Watch - New 2016 Audi S4 at Frankfurt: more power, less weight

Updated with video. Latest S4 uses a new V6 engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox

Audi has revealed its new S4 saloon and Avant models at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. Powered by a new 3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, the new S4 will sprint to 62mph in 4.7-secs and is electronically limited to 155mph.

Scheduled to reach the showrooms in 2016, the new S4 will join the new A4 range with the an all-new TFSI turbocharged V6 engine. Maximum power increases from 328bhp to 349bhp, with 368lb ft (up from 324lb ft) arriving at 1300rpm and hanging on until 4500rpm.

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The new S4 saloon and Avant feature Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system complete with a centre-differential. In normal driving 60 per cent of the engine’s power and torque is sent to the rear axle, with up to 85 per cent able to be sent to the rear or 70 per cent to the front axle in extreme conditions. A new eight-speed automatic tiptronic gearbox has also been developed for the new S4.

Fitted as standard with Audi’s S suspension, the new S4 sits 23mm lower than a standard A4, with Audi’s active damper system available as an option. As with other fast Audi’s the engine and gearbox mapping, steering, differential and damping can all be individually controlled through Audi’s Drive Select system.


The new Audi S4 will be fitted with an 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheel as standard, wearing a 240/45 tyre.  A larger 19-inch wheel will be offered as an option. Steel brakes will be fitted as standard.

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Distinguished by traditional Audi S design cues the new S4 features a new rear bumper and diffuser design, matt grey finish to the mirror housings and trim and, of course, a quartet of exhaust tips. LED front and rear lights will be standard, with the Avant also featuring an electronic tailgate. Options will include Audi’s Matrix LED headlights, a head-up display and remote sensor control for the tailgate.

Using a combination of aluminium and steel in its construction, the new S4 is around 55kg lighter than its predecessor.

Prices have yet to be announced for the new S4 saloon and Avant models, but expect a premium of around 10 per cent over the outgoing car, which started at £39,610 for the saloon. The new S4 models will go on sale in 2016.

You can catch up with more Frankfurt motor show launches on our show hub page.



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