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2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet

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The Audi S4 cabriolet is distinguished from the A4 cabriolet by larger air inlets in the bumper, Xenon headlights with a titanium-coloured surround behind the glass and the outside mirror with an aluminium finish.

A glance at the rear reveals powerful twin exhaust pipes. The Audi S4 Cabriolet runs on 18-inch cast aluminium wheels of S design with 235/40 R18 tyres.

Inside too, this Cabriolet is immediately identifiable as an S4. The instrument cluster, for example, has the grey dials that are characteristic of S?models and special needles.

There is a choice of carbon fibre, piano finish, brushed aluminium and birch wood for the inlays.

The car's sporty character is emphasised by the three-spoke leather-covered sports steering wheel with S emblem. There are shift paddles behind the steering wheel on cars with the 6-speed tiptronic transmission.

The Alcantara/leather sports seats, which have a lumbar support, an adjustable thigh support and can be electrically adjusted in several directions, provide firm lateral support and excellent comfort on long journeys.

V8 engine

The Audi S4 Cabriolet's eight-cylinder engine develops 253 kW at 7 000 r/min, and delivers a massive 410 Nm of torque at 3 500 r/min.

The Audi S4 Cabriolet sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.9 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h.

Power is delivered to the 18-inch cast aluminium wheels via a 6-speed close-ratio gearbox of the latest model generation with a precise shift action and short lever travel.

The selector mechanism is decoupled, which largely prevents load-reversal movements or vibrations from being transmitted to the gear lever.

In addition, the S4 Cabriolet with 6-speed tiptronic transmission offers a dynamic shift program, additional Sport program and shift paddles on the steering wheel combines sports-style driving with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

The lightweight aluminium chassis consists of four-link front and trapezoidal-link rear suspension, and is designed to ensure maximum steering precision and clearly defined road behaviour with excellent lateral stability.

Ride comfort also benefits from this ingenious suspension design, since low unsprung weight makes the suspension more responsive to road-surface irregularities.

Like the S4 saloon and Avant, the S4 Cabriolet has firm sports suspension settings.


The servotronic steering is a standard feature; it varies the degree of power assistance according to road speed, so that the correct combination of steering precision and light action is obtained.

The new Audi S4 Cabriolet has quattro permanent four-wheel drive as a standard feature.

The safety package contains seat belts with belt-force limiter and belt tensioner for all passengers, together with full-size front and side airbags.

The side airbags integrated into the front seats are designed to protect the head and thorax.

If the car should roll over, an active roll-over protection system in the double rear bulkhead adds to the occupants' safety.

In this case, two protective bars, controlled by sensors, are triggered behind the rear passengers within milliseconds.


The S4 Cabriolet retails for R588 000 for the six-speed manual and R599 500 for the six-speed tiptronic automatic. Included is a five-year or 100 000 km Freeway maintenance plan.

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