The S4’s beefed down appearance just makes the pleasure of mashing the accelerator into the floorboards and hearing that new 3.0T FSI inhaling deeply before unleashing its fury, all the more fun.
And yes, you did read that correctly. For its new S4, Audi has decommissioned the 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 and replaced it with the more frugal and more torquey supercharged 3.0-litre V6 (with direct injection and twin intercoolers) recently introduced for the A6 range range.
But where this powerplant makes 213 kW in the A6, it churns out an über-entertaining 245 kW in the S4. Nice. Even nicer, perhaps, is the huge amount of torque reserves this newcomer relies on. 440 Nm, of which 90% is available between 2 200- and 5 300 r/min, is extremely useful, especially for those hasty overtaking manoeuvres.