Rare B7 RS4 Hits the Market With a New V8 Inside

2008 Audi RS4

One of 2000 copies for the U.S. market, 2008 RS4 has a new 4.2-liter V8 heart to move the corners, logged 98,000 total miles to date.

Between 2006 and 2008, Audi built 10,000 RS4s for the world. Out of that figure, just 2,000 arrived in the United States. To date, the B7-era RS4 was the last such machine to be sold in the U.S., as the current RS4 has yet to cross the Atlantic (if it ever does).

Thus, seeing an RS4 here is almost as rare as coming across an R8. However, one is currently on the auction block at Bring a Trailer.

2008 Audi RS4

This RS4 arrived in Silver Spring, Maryland wearing, fittingly enough, Avus Silver Pearl Effect. According to AudiZine, just 292 2007 and 2008 RS4s wore the color, taking third behind Daytona Gray and Phantom Black. From there, it moved around until landing at the selling dealer in Pennsylvania in February 2021. By then, though, it was in need of a heart transplant.

2008 Audi RS4

The old 4.2-liter FSI V8 just couldn’t put out the 420 horses it once had in its day. Thus, a fresh unit straight from Ingolstadt landed at Audi Lancaster in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who then successfully completed the transplant in March of 2021. Since then, the new unit contributed 200 miles to the 98,000 miles the Audi’s seen over the past 13 years. All those miles, of course, hit the corners through the six-speed manual, itself refreshed at around the same time.

2008 Audi RS4

Inside, no infotainment system is there to distract from the task at hand: handling the new 4.2-liter V8. That’s not to say the RS4 won’t take care of the occupants, though. The front Recaros come with enough heat to keep the driver and passenger warm while bringing the heat to the street. The rear seats, too, are heated, so no one’s frozen out of the high-performance excitement.

2008 Audi RS4

Among all the B7-era A4s rolling down the highway, only a few can hold a candle to the big power of the RS4. With its new heart, this one looks set to slip back into the background. Whomever gets blown away by this machine will have one hell of a story to tell.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

One-of-One Emerald Green Mica Audi R8 V10 Needs a New Home!

2015 Audi R8 V10

The only one from 2015 with Emerald Green Mica over Nougat Brown, Audi R8 V10 glitters in the sun like the gem it always is.

There’s only one supercar Audi builds in its lineup: the R8. When the 4.2-liter FSI V8 isn’t enough, though, the 5.2-liter FSI V10 drops the mic with its extra pair of cylinders. Pair either one up with Ingolstadt’s beloved quattro all-wheel drive, and you have a platform for greatness, no matter what you do with it.

One previous owner of a 2015 R8 V10 chose exactly that when they placed their order for a one-of-a-kind color combo. Now, that same R8 rolls across the virtual block of Bring a Trailer, awaiting to become someone’s new treasured gem.

2015 Audi R8 V10

As you know, Audi offers more colors than what’s in the configurator through its Exclusive paint catalog. And this R8 V10 lives up to that name, and more. It’s the only Emerald Green Mica model with a Nougat leather interior built in the 2015 model year. As if seeing an R8 V10 on the road wasn’t a rare sight on its own.

2015 Audi R8 V10

Speaking of the Nougat, you can never go wrong pairing such a deep brown like this with a green like that. Here, the gated shifter for the six-speed transaxle ties everything all together. Carbon-fiber trim and a black Alcantara headliner accent the luscious leather. The heated and power-adjustable seating making for a comfortable experience on the road, too.

2015 Audi R8 V10

Of course, these are the best seats in the house to hear the 5.2-liter V10 sing. All 550 horses and their 398 lb-ft of torque, all going to the 10-spoke 19-inch wheels and their Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Talk about eating up the road! The V10 sings a new tune with a Fabspeed exhaust, though it still has the original song tucked away.

2015 Audi R8 V10

The one-of-a-kind R8 V10 left the showroom with a sticker of $164,450 in 2015. That’s nearly $190,000 in 2021 dollars. Whether or not it matches the sticker matters not, though. You simply will not see an R8 V10 like this often, if at all. Let us thank the original owner for knowing their colors way back when.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Former SEMA Quattro Tribute S4 Steals the Show on the Road

2013 Audi S4

Built by Allroad Outfitters for SEMA 2018, 2013 S4 wears livery made famous by S1 Quattro, used in promos by Thule, Toyo Tires.

SEMA is only a few months away (we hope). This means the desert sands of Las Vegas will soon be swarmed by all sorts of wild Audi builds. Some builds were made to promote a vendor’s product, others to display the skills of the builders themselves. Not to mention the coolest Audis flexing all over Sin City, from the drag strip and drift courses, to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Vegas Strip.

One such Audi made the trek to SEMA back in 2018, an S4 built by California’s Allroad Outfitters. Last year, it was put up on Craigslist. This year, it’s Bring a Trailer‘s turn to find this unique build a new home.

2013 Audi S4

Hosted by aftermarket lighting vendor Spyder at their SEMA 2018 display, the S4 wears the colors made famous by the S1 Quattro of the Eighties. Other accolades include a Toyo Treadpass Treadpass Vehicle award, and time spent as a demo for Thule’s luggage racks. Since then, it’s been looking for a new home.

2013 Audi S4

Under the hood, the S4’s 3.0-liter V6 with Eaton supercharger smokes the full set of Toyo Proxes R888Rs, each wrapped upon a Volk Rays TE37 wheel. A seven-speed auto handles the power, while the Borla exhaust delivers the sound to the SEMA crowd.

2013 Audi S4

Though the interior remains stock in some places, the S4 received a bolt-in roll bar, plus a set of carbon-Kevlar Recaros up front. The outside, however, is where it’s at. Along with the aforementioned tribute wrap, the Audi rocks a full set of carbon-fiber body panels. From the canards and big wing, to the fender flares mirror covers, this ride can only be a SEMA special.

2013 Audi S4

According to the Craigslist posting Jalopnik screencap’d in 2020, Allroad Outfitters tried to sell the SEMA S4 for $59,995. Alas, no one took them up on on this Audi. Thus, a trip to Bring a Trailer. As of this post, the S4 sits at $10,000. We wish the builders all the best in sending their creation off to a new home.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

S6 Avant Blacker Than Black, Times Infinity

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Black-over-black S6 Avant with quattro lives on the West Coast, logged 178,000 miles upon its 4.2-liter V8 with modded software.

The baddest Audi wagon in the United States right now is the RS 6 Avant. Nearly 600 horses and 600 lb-ft of torque, all through the famous quattro all-wheel drive system, plus plenty of room and luxury for everyone to enjoy. Of course, it’s not the first Audi 6 to grab the hearts of a few families. Just some 20 years before, the C5-era machines brought the S6 quattro to the table, including an Avant of its own.

One such S6 Avant from 2002 recently turned up on Bring a Trailer, looking blacker than black, times infinity. Is it as metal as it sounds? Let’s have a look to confirm, yes?

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Once upon a time, this S6 Avant rolled out of a California dealership wearing black over black, lending to its death metal exterior. Since then, it spent most of its life along the West Coast, taken up to Oregon after a stay in Georgia.

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Under the hood of the S6 Avant is a 4.2-liter V8, which was modded with new engine management software from JH Motorsports. All of the 340 or so horses go to the quattro corners via a six-speed manual transaxle, itself a replacement unit. The V8 logged under 178,000 miles in its life thus far, including 35,000 miles with the seller.

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Behind the big V8, the S6 Avant’s interior features acres of black leather with burl wood accents to break-up the darkness. Meanwhile, the Audi Symphony Bose system waits for the right song to accompany the V8. Of course, since it’s an Avant, that also means plenty of room out back to hold all of the groceries. Or, perhaps, a few bags for a long trip across the country.

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Though this S6 Avant looks intimidating on the outside, it’s a family friendly machine within. Not to mention the thrills it offers to every occupant while on the road. However, the tough looks guarantee no lesser challenger will try to test the Audi’s might underneath the long black hood. Not that such a challenge wouldn’t go unanswered, of course.

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Click HERE to join the AudiWorld forums!

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

MOTION 482-INCH VETTE: THE BEAST FROM BALDWIN

The most powerful Phase III Corvette built in 1969 – MOTION 482-INCH VETTE: THE BEAST FROM BALDWIN was close, but not a true Baldwin-Motion car.  It was a 600-horsepower Vette built on a brand-new Stingray from Reedman Chevrolet, supplied by purchaser David McCaughey, a returning Vietnam vet.

MOTION 482-INCH VETTE: THE BEAST FROM BALDWIN

 After serving a couple of tours in Vietnam in 1968, McCaughey returned home to Southampton, PA and gave serious thought to buying the car he had been dreaming about for the past year – a super-performance big-block Corvette.  He had read about Phase III Corvettes in auto magazines and Baldwin-Motion catalogs while in Vietnam and wanted a Joel Rosen-built, Motion-powered Phase III Corvette.  Had he not found a great deal on a new one in stock at nearby Reedman Chevrolet in Langhorne, he would have ordered the Corvette from Baldwin Chevrolet.  On March 14, 1969 McCaughey took delivery of a Fathom Green coupe powered by the venerable tri-power 427/435.  After getting a temporary tag at Reedman, he drove just over 100 miles to Motion Performance to meet Joel Rosen!

McCaughey set the performance parameters for his new ride:  10-second track times, comfortable 120-mph cruise speeds and 160 mph top end.  Rosen came up with the formula for creating his  most powerful street Corvette ever, and turned McCaughey’s vision into reality.  To deliver this level of performance, Rosen recommended a special-order, bored and stroked 482-inch ZL/X Elephant motor.  McCaughey signed on the dotted line!

The original engine was replaced with a blueprinted and balanced 600-horsepower big-block.  Displacing 482 cubic inches, it featured open-chamber ZL/Xiron heads, forged steel ¼-inch stroker crank, forged 12.5-to-l pistons, Holley 850-cfm four-barrel, Edelbrock TM2R intake, .600-inch lift cam, solid lifters, Accel dual-point, tach-drive distributor, Mallory electronic shutoff, Super Pumper electric fuel pump, L88 Corvette alternator, deep-grooved pulleys, tuned headers and chromed outside exhausts.

A lot of work went into the drivetrain and chassis as part of the Phase III conversion.  The four-speed was fitted with a Hurst shifter and a SEMA-approved clutch/flywheel assembly and scattershield were added.  Factory 4.11 Posi gears were removed and the rear fitted with a special 5.13 assembly.  Chassis modifications included Super-Bite suspension with traction bar and Koni and Cure-Ride shocks.

MOTION 482-INCH VETTE: THE BEAST FROM BALDWINTwo Motion Corvettes, a 600-horsepower Phase III Corvette and a Manta Ray, line up for a run at the 2004 Supercar Reunion. (Photo: Jeff Murphy)

Not in a position to buy a second car, McCaughey wanted the best of both worlds – the ability to race his 600-horsepower Corvette and drive it daily.  Rosen was able to pull it all together by installing a Hone overdrive auxiliary transmission.  When engaged, the Hone OD effectively reduced the 5.13 final drive ratio by 30 percent to 3.60-to-l.  This allowed McCaughey to comfortably cruise around 120 mph and see 160 mph on the Interstate.“I drove it on the streets in Southampton.  The fastest I remember driving was 160 mph, pegging the speedometer,” wrote McCaughey in a letter dated June 2, 2003.

In 1973 McCaughey blew the Corvette’s clutch and had it towed to his garage.  And that’s where it stayed, blown clutch and all, until being sold 21 years later to Anthony Marchino. When Marchino titled the Corvette on August 17, 1994, the odometer showed 14,800 miles.  Mark Rusden of Huntingdon Valley, PA, purchased it in December 2002 and the title transfer shows 14,893 miles.  When the Phase III Corvette was photographed at the Supercar Reunion its odometer showed 14,927 miles.  “I put most of those 34 miles on a quarter-a-mile at a time,” said Rusden!

What makes this Phase III Corvette truly unique is that its 482-inch Motion engine and drive train were built for racing – yet they have survived.  The body and interior have never been restored!  The gas tank sticker is still in place and original emission stickers and crayon markings are still on the firewall. Rear body mounts and bushings still have traces of original assembly masking tape.  In addition to being documented by Joel Rosen as a genuine Motion Phase III Corvette, there is a complete paper trail dating back to pre-delivery paperwork from Reedman.

In August 2005, the Motion Phase III Corvette changed hands yet again. It crossed the block at the RM Monterey Sports & Classic Auction, bringing $198,000.  It became part of John O’Quinn’s huge collection in Houston, TX where it was surrounded by hundreds of rare classics and exotics. Since then, it changed hands a number of times and is once again up for auction on Bring A Trailer.

Motion and Baldwin-Motion Corvettes are featured in MOTION PERFORMANCE, Tales Of A Muscle Car Builder, available @ https://www.amazon.com/Motion-Performance-Tales-Muscle-Builder/dp/0760355606/ref=pd_bxgy_img_1/134-6975469-4802952?pd_rd_w=ghzgD&pf_rd_p=c64372fa-c41c-422e-990d-9e034f73989b&pf_rd_r=KHQM8DG07WN8HSJEXFGJ&pd_rd_r=d0277663-78b4-45d3-bd2b-556334e380d3&pd_rd_wg=z7wmn&pd_rd_i=0760355606&psc=1

Check out Hagerty’s Brandan Gillogly story on the MOTION 482-INCH VETTE: THE BEAST FROM BALDWIN @ https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/motion-s-phase-iii-corvette-was-a-600-hp-street-strip-stingray-you-could-buy-from-a-dealership/ar-AAMRhxy

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