Turned-up Titanium: 2008 Audi A4 2.0T quattro S-Line Titanium Package

If you walked in to your Audi dealer a little under a decade ago, an A4 sedan started at $31,000. That sounds like a lot, but consider for a moment that all these years later, the base price is still under $35,000. Click the S-Line package on your order form, as many did, and you snuck an extra $2,000 out of your bank account. That got you a black-only leather interior, the 1BE sport suspension, brushed aluminum trim, a S-Line 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, 18-Inch 5-Arm quattro GmbH Wheels with 235/40 All-Season Tires, S-Line door entry plates, and aluminum optic pedals. Considering what Porsche charges you just to take a radio out of a car, that’s not a bad deal, all in all. You then had the option to click the special package on the special package: the Titanium Package. This gave you the special Ronal-made 15 spoke quattro GmbH wheels in 18″, blacked out trim inside and out, and a black headliner. That would have cost you only $500 more, but the residual value of this package would have made it quite a good investment, indeed. With perhaps the best looking aesthetic of any A4 produced yet, the Titanium cars have taken on a life of their own, often asking near double what an equivalent S-Line would come to market for. That’s especially true of manuals, and the market really loves the look of Ibis White. Ticking all of these boxes plus a few more, let’s see if this particular example is worth the hefty premium:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi A4 2.0T quattro S-Line Titanium Package on eBay

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2013 Audi TT RS Final Edition

Did you miss your opportunity to get one of the greats when they were new? Be it the last of the 993s, the 1M, or this car – the Audi TT RS – they’re packages we’re not likely to see again soon if ever. The 8J platform was already great, even in only 2.0T form – but up the power with the 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 and this stealthy coupe becomes a monster. Only around 1,300 of these TT RSs were sold between 2012 and 2013 and are already fan favorites. On its way out, though, Audi gave U.S. fans something special with the “Final Edition” cars. Around 30 of the final run of TT RSs were handed over to Audi Exclusive, where they received special interior and exterior treatments. Outside they were painted Nimbus Grey Pearl Effect and given the full Titanium Exhaust package treatment which came with the titanium exhaust, black optics grill and titanium “Rotor” wheels. Inside, they were outfit with two tone Crimson Red and Black leather interiors and a special “RS Plus” shift knob. They were also fully equipped with the Tech package which included navigation and heated front seats. The price for such luxury? Over $70,000 out the door. But today, you can have what is effectively a brand new on for some $20,000 less:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2013 Audi TT RS Final Edition on eBay

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Avant Time: 2004 A4 1.8T quattro Avant v. 2008 A4 2.0T quattro Avant S-Line Titanium

The Audi A4 Avant needs no introduction on these pages; an enthusiast favorite especially for those with families, the small wagon is a sharp looking, sporty package with plenty of practicality. Though not as numerous as the European market, there are plenty of configurations older models could be specified in too – from torquey and smooth 2.8 through 3.2 V6 models, to the whoosh-wonderful turbocharged 1.8T and 2.0T variants, there was also always the monster V6 twin turbo or V8 S4. Today we’re looking at two of the smallest engines, but that doesn’t make them less desirable. Indeed, for some Avant enthusiasts, the second of this duo – the S-Line Titanium package – might just be the best overall package Audi offered here. How does it compare to its father?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro Avant on Hartford Craigslist

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2008 Audi A4 2.0T S-Line Titanium

Were I not the sucker for a V8 soundtrack that I am, I would probably already have owned or currently own one of these cars. Like the M-Sport BMWs, the S-Line Audis can be looked at as the more wallet friendly alternative to their non hyphenated name siblings. While vehicles wearing the roundel are often offer a more dynamic driving experience, Audis are no slouch in the fun department and still offer the quiet kind of luxury that I prefer.

In terms of rolling incognito the A4 S-Line Titanium is perhaps the very definition of the term. The charcoal Ronal wheels aren’t for everyone but I’ve always liked them, so long as they wear a tire with a protective lip. These wheels are prone to curb damage and I’ve seen some badly chewed up ones over the years. Aside from the wheels only a few other cosmetic changes will clue an informed individual into the fact that this is an extra special A4. Blacked out window trim, grille surround and piano black interior trim are all that really separate the Titanium from a run of the mill S-Line. As for the S-Line package, that adds a lower ride height, 3 spoke steering wheel (aka. the one you want) and some S-Line badges that are easily removed, as you see here. The result is a real sleeper that has the potential to be an outright monster given the massive aftermarket part availability for the 2.0T A4. If it was me, I’d leave this thing alone except for an ECU flash to get just that little bit of extra juice for those times when the power hungry side of my personality kicks in.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi A4 2.0T S-Line Titanium On AutoTrader

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Ex-Paul Walker 2000 BMW M5

For many, the Paul Walker story is one of tragedy and loss – it was a senseless death of a movie star and his friend, or if you’re quite cold it was a senseless death of a Carrera GT. But recently I was watching a Formula 1 documentary talking about Francois Cevert, killed in qualifying at Watkins Glen in 1973. One of the drivers mentioned how then team owner Bernie Ecclestone asked why he was upset, to which the driver replied that Cevert was dead, of course. Ecclestone’s reply was that Cevert, right up to the moment that he died, was doing exactly what he loved to do – as were Senna, McLaren, Clark – indeed, every driver that has died in racing was doing exactly what they loved to do at the moment they perished. If there can be any moment of solace in the feelings of loss, it is that. You could dislike Paul Walker’s movies, but you can’t deny that he was at heart a true automobile enthusiast. When the Fast and Furious franchise first started, initially I really disliked the movies. I didn’t feel as though they accurately portrayed…well, anything, really. But my initial feelings have softened over the years as I both realized the place of the movies in automobile entertainment; after all, they weren’t documentaries. Further, I have to say that if someone came to me and said I’d be in a series of semi-corny automobile movies for multiple millions of dollars so that I could pursue my interests, I’d be hard pressed to say no and take the moral “higher ground” on the basis that I didn’t like the artistic license of the movie series. Paul Walker ended up being one of the stars of the Fast series, and as a result assembled quite a collection of memorable automobiles – one of which is a German car favorite and for sale today:

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4WD Week Wednesday Wheels: Snow Patrol for Quattros

All wheel drive is great, but math doesn’t lie – 4×0=0, and if you’re running sticky wide rubber on your performance Audi in the white stuff you’ll find it’s almost as bad as some of the cars Audi drivers love to claim superiority over in adverse conditions. Indeed, it’s a bit of a running joke in New England – for quite some time, the first cars you’d see in the ditch would be 4WD SUVs and Audi Quattros, sliding off the road with insufficient grip. Sure, you can go just fine, but you won’t be able to turn or stop any better, meaning you’ll just get to the scene of the accident all that quicker. The solution is to have some dedicated snow tires, and the easiest way to make that change over is to grab a wheel and tire package for your car. Here are a few today, starting with some TT wheels and popular Bridgestone Blizzaks:

Year: 2007 up
Model: TT Mk. 2
Diameter: 16″
Width: 7″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 51
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Bridgestone Blizzak 205-55-16
Price: $550 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi TT wheels on eBay

These are great snow tires and rims.

For $550, these wheels alone would be worth the price of entry. They’re a rare variation on the “Fat Five” design and look pretty neat. Throw in some mounted and balanced tires and that’s an easy solution to snow woes. Need something for your A4, A5 or A6? How about some factory B8 sport wheels?

Year: 2009 up
Model: A4, A5, A6
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 225-45-18
Price: $ Buy It Now

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a complete set of 18 Audi wheel and tire package!
This set was taken off a 2009 Audi A6. These will fit an A4 A5 or A6 with this correct tire size!
A few Wheels have minor scuffs!
Shown in pics
All wheels are straight and true!
No repairs!
Tires have one season on them in new condition!
225/45/18 Bridgestone blizzak LM-60!
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I’ve really liked these newer Audi wheels since they came out, and like the other set these come with a set of what look to be quite new Blizzaks. Considering the tires would set you back the best part of $1,000 without shipping, mounting or balancing, even though the Buy It Now is pretty pricey at $1,400 plus it’s not a horrible price considering what you’re getting. Need something even a bit sportier for your “S” model? How about some S-Line Titanium wheels?

Year: 2010 up
Model: S models
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included 255-40-19 Pirelli Winter Carving
Price: $2,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi Titanium wheels on eBay

THESE ARE BRAND NEW NEVER USED ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AUDI TITANIUM WHEELS IN 19″ WITH PIRELLI 255/40/19 SNOW TIRES DONT BE SCAMMED BY ALL THOSE CHEAP REPLICAS !!!!!!!!!! BUY A REAL DET OF WHEELS FOR YOUR AUDI

$2,000 may seem like a lot of snow tires and wheels, but these are the premium titanium wheels and new snow tires; with that in consideration it’s not unreasonably priced. For a bolt-on package to the Audis this would be a great addition – as a caution, on the TT-RS that I got to drive last year at a winter driving school these wheels packed snow in easily and led to an imbalance quickly though it was easy to fix. Now, with snow covering New England, it’s time to hit the road on these great wheel packages!

-Carter

2007 Audi A4 Avant S-line Titanium Package

Let’s face it – wagons are awesome, and fast wagons are even better. Until very recently and the monster Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac offerings, Audi was the undisputed king of the fast wagon. While the S4 and S6 Avants grab most of the headlines and attention, the normal A4 was a solid performer in either V6 or turbo 4 form. This was especially true of the B7 chassis A4s, which offered either the silky smooth 3.2 V6 or the torque-rich 2.0T. More than just a pretty face lift of the B6 chassis, the B7 also sported revised steering and suspension that livened the ride. The ultimate of these cars were the S-line with the Titanium Package option, such as the car we see here.

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Year: 2007
Model: A4 Avant
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4 Turbo FSI
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 99,251 mi
Price: $17,995

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi A4 S-line Titanium Avant at Coventry Motor Cars

2007 Audi A4 2.0T Titanium S-Line
Price: $17,995
VIN: WAUSF78E07A173373 Stock Number: 7A173373
Exterior: Brilliant Red Body Type: Wagon AWD
Interior: Ebony Miles: 99,251
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Engine: 4 Cyl. 2L

*Actual MPG Rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.
EXTREMELY RARE S-LINE TITANIUM PACKAGE CAR, CONVENIENCE PACKAGE, COLD WEATHER PACKAGE, ONE OWNER, DEALER SERVICED, FOUR KEYS, ALL MANUALS AND ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER

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To me, the main appeal of this car is that it isn’t an S4. Sure, you lose a lot of horsepower and sound from that V8. But, you also lose the repair bills from maintaining it. With the S-line Titanium Package, you get the fantastically well proportioned look of the B7, the usefulness of the wagon, and enough sport thrown in to have fun on your favorite road or commute. Did I mention how incredible those wheels look? They’re perfect.

The 2.0T has proven to be a stout motor if you want to tweak it, so attaining S4 levels of performance isn’t unheard of or out of reach. While we’d all love to run around in a sports car every day, the reality it’s hard to fit the wife, the child(ren), the dog(s), and the groceries into that R8 you’ve been pining after. Coupled with the great 6 speed manual, this is a fun, sporty, practical choice if you want to get into an Audi with over 100,000 miles and have your bank account remain in the black! The seller is well regarded in the Audi community and offer only premium examples of the marque, which is reflected in the condition of this car. As such, I think the car is fairly priced especially when you take into consideration the rarity of the the combination of color, manual, wagon, S-line and Titanium Package options.

-Carter