The high-performance S4 can now be ordered with a six-speed tiptronic gearbox to afford drivers loads of grunt with automatic convenience.

The high-performance S4 can now be ordered with a six-speed tiptronic gearbox to afford drivers loads of grunt with automatic convenience.

At the time of its launch in September 2003, the S4 was only available with a six-speed manual gearbox. The S4's now also comes with a six-speed tiptronic gearbox offering a dynamic shift program with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

This machine uses the 4,2-litre V8 engine developing 253 kW at 7 000 r/min and an impressive 410 N.m of torque from 3 500 r/min. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is claimed to be at below six seconds while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Like the manual version, the S4 has a more muscular build than its lowlier A4 siblings. It also has fully coloured bumpers with large air ducts, xenon lights with titanium-coloured housing and chrome door mirrors. It comes with permanent all-wheel drive for superb handling, thanks to its quattro system.

The rear is characterised by menacing twin exhaust tailpipes and a rear spoiler on the saloon version.

Prices are R518 000 for the S4 six-speed tiptronic saloon and R534 500 for the Avant model. These prices include a free "S" high performance driving course from the 4-Rings driving academy at Kyalami.

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