Audi’s S models are the middle children of the lineup, wedged between the mainstream A models and the full-on performance RS models. But since there’s never any guarantee that we’ll get the RS version of a given model in the U.S. (we don’t have the current generation of the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant, for example), S models are more important here than they are in Europe. So this footage of a heavily camouflaged 2017 Audi S4 testing at the Nurburgring is something you should pay attention to.
Even under the camo, it doesn’t look as though the car will be a major evolution in styling, more of a tweak. But the current B8 generation of the car has been around for a while and has been a strong seller, so apparently Audi doesn’t want to fix what isn’t broken. That said, we’re likely to see a few changes, particularly in the lights, which Audi seems obsessed with fine-tuning. And much like the styling, the engine will remain the same 3.0 TFSI, but tuned to produce a bit more power, likely around 350 horsepower, up from 333.