The 2024 S4 Avant caught the test for the first time and Audi apparently wasn’t ready for us to see it. During an enthusiastic drive, you can see in the picture below the car ends up overheating the front brakes explaining the smoke columns.
While this does not seem to be particularly good for a hypothetical performance model, we think it is for testing. Really, our photographers should get a stipend to help Audi engineers find the problem.
Read more: 2024 Audi A4 Avant: Design, Powertrain and Everything We Know
As a result of the excitement, though, we also get a shot of the S4’s interior and its engine. The latter looks as you would expect (an engine cover and some hose) but the interior shots provide some insight from a fairly round steering wheel, with its touch capacitive buttons on the spokes and, interestingly, left to the driver.
Looks like the window control and locking buttons (at least) will be switched to flat pads which seems to be all the rage these days. The number of fingerprints already on them goes some way to explaining why some buyers may object to the choice.
Other than that, the new S4 looks a lot like the A4 Avant, which is only natural, especially with this amount of camouflage. There is a clear difference, though, in the back. This model has double tailpipe on either side of the rear end, which is the biggest indication that it is high-performance. S.4.
Audi has not yet revealed in detail what power the new model will offer, but the current S4 is offered with both diesel and gas power (depending on what market you are in). Either way, you get a 3.0-liter V6 but gas engines are offered in North America. Australia and other regions produce 349 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and 368 lb-ft (499 Nm) of torque. Diesel, the only offering in Europe, already produces 342 hp (255 kW / 347 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
This particular S4 Avant prototype is powered by a V6, as evidenced by the engine bay photo (notice the three trapezoid-shaped indentations on either side of the engine cover), the location of the air-intake hose indicating that it is TFSI. This means that in all likelihood (and in contrast to Mercedes-AMG’s four-cylinder C-Class), V6 engines will be taken to a new generation, possibly with a light-hybrid system.
We expect Audi to unveil the new A4 and S4 later this year or early 2023. In Europe, consumers will probably be able to buy it as a 2023 model, but Americans will probably have to wait until the 2024 model year before it becomes available. .
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