By Gaywheels.com Staff
Stimulation comes in various forms: auditory, olfactory, visual and tactile. One man’s catalyst may do nothing for the next guy. This applies to vehicles as well. A car can be absolutely stunning but not make any pleasant sounds, which may be fine for many people. For others, it is all about the handling and exhaust note, it simply touches their soul. Rarely does one vehicle hit on all four senses. The 2006 Audi S4 Sedan might just be one of those rarities.
Equipped with a 4.2L 340 hp aluminum alloy V8 engine, 6-speed manual transmission and Audi’s Quattro AWD it definitely has the goods to make it a performer. Thankfully, it not only goes fast, and handles like a dream, it sounds the part as well. The noises it makes are enough to make a grown man weep. We found our very own CarDiva sitting in the driveway, revving the engine just to listen to the growl of this car.
Adding to the sensory pleasures is a beautiful design finished with the high attention to detail that one expects from Germany’s finest. Our Brilliant Red Audi was gorgeous and the interior had enough black leather to outfit the best from the Castro to Berlin. It was a place you could spend hours, and not feel punished doing so.
The interior is nicely laid out with top quality material. The 12-way power front Recaro seats are extremely comfortable, firm and supportive and with all the adjustments possible, anyone can find a comfortable driving position. The standard equipment list is long and it can be outfitted with all the latest goodies including Navigation, Bluetooth and Premium Audio; all of which we highly recommend.
As in many areas of life, you must pay to play and the sticker price with options for our tester was $55,170 (included a $2,900 premium package, $1,950 Audi Navigation system and a $1,500 Premium Audi Package). The base price for the 6-speed manual is $46,400.
Every new Audi comes with a 4-year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty, 4-year/50,000 mile NO CHARGE scheduled maintenance and a 4-years of roadside assistance.
- Engine – there is nothing like a V8
- Styling – classic A4 styling with subtle cues to differentiate
- Quattro – excellent handling and confidence in inclement weather
- Bluetooth – Every car should have this feature.
- Exhaust note!
- Audi’s NO CHARGE Scheduled Maintenance program
- Price: $55,000 is a lot of change for a compact sedan
- Interior: Snug for those of us with broader shoulders, back seat is tight
- Navigation system – could use more detail at this price point
Audi is a gay-friendly company.
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