The exceptional V8-fuelled pace of the Audi S4 can now also be enjoyed with a breath of fresh air in the new S4 Cabriolet, which opens for UK ordering this month with an OTR price of £40,275. The only convertible of its kind to combine a powerful eight-cylinder engine with the reassurance of permanent four-wheel-drive, the S4 Cabriolet will reach its first British customers in early April.
The compact 4.2-litre V8 engine, which boasts 344PS at 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 410Nm at 3500 rpm, gives the new Audi S4 Cabriolet truly exhilarating performance. 0-62mph in the six-speed manual transmission version is covered in just 5.9 seconds, and the six-speed tiptronic (automatic transmission optional at £1,400) runs close at 6.2 seconds. Both versions can, where permissible, reach an electronically governed maximum speed of 155mph.Subtle differences mark out the S4 Cabriolet from its A4 Cabriolet counterparts
18-inch Avus alloy wheels, xenon headlights and polished aluminium exterior mirrors are the low-key indicators signifying the calibre of this extra special Audi externally. Inside, the S quattro series trademarks include grey instrument dials, carbon fibre fascia and door inlays, electrically adjustable sports seats upholstered in a combination of alcantara and pearl nappa leather and a leather-rimmed sports steering wheel incorporating the S emblem.New Cabriolet models adopt quattro
The reassurance of quattro permanent four-wheel-drive is also available for A4 Cabriolet models. The A4 Cabriolet 1.8 T quattro (163PS) costs £26,015 OTR, with the V6-powered A4 Cabriolet 3.0 (220PS) at £29,495 OTR.
The number of Audi models offering the drive configuration that is the most secure and appropriate for the changeable British climate – which according to the Met Office delivers more wet days than dry each year - now stands at 38.
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