Beat you on the track or on the way to Squaw Valley. Great for Urban driving as well as interstate cruises and backroad burning. Only design flaw: Failure of interior light dimmer to work sufficiently!
The all weather handling-and the engine of course!
Interior dashboard dimmer switch that really works.
This is an incredible ride. My first Audi but not my last. I was amazed at the handling. The (4.2L V8) 340 hp and 18/8 wheels matched with the AWD make for unbeliveable handling. Honest 0-60 in 5 seconds. The steering is so responsive it takes some practice. The fit and finish of both the interior and exterior are amazing.
Handling, seemingly unlimited power in all six gears. Excellent fit and finish
Gearing of the six speed manual, 15mpg city driving.
Have only had the car (2004 S4 sedan) for a few weeks, but I love it so far! I bought it used with high mileage for a 1 year old car. But it runs great, and as every other owner has said, lots of fun to drive, extra power in all gears, and 4WD to boot. I test drove a BMW 330xi, but compared to the 330ci it just didn't seem to have the same power. A better comparison to the S4 would be the M3xi -- oh, but there's no such thing! ;)
Looks great, sounds great, drives great even in snow. And it's available in a manual transmission; fewer and fewer cars (including Audis) have that option (tiptronic and such don't count).
The trunk access is a little weak (more like a small hatch than a trunk) and the rear legroom is tight. But then again, compare this to (this is off the wall, I know) a Mazda RX8: 4 real doors, more horsepower, 4WD and way, way more trunk.
2004 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)
I have owned the cabriolet for a month now and I must say that it has far surpassed my expectations. The inside of the cabin is just beautiful. The car gets long glances all the time - on the highway, in parking lots, etc. Once you tune the sound system properly, it sounds amazing (the subpar sound had me worried for a while). Power is superb and visibility is not that bad for a Cab. Mileage can be poor if your foot is made of lead, but easy acceleration brings it back to average. But where's the fun in that!!!
Acceleration, interior cabin (especially at night). Exterior styling. Just about everything.