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Performance Review: Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro - [1997]

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Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro - [1997]

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Figures & Specs Summary:

  • Year: 1997 | Type: Saloon
  • Engine: 2716 cc (165.7 ci) 24 Valve
  • Engine Formation: V6
  • Aspiration: Turbo
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Transmission: 6 speed / Manual
  • Top Speed: 153 mph (246.2 kph)
  • 0-60 mph (96.6 kph): 5.5 secs
  • 0-100 kph (0-62 mph): 5.7 secs
  • 0-100 mph (160.9 kph): 14.8 secs
  • Power: 261 bhp (194 kW) @ 7000 rpm
  • Kerbweight: 1562 kgs (3443 lbs)
  • Torque: 295 lb-ft (399.9 Nm) @ 6000 rpm
  • Drive: AWD | Engine Location: Front
  • 1/4 Mile (Est.): 14.28 secs @ 95.8 mph
  • BHP Per Ton: 167.0 bhp
  • Torque Per Ton: 188.8 lb-ft
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Audi A4 Performance Review.

Introduction:

This edition of the Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro is the 6 speed / Manual version and was first brought out in 1997. This was at around the same time as the introduction of the 1997 TVR Speed 12 7.7L V12 and the 1997 McLaren F1 GT 6.1 V12.This particular Audi A4 has a 2716cc Turbo Petrol powerplant with 6 cylinders in a V formation.

Radical RXC 3.5 V6 Twin Turbo - [2014] image

Alternative Petrol V6's includes the 2014 Radical RXC 3.5 V6 Twin Turbo

The A4 shares its Petrol V6 engine configuration with the likes of the 2014 Radical RXC 3.5 V6 Twin Turbo and the 2015 Radical RXC Turbo 500 3.5 V6. If you're looking for other fast cars which share the A4's All Wheel Drive, Saloon combination then how about the or the .

Power and Weight:

Weighing in at 1562 kgs (3443 lbs) this makes the Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro in the same weight category as the 2021 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae 6.5 V12 or the give or take 50kg.

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The Audi A4 shares the same bhp with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD (266 bhp)

In terms of power the 2716cc 24V V6 engine produces 261 bhp (194 kW) @ 7000 rpm similar to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD (266 bhp) or the 2020 Lotus Elise Cup 250 1.8 Supercharged (243 bhp).

The Turbo V6 throws out 295 lb-ft (399.9 Nm) @ 6000 rpm placing it with cars of similar torque performance figures such as the 2021 KIA K5 GT 2.5 Turbo (311 lb-ft) or the 2021 Honda Civic Type R 2.0 16V Limited Edition (295 lb-ft).

Power to Weight:

If one combines the weight with power or torque performance for the Audi A4 you can get a better idea of it's real world performance.

Audi Q7 6.0 V12 TDi Quattro - [2008] image

The 2008 Audi Q7 6.0 V12 TDi Quattro (191.9 bhp per ton) has similar Bhp Per Ton stats as the Audi A4.

The Audi A4 has a Power to weight ratio of 167.0 bhp per ton and 188.8 lb-ft per ton. Bhp Per Ton figures of the 1997 A4 competing with the 2008 Audi Q7 6.0 V12 TDi Quattro (191.9 bhp per ton) or the 2013 BMW 5 Series M550d xDrive F10 (191.8 bhp per ton).


Power to Weight(cont.):

If you agree with the late great Carroll Shelby then arguably an even better indicator of potential performance, Torque. Use weight as well and you end up with - Torque per ton, with the Audi A4 generating around 188.8 lb-ft per ton. If you're curious as to what other cars have as much torque to weight then look no further than the 1986 Ferrari 208 Turbo 2.0L V8 (213.7 lb-ft per ton) or the 2004 Chrysler 300 6.1 SRT-8 (213.7 lb-ft per ton).

Acceleration:

With a 0-60mph time of 5.5 secs or a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) of 5.7 secs, this made the Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro as fast as the 2019 Ford Focus ST 2.3 EcoBoost (5.5 secs) the 2017 Seat Leon SC Cupra 300 (5.5 secs) the 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300 DSG (5.5 secs) the or the 2017 Honda Civic Type R 2.0i 16v Turbo - FK8 (5.5 secs). This Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro is also faster than the 2020 Maserati Ghibli GranSport Petrol Hybrid (5.6 secs) the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range (5.6 secs) the 2018 Renault Megane RS 1.8 Turbo 300 Trophy EDC (5.6 secs) the and the 2018 Renault Megane RS 1.8 Turbo 300 Trophy (5.6 secs).

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Quarter Mile time is a close race between the A4 and the 1999 Subaru Impreza RB5 - Classic

When talking about the performance of the Audi A4 on the drag strip it can reach a quarter mile in an estimated 14.28 secs @ 95.8 mph. Similar performance down the quarter mile can be found with the the 1999 Subaru Impreza RB5 - Classic (14.22 secs), the 2020 KIA Stinger GT 3.3 V6 Turbo (14.22 secs), and the 2020 KIA Stinger GT2 3.3 V6 Turbo (14.22 secs).

Top Speed:

Modern performance cars are often artificially restricted to 155mph. The 1997 version of the Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro has a maximum speed of 153mph.

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Top Speed of the 1997 A4 equals the 1999 Porsche Boxster 3.2 S 260 (164 mph)

If maxing out your car on the AutoBahn is your thing and you're wondering what's faster than the 1997 Audi A4 S4 2.7T Quattro then how about the 1999 Porsche Boxster 3.2 S 260 (164 mph), the 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP400S (164 mph), or the 1967 Ford GT 40 (164 mph).

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