Brian Scotto’s Audi Coupe Quattro Ready to Climb Every Hill!

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

Over 17 years coming, 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro includes Bluetooth drive-by-wire and rare body kit, potential to make 1,200 horses.

Over 17 years ago, Hoonigan Industries co-founder Brian Scotto purchased a 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro, with the intent of one day running up a few hills. Other projects and life in general took his attention away from the Audi,though. Then, Toyo Tires called.

Scotto’s Audi Coupe Quattro debuted at SEMA 2021 at the Toyo Tires Treadpass booth alongside Ken Block‘s Sport Quattro. Though only “SEMA-ready” at the time of filming, Scotto was only happy to talk about the “completed” project with fellow Hoonigan Ron Zaras about the build.

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

“To start, it’s a 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro,” said Scotto. “What makes it so wild right now is the Prior Design kit. Based out Germany, they normally do Lamborghinis and stuff. Decided they wanted to build a crazy kit for the Coupe Quattro, of all cars […] This is actually number nine of 40. It’s a limited-edition kit. Looking at it, it adds a lot.”

Including tons of functionality. The main purpose of the Prior Design kit is to allow Scotto to run wide Toyo R888s for improved control and grip up those mountains; the Sport Quattro-style ventilation and more aggressive appearance are bonuses. Each R888 surrounds an 18×12-inch Audi Tradition hollow-spoke magnesium wheel, inspired by the Group B Quattro’s 15-inch Rotiforms.

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

“I’m big, right?” asks Scotto. “Six-foot-eight. I needed to fit in this car with a helmet, and be able to pass tech. Which means I need about two inches of clearance from the top of my helmet to the bottom of the roll bar. That’s a really difficult thing to do.”

The first part was finding a seat with a halo suitable for Scotto’s build. Sparco happened to have just the thing with their Pilot, “the tallest seat in the game right now” without building a custom seat. Meanwhile, the cage was welded as close to the Audi’s interior frame as possible, maximizing room for Scotto. Built to American Rally Association specs, the cage ensures Scotto gets to go home to his kid.

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

“Bluetooth everything,” said Scotto. “There’s no wiring. Coil pack, injectors, everything is Bluetooth. I don’t even run an ECU; it’s all cloud-based now.”

The rest of the Audi’s sorcery comes from a 3B 2.2-liter inline-five from an Audi 200. Currently linked to a six-speed from an S4, the I5 stroker is now 2.6 liters; it’ll soon have a dog box with paddles, though. Next to it is a shared footprint turbo, allowing Scotto to run six different size turbos in one location. Current output is up to 750 horsepower. However, with the right turbo, the I5 can send up to 1,200 horses to the corners.

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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.

LCE Performance Audi Quattos Makes Big Splash at SEMA 2021

Rocketbyz Audi Quattro

German Audi builder LCE Performance machines include art-car tribute to Walter Rohl’s Pikes Peak climb, Ken Block’s “Turbomonster.”

The SEMA Show isn’t just a showcase of the latest products, but also the place for manufacturers and tuners to show what they can do. Audi sometimes makes an official appearance at the show, the latest being 2017 with its TT Clubsport concept. That’s not to say Ingolstadt’s best doesn’t turn up, though.

German Audi builder LCE Performance turned up for SEMA 2021 with a pair of Audi Quattros. One’s an artistic tribute to Walter Rohl’s Pikes Peak climb in 1987. The other was their “Turbomonster,” now in the hands of Ken Block.

Especially when Ken Block is involved. Alongside Hoonigans’ Brian Scotto and his Coupe Quattro, Block brought a pair of special Audis for Toyo Tires’ Treadpass SEMA 2021 display.

LCE Performance Turbomonster Audi Sport Quattro

The origin of Block’s Quattro began as a search to build a monster in tribute to Audi’s post-Group B activities. Specifically, Walter Rohl’s run up Pikes Peak in 1987 in the Sport Quattro S1. With Scotto and the Hoonigans film crew, Block visited Germany a few months ago to source the perfect specimen.

Ken Block Turbomonster

“We spoke to the guys in LCE,” said Scotto. “They were like, ‘Yeah! That’s awesome! We’d love to build you one. How does 2025 sound?’ We were like, ‘No. That’s not gonna work for us at all. You must have a client car or something that we can buy, and then modify from there.’ And he was like, ‘Ahhhhh.’ I could hear in his voice that he had something he didn’t want to sell us. So, we just kept pushing and pushing and pushing.”

Thus, the acquisition of LCE’s demonstrator, dubbed the “Turbomonster.” Back when it was active, the Sport Quattro made 1,081 horsepower from its beefed up turbo-five. Everything from a modded S2 cylinder head to a camshaft from a Volkswagen diesel bus contributed to the mad power boost, all funneled to the corners via a six-speed manual.

Rocketbyz Audi Quattro

Block’s now-white Sport Quattro is joined by SEMA 2021 by LCE’s other Audi, a collab with visual artist Rocketbyz. The Quattro’s matte black surface is covered in splashes of bright yellow, green, pink, white and orange paint. The cherry on top, though, is a portrait of Walter Rohl on the rear wing.

Photos: Newspress USA, LCE Performance, Instagram/Toyo Tires

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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.

Photos: Bring a Trailer

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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.