All-new 2018 Audi S4 comes in slightly cheaper than the Mercedes AMG-C43

The 2018 Audi S4 pricing has been announced, confirming that the new vehicle will cost slightly less than the Mercedes-AMG C43.

The entry-level Premium Plus Audi S4, a compact luxury sedan, will cost American buyers $50,900, excluding the $975 destination fee. The Mercedes-AMG C43 comes in slightly pricier, at $52,000 starting out.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Audi S4 Prestige will start at $55,800 but even the base model of this high-spec version comes loaded with features as standard.

Among the features included on the 2018 Audi S4 Prestige are LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, auto-dimming wing mirrors, heated, eight-way power front seats with memory support for the driver and three-zone automatic climate control with a digital display for rear passengers. Also included in the Audi S4 is Audi’s MMI system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support.

Some of the optional features of the vehicle include a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, dual pane acoustic glass for the front side windows, Audi’s virtual cockpit, adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist.

Underneath the hood, the 2018 S4 features a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that delivers 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This allows the vehicle to go 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The timing of 0-60 mph in the new 2018 S4 is equivalent to the time posted by a 2013 S4, in a Motor Trend test.

Transferring all that power to the four wheels of the Audi S4 via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive is a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, which neither a manual or a dual-clutch automatic offered. The Quattro all-wheel drive system sends 60 percent of the power to the rear during normal driving, providing a rear-drive feel. The eight-speed automatic transmission replaces both the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a six-speed manual gearbox on the previous model.

The new luxury sedan is producing much better power and speed than the previous model it will replace. The new S4 has a gain of 21 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque. The torque in the vehicle is available early on, with its peak coming on at 1,370 pm and holding steady until 4,500 rpm.

The all-new 2018 Audi S4 was first seen by car enthusiasts at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, but the automaker has made the U.S. market wait until this spring to have access to the all-new sport sedan.

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