01 Audi S4

Exec express swaps blower for turbo, becomes RS4-fast ress ower comes

TIMES ARE literally a-changing (and a-tumbling) when a humble V6 S4 can match the 4.7sec 0-100km/h claim of the now-defunct 4.2-litre V8 RS4.

Thank the new 260kW and 500Nm direct-injection 3.0-litre turbo V6 for this newfound pace, while a 75kg diet (taking it to 1630kg) and the ability to send up to 85 per cent of the drive rearward should make the new S4 a sweeter steer, too.

The ultimate performance introvert, Audiís new sportscar can be identified by its quad exhausts, 19-inch alloys and 25mm-lower ride height. Late 2016 arrival and circa-$100K pricing leaves room for a new RS4 the following year Ė itíll trade atmo eight for boosted six, too, so farewell revs and hello M3-rivalling outputs.