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Audi's M3 rival gets a new nose and tail, but the same vocal V8 still powers the S4

22 Nov 2005

AUDI is intent on giving the A4 more glamour. In 2005 the Germans worked hard in successfully establishing the volume models in the refreshed B7-series. For 2006 it’s all about boosting the A4’s image and desirability. And the latest S4, with a growling 253kW V8 and quattro all-wheel drive, fires off the first round of Audi’s supermodel assault with a bang. After that a veritable cannonball follows, in the form of the 209kW RS4. But that’s for a future new-model story. We can’t wait!

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Model release date: 1 November 2005 to 1 April 2008

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Audi S4 sedan

Released: December 03
Ended: October 05
Family Tree: A4

With 253kW and 410Nm in reply to the BMW M3’s 252kW and 365Nm, the B6-series A4-based S4’s credentials were at last even with – if not equal to – its hyper-talented nemesis. In fact, on paper the Audi seemed superior, with all-wheel drive, two extra doors or a wagon alternative, and world-leading cabin quality. And it still does, if outstanding all-round driveability and versatility are your priorities. In this regard the S4 still has no peer. But it lacked the visceral appeal of the sinewy M3 – even when the updated yet identical-output ‘short’ V8 came along from August 2004.

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