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Want to Look Like a Hero? Drive a 2013 Audi S4

All-wheel drive means anyone can look like a hotshot behind the wheel.

by on Jun.27, 2012

Audi's S4 is the sports sedan that will make anyone look like a race car driver.

A friend on Facebook suggested that we ban the automobile and make this a bicycle-only country.

If he were to drive this Audi S4, he would never utter such blasphemy again.

That’s because the S4 may very well be the perfect performance car. With 333 horsepower, it’s extremely fast, it corners as if its tires are coated in Stickum and it rides smoothly enough that grandmama wouldn’t complain. Its back seat is habitable by real adults and it has enough trunk space – 12.4 cubic feet – to handle a long weekend’s worth of bags for a pair of couples. With Quattro all-wheel drive, you can even slap a set of winter tires on it and ditch your winter car.

Powering Through Anything!

OK, in a day when fuel economy is becoming so much more important, the S4 does enjoy swilling more than its share of high-test petrol, but one time planting your foot to the floor at a light and you’ll momentarily forget that the next stop will involve refueling.

If Audi follows through with plans not to build an RS version of the A4 sedan, the S4 will stand as the highest-performance version of the car. On the horsepower count, that leaves the S4 looking up at its Mercedes and BMW competition. But all-wheel drive is the great equalizer in acceleration sprints, meaning the S4 should keep up with the Mercedes C63 AMG and BMW M3 in stoplight showdowns.


First Look: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

First of four new AMG models coming to U.S.

by on Apr.21, 2011

Think of the new C63 AMG as Mercedes' Beauty and the Beast, suggested product czar Joachim Schmidt.

Mercedes-Benz will roll out “at least” four new high-performance AMG models this coming year, the maker reported, giving the first of these a send-up at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

The new C63 AMG becomes the most powerful version of Mercedes’ “entry-level” model ever offered in the U.S.  With its naturally-aspirated 6.3 liter V8, the compact luxury model will make a full 451 horsepower, announced global product chief Joachim Schmidt, and 443 horsepower.

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The engine drives the rear wheels through a 7-speed Speedshift MCT transmission.

During a presentation at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Schmidt made reference to a long-running play staged a mile north, on Broadway, dubbing the C63 AMG, “our own version of Beauty and the Beast.”