Dial “S” for Speed: 1995 Audi S6 Avant

Yesterday’s C5 S6 Avant was a great reminder of what we’ve recently lost from Audi – the fast wagon. But try as they might, even Audi themselves don’t seem to have managed to capture the magic and legendary reliability coupled with tuning potential of the original C4 S4 and S6 Avants. While we didn’t get the S4 Avant or the hotter out of the box V8 6-speed versions in the U.S., we did get the the fantastic turbocharged inline-5 mated to the 1995 Audi S6 in Avant form. A handful of these cars were imported to the U.S. originally, and most have been heavily used or thoroughly modified; few remain in clean, original condition with lower miles. They do pop up time to time, but today isn’t one of them. That’s because today’s Avant has been thoroughly upgraded and turned up thanks to 2Bennett Audimotive in California:

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Year: 1995
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 141,000 mi
Price: $14,000

Sadly, it’s time…Selling my prized 95 UrS6. California car and has only seen about one month of one winter (and last year’s winter driving school). The car has been meticulously maintained and has all the service records dating back to 2006. Here’s the description from the original bring-a-trailer ad (how I purchased):

The entire exterior of the car was recently restored (in 2010), including new clear-coat paint by 2Bennett, European S6 Plus bumpers (though there are now some minor scratches that could use touching up), grills, badging, trim, and European front turn signals. 2Bennett Stage 2 GT (6-Piston) Brakes, stainless braided brake-lines, and 2 Bennett Camber adjustment plates are also added.

The car includes like-new 18×8.5 RS6 reps (purchased through 2Bennett); sale of winter-ready Avus 17×8 from a 2003 Audi S6 Avant with brand new (studdable) snow tires is negotiable.

Also newly installed (with less than 500 miles currently) is a 2Bennett Coil Program suspension. Details here: http://www.2bennett.com/2Bcoilprogram.html. The car currently has 141K miles and still purrs like a kitten (or a lion, depending on how hard you hit the throttle).

The drivetrain has been tastefully modified w/ 2Bennett software, ceramic engine kit, RS2 exhaust manifold, and Samco hoses. Andrew, the owner of 2Bennett Audimotive as well as Lee the owner of Advanced Technologies can be contacted for reference – the car has been serviced in these two shops over the past 8 years.

The car is currently located in Arlington, MA; asking $14K – price negotiable. Additional photos upon request.

If interested, email: j.glazebrook@gmail.com

One of the best features of this car is the subtle but important change to the European bumpers. They both slim down the car in the right way but also crank up the aggressiveness a notch. But it’s not all show; underneath the hood the engine has been upgraded and it has better suspension and brakes to deal with the power. My guess is those brakes mean this car won’t see 16″ wheels again, which is a bit of a shame because it could be a real sleeper with smaller wheels. I’d personally opt out of both sets of wheels as I don’t think either suits the car well; source some S6+, Borleo or European S8 wheels to really make this car pop. Otherwise, the only drawback is the high price; $14,000 is a whole lot of money for a modified S6. But it’s done well and compared to some of the other higher asking price S6 Avants, this one is equal to if not better than all of them. Comparatively, it’s also only a tad bit more than most of the E30 Tourings that are streaming into the country – and this car is much, much more special.

Thanks to our readers Peter and John for alerting us to this special ride.

-Carter

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5 Comments

  1. Quality mods on a rust free car.

    If the paint work was done well this could be the one to get.

  2. Too bad he didn’t opt for the Boleros that 2Bennett offered with it when he made the purchase. It would have made for the car aesthetically near perfect IMO.

  3. This is a nice example. Was advertised for $16,500 on BaT if I remember correctly. You can search for the ad on their site.

    Note other than the first photo, the rest are from the previous CA-based seller. A northeast winter can take it’s toll, especially the past one.

    OEM 16″ Avus style wheels still fit with Porsche front brake upgrades. Not sure about these six piston calipers, though.

  4. Chris E, yeah, agreed – more up to date photos would be nice especially when asking top dollar. Re: brakes – from 2B’s site:

    Stage2 GT is now a standard 2B package for ’98 & later S4, A4 ’02&later, A5, S5, A6 Biturbo & 4.2, A8 $2280. Stage2 GT Packages are 2B systems featuring 350mm (13.8″) rotors and 6 piston Brembo calipers. The standard color option is silver with all Audi body colors available for an additional $250 per pair.

    Stage2 GT Packages Include:

    2- Rotors 330-350 mm diameter x 32mm, gas vented [slotted], directional vane, Zinc plated

    2- 6 piston Brembo calipers (standard silver)

    2- Hard anodized billet aluminum hubcentric center hats

    All hardware needed

    Set of stainless steel braided lines

    Set of high performance brake pads. Several compounds available.

    1- bottle of Motul racing fluid or Pentosin fluid

    Complete Kits $2280.

    Now, they don’t explicitly state that 17″ wheels are necessary but they also don’t say “fits under 16″ wheels” and, judging by the photos, it’s hard to imagine that they do. They have a shot of one of the 3 pistons under a 17″ wheel and there doesn’t appear to be much clearance!

  5. Wheels are too big and I don’t like the eurotrash turn signals. Maybe it’s the contrast between the resulting enlarged milky area against the green.

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