2001 Audi A4 1.8T quattro Sport

Audi loves to do things outside of the norm, and one of the odd things that they seem to do is to upgrade a car and then immediately discontinue it. Why they do this is beyond my level of comprehension, but it means that if you know what you’re looking for you can get a slightly more special version of the car you’re after. These half year models, known as the “.5″s, aren’t always the same – nor are they always well documented. The first I can think of is the 1987.5 Coupe GT; also dubbed the “Special Build”, it featured some serious upgrades including a larger 2.3 liter inline-5, 4-wheel disc brakes and a few trim differences from other GTs. Arguably, they’re the most highly sought after GTs with only a few hundred still kicking around. The same goes for the 1995.5 S6; minor trim and some mechanical changes, such as the change from a mechanical locking rear differential to the newer electronic system Audi would use in newer cars. But it didn’t end there, as in 2001 Audi upgraded the outgoing B5 A4 to 2001.5 specs. The changes were subtle; the A4 already had a refreshed front and rear lights in 1999, so you had to look underneath to find the reinforced front strut housings and changed ECUs. While the S4 didn’t exhibit any exterior differences, though, the A4 Sport package was different. Launched in 1999, the Sport package A4s initially had Ronal made “Swing” 7 spoke wheels that were replaced in 2001 by Speedline-made 7 spoke wheels that had a more square design and a center lug cover. But the 2001.5 models gained the “Celebration Package” as well, featuring 17″ wheels for the first time on the regular A4. It was, for all intents and purposes, the beginning of what would become the “Ultrasport” package on the B6 A4 in 2002. The “Celebration” wheels, as on the A6 2.7T and S8, mimic the RS4 design and became a signature wheel for the early 2000s Audis:

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Rare Tres: Audi S8 Roundup

I’ve made no excuses about my personal favoritism towards the Audi S8, but I think it’s reasonably justified. The E55 v 500E post from the other day reminded me why; sure, the E55 is a pretty cool car, but as one of the comments noted it looks a bit like a Kia. Park it next to a S8 and that’s brought into even starker contrast. Audi just got it right; the right amount of sport, a great engine and soundtrack, all-wheel drive and a gorgeous and luxurious interior. Today I’ve got three more rare-to-see colors; Avus Pearl, Andorra Red and Pearlesant White. Let’s look at my favorite first:

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2003 Audi S8 with 14,000 Miles

The Audi S8 is a very special car; a combination of sport and luxury that some of its rivals have managed to exceed in performance, but not necessarily execution. Certainly, newer BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz super-luxury sedans are much faster. Even Audi’s own new S8 and S6 are significantly quicker than the D2, with the best part of twice the power the 4.2 40 valve V8 originally offered. But the package of the S8 is what is so compelling. It’s a great looking car, with hardly an angle where it looks out of proportion. The presence it exudes is massive; it’s no Rolls Royce, but it’s a far cry from any Lexus. By 2003, the last year of the D2 S8 for the United States, there were only a few options on the S8; generally, you just had to choose what shade you’d want. And for the U.S. market, it’s hard for me to feel there is any better color combination for the S8 than the understated Avus Silver Pearl Effect with the not understated at all Oxblood interior. When you see one it what is effectively new condition, it’s amazingly stunning:

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Feature Listing: 2003 Audi RS6

Up until the early 2000s, Audi always did things a little differently than its countrymen. Critics and enthusiasts have sometimes criticized the designs for not being optimal, overly complicated or ill-timed. But get into a RS car – any RS car – and it’s hard not to be completely thrilled. Audi certainly pulled out the stops for it’s top of the line, quattro GmbH assembled super-sedans and avants; the great details abound. Subtly flared fenders, special bumpers, larger wheels and massive brakes, lowered ride height and signature twin exhaust became the blueprint for the RS4 and RS5 to follow and hinted at the new bar that Audi set, but under the hood lurked something special in the RS6. Like the S6 the power was derived from a V8, but in the RS6 two turbochargers boosted performance to 440 horsepower with torque to match. The power was seamless and unabated; more a freight train that never let up than a rush of power. This car is deceptively fast, so quiet and unassuming it really was the ultimate Q-ship of its time. I was lucky enough to push one of these cars to its limit when new around Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, and while it’s no lightweight sports car, the amount of speed and grip it generates is otherworldly, and it can easily keep up with many cars that should be quicker. Inside you were bathed in luxury; soft touch plastics, warm colors on the dashboard, excellent seats that managed to both be supportive and comfortable. There were small details too that helped to make the RS6 feel even more exclusive; the Alcantara headliner, alternating color piping on the leather, rich wood accents and carbon fiber details that were sprinkled in just the right proportions to make this car the ultimate Autobahn weapon:

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Tuner Tuesday Double Take: Two Supercharged Audi A4s

The Audi B5 was really the first Audi chassis that gained mass appeal for modifications. Sure, the Quattro, 5000, 200, S4 and S6 all had crowds that followed them and modified them, but it was really the B5 that took the Audi tuning theme to the masses. Most of those masses focused on two models; if you were new to the brand you bought and modified the plentiful and relatively cheap 1.8T, and if you could swing the hefty payments you bought the twin-turbocharged S4. Both accepted increased levels of boost easily, making them a no brainer for the tuning crowd. But quickly forgotten in the mix was the silky-smooth 2.8 V6. Initially available in 12 valve form, in 1998 Audi upgraded to the 30V heads. For the first time, the Audi V6 produced power levels near its competition, and the smooth and responsive V6 was a nice match for the slick look of the A4. But easy to tune it wasn’t; you weren’t left with many options outside of exhaust and intake if you wanted to turn the wick up on your 2.8. Unless, of course, you turned to unnatural forms of aspiration – happily supplied by PES in the form of a supercharger:

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2003 Audi RS6

As much as the E39 BMW M5 changed the game for sports sedans, the Audi RS6 took the executive supercar-slayer to the next level. Sporting a twin turbocharged version of the venerable 4.2 V8, the Audi RS6 offered simply stunning performance with 450hp on tap. But horsepower wasn’t the only result of the forced induction, because the RS6 also offered nearly 70 lb.ft of torque more than the S62 motor. Sure, it was a touch heavier than the E39, but on the highway this car was and still is a monster. Like the E39, good condition examples of these super sedans are now trading in the mid 20s; today there is a beautiful grey over grey example with no reserve on the auction. Looking ready to surprise a few 911s, take a look at one of our favorites:

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2004 Audi TT Roadster 3.2 S-Line

Okay, so it’s not exactly convertible weather here in New England, but the dreary weather of late has me wishing for a bit more sunshine and warmth, and what better way to invigorate the morning than some wishful thinking. In this case, it’s in the sunshine-loving and retina searing form of an Imola Yellow Audi TT. This is perhaps one of the rarest first generation TTs available and was as expensive as they came, with the 3.2 VR6 and DSG dual-clutch transmission in S-Line Roadster form. As if that wasn’t enough, this particular model is also basically brand new, with a scant 17,000 miles covered in nearly 10 years. If you long for a new king of the Mk.1 TTs at a cut-rate price, this may be the perfect opportunity:

Year: 2004
Model: TT Roadster S-line
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 17,500 mi
Price: $22,000 Buy It Now

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2004 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro Roadster S-Line

We are proud to offer one of the most exceptional Audi TT’s on the market, in this perfect 2004 17K mile Audi TT.

Very desirable- low miles- Imola Yellow over gray interior- Audi Quattro S line 250HP DSG Transmission. Two owner previously, never seen rain, always pampered. Upgraded alloy 18″ wheels- upgraded Bose sound system- Premium package- power convertible top- 6 disc CD changer- heated seats- Xenon headlights- Rear lip extension.

This example is nearly perfect throughout and comes impeccably maintained and fully documented.
The original MSRP was over $47K-here is your chance to attain this Roadster at a bargain price. Less than a thousand Roadsters were shipped over to the US.
This TT has been fully serviced since day one and is ready to be enjoyed.

Please call for more information on this stunning Roadster 267.934.2347

Perfect throughout sure sums up how this TT looks, and while the sticker price – a cool $22,000 – sounds like a lot for a early TT, the reality is that the condition of this car probably warrants the price. I’m not a huge fan of the Celebration wheels and wish this had the rare 19″ 3.2 multi-spoke wheels instead, but since they’re in perfect condition I’m not sure that’d be a deal breaker. The real question is if you’d want Imola Yellow – in all honesty, if I were in the market for one of these I think I’d hold out for the equally rare Papaya Orange color. Despite this, the opportunities to get into a car of this condition for this money won’t be frequent, and considering the rarity and condition I don’t think the price is all that outlandish. Now, where’s the sun?

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels: Quattro Audi Favorites

Much like Volkswagen, Audi went from a fairly conservative wheel lineup through 1995 to some of the best looking wheels on the market. Consequently, there have been countless knockoffs that have sprouted up at budget prices; they always look appealing price wise, but never seem to perfectly replicate the original wheels. For my money and car, I’d always choose the OEM options over the replicas, which means looking to the used wheel market instead of brand new wheels – luckily, there are lots of folks who like to remove their high-quality great looking wheels for something…well, not OEM. Take a look at today’s offerings from Audi then:

Year: 2002-2003
Model: RS6 Celebration
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 30
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,099 Buy It Now

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4 Genuine OEM Audi RS6 wheels off of my Black RS6 (I am riding on black Aftermarket wheels).

All Center caps are included (normally $70 each at Audi Dealership – I had to buy one for this listing)

These must go – I need to pay a bill or two.

TO CHECK PRICING – LOOK AT THIS AUCTION FOR 1 WHEEL – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-OEM-Audi-RS4-2003-RS6-18-18×85-ET30-Wheel-Rim-4B3601025R-/161064533900

YOU CAN HAVE A MATCHING SET FOR A GREAT DISCOUNT!!

The RS4 and RS6 wheels are undoubtedly one of the most knocked-off designs, and poor quality versions adorn everything from budget beater A4s to Golfs. Audi even knocked off it’s own wheel, with the “Celebration” wheel that appeared on both the A4 and S8, but the real deal big-offset wheels are the ones to get if you can fit them. These are great looking wheels with only a light amount of damage at a great price. Looking for something a little better and more cutting edge? How about these S5/RS4 wheels:

Year: 2009+
Model: S5/RS4
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 32
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 255-35-19
Price: $2,995 Buy It Now

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OEM 19×8.5 INCH RIMS WITH 32 OFFSET
WHEELS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION
NO CURB RASH ON THESE WHEELS!
ABSOLUTELY NO DINGS SCRAPES ETC.
THESE WHEELS ARE IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION! DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS! THESE RIMS ARE A+
COMES WITH OEM AUDI CENTER CAPS AS PICTURED
COMES WITH FACTORY TPMS SENSORS (TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM)
TIRES ARE 255/35/19 DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX GT. 2 TIRES HAVE ABOUT 90% TREAD REMAINING AND 2 HAVE ABOUT 75% TREAD REMAINING
SHIPPING: FEDEX GROUND
NO INTERNATIONAL, ALASKA, HAWAII, OR P.O. BOX SHIPPING.. 48 STATES ONLY
MONEY-BACK QUALITY GARAUNTEE* *MINUS RE-STOCKING FEE IF RETURNED AND BUYER PAYS RETURN SHIPPING
ANY QUESTIONS, JUST ASK!

Big, big, big. These wheels are aggressive and great looking. They really help to set the S5 apart from the competition, and look fantastic dressing up earlier S models. Speedline manufactured these wheels so they’re assured to be high quality. A bit too aggressive? How about a set of the popular S4 and S5 “Peelers”:

Year: 2012
Model: S5 S-line “Peelers”
Diameter: 19″
Width: 9″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 33
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: No Reserve Auction

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I have a nearly brand new set of 19″ OEM Audi factory SLINE speedline wheels for sale that were recently removed from a Audi S5. The 2008 forward A5 and S5 vehicles use a lower offset (33mm) hence these wheels will fit the RS4 and RS6 vehicles as well. Additionally the Q5 uses a 33mm offset so these are perfect for Q5 as well. These wheels are a great way to update/upgrade your car while improving the appearance and increasing the value of your car. OEM Audi center caps will be included.

Wheels: 9X19, offset is 33mm

The wheels are in excellent condition with no curb scrapes. They have the original OEM factory “hyper-silver” finish and have not been refinished. There are a few tiny little marks simply from moving/storing them but they are near mint. Bolt pattern is 5X112 and the offset is 33mm. I receive a substantial fedex shipping discount which I pass onto you so shipping will be between $30 -$35 per wheel within the U.S. and if outside the U.S. please contact me. If you need the wheels sooner don’t hesitate to contact me. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. If you want to see them in Newport Beach, CA please contact me. Free local pickup.

These wheels are also pretty aggressive but a tad more understated than the split RS wheels. The “Peeler” design has appeared now on all of the S and RS variants, and even has been slightly modified and reborn on the Golf R in the “Talledega”. Honestly, they all look great. Like the last set, they are Speedline made so high quality. These appear to be as close to new as possble, so it’ll be interesting to see where they end up. Too big for your roads? How about some evergreen Avus wheels:

Year: 2005-2007
Model: S4 “Avus”
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included, Worn
Price: $1,000 Buy It Now

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For Sale: OEM Avus Wheels

In great condition.
Tires will be included for free for shipping. Cannot guarantee tread condition.

Fits: 2004-2005 Audi A4 S4
Fits other 5:112 Audi’s and VW’s.
Confirm Offset with your dealer.

Additional Parts available, please contact for details.

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These are a perrenial favorite amongst Audi folks, and appear on many earlier models. There are several different versions of the Avus wheel (I count 6, I believe) but they’re all great in their own ways. They’ll dress them up any older big-body Audi you can fit them on, and even some Volkswagens. Tonal manufactured these wheels and they’re fairly high quality. These appear to be in pretty good condition overall but are a tad bit pricey honestly, I’d hold out for a set for a few hundred dollars less.

Which are your favorites?

-Carter