Audi S4 Cabriolet (B6)
Cost new: £40,969. Value now: £8,500
Low miles and low price, plus a thrumming V8 gloriousness – it's difficult to resist, no?
Audi's S4 may not have the glamour of the RS but it doesn't leave you wanting for performance, with a 302lb-ft thump and 60mph a memory in less than six seconds.
However, many S4s we've seen have suffered from indifferent care and as such are about as tempting as the clap. Happily, this one bucks that trend – save for a few minor blemishes it's in good condition, with relatively low mileage.
The bodywork presents well overall, though there are a few swirl marks and minor scratches here and there. There's a solitary parking dint on the driver's side. We could only find very minor stonechips to the front of the car, though there is a small chip half-way up the windscreen. The Bridgestone Potenza 5001s (235/40 R18s front and rear) have a good level of tread remaining, and the wheels themselves are devoid of kerbing damage or corrosion. The cloth hood works without error and we found no leaks when we washed the car.
Under the bonnet it's not studiously clean but all the fluids are up to the correct mark and none decided to part ways with the mothership during our time with the car. The paperwork file reveals that it was serviced twice yearly by a mixture of Audi dealers and independents until 2014, and yearly since then, with the mileage fully backed up.
The interior is in largely good order too, though there are a few minor blemishes to the trim. There are a few minor dints in the aluminium trim strip on the driver's side and there are some minor nail marks on the door cards. The soft-touch material on the driver's side door pull is a bit patchy. There are a few marks on the seats and some creasing to the driver's seat cushion, but nothing too concerning. The driver's right seat bolster is discoloured and lightly worn.
The 4.2-litre V8 instantly fires up to a whispery-smooth idle, and on the move the S4 pulls irresistibly forward with a big-hearted woofle. We detected no flat spots through the gears; the gearbox and clutch were light and precise too. There were no dead spots in the steering, no peculiar noises from the suspension and the brakes brought the car to a halt quickly and predictably.
While there are a few minor imperfections, this is a lot of car for not a great deal of money. It's a good S4 you can enjoy during the summer and then get the minor jobs done during the winter. Well worth a look.
AUDI S4 Convertible
On sale at www.auto-vogue.co.uk
Transmission 4WD, 6-speed manual
Top speed 155mph
Choose your Audi S4 (B6)
Audi launches the S4 in saloon and Avant form in 2003, with the Cabriolet following in 2004. All variants are powered by an all-aluminium 4.2-litre, 40-valve V8. It's available with either a Getrag M6S six-speed manual gearbox or ZF 6HP19 tiptronic automatic. It also has Torsen T-2 quattro permanent four-wheel drive. Aluminium trim (later aluminium-covered plastic in some areas) identify an S4 over the standard A4.
Avant and saloon bow out in 2004, a year before the cabrio.
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