Singapore - Over here on our sunny island, much as we love our loud and brash supercars clad in psychedelic colours, we dig sleeper cars too. What’s a sleeper you ask?
Well, its basically a vehicle with insane performance levels dressed up to look as mundane as any other car on the street minus the customary sporting badges - the direct opposite of everything a showy supercar stands for.
But the biggest draw of a sleeper car is the look on the faces of those supercar owners when you match them gear for gear when moving off at the lights, taking them on at the corners, or even better, leave them in the dust.
In the early days to get a sleeper you had to spend incredulous amounts of money on a conventional car just to have it keep up with the big boys. However in this day and age, sleepers are no longer out of reach and with Audi’s new S4, you could buy one right off the shelf.
To put the new S4 in perspective, it does not have the wide fenders or screaming badges of the upcoming RS4 (the S4 is 101hp down and is just 0.6 seconds slower to 100km/h), instead, you get the regular A4 body with only a sprinkling of S4 badges here and there plus big brakes all round - the only tell-tale sign that this isn’t any run-of-the-mill Audi.
As such, the S4 becomes a sort of middle ground for the driver that wants a faster A4 but without the big hoo-ha that’s tagged onto the RS4.
Of course the true gear head would point out the bumpers, trim, boot-lid spoiler and exhaust are also vastly different, but then again, no one will be able to notice any of these when it gets dark and the only thing they will see coming would be headlamps in the rearview, silhouette of the typical A4 at the side followed by the tail-lamps. Ultimate sleeper? Sure feels like it.