If you’ve ever wondered about buying a used Audi S4, there’s some facts that you should know about it. Manufactured in Germany, the Audi S4 was originally used as the sport version of the Audi 100 car, and has been used for similar versions of the Audi A4 series.
The original Audi S4 was introduced in 1992 when Audi reconfigured its model range in the early 1990s. They created it as the performance version of the restyled Audi 100, which was a four-door, five-seat saloon. Even though it was based on the Volkswagen Group C4 platform, and shared the basic structure with the 100, the S4 took the place of the Audi 200 quattro turbo, which was discontinued the year before.
In 1997, the second generation S4, the Audi S4 quattro, debuted, with its production finishing in 1997. It was produced as part of the face-lifted B5 platform Audi A4 line-up, but wasn’t available in North America until 2000. In addition, the Audi S4 Avant was introduced in 1998 and ceased in 2001, but was still sold with the B6 platform generation through 2002 in North America.
The Audi S4 quattro, debuted in 2003 in Europe, appearing in North America sightly later. It was based on the latest Volkswagen Group B6 platform used by the then current Audi A4. Despite moving to an entirely new platform, one of the S4’s new features was its new internal combustion engine. Initially the S4 quattro was offered as a four-door five-seat saloon (sedan) or a five-door, five-seat Audi S4 Avant (wagon), but eventually became available as a two-door, four-seat Audi S4 Cabriolet (convertible).
Official performance figures show the Audi S4 saloon with manual transmission sprinting from standstill to 62.1 mph at 5.6 seconds (Avant at 5.8 seconds and Cabriolet at 5.9 seconds). A road test conducted later by Motor Trend indicated it could go from standstill to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and to 124.3 mph in slightly over 20 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited to 155.3 mph.
In late 2005, the Audi S4 quattro debuted, which was based on the B7 Audi A4. Audi announced the same year a limited edition run of 250 special edition S4 saloon cars, celebrating 25 years of the quattro, the Audi S4 25 quattro. It was available only in the United States in Avus Silver.
In November 2008, Audi S4 quattro’s most recent generation entered factory production. It is based on the current Audi B8 A4, built on a Volkswagen Group MLB/MLP platform. Only available as a four-door, five-seat saloon (sedan) or a five-door, five-seat Avant (wagon). The two-door, four-seat Cabriolet (convertible) is now replaced by the current Audi S5.