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The Audi S4 is now a diesel car, too

Audi’s dieselisation of its S-badged sports saloons continues apace

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Remember when diesel was the bad guy? Of course you do. It was about five minutes ago. But the VW Group, the company that sent diesel cars into a spiral of uncoolness in the first place, appears to be bringing it back again.

Thus the new Audi S4 saloon and estate will get a mild-hybrid TDI set-up just like the S5, S6 and S7. In Europe, it’s going to be at the expense of a petrol version.

The engine in question is a 3.0-litre V6 producing 342bhp (decent) and 516lb ft (holy moly). Expect the S4 to be astonishingly adept in the traditional hunting ground of the mid-size Audi saloon: the aggressive middle-lane undertake.

Both versions weigh around 1.8 tons, hit 62mph in less than five seconds and top out at 155mph. Similar performance to the petrol-powered Mercedes-AMG C43, but offering around 45mpg, the S4 is a whole 15mpg more useful. And if it sounds anything like the old diesel SQ5, it might even make a decent noise, too.

Enough to make diesel cool again? Or is it all still too soon?

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