Rarely do I pull to the shoulder of the mountain roads I travel, whip out my smartphone, and take notes right in the middle of a test drive. The 2013 Audi S4’s sheer brilliance, however, had so many superlatives whizzing about in my head that I had to take a break from the action to stab mercilessly at my touchscreen so that I wouldn’t forget to share all of them with you. (Why use QWERTY on a smartphone? I find voice dictation to be almost as unreliable as my big, fat, stubby fingers.)
It might be easy to look at the Audi S4 and assume it to be just another overpriced and undersized sedan that justifies its window sticker with a set of four shiny chrome rings in the grille. For people who love to drive but require more practicality than a sports car can deliver, and who desire a sedan constructed of premium materials and wearing a premium brand, that would be a huge mistake. The S4 sits atop the current Audi A4 hierarchy, and its position is well deserved. I’ll cut right to the chase: If I were spending my own $50,000 on a luxury sport sedan, this S4 would be parked in my garage.