B8 Audi A4 Avant Gets S4 Powertrain Swap for Max Performance

B8 Audi A4 Avant S4 Powertrain Swap

This Audi A4 Avant S4 clone mimics something that wasn’t sold in the U.S., and the results are quite impressive.

It may seem hard for many of us to believe, but 2009 was a pretty long time ago at this point – 14 years, to be exact. That’s an eternity in the automotive world, when things change quickly and technology advances at a rapid rate. However, there’s still plenty to like about Audi vehicles produced during this era, with their simple, tasteful styling that’s held up nicely over the years, as well as some compelling performance models. However, there was one ride in particular that wasn’t sold in the U.S. – the B8 S4 Avant, so a fellow named Mark Jackson set out to create his own by starting out with a 2009 Audi A4 Avant, a build that was recently featured in a video from Deutsche Auto Parts.

This Audi A4 Avant came from the factory with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder under the hood, which generates a reasonable 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s a decent engine for this platform, but it’s no hot rod by any means, leaving enthusiasts like us – and Jackson – wanting more. Thus, he decided he was going to build his own version of the B8 S4 wagon that America didn’t get.

B8 Audi A4 Avant S4 Powertrain Swap

Jackson set out to find a suitable donor, and wound up doing just that in the form of a wrecked S4. He harvested that car’s supercharged 3.0-liter V6, six-speed manual transmission, and differential, but he didn’t just leave the new motor alone, either. Instead, he added some performance extras such as an Integrated Engineering Stage 2 Double Pulley tune, a smaller supercharger pulley to ramp up boost, and a CTS crank. The result, according to Jackson, is that his wagon now makes around double the horsepower of the engine that it replaced.

Amazingly, Jackson points out that this job was actually pretty simple and straightforward, given the fact that the A4 and S4 share so much in common. His goal here wasn’t just to make his wagon faster, however – rather, he wanted to ensure that the average person couldn’t tell that this isn’t a factory B8 S4 Avant, so he even went to the trouble of swapping over the entire interior and other bits and pieces. Needless to say, it’s an amazing finished product, and one that makes us want to go out and build our own hot rod wagon.

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B6 Audi A4 With a Gated Manual Transmission Is All About the Love of Driving

B6 Audi A4 With a Gated Manual Transmission

One upgrade was all it took to make this B6 Audi A4 exponentially more fun and satisfying to drive on a regular basis.

Gated manual transmissions have always been what many enthusiasts consider to be the perfect way to shift gears in a sports car, largely thanks to the way they feel and sound, with a satisfying “click” every time one fires off said gear change. Unfortunately, however, gated manuals have largely been relegated to exotics and expensive vehicles that have only risen in value in recent years as these gearboxes become more and more sought after and popular as automakers move away from manuals in general. Regardless, enthusiasts such as the owner of this amazing B6 Audi A4 can simply resort to making a satisfying machine themselves.

That’s precisely the case here, as we can see in this video from Auditography, and this particular B6 Audi A4 is no show queen – in fact, it has a whopping 415,000 kilometers or nearly 258,000 miles on the clock. However, one would be hard-pressed to tell by looking at it, because the car’s Denim Blue Metalic paint and iconic Bauhaus styling – inspired by the TT – still looks amazing, and in this case, has been enhanced with the addition of an S4 body kit and 19-inch VMS wheels.

B6 Audi A4 With a Gated Manual Transmission

The owner left this car’s original 3.0-liter V6 alone, which means that it churns out a mere 220 horsepower – but thanks to a custom exhaust, it certainly sounds the business. Leaving the powertrain stock also likely helps with its longevity, at least, and with a gated manual behind it, there’s no denying that this B6 Audi A4 is a hoot to drive even with that modest amount of power underhood – this much is clear watching its owner slide around in the snow.

Otherwise, this A4 was left mostly alone, save for the addition of an iPad inside the cabin that doubles as a makeshift infotainment screen and navigation system. With so many miles on the clock, one might expect to see a lot of wear here, but that simply isn’t the case – this car has been lovingly cared for over the years, that much is for certain. It’s clear that the main focus of this concoction was to make this Audi more enjoyable to drive, and with the addition of one component, its owner accomplished that goal and managed to build one of the coolest A4s out there.

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Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

2023 Model

The German automaker will be expanding its EV lineup later this year. Audi is now updating its US product portfolio for the 2023 model year.

The Ingolstadt brand is introducing the 2023 model year for the United States. Audi’s 2023 MY lineup will get a slew of minor and major updates across the company’s portfolio. Every single Audi model now gets additional standard and optional equipment. These include the entry-level Audi A3 and Q3 variants and the top-of-the-line A8 and Q8 offerings.

Audi will also be expanding its EV portfolio later this year. The automaker will add the Audi Q4 e-tron Q4 Sportback e-tron to its lineup. For now, the 40 and 45 variants of the 2023 Audi A4 get LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs. One will also find a Bang and Olufsen sound system in the Premium Plus trim of the nameplate, and the convenience package for the entire A4 range now gets the adaptive cruise control feature.

Audi is also updating the appearance options for the 2023 A4, including new wheels. In addition to a wide range of equipment, the Premium variant of Audi A6 and S7 now get adaptive cruise control as standard. As part of the Executive package, Audi now offers the 2023 RS7 with a remote park assist feature and a black Dinamica headliner.

Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

For its 2023 model year, the adaptive cruise control feature is standard across all Q5 and SQ5 variants.

November last year, the 2022 Audi A8 facelift made its world debut. As a result of this, the 2023 update now gets only minor updates across the range. Audi A8 customers opting for the German automaker’s Comfort Plus package will now get HD matrix design LED headlights. Audi will now offer the high-octane S8 version with a Valcona leather interior.

SUVs and crossovers are the best-selling body types in the market right now. Nevertheless, Audi did not refrain from updating its range for the 2023 model year. The automaker’s Q3 nameplate now gets a wireless phone charging pad and LED headlights with LED daytime running lights as standard across the lineup.

The company also offers an optional appearance package for the 40 and 45 variants of the Q3, which gets new wheel options. Perhaps one of the most significant changes for the 2023 model year is a new entry-level engine option for the Audi Q7. The SUV now gets a 2-liter four-cylinder motor which churns out 261 HP of maximum power.

Lastly, Audi’s flagship Q8 and SQ8 models also get HD matrix design LED headlights and headlight washers as standard for the 2023 model year.

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