There's a time and place for everything. As vague as that expression is, cruising through downtown, near the beach, at sunset... well, that's the time and place for a convertible. Yes, we've all had this discussion: convertibles soften a good sports car. If you're fortunate enough to have the perfect car for every driving occasion, you don't have to give it much thought. But even if the Audi S4 Cabriolet is the only car you own, you still don't have to give it much thought.

As a sedan, the S4 is an excellent vehicle, and the convertible just gives you another option. Even then, someone (who doubtless hasn't driven the S4 cabrio) will probably ask why you got such a good car and 'ruined' it with a drop-top. And so on and so forth, until you tell them to shut up. With the top down, I can better hear the oohs and aaahs from the drivers next to me.

The ooh is the 340-hp V8 engine with six-speed manual transmission; the aaah is everything about the power delivery, plus the packaging. The S4 uses Quattro four-wheel drive, and sits lower than a stock A4. The result is all-around greatness, top or no top. Which, by the way, is cloth, folding electronically into the trunk in 21 seconds. There's no sense in hiding behind a folding hard-top and trying to pass it off as coupe when the weather is bad.

With the aggressive S4 grille and badge, plus some carbon fiber in the cabin, the S4 Cabriolet is like any other Audi S-car: a high-performance machine with the just the right amount of luxury attire.

From The Hip
+ S4 greatness, even with a drop-top
- Enduring the diatribe against the S4 as a convertible

By Amanda Savercool
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