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Road Review: 2010 Audi S4

oneighturbo, 2010 Audi S4, Mike Juergens

Many of you have asked if we will ever do car reviews. Many of you have asked for specific cars to be reviewed. A month or so ago, it hit us. A good friend of ours, @Mike Juergens, had ordered a 2010 Audi S4. A perfect car to start off with! We asked him if he would like to do a long term road test on it and he welcomed the idea.

We wanted it to be “from the owner” and not a typical “magazine” read. It will live on as the miles accrue. Likes and dislikes, mods, recalls a few videos and more will be included. Please feel free to ask questions, leave comments etc. Onto the intro and gallery!

Mileage: 280

You know what’s crazy? Corey asking me to contribute my thoughts on the new Audi S4. I’m Mike Juergens, a 24-year-old IT professional from Boston and a member of the Audi community after purchasing my first five years ago. Since, I’ve owned two others — including my recently purchased 2010 S4.

I could start this introduction by talking about how I was shocked when I read that Audi was going to be swapping the V8 for a supercharged V6 — but I won’t. That observation has been abused by every other blogger and journalist out there.

After driving a 2005 A4 1.8T for three years, then a 2008 A4 2.0T for another three, I’m glad to report that Audi has crushed the mold they used to build those cars.

Good riddance. My week old S4 is incredible.

I know some will say, “Well, you went from an A4 for an S4 — of course it’s going to be incredible.”

It’s not that simple. I’ve spent plenty of time behind the wheel of the previous-gen B7 S4, and never became fully confident in its handling ability. The V8 and its sonorous exhaust note were impressive…too bad the rest of the car wasn’t.

Audi engineers have put a lot of thought into the full “B8″ generation, unlike the two previous iterations which were just a series of small upgrades. The drivetrain alone has undergone major improvements and it’s immediately apparent. They positioned the engine and differential slightly behind the front wheels — a clear break from Audi tradition — and it’s very noticeable. The car now flows from turn to turn, instead of nose diving. Where do I feel it the most? In quick downhill turns.

Having a rear-biased Quattro system with the optional “Sports Differential” helps keep the car planted in high speed turns. The 7-Speed S-Tronic always seems to know the appropriate gear to be in for the most rewarding shifts. The exhaust note sounds amazing even from a V6 — a friend said that “…the rasp the exhaust makes is the voice of god. Just sayin’.”

That may be an exaggeration, but I’m not complaining.

I’m currently at 280 miles and have left the transmission to self manage itself and not push the car north of 5,000 RPM. The dealer suggested waiting until the 700 mile mark is reached — then I will start to see what the car can really do. Hopefully, my next update will talk about more, ahem, aggressive driving once the car is broken in.

- Mike Juergens

Specs:

  • 2010 Audi S4 S-Tronic
  • Supercharged 3.0-liter V6
  • 333 HP / 325 TQ
  • Premium Plus
  • Sprint Blue/Black Leather seats + Silver Alcantara inserts
  • Bang & Olufsen Sound
  • Navigation
  • Sport Differential
  • Carbon Inlays

Comments

  1. Kevin says:

    I would have to completely agree with you regarding the B7. While there are many positive factors to the B7, I definitely agree with your thoughts on the handling. Look forward to your follow up, as there isn't much you can really say about the B8 until you have put it through the paces.


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