I’m still learning my early-90s Audi history, so a little review:
Right after sudden-acceleration problems in the 80s, and right before the A-nomenclature transitioned Audi into the modern era, there was a weird middle ground. Â The 100 begat the S4, which became the A6, which gave birth to the S6. Â The Ur-S4 was a good-looking German sedan, bridging the gap between Audi’s square years and the first A4s and 6s. Â One great thing about the original S4 is its use of a turbocharged 2.2l inline-5, an engine configuration that is pretty much synonymous with Classic Audi to me (and a great inclusion on the new TT-RS). Â In the S4 the engine produced 230 hp, a pretty healthy amount for the time Â considering the contemporary and venerable E36 M3 had just 10 more. Â All in all, a pretty great way to start the S-sedan lineage.
Today we have an Ur-S4 nearly as beautiful as the day it rolled off the lot. Â It’s covered a moderate 100k miles and comes with the manual transmission. Â The bonus part of the 5-speed is the automatically-biasing Torsen differential it came with, while autos came with transfer boxes. Â It’s looking fine on chunky 5-spokes and sprayed in that trademark Audi Pearl White.
There’s plenty of (deserved) pessimism when it comes to maintenance on older Audis, though I don’t know much about the 2.2l’s reputation in that regard (if you do, please share in the comments!). Â Regardless, 101,000 miles is attractively low on a 17 year-old car, moreso when you see how well this car has been taken care of. Â The interior is shockingly nice, and who knew they were doing carbon fiber trim in the early 90s? Â It looks great, especially with the white leather, but makes the old-school Audi steering wheel a bit anachronistic. Â The engine compartment also looks very clean and ready to rumble. Â So we’ve got a gorgeous, clean and quick mid-size luxury car including the magic words “turbo” and “manual” with no reserve and currently under $5k? Â Yes please.