The next-generation Audi S4 sedan has been spotted testing for the first time, and unsurprisingly, it was at every automaker’s favorite test bed, the Nurburgring. We’ve seen standard versions of the B9 A4 testing on multiple occasions and most recently caught a glimpse of the B9 A4 Avant, but until now, the high performance S4 model had yet to be seen.
Judging by the spy photos, which were posted by Carscoops, there aren’t any huge surprises in store for Audi’s new compact performance sedan. Like on previous versions of the S4, the new model will have a slightly more aggressive front end with a lower lip section, a subtle rear diffuser housing quad exhaust tips and side skirts. The majority of the important changes have likely happened underneath all that psychedelic camouflage.
The new S4 is expected to receive a more powerful version of the current S4’s 3.0-liter supercharged V6, which will be joined by Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system and S Tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Power output is said to sit at around 360 ponies, which would match the 362 horsepower twin-turbo V6 in the new Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport.
More important than the S4’s new engine will be its platform. Like standard versions of the new A4, the model will ride on Volkswagen’s updated MLB Evo vehicle architecture, which will help shave weight thanks to tis mixed material structure. This make it feel more precise than the outgoing model while also improving acceleration and handling.
Check out the spy shots here, and be sure to check back for more info on the new Audi S4 before it debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.