The B6 generation S4 introduced V8 power to the small luxury sports car segment and led the way for BMW’s M3 V8, Lexus ISF, although Mercedes had been using V8s in its compacts for years. Anyway, the B6 S4 is a fantastic car to drive, maybe not as balanced as an E46 M3, but ample torque and all-wheel-drive allow for spirited corner exit. Find this 2004 Audi S4 6spd for sale in Durham, NC for $10,000 via craigslist.
For those who haven’t driven an S4, we can tell you it fits somewhere into the E46 M3, STi, Evo, CTS-V, C43-AMG & Mazdaspeed6 landscape, but with an emphasis on luxury instead of outright handling performance. It scoots in a straight line with appropriate gusto, but there is no getting past the front heavy bias and understeer prone all-wheel-drive. However, for someone looking for a fast commuter it is 10,000 times more comfortable to be inside than most of the previously mentioned hot-sedans.
The B6 S4 is powered by a 4.2 liter 40-valve (5-valves per cylinder!) V8 that puts out 340 horsepower and 302 ft-lbs of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that puts power into all 4 wheels via its quattro all wheel drive system.
Audi was known for its interior material fit/finish/quality in the early 2000s and the B6 is much nicer than any 3-series or C-class you’ll ever find and should have weather the years fairly well. The only concern may be the leather seats as after 10 years they will start to show some cracks/wear.
You will find some lower mile S4s for sale on the web, but this one sticks out because the condition seems nice and the price is reasonable.
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