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2008 Audi S4 vs. Its Competition

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The 2008 Audi S4 range used to be the only compact luxury vehicle with an optional V-8.

Then along came the Cadillac CTS-V, which is absent from the market for the 2008 model year, as it's being redesigned.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 arrives this year with scorching V-8 power but no available all-wheel drive; ditto the BMW M3, which comes in convertible and coupe editions as well as four-door form.

The Lexus IS-F is a new entrant for the 2008 model year; it has 416 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 0-60-mph time quicker than all of these vehicles.

The Jaguar XF is an interesting alternative, without all-wheel drive but with far sexier looks and an innovative cabin to boot.

2008 Audi S4 2008 Audi S42009 Jaguar XF Luxury2009 Jaguar XF2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW M32008 Lexus IS F 2008 Lexus IS F2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
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The 2008 Audi S4 has aged gracefully—and still has fleet V-8 feet and great handling, too.
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The 2009 Jaguar XF is an easy car to love. It performs as well as anything in the class--and has unexpected glamorous touches that will win over converts.
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The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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The 2008 Lexus IS-F challenges the best from Germany, bringing 168-mph capability with an uber-high pricetag to boot.
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The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sports a fluid ride, spot-on handling, and shrieking power to make it the most accomplished C-Class ever built.
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$48,610Browse Used Listings$49,200Browse Used ListingsN/ABrowse Used Listings$56,000Browse Used Listings$53,800Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8N/AGas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
Compact- TBD -N/ASub-CompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan LuxuryN/AF 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4-Door SedanN/A4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
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