The 2011 Audi S4 earns an impressive Total Car Score.
Serving as the high-performance version of Audi’s popular A4 sport sedan, the S4 delivers the power and prowess fit for a true driving enthusiast. Reviewers praised the S4 for the potency of its supercharged engine combined with the road-holding attributes of its quattro all-wheel drive system that directs the majority of power to the rear wheels under optimium driving conditions. The S4’s very balanced chassis and track worthiness have also been noted.
Weaknesses, though few, were commonly agreed upon. One is the S4’s weighty and artificial steering feel, which is further perpetuated by the Steering Assist aspect of the optional Audi Drive Select package. Also receiving negative feedback was the S4’s cluttered controls and busy driver interface, despite the car's otherwise upscale and high-quality cabin.
Changes for the 2011 S4 are mostly limited to options. The Navigation Package now includes an upgraded stereo and a rear view camera system. And Blind Spot Assist becomes available as a stand-alone option.
The latest generation S4 debuted one year ago. With that makeover, the S4 dropped its convertible body style and replaced its former V8 engine with the current, highly touted 3.0-liter supercharged V6.
The 2011 Audi S4 is sold as a high-performance luxury sport sedan.
It is available in two trim levels: Premium Plus or Prestige. Premium Plus includes standard equipment such as 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats with heat and a 10-speaker stereo. The Prestige package upgrades to 19-inch wheels, a rearview camera, hard-drive-based navigation, and a premium 14-speaker sound system.
Also available with Prestige trim is an optional Audi Drive Select Package. This feature adds adaptive suspension dampers and a sport rear differential, while offering selectable drive settings.
A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine yielding 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque powers the 2011 Audi S4. Output is managed by either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a Audi’s optional S tronic gearbox (a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual). Power feeds to all four wheels via quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Admistration (NHTSA) gave the S4 high ratings in both front and side impact crash tests.
EPA estimates for the 2011 Audi S4 are 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 combined with the manual transmission. With the 7-speed dual-clutch, fuel economy is 18/28/21.
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