A sporty variant of the A4 Cabriolet, the compact four-passenger 2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet comes equipped, with a short-throw six-speed manual transmission with a synchronized reverse gear, or a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. With the quattro all-wheel drive as standard, the S4 is propelled by a 4.2L V8 engine that generates 340 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Other performance-oriented features include a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires and powerful brakes. As can be seen in Audi S4 photos, subtle styling accents and badges distinguish the S4 exterior from the regular A4. EPA-estimated fuel economy is good for 14 mpg city/21 mpg hwy. Safety equipment for the Audi S4 features brake assist, a central locking system, an electronic stabilization program, four-wheel ABS, front and rear head restraints and a full complement of airbags.Read more Read less
Now in its eighth generation, the Audi A4 is entirely redesigned for 2009. The new car is based on the underpinnings of the two-door A5 coupe and is thus wider and rides on a longer wheelbase than its predecessor. The body weighs 10% less than that of the car it replaces. Exterior styling is aggressive and in keeping with Audi's new company face. The front end features a larger grille and sculpted LED daytime running lights, while the sides are sculpted and scalloped. Inside, high-quality materials abound, with plenty of leather and brushed aluminum, as one would expect from Audi. The interior is larger than the previous A4's, as is the trunk. An advanced multi-media interface is standard, as are six airbags. A new, 265-hp 3.2-liter V6 replaces the 255-hp 3.2 V6, while a 211-hp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder replaces the 200-hp unit of years past. The slick S4 cabriolet shares the exterior and interior refinement of the A4 and retains its 340-hp 4.2L V8. The all-new A4 starts at $32,700, while the S4 starts at $57,125.
Engineering quality; excellent standard features; available all-wheel drive; several available body styles; S4's performance
Audi has upped the luxury performance-car ante with the 2009 A4. Its fresh face and benchmark interior distinguish it from its Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series competitors, while its new dimensions also make it the largest car in its class. With the sure-footedness of Audi's world-class quattro all-wheel-drive system, more power from two new engines, the availability of both a wagon and a convertible, and the always-addictive oomph of the S4 model, Audi's sports sedan lineup has a little something for everyone.