349bhp 2016 Audi S4 at Frankfurt: Out to slay the Jaguar XE S

Audi S4 2016 front

Audi‘s response to the BMW 340i and Jaguar XE S has debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the new S4 saloon and Avant is set to go on sale at the start of next year. It gets a new platform, but also ditches supercharging for turbocharging.

The outgoing S4 used a supercharger to boost power from a 3.0-litre V6, but a new direct-injection unit in this one sees turbocharging brought in instead to improve efficiency. As a result power is boosted from 328bhp to 349bhp, with a 60Nm torque increase to round it out at a full 500Nm.

 

While those are fairly typical increases for an all-new model, don’t forget weight is also down by around 75kg thanks to the new MLB Evo platform on the standard A4. That and the Quattro permanent four-wheel drive system means 0-62mph is dealt with in 4.7 seconds, with an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. 

Those figures aren’t quite enough to worry the BMW M3, but Audi will come in all guns blazing with the full-fat RS4 in 2017. For now, the S4 is considered a relatively warm rather than ‘hot’ saloon, and the mild styling upgrades reflect that. Audi itself admits the reprofiled front and rear bumper are subtle, but the quad tailpipes show the sporting intent.

The S4 claims a combined fuel economy figure of 38.2mpg and emissions of 170g/km, significantly better than the less powerful Jaguar XE-S. It also ditches the dual-clutch transmission for an eight-speed single clutch unit, which supposedly cuts weight and improves durability.

Audi S4 2016 side rear

Inside, there’s leather and alcantara ‘S’ sports seats, illuminated door sill trims and brushed aluminium finishings, with features like the 12.3-inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instruments from the regular A4.

More news from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show can be found right here…

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