While getting bored during the Thanksgiving Day, I picked up a mag called
Special Cars International due to its topic of the issue -- Audi (yeah,
and VW...). Cool, ain't it?
Of little more than 110 pages, only 10 were devoted to Audis -- rest of
them are pretty much ads/VWs. Anyway, since A4 is the newest model Audi
has introduced, many of the tuners look at possibility of tuning A4s -- it
sure gives some perspective on what's possible and what's not. ANd of
course, it gives a lot of hope for you people who has just handed over
some handsome $$$ and now has a A4 that you wished had little bit more
humphhhh to it.
(By the way folks -- this magazine is in Japanese, so I'm roughly
translating from what little Japanese I know. Some mistake may happen so
if it sounds too unbelievable, it may be so...)
Abt Sportline Audi A4
Car itself: First, the car is lowered from 20mm to 30mm depending on
customer's request. A very integral spoiler replaces the stock rounded
front bumper (from the picture, I must say they did one hellva job -- the
spoiler does not upset the whole A4 "theme" -- if there's one) with huge
air intake with little "wing" (called "air splitter") that's reminecent of
Porsche 911 GT2's. There will be 8.5Jx17" 5-spoke wheel that will allow
you to stuff 215/45-17 to the front and 235/40-17 to the rear.
Engine: From the stock 1.8T, ABT modified the turbo, enlarged the capacity
of intercooler, and replaced the stock chip with ABT's custom ECU -- the
result is approximately little bit over 200bhp but officially will be
limited to 193bhp in Germany due to their insurance class (I didn't know
that...). The 21.4kg-m of torque is available from 1750rpm to 4600rpm
with 27.3kg-m torque peake at 3900rpm; 22.3kg-m is available at a low
1900rpm; and could supply 25.5kg-m from 1900rpm to 5500rpm during rush
Performance: The particular model the article tested was a FWD version.
THe 0 to 100km/h can be reached in 7.8 seconds, down 0.3 seconds from
stock (this is quite unimpressive, IMO). Top speed is drag limited to
What's the hubbub: This is ABT's rough sketch of what it's readying for
the A4. Ultimately, ABT will have V2 Conversion package that will offer
about 250bhp from the 1.8T with bigger, badder turbo, new manifold, head,
and better programmed ECU. Also ABT will also ready some packages for the
customer who got 2.6 and 2.8 litre V6 A4s -- with new cams and
accompanying ECUs, they will add additional 180bhp and 150bhp
respectively to those two engines (this is no type or mistake in
understanding of Japanese language -- I'm QUITE sure this is what it sayz).
Motoren-Tecknik-Mayer (MTM) Audi A4 GT
Car: Where the ABT A4 1.8Ti looks gentlemen-like and sophesticated, MTM's
A4 GT looked like Arnold Schowtzwhatchamacallhim. The front airdam looks
like it's taken right from the Toyota Supra -- oh, the whole car is lowered
20mm. Aluminum strips replaces the wood in the interior, and many items
in the engine compartment is also dressed up with Al parts. THe MTM wheel
(which got strange resemblence to Centra Type 27 -- I won't be surprised
if it's the same duck) -- a 7-spoker 8.5Jx17, will house 245/40-17 tires.
The pictured A4 looks really nice in the RS2-blue (but the same-colored
seats gotta go).
Engine: With manifold from Audi Sports' IMSA car, Audi S2's KKK K24
turbo, HKS wastegate, piping and catylist custom made in U.K., bigger
intercooler, and a heavily modified ECU, this MTM GT will spit out
estimated 300bhp. With stock intercooler, the demonstration car puts out
286bhp at 5800rpm. The troque ties with BMW M3 at 32.6kg-m at 3600rpm
with usable 31.5kg-m available at 2480rpm.
Performance: With lighter weight to throw around (the MTM A4 GT is 120kg
lighter than stock A4), the MTM A4 GT will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h
in 5.1 seconds with 265km/h top (the M3 6-speed manual with speed
goveroner removed will do 282km/h -- for you people who doesn't want to
speed with metrics). At 1340kg, the A4 GT gives power to weight ratio at
4.2bhp/kg versus M3's 5.0bhp/kg -- all from 1.0bar boost!!! Due to the
low boost, all engine internals are stock. Wow... did I read that right?
Where does it end: MTM will limit its road-going A4 to 300bhp. But
eventually, MTM will squeeze out 450bhp from the same 4 pots with stage 4
conversion. Has anyone heard of ADAC GT Cup racing??
Postert Audi A4
de car: This is pure excercise in tacky-ons, so the engine is not touched
in any way. With BTCC (British Touring Car Champtionship -- for you
people who donno what that thing iz) and STW (again, Super Tourching
Wagon Cup) in mind, Postert Tuning has tacked on various design cliches
and images onto the 'ol A4. First, out with all the chrome on the outside
(except the 4 circles on the trunk hood, the "A4", and pair of oval
"Audi"s at the sides). The grill now is mesh-style with no chrome trim
nor 4 rings. The bumper is BTCC-ized and instantly grows 3 air slots
running below and parallel to original ones (it looks like bumper is OEM
-- the extra is indeed tacked on). The extension also has two "lips"
similar to MB SL roadsters. The car is lowered 40mm with
height-adjustable sport suspension.
There are several tire/wheel size which Postert is testing. From Poster
5-spoke 8Jx17" with 215/45-17, to 8Jx18" with 235/35-18 on the front and
245/35-18 in the rear (I assume this ain't a quattro...).
Performance: Whaddaya expect? For all due credit, Postert claims 6km/h in
gain in top speed due to the better design.
Bottom line: A Postert Original Design that you could do without.
A!Avantgarde Audi A4
(From the article, I have finally figured out what A!Avantgarde is. It
turns out this firm is not specialised in tuning. Rather, it's a
marketing consultant firm!! Believe it or not...)
Public relations dept.: Overall, there are no stick-ons on this A4 --
instead, the front bumper is replaced with one that protrudes slightly
more to give that deep, big chin effect. In the wheel department, A!
first tried to fit the 20 inchers from the A8 (huh? where did THAT come
from? that's what I hate -- no A8 articles) but failed miserably. They
finally figured the tyreround maximus is 225/40-18 with a realistic view
at 225/45-17 with 8Jx17. The mandatory car-lowering wasn't mentioned
(but picture shows it is lowered -- or the tires are just too big) so I'm
not going to mention it.
F=ma dept.: The BetaSpeed engine is tuned and installed by BetaTec (okay,
people -- who the hell are they?) and claims 211bhp. The 61bhp gain was
gained from modified wastegate, higher boost (vs. low boost with MTM A4),
remapped ECU, metal catyliser, and stainless steel exhaust.
Intended accerlation: 0 to 100km/h at 7.8 sec with top speed at 238km/h.
So what?: As a marketing consultant firm, A!Avantgarde wants to become
Alpina of BMW or AMG of MB. THis is their lastest effert on the new A4
"which is a geniune competitor to BMW 3-series and MB C-Klass cars."
(uh-huh. That's what they said.) Most of the text is just advertising
jibberish from A! which I don't quite understand from technical point of
Italdesign Aztec (production version)
So, you thought Italdesign won't do cow's byproduct with Audi, didn't
you? Well, the production Aztec will use Audi's 5 pot engine developing
250bhp, and it will also use the quattro drivetrain. The shape... oh
well, I won't try to explain it here. Anyone who's seen the Bertone Alfa
Romeo Navajo show car in the 70's may have good vague picture of this
car. The rear wheels are covered. There are gull-wing doors, pop-up
headlights, and whacko interior. It's all I'm going to say about its
The old 5-cylinder is massaged by MTM. With 1500kg to slug around, the
performance is 7.7 seconds from 0 to 100km/h. But the point is moot as
this is intended as gawd-waz-dat eat-that-Ferrari "show" car. Italdesign
commented the Audi quattro is intended to make this "show" car as
drivable as an everyday car (trust me, you'll be an everyday celebrity if
you drive this everyday). What's interesting about this car... I mean
what's inetersting about the Audi application of this car is that the
engine sits BEHIND the driver -- it's a rear-engined quattro! Oh, NO
Fin. Hopefully this is somewhat of an informative Audi stuff. The
pictures are gorgeous but I don't have any scanners to give out (besides
breaking the copyright law). I was kinda dissapointed about not seeing
anything about A8 since that's what I'm hoping to get when it becomes
available in U.S. ((-: From what A4 performs like (Abt Sportline A4 and
A!Avantgarde A4), the new "S4" with 200+hp will probably not be a asphalt
scorcher at approximately 7.8 sec from 0 to 62mph. Of course, there will
always be some peple chanting "dial up that boost." The Italdesign Aztec
is truely extordinary in looks. It's not as gawking as when Lambo LP400
debuted, but it won't be mistaken to be any other damn automobile on the
earth (no bug-eyed lamps! no jelly-bean butts!). Did I mention the Aztec
got *4* exhaust pipes???
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