"So go on, go on, come on, leave me breathless. Touch me, tease me until I can't deny this. Loving feeling, make me long for your kiss. Go on, go on, yeah, come on?" Some people really have their way with words. Think of the kind of love that led Shania Twain to come up with such beautiful lyrics. Now, this is the kind of song we are dedicating to the 2018 Audi S4 right now. Even if you try, it is hard to speak ill of the new S4. If ever you doubted the grip that luxury sport sedans have on our roads, then take a seat, this is a story you might want to hear. The S4 is magical Messi in sharpness and Usain Bolt in performance. On the exterior, the curves speak for themselves which should explain why it was a case of love at first sight from our end. With a new driveline to power it, the S4 feels like a vehicle on steroids. Come with us, and we will get you up to speed on the latest features of this eye-catcher.
What is it?
Word on the street is that S stands for 'Shove!! And to be honest, who wouldn't want to have people pave the way for them? Audi's S badge slots in between the highest performing Audis and the standard models. It might not be as great as an RS on the road, heck it is not even supercharged, but it is wild. If the A4 is too ordinary for your liking, worry not, you have the chance to feel a little extra in a sporty, fast sedan.
Do not let the resemblance to its predecessor fool you; this is a whole new baby altogether. For starters, a new turbocharged V6 replaces the old supercharged one, resulting in increased horsepower, torque and some modesty on the gas-sipping. The boldest move might have been Audi's sudden drop of the manual option in an industry that does not care about sedans anymore.
What makes it stand out?
Pretty much everything about it! The exterior is not all that flashy, but we all know how great it is when people don't expect much of you then you go ahead and prove them wrong. The aggressiveness of this sports sedan is the bomb, just like Hiroshima. The first glance at the car's interior begs you to get in there and challenge someone to a race. All that is great, but the best thing has to be the 360-degree camera that makes reverse parking a walk in the park. No blind spots, no multiple rear, and front view screens to confuse you. Audi has successfully done what the Rogue and the F-150 have been trying to.
What powers it?
The redesigned S4 is not the kind of sedan to mess around with. It sports a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 TFSI engine that churns out 354 horsepower. There were very few takers for the third pedal option last year, so it is gone now. What the new engine is now mated to is an eight-speed automatic. Although it is no longer a dual clutch, it shifts with equal seamlessness and speediness. All this is delivered through standard Quattro all-wheel drive with available sport differential that gets from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
What's our take?
Here's how you should look at the S4; a well balanced, powerful and practical car that is likely to get your attention, it has got that growl. And if you ever felt that it looks all too ordinary on the exterior, just remember that the lion doesn't need to fight all the animals, they can just listen to its roar and judge who is king.