The 2024 S4 Avant was caught in testing for the first time, and Audi apparently wasn’t ready for us to see it. During an active downhill ride the car overheats the front brakes, which explains the pillars of smoke that you can see in the image below.

While this doesn’t bode well for the intended performance model, we suggest that’s what testing is all about. Indeed, our photographers should receive a scholarship for assistance Audi ‘engineers find a problem.

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The result of the excitement, however, is that we also get shots S4Interior and its engine. The latter looks something like you’d expect (engine cover and a few hoses), but the interior shots give some ideas from the not-quite-round steering wheel, to the touch-sensitive capacitive buttons on its spokes and, interestingly, to the driver on the left.

It looks like the window controls and lock buttons (at least) will be switched to flat pads, which seem to be in vogue these days. The number of fingerprints already on them explains why some buyers may object to the choice.

From the outside, meanwhile, the new S4 looks very similar A4 Avantwhich is quite natural, especially with so much camouflage. One obvious difference, however, is behind it. This model has double exhaust pipes on both sides of the back, which is the biggest hint that it is more productive S4.

Audi has yet to disclose details on what will drive the new model, however current S4 offered with both diesel and gas fuel (depending on which market you are in). Either way, you get a 3.0-liter V6, but a gas engine that is offered in North America. Australia and other regions produce 349 liters. s. (260 kW / 354 hp) and 499 Nm of torque. Diesel, which is the only offer in Europe, gives 342 hp. (255 kW / 347 hp) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.

This particular prototype S4 Avant is equipped with a V6, as evidenced by photos of the engine compartment (note the three trapezoidal recesses on both sides of the engine cover), and the location of the air intake hose indicates that it is TFSI. This means that, in all likelihood (and unlike the four-cylinder C-Class Mercedes-AMG), the V6 engines will be carried over to a new generation, possibly enhanced by a soft-hybrid system.

We expect Audi introduce the new A4 and S4 later this year or early 2023. In Europe, customers will likely be able to purchase it as a 2023 model, but Americans will likely have to wait until the 2024 model year before it becomes available, most likely only as a sedan.

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Photo: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

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