The fifth generation 2016 Audi A4 was unveiled last month and now its sportier variant S4, not to be confused with the high performance RS 4, is set to arrive next year. According to a report by Car and Driver, Audi engineers have decided to continue with the current 3.0-liter TFSI supercharged V6 engine in the S4. However, some mechanical tweaks will be made to increase the power output to at least 350 hp. Currently, the S4 delivers 333 hp.
The 2017 S4 will take styling and design cues from the new A4 and feature a more powerful engine than its predecessor. This will not only help the S4 compete with its rivals like the upcoming BMW 340i but also increase its performance margin from the new S3, which is claimed to be faster than the present S4.
The S4 will likely be offered in two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige. Audi’s all-wheel drive Quattro system will be standard and the power will be transmitted via a S tronic–branded 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Manual variant will be available only if the demand is high. While both the Avant and sedan versions are sold in the European markets, only the latter is expected to reach the shores of the United States.
The 2017 Audi S4 sedan will likely be the range topping variant of the fifth generation A4 in the US, as the all-new RS 4, like the current one, will be an estate or what Audi calls – ‘Avant’. Chances are that the RS 4 may be sold in the US, as per a recent report, but nothing is confirmed as of now.
[Source: Car and Driver]