While some automakers have started moving away from diesel engines to focus on alternative-powered cars instead, Audi isn’t willing to say goodbye to oil burners – not just yet.
In fact, a large chunk of their sporty vehicles in Europe and other markets around the world continue to rely on diesels, including the new Euro-spec S4 Sedan and Avant. The models pack a 3.0-liter V6 TDI that produces 347 PS (342 hp / 255 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Their gasoline-powered counterparts have 7 PS (7 hp / 5 kW) more but 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque less.
Officially, the S4 estate needs 4.9 seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) with both engine options, whereas the four-door model is 0.1 seconds quicker with the TDI, and 0.2 seconds faster with the TSI breathing air from behind the new grille.
But how quick are they in the real world, with a regular driver behind the wheel? The answer comes from AutoMannTV, who tested out the S4 Avant TDI in Italy, and can be seen on video at the end of the page.
Now, while we won’t spoil the result, we will tell you not to expect a top speed run. Not yet, at least, because unlike Germany, where traveling extremely fast is still legal on some highway sections, Italians are not fond of that.
Keeping your right foot down long enough, where legislation allows it, will bring the car up to a limited 250 km/h (155 mph) which is more than enough, especially for a premium diesel model that’s part of a dying breed.