Most cars get fatter as they get facelifts. As they age, they're heavier, pricier, and aren't the bargain they used to be, despite added technology and higher horsepower.
So when Audi dropped 100 pounds and $3,000 off its 2010 S4, we knew something had to give. And so went the throaty 4.2 liter, 340 horsepower V-8. But while seemingly benign, the S4's new 3.0 liter supercharged six puts out just seven less horsepower, 23 pound-feet more torque, and a massive bump in fuel economy to a reasonable 19/27. All with a wide power curve and no lag.
The rest of the car is as perfect as it gets: rear-biased all-wheel drive that no longer feels nose-heavy, an easy-to-engage clutch, a firm, precise shifter, and idiot-proof handling. Trust me on that last one.
So what if the S4's buttons and switches are placed in all the wrong places doing all the wrong things? You won't need a radio when you can make a 3 Series owner this jealous.