[BiturboS4] RE: New S4
Dave_Edwards at iOra.com
Fri Nov 22 10:52:10 EST 2002
I'm a bit surprised to read that many of your are unaware of the details.
The following press release has been on the Audi website since September.
I'm going to test drive the new S4 in the Spring when it arrives in the UK.
However I am expecting to be unimpressed. Why? Well like some, I think the
new A4 looks worse than the old A4. It may have V8, but compared to a
chipped biturbo it will be unexciting (my S4 has nearly as much power as the
new S4, but LOADS more torque). But also, although I'm sure the dynamics of
the S4 will be better, they still won't be good enough. Let's face it, all
the RS4 owners I know had to replace the suspension on their car. Audi just
won't bit the bullet and make a true sports car - they always compromise
with some comfort.
Anyway, here's the press release:
"Audi is unveiling the sporty top model in the A4 range. The new S4 is
making its debut at the 2002 Paris Motor Show. Like its predecessor, the
current version is also available as a saloon and an Avant.
The heart of the new Audi S4 is quite clearly its engine - a further refined
V8 with chain drive at the rear and a swept volume of 4.2 litres. It
produces 253 kW (344 bhp) and a torque of 410 Nm. The S4 consequently sets
clear benchmarks in the B-segment: a benchmark for supreme power development
resulting from the engine's large capacity, and a benchmark therefore for
unmistakeable dynamic handling.
The eight-cylinder engine's thrust enables the new Audi S4 with 6-speed
manual gearbox to complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.6
seconds. It takes just 20.6 seconds to reach 200 km/h, whilst the top speed
is a governed 250 km/h.
The engine: power used to the full
The 4.2-litre V8 engine is impressive at the very first glance due to its
unbeatably compact design.
Its dimensions - especially the length of only 464 millimetres - enable
installation for the first time in what is likewise, for a vehicle in the B
segment, an extremely slim engine compartment.
To make this compactness possible, the Audi engine developers installed a
chain drive for camshafts and ancillaries on the engine output side. This
made it possible to reduce the length by no less than 52 millimetres.
The entire V8, with a gross weight of just 195 kilograms, is just as light
as its predecessor in the previous S4, a twin-turbo 2.7-litre V6 engine.
This results in major benefits for the weight balance and handling
The 4.2-litre engine in the new S4 produces its maximum power of 253 kW (344
bhp) at 7000 rpm. The peak torque of 410 Nm is available at 3500 rpm.
Clearly more impressive than such figures is the combination in practice of
the engine's spontaneous response to every movement of the accelerator
pedal, its astonishing free revving and hefty torque that is characteristic
of a V8.
Power is transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox of the
latest generation, which is noted for its closely spaced ratios and extreme
precision thanks to short sports-style shifts, and quattro permanent
The S4 can therefore convert its engine output into propulsive power most
efficiently at all times and reach new heights of superiority through the
handling potential of its aluminium chassis. In other words, driving
pleasure in the purest sense, on the motorway as well as on challenging
The lightweight aluminium suspension, based on the much-praised axle design
of the A4 series, provides the ideal basis for maximum agility and,
consequently, sheer driving pleasure.
Four-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension enable
maximum steering precision and clearly defined handling with excellent
cornering stability. Ride comfort also benefits from this ingenious axle
design because a low unsprung mass also makes for a particularly sensitive
response from the suspension.
Design and equipment
The superiority of the new Audi S4 is immediately reflected in its
deliberately restrained appearance. The body of the S4 Saloon and Avant,
which is sporty in terms of both its proportions and its basic shape, only
differs subtly from the other members of the model line.
The more powerful, fully painted bumpers with large air inlets, xenon
headlights with contrasting titanium-coloured inner housing and polished
aluminium exterior mirrors indicate to those in the know that they are
looking at a very special Audi.
Powerful exhaust tailpipes on both sides and - on the saloon version - a
discreet rear spoiler are the characteristic features of the Audi S4 at the
An S4 is also immediately recognisable on the inside. The instrument cluster
has the grey dials that are characteristic of S models and special needles.
The three-spoke sports steering wheel with leather rim and S emblem also
emphasises the vehicle's sporting character.
Recaro sports seats that can be electrically adjusted in several directions
provide firm lateral support and excellent comfort on long journeys."
----- Original Message -----
From: "Amer Saleh" <helas98 at yahoo.com>
To: <biturbos4 at audifans.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 4:09 PM
Subject: Re: [BiturboS4] 2003 S4?
According to the latest EVO magazine its going to be
--- scott dolan <scotdolan at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I hear the New S4 has 380hp. So, I am guessing it is
> going to outperform the old S4.
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