A car which is sporty, practical and luxury exists only in theory, at least in the automotive world it holds true. But the 2012 Audi S4 is one huge exception.
The all new Audi S4 is based on Audi A4 sedan and represents a lot more harsh and aficionado-focused understanding. Powered by a supercharged 3.0 ltr V6 engine generating maximum power of 333 bhp, the AWD S4 has a sport-tuned suspension. So if you are sports car aficionado you surely will love this car. The best thing to top that all is the fact that none of those aspects of the car comes at the cost of comfort.
Internally, the 2012 Audi S4 has attractively allotted cabin, which is calm and quiet despite the incredible increase in the performance. What’s even better is an extensive list of modern features, which doesn’t cost you a fortune. The convenience in the car is also almost unaffected in the car with the increase in performance, with contented seating capacity of four and a civilized-sized trunk. There certainly are some shortcomings in the car, but none of that is significant enough to deter us from advocating the 2012 Audi S4.
If you don’t mind compromising some additional features then the 2012 Audi S4 is just the perfect car for you and is in the same category as the BMW 335i. The BMW 3 Series normally is considered as the standard-carrier for this section, but in a recent comparison the Audi S4 edged the car. If you are going for a fully loaded S4 then the price for the car will go up to the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and Cadillac CTS-V Sedan, models that surpasses the S4 in terms of prestige and performance. But even among such superior rivals, the 2012 Audi S4 is a compelling alternative with its well-balanced nature.
What’s New for 2012 Audi S4?
The 2012 Audi S4 is pretty much unchanged from last year, although there are certain optional features, which now are standard equipment.
Body Styling and Features:
The 2012 Audi S4 comes in a single high-performance sedan body style, which further could be obtained in either Prestige or Premium Plus trim levels.
The conventional features for the Premium Plus comprise 18 in wheels having summer tires, automatic xenon headlights, a sunroof, LED daytime running taillights and lights, automatic wipers, foglamps, heated 12 way power sport seats having driver memory, faux-suede and leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a dash-bestrided MMI electronics controller, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo having single-CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and iPod interface.
The Prestige trim of the all new 2012 Audi S4 brings 19 in wheels, a rearview camera, adaptive headlights, keyless entry/ignition, voice controls, rear parking sensors, blind-spot assist, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, an MMI controller placed on the center console, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo and a hard-drive-based navigation system having digital music storage, HD radio and real-time traffic. Most of these features could easily be obtained on the Premium Plus as options.
Some options are available only on the Prestige trim and these features includes the the Audi Drive Select Package that will get you an improved steering system, adaptive suspension dampers, a sport back differential, which easily could distribute the torque separately onto every rear wheels, and selectable driving settings. Going for the Titanium Package will get you dark external trim and 19 in wheels.
There are some other Prestige only add-ons which comprise an authority rear sunshade having manual back side shades and adaptive cruise control. Some other options are available on both S4 trims, and that includes complete leather upholstery, stainless-steel or carbon-fiber mesh internal inlays and rear-seat side airbags.
Under The Hood:
The power under the hood of the 2012 Audi S4 comes from a 3.0 ltr supercharged V6 engine generating maximum power of 333 bhp and 325 lbs-ft of maximum torque. The power is transmitted to all the four wheels with Quattro system of Audi. The standard transmission here is a 6-speed manual, though there is an option of getting automated manual 7 speed dual-clutch (S tronic). You can also get a rear differential (which differ torque between the back wheels).
The 2012 Audi S4 ensures the safety of the passengers with its traction and stability control, front side airbags, antilock brakes, hill-hold for the physical transmission and side curtain airbags. There also is an option of Rear side airbags. The optional adaptive cruise control will also get you Active Braking Guard, which notices alerts the driver in case of a looming collision, and then immediately primes the brakes for stopping power.
The 2012 Audi S4 is one fine example of a perfectly balanced car that delivers performance and luxury.