I’m not even going to try and sell you on the 2006 Audi S4. The old, V-8-powered, manual sport sedan featured in this comparison shares absolutely nothing with the 2020 Audi S4 we recently reviewed—aside from the badges on their nose and rump. But the black Audi S4 from 2006 you see before you is mine, and after I spent a little time in the brand new car, I thought it would be nice to look back and see how my little old Audi stacks up against the latest and greatest from Ingolstadt.
The new car is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic to all four wheels via Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi says the new S4 will reach 60 mph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds, but the 2018 car we tested did it in just 4.2 seconds. The 2020 S4 also costs $50,895 at base—but the car we tested was priced at $62,840.