Audi A4 Avant 2004 “FatLady”

The Audi brand is part of the so-called “German big three,” indicating its technological prowess, product quality and consumer recognition. Like any brand, Audi has its own image. And the car we’re discussing today fundamentally changes that image.

Legend has it that BMWs have unmatched handling – what exactly that means, the legend doesn’t clarify. Mercedes offers comfort that only Rolls-Royce could provide before. Audi is somewhere in the middle, offering customers the option of leisurely driving in front-wheel-drive compact cars, as well as the full heritage of “that very Quattro” from Group B with engines for every taste.

In 1994, the successor to the Audi 80 appeared – the A4 model, which quickly became one of the best-selling in the auto giant’s lineup. The first generation had the index B5, which in 2000 gave way to B6.

In its factory form, it’s a very ordinary car that filled large cities a decade and a half ago. They were loved for their technology and design simplicity, reasonable cost and extensive options. There were 16 engine options to choose from, including a 350-horsepower one for the S4 modification.

Mass-produced and tuning-friendly, the A4 was a frequent visitor to tuning studios. But few dared to undertake modifications more radical than rolling out a stage-146 tune and installing an S4 body kit. This Avant was destined for a beautiful and unique fate – to become possibly the widest A4 B6 in the world.

The body kit was developed by the Krasnoyarsk company Monster Service. This was their first experience with remote design based solely on 3D scans – the car itself was 4,000 km away. The dry numbers are impressive: a +26 centimeter expansion compared to the standard car, both front and rear. The work was done so meticulously that the body kit required almost no adjustment during installation and preparation for painting.

The altered proportions made the car more grounded and endowed with the family traits of that very first Quattro – only off-roading is out of the question. The air suspension from Air Unit is needed to minimize ground clearance – and it succeeds in this task.

But simply making the body wider is not enough – most tuning wheels would be lost in the arches. A unique solution from professionals in their field was required – Power Wheels company. They specialize in manufacturing forged wheels, including custom designs. For this Audi, they created two-piece forged wheels with an exclusive design and a 3D profile center, coated with a dark lacquer brushed finish. The R19x11.5j dimensions with a -27.5 offset command respect.

Where do these skills come from in Russia, if they only know how to make Ladas?

Russia’s automotive culture is known worldwide primarily for drifting. But the fact is, drifting would not be possible without the many skilled specialists who create world-class sports cars.

They emerged from the spread of automobilism and a good engineering school – a legacy of Soviet times. And if for a decade and a half Russian tuning studios merely followed global trends, today they can set them in many aspects of car building. This Audi is just one bright example of the deep development of projects.

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