is more inline with an R8 supercar thanks to having its battery mounted below the floor.
Powered by an electric drivetrain that produces 590 horsepower, and with a permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring distributing that power, the e-tron GT can rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 12 seconds. A 90-kWh battery allows it to drive over 249 miles (402 km) according to the WLTP test cycle, and drivers can expect to recharge a depleted battery to 80 percent in just 20 minutes
As with the e-tron SUV, the production e-tron GT’s design is expected to stay true to the concept. Audi says production will begin sometime in 2020.
What do you think about the Audi e-tron GT Concept? Do you like what you see, and does Tesla have something to be worried about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.