Do you believe in love at first sight? I believe I’ve started to; because this right here is essentially a young bachelor’s automotive nirvana. There’s no denying that even in relatively boring metallic silver, the Audi S4 is a drop-dead gorgeous car.
I believe I’ve started to; because this right here is essentially a young bachelor’s automotive nirvana. There’s no denying that even in relatively boring metallic silver, the Audi S4 is a drop-dead gorgeous car. Crisp lines, savvy LED headlights, and the optional 19” wheels make the S4 a looker in the eyes of every auto enthusiast and bystander. I can’t even begin to count the number of compliments, stares, and thumbs-ups that I got while driving the S4 both in urban and rural environments. It’s no secret that this 2013 Audi S4 has a ridiculous amount of presence even before being fired up.
Once started though, the S4 opens up a whole new world. Seriously; it’s as if it’s singing the famous song from Disney’s “Aladdin”. It wants to voluntarily show you every shining, shimmering, and splendid thing in the world, and then some. The 3.0L supercharged six-cylinder engine (called 3.0T for heritage purposes) is mated to an absolutely beautiful 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The noise of the engine, while sounding fairly artificial, is one of my favourites ever in a mainstream vehicle. Just to put this into perspective, this position was formerly held by the first-generation Infiniti G35.
The S4, as expected from an Audi, features their renowned Quattro all-wheel-drive system. This car has a ridiculous amount of grip. On-ramps and twisties are made equally exhilarating, especially when considering how well the S4 puts its 333-horsepower down. I currently drive a 2010 BMW 3-series, which, even after taking into consideration BMW driving dynamics, feels trumped and shamed. The power delivery from this transmission is absolutely mind-blowing, and it’s easy to see how it’s not only bordering on impossible, but inhumane to get reasonable fuel economy from the S4.
While with the majority of cars, driving like a sane person would get you decent mileage, those who are able to have the self-control to regularly get better than 10L/100km from the S4 are deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. This is simply due to the fact that the power, the response, the noise, and the grip when you hit the “go” pedal are absolutely monstrous. Driving the S4 can also get expensive very quickly. During my test week, I discovered myself magically finding new places to go, things to do, and people to see; all because it would all be an excuse to go for a drive in the car. I averaged 13.5L/100km combined over the course of my test.
Being a diehard car enthusiast, there’s a part of me that claims that I’ll only ever buy a car equipped with a proper manual transmission. That strong hate towards automatics is beginning to change; far enough to a point where I’d prefer a proper dual-clutch setup such as the one in the Audi S4 to a conventional 6-speed manual. There’s no point to living in denial that a proper box like this one could out-shift nearly any driver out there. I won’t go as far as to say that I’d buy an automatic, but this 7-speed DCT certainly makes a compelling case.
During my time with the S4, I sat down and began to consider a few points. I now live in the heart of downtown Toronto, and despite timing my day so that I rarely have to sit in rush hour traffic, I found myself loving how simple this car was to drive in a day-to-day setting. Even more than that, I have yet to find a car that’s a better all-rounder than the S4. I do consider its sibling, the A4, a great option for its class, but it just doesn’t have the punch. If you’re a true car enthusiast who wants to arrive at work every single day year-round with a huge smile on your face, look no further – Your chariot has arrived.
2013 Audi S4 Gallery