New diesel powertrain gives BMW M340i rival 516lb ft of torque, reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

The range-topping Audi S4 saloon and Avant estate models will be offered with a 342bhp mild-hybrid turbocharged diesel V6 engine.

The new powertrain will match a 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel with a 48V belt-driven starter motor end electrically powered compressor. As well as producing 342bhp, the system produces 516lb ft of torque, allowing the S4 saloon to achieve 0-62mph in 4.8 secs, with a limited top speed of 155mph. The Avant is 0.1sec slower to reach 62mph.

Both versions of the Mercedes-AMG C43 rival will retain Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive system and use an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Audi lists a fuel consumption of 45.5mpg for the S4 saloon and 44.8mpg for the estate. CO2 emissions range from 161-163g/km and 164-164g/km CO2 respectively.

The mild hybrid diesel engine is the same as that recently introduced on the S5, S6 and S7 Sportback models, albeit in a moderately different state of tune, with 342bhp. It's the only engine that will be offered in the European market for those models, and it's likely that Audi will continue that trend with the S4, given the need to meet new WLTP tests and fleet emission targets.

Audi is currently preparing updated versions of the regular A4 saloon and Avant models, which have been spied testing with a number of styling tweaks and are likely to be revealed later this year.

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1 May 2019
It appears VAG appear to have got over their little image problem or they have a large amount of amnesia . Launching new diesel engines certainly shows a very large brass neck

1 May 2019

I guess they will do whatever they can to get CO2 down even if it means something as strange as this. Have owned S4s before but won't again if this persists.

As a note it would be good to see some editorial comment rather than just a statement of the facts as surely this is divisive and Autocar either agree or disagee with the change to diesel?

2 May 2019
Merlot wrote:

I guess they will do whatever they can to get CO2 down even if it means something as strange as this. Have owned S4s before but won't again if this persists.

As a note it would be good to see some editorial comment rather than just a statement of the facts as surely this is divisive and Autocar either agree or disagee with the change to diesel?

 

Perhaps you should drive one before passing judgement? The latest generation of diesels are as clean if not cleaner than petrol engines.

2 May 2019

Looks like I can now add the S4 Avant to the list when I next change. For every customer they lose I can guarantee there is a high mileage driver waiting for this switch.

 

2 May 2019

and that is it will be very light and really responsive with hardly any unsprung mass. 516ft/lb is all that is required

2 May 2019

Really, 342BHP - but is that actually BHP, HP or PS?.

My copy of the Audi Media Centre release clearly states 255kw (347hp) & up to 700nm, which makes it the SAME tune diesel that is in the S5, SQ5, S6 & S7.

These diesels have no connection with 'Dieselgate', as they are brand new engines with a number of areas of development incl Audi's woefully poor version of mild-hybrid and a larger turbo in attempting to overcome the extra 150kgs.

Of course the diesel engine is cleaner & more economical than the equivalent petrol engine.  Audi needs it to be pass the EU emissions & economy, whilst the rest of the world still gets the dirtier, but quicker, petrol engine.

We've had these Audi Media releases for some months now, but there does not appear to be one half-professional journalist who can advise why Audi needs heavier, slower diesels to pass regulations, whilst their competitors, Merc & BMW appear to be fine with petrol engines.

Also dimensionly where & why is the bootspace decreasing 60l. 

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