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Lead-foot drivers, you have been warned! Put pedal to the metal on this ride and you are off 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds. And top speed is 155 mph. This high-performance version of the Audi A4 sedan will take your breath away with a 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged engine putting out an amazing 333 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 325 pounds-feet of torque @ 2900 rpm.
Getting power to the ground on our S4 test drive is a 7-speed auto gear box though a 6-speed manual is also offered. That the luxury sports sedan is equipped with the legendary quattro permanent all-wheel drive should provide excellent balance. The electro-mechanical speed-sensitive power steering is quick and alert.
Up front, the Audi sports a single-frame grille with angled upper corners, slender xenon headlights, rectangular fog lamps, hood and bumpers with gaunt air inlets. Sliding into the 12-way power driver leather/Alcantara seat is a delight, mainly thanks to the flat-bottom three-spoke steering column. With rounded tachometer and speedometer gauges, the instrument cluster is an easily readable package. And who would not want the choice of four modes offered via Audi Drive Select: dynamic, comfort, auto or individual? Other cabin niceties include a tri-zone climate control, power open/close sun roof, 60/40 fold rear seat, brushed aluminum inlays, overhead sunglass holder and Audi concert radio.
If looking for a sedan to take you from A to B, take the 2.0-liter (211 hp and based $35,900) A4 for a test drive. But if you want a little bit of punch and zest in a ride, the rev-happy and powerful S4 will be more than happy to oblige.

Tires: 245/40R18
Wheelbase: 110.7 inches
Length: 185.7 inches
Suspension: 5-link front; trapezoidal link rear axle
Weight: 3,933 pounds
Fuel capacity: 16.1 gallons
City: 18 mpg
Highway: 28 mpg
Base price: $50,200
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