B5 Audi S4: The coolest S4 of them all.

LOCATION SPOTTED: Citta Nuova Restaurant (East Hampton)

Performance Data: (stock, this car pictured looks like it’s hooked up and is probably a lot faster than these stats suggest)

  • Acceleration 0 to 60 mph: 5.4 sec
  • Braking 70 to 0: 164 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 14.1 seconds
  • Slalom: 67.8 mph
  • Skidpad: 0.87 g

I like this car. I like Audi in general. I haven’t posted anything for a while because of AP testing and “senioritis” is kicking in pretty hard now that I just don’t care about anything. I found myself thinking about Audi as a car company for some reason. They make some average cars in general that don’t hold there own in terms of performance numbers. However, they also make some great ones. The B7 S4 really wasn’t that fast at all, this car however, the 2001 B5 S4 is a pretty remarkable little performance car, considering it’s twelve years old. This car is practically as fast as the V8 equipped B7 S4 that succeeded it. So what happened to Audi, why did the successor to this car pictured above be hardly any faster? I’ll tell you what I think.

Personally, I think Audi copies Mercedes when it comes to induction into their high-performance engines. If you look at Audi during the turn of the century, virtually every car they produced with the letter “S” or letters “RS” had some type of forced induction, usually in the form of a twin-turbo setup. Mercedes’ AMG cars also had forced induction, but their cars were supercharged. When the B5 S4 was conceived during 1997, Audi wanted to make sure that they were ahead of BMW, just like Mercedes was, in terms of horsepower (BMW was generally always behind because they historically refused to use forced induction). Audi produced a real gem with the B5 by implementing a 2.7 liter, 30-valve V6 (five valves per cylinder) with twin hybrid-driven, double overhead camshafts and variable valve timing (something GM only started to use like 4 years ago by the way). This engine was seriously advanced for it’s time. It made 265 horsepower in 1997 and 300 lb-ft of torque. That was unheard of from a 2.7 liter motor. This thing was an animal.

So why did Audi move back to a lazy, heavy V8 motor for the B7 S4 which was released in late 2005? Because at roughly the same time Mercedes was moving back to the “naturally aspirated” 6.2 liter V8 motors to put in their AMG cars, and BMW’s super-hot E46 M3 was way too fast for the B5. Ironically, Audi’s efforts were misguided, the E46 was still a bit too fast for even the V8 B7 S4. Only in 2010, did they figure out that forced induction is the way to go to achieve a balance between power and weight. With the B8 S4, my favorite Audi.


By race46bimmer

Car enthusiast from, and lives in, THE HAMPTONS, New York. Located at the end of Long Island. Paradise from not only from a geographic perspective, but also from an automotive perspective, with a sheer abundance of exotic, cool cars. Some of the wealthiest people in the world journey out to THE HAMPTONS, on a regular basis in their awesome, and in some cases, ultra rare cars.

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