I recently met Ed (aka @myRS4 on IG) while he was in San Diego for the day and got the chance to take some pictures of his car and learn a little more about his story, only later realizing we had exchanged emails almost 4 years ago over a radar detector hardwire DIY on my blog – small world. At the time, Ed owned an A3, but about two years ago, he upgraded to a 2007 Audi RS4 in Phantom Black that you see above and never looked back.
His car is nicely sorted with Rotiform SPF wheels in 19×10 ET25 in DDT finish and wrapped in 275/30/19 Michelin Super Sports, along with a KW H.A.S. Spring kit to lower the car. He’s then done a number of subtle yet noticeable modifications inside and out to make the car really look and sound its best while keeping the look OEM plus. Some other highlights include clear corners, LED tail lights, LED DRLs, LED City Lights, 034 Motorsport upper control arms, Hotchkis sway bars, Apikol rear diff mount, StopTech brake pads, and a K&N air filter. He then completed the look with a DIY titanium package that included vinyl wrapping the window trim, grille, side mirrors, pillars and trunk trim.
I asked Ed what made him upgrade to the RS4 from an A3, and he shared a little background which I think a lot of Audi enthusiasts who read this blog will identify with:
Ever since I laid eyes on my first RS4 back in 2008, while on a trip to San Francisco, the love affair began. Fast forward to 2013 and prices were steadily coming down. I started casually looking when I had my 2.0T A3 (APR Stage2+ which was a fun ride for sure!). One day I called Pacific Audi to see if they had any RS4s in stock and lo and behold, Ryan Shipton told me they just got one in. Figured I’d see what they were all about and went down and test drove it. Well, I immediately had to have it and ended up buying it that day! Manual, AWD, supercar performance, that can be driven daily – what’s not to love? The rest is history…
Personally I’ve been avoiding taking any RS4s out for a test drive as I’m pretty sure if I do, I’m afraid I will do the same thing Ed did and buy one on the spot and need to start all over with the modding, lol. What’s also neat is that while cleaning up his RS4 and getting it exactly how he wanted it, he had some high-grade, high-temp RS decals produced for his brake calipers which he now sells on eBay and you can pickup here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audi-RS-Brake-Caliper-Decals-Stickers-Pair-High-Grade-High-Temp-/252145291131?hash=item3ab507cf7b:g:HcEAAOSwiwVWSNpN
Good meeting you Ed, and thanks for letting me take pics of your RS4!