2010 Audi S4 coming to the U.S. in Fall 2009… to take on the M3 and C 63 AMG?

Audi has just sent us the Quick Reference: USA Data guide for the new 2010 Audi S4. From it we learned that the 2010 S4 will make its way to the stateside in Fall 2009. The U.S. will only get the sedan variant, so for those of you expecting the S4 Avant can slam their mouse or chuck your keyboard at the screen.

Now, we already know that the 2010 Audi S4 has ditched the current 340-hp V8 for a supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 producing 333-hp allowing for a 0 to 62 mph run in 5.1 seconds. In the Quick Reference guide Audi says that the new S4’s “key competitors are BMW M3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63.” Yes, it’s a little hard for us to believe too since the 414-hp BMW M3 sedan does 0-62 mph 4.8 seconds while the 450-hp Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG does it in 4.3 seconds. So 5.1 seconds from Audi is totally unacceptable.

We’re guessing Audi is going to try to market the S4 as a M3 and C 63 AMG competitor until the RS4 arrives in 2010. The next-generation Audi RS4 is rumored to be get the same supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 from the S4 but will be uprated to produce 400-hp. Let’s hope Audi sticks to the current 420-hp 4.2 FSI V8.

Click through for the high-res image gallery and the quick reference guide.

2010 Audi S4:



Key Messages
–  The A4 product line is critical to Audi of America”s growth in the USA, and
    the S4 supports this by expanding the line”s sportiness.
–  The new S4 is a sports car offering an impressive driving experience,
    leading technologies, and every-day suitability.
–  Audi Drive Select (adjustable engine/throttle mapping, suspension
    damping, and dynamic steering) is a benchmark in the segment and
–  All-new version of the 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 provides excellent
    acceleration and efficiency in all driving situations.
–  New 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission for faster precise gear
–  New optional quattroSport rear differential enhances agility.
–  S4 will be offered exclusively as a sedan in the USA.
–  USA market launch is Fall 2009, as a 2010 model year vehicle.
–  Key competitors are BMW M3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63.

–  S4-specific interior and exterior distinctive features include:
     –  New rear LED lighting
     –  Front/rear bumpers, including unique front grille
     –  Trunk lid with integrated spoiler
     –  Aluminum optic mirrors
     –  Special 18″ wheels standard with high performance tires
     –  S4 brake calipers with logo
     –  Sport seats with unique interior color offerings
     –  Black interior headliner
     –  S4-badged steering wheel, aluminum door sill inlays, key fob, and gauge
     –  Brushed aluminum interior trim with available carbon fiber, wood,
         and stainless steel options
–  Typical Audi interior design is modern and sophisticated, with clear attention
    to detail.
–  S4 Aluminum-optic exterior accents include front and rear diffuser blades,
    mirror housings, and four exhaust pipes.

–  Modular Longitudinal Chassis architecture is the foundation for a benchmark
    sport sedan.
     –  Extensive use of new ultra-high-strength steels increase rigidity of the
         body while also reducing weight.
     –  Repositioned clutch / torque-converter allows more forward position of
         front axle.
               –  Better agility and turn in
               –  Better axle load distribution
               –  Shorter front overhang
               –  Longer wheelbase = more comfortable ride
     –  Repositioned steering rack, lower and closer to the wheel carriers lowers
         center of gravity and provides more direct steering control/feedback.
     –  Sporty proportions and muscular stance enhanced due to longer, wider,
         and lower dimensions.
     –  Reduced front overhang adds to visual sportiness.
Powertrain and Performance
–  Standard power train will be the new 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 mated to
    quattro® all-wheel drive
–  Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a new 7-speed
    S tronic dual clutch transmission.
–  3.0 TFSI V6 specifications:
     –  FSI direct injection with intercooled supercharger
     –  333hp ““ 325 lb-ft
     –  0-60 mph 5.1 sec (est.)
     –  Top speed 155 mph
–  Latest generation of quattro® all-wheel drive is employed, with asymmetric
    rear-biased torque split (40% front / 60% rear under nominal conditions).
–  New available quattroSport rear differential dynamically varies torque
    between the rear wheels.
–  Fuel economy is significantly improved over previous generation S4.
–  Braking system is upgraded specifically for the S4.

–  MMI operating logic standard (with central display screen)
–  Audi Drive Select ““ varies the engine, transmission, steering, and
    suspension damping characteristics to suit the driver”s preferences
–  Self-opening trunk lid
–  Audi Intelligent Key ““ stores service information in the key
–  Advanced Key keyless entry and starting
–  Bluetooth hands-free telephone interface
–  Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
–  Audi Parking System rear with rearview camera
–  Electromechanical parking brake
–  DVD-based Navigation system with voice control
–  Audi Side Assist lane change assistant
–  Bang & Olufsen 505W 14-speaker sound system
–  Standard 6-speed manual and optional S tronic 7-speed automatic
    transmission with steering wheel shift paddles


Interior is 20mm longer, rear knee room increased by 36mm, leg room, headroom and shoulder room also increased.

Launch Timing and Pricing
–  USA S4 sedan goes on sale in Fall 2009 (as a 2010 model year vehicle),
    with pricing expected to be similar to the outgoing model. S4 Avant body
    style will not be offered in the USA.
–  European S4 hits European roads in Spring 2009.