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Re: Damn those S4's are quick (more) (archive)

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Posted by dbruce on June 18, 2000 at 12:11:06:

In Reply to: Damn those S4's are quick (more) posted by Apex on June 18, 2000 at 06:50:53:

Test drove an S4.

Inside the cabin you can hear nothing of the engine or exhaust. It is as quiet as any car I have ever been in.

The stock exhaust is very quiet. As with the M3, many owners replace it....which is probably what you heard.

Handling is a bit sloppy when compared to a stock M3. Alot of lean....which I wasn't used to. Much more luxury oriented.

Power felt the same......actually it felt slower due to how quiet the car was. Couldn't hear the engine RPM climb like the M3.

I liked the car....but it is a completely different car then an M3. The S4 is geared more towards luxury and the M3 towards sport. The S4 is more civilized.......which, depending on what you are looking for, may not be a good thing.

Chipping an S4 will turn it into a beast. Reliability when chipped it still being determined.

Many have reported the drive train hitting the drive shaft in the S4(at least I think that was the offending parts) and causing an unpleasant banging sound during hard acceleration due to the chipped torque. Other minor problems have come up also.....none very serious just annoying. The car has only been out for less then a year, so time will tell.

: Saw a nice blue S4 on 280 SB yesterday, and bit when he blew by me on the way to the Sand Hill onramp. He led, then punched along the merge strip once he was clear for a launch, I followed suit. On our way to $1.00 the two cars made a damn fine sound together as we rowed the gears. I figure we must have been shifting at the same exact times- our rpm's were practically in tune with each other.

: I'm curious to know what the gearing is on an S4 - wondered if shift points are typically the same under hard acceleration, and if so, what that'd tell an M3 driver about the other car/driver combo. Would it be possible to listen to the M3's and S4's exhaust notes together and by comparing the two notes, tell if an S4 was shifting early, causing a lag in acceleration on his part? Just a thought. . .

: Oh, yeah, he pulled away in traffic.

: -Apex

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