Road Test: 2012 Audi S4

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Audiís S4 is no BMW M3. It lacks two pistons, about 100 horsepower and much of the snarl that makes BMWís rorty little pocket rocket such a monster. Ditto Mercedesí C 63 AMG to which the sprightly Audi sacrifices no less than 3.2 litres of displacement, two pistons and more than 100 hp.

This is hardly a condemnation of the S4. Indeed, the only people who would make the comparison are those who donít understand that a) Audi has no intention of the S4 competing with either the Bimmer or Mercedes and b) it has another entire series, badged RS, that is supposed to do battle with the might of M and AMG. (Canada will soon see its first RS product in many a year with the RS5, a monster of a sport coupe with 450 hp worth of V8 sweetness and a torque-vectoring sport differential that makes Audiís traditional understeer a thing of the past.)

No, the S4 operates in a completely different sphere, occupying that more practical ground between BMWís 335i and M3. Indeed, the S4ís only true competitor would be if BMW Canada offered its 3 Series xDrive sedan in 335is guise with the companyís 335-hp version of its iconic 3.0L in-line six as well as an optional M suspension package. The closest competitor is actually BMWís 135i M Coupe, which shares about the same horsepower and comportment, though it is smaller and lacks the S4ís all-wheel-drive system.

Read more: http://life.nationalpost.com/2011/12...-2012-audi-s4/
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