In the case of the 2018 Audi S4, an extra 21 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque and a switch from supercharging to turbocharging get you the totally same 0-60 mph time as the outgoing model.
Audi said today that the 2018 S4 needs 4.4 second to hit 60 mph, which is same as time posted by a 2013 S4 in a Motor Trend test. However Audi’s ratings could be conservative.
First that we saw was the latest S4, which is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 good for 354 hp and 368 lb-ft (which is available from just 1,370 rpm all the way to 4,500 rpm), at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, but U.S. market will have to wait until this spring to get the all-new sport sedan.
Audi’s choice of transmission could be a point of contention over the vehicle’s whole life cycle
Spreading that power to all four of the S4’s wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, which isn’t a manual or dual-clutch automatic that’s offered. We’ve known this was like that since the car’s reveal. Not having a manual is not at all surprising either. Depending on the eight-speed’s performance, Audi’s choice of transmission could be a point of contention over the vehicle’s whole life cycle.
When it comes in dealer showrooms in the next couple of months, the 2018 S4 will be priced at least $51,875, including a $975 destination fee. Cause someone at Audi seems to have a some sense of humor, the base trim is dubbed “Premium Plus” while the new version, which starts at $56,775, has the more-appropriate moniker “Prestige.”