This month’s Featured Ride is a quintessentially Californian car – take everything you (and I) love about the B7 Audi S4, then chop off the roof and get a fresh ocean breeze flowing through your hair. Local enthusiast Tony reached out to me a few months ago, and we finally had a chance to connect and take some pictures of this pristine S4 with less than 15k miles on it. The color combo is one of my favorites, albeit possibly one of the hardest combinations to keep clean – Brilliant Black exterior with Platinum Silver/white interior.
We tried out a new spot near the Torrey Pines State Preserve in Del Mar, California, to bring out some of the style of the car. Black paint, clear skies, and a good backdrop make for my favorite kind of photos.
Tony has done a lot of modifications to the car, but kept everything as OEM looking as possible so the car doesn’t scream “aftermarket.” While the wheels and more aggressive stance are obvious upon first glance, there are a lot of really nice details on this car as you dig in that really make the build special.
On the interior, Tony has a facelifted flat bottom RS4 air leather steering wheel from Europrice with custom trim from oCarbon. He also retrofitted the RS4 shift knob, which required quite a bit of DIY fabrication to rotate the knob 90 degrees and replace the boot. To finish off the OEM-plus style of the interior, he opted for a matching air leather e-brake handle, RS4 pedals, interior LED lights, and a Tune2Air streaming music bluetooth adapter.
The car is lowered with H&R coilovers suspension installed by Pure Motorsport. Tony has Avant Garde 19×8.5 M310 wheels in hypersilver wrapped in 235/35/19 Michelin Pilot Super Sports that are clean enough to eat off of, and to keep the OEM look he used some silicone glue to custom fit the OEM center caps.
The little touches continue with the lighting. Tony followed a lot of write-ups on my site including LED license plate bulbs, LED City Lights, and LED DRLs…but being someone who actually enjoys electrical work, he didn’t stop with just adding resistors, he wired everything to a near-OEM like quality. The resistors for the headlights were wired back near the battery with all wiring covered in anti-abrasion coating, quick disconnects for easy bumper removal, and aluminum heat sinks to keep everything cool. It was a really impressive setup.
The engine was also super clean and had the extra engine bay covers, along with OEM Audi R8 oil and coolant caps. Tony plans to add a JHM tune, piggie pipes, and an exhaust down the line – but even with a stock exhaust the 4.2L V8 still sounds great (especially with the top down).
Tony has a Q5 as a daily driver, so I’m sure this car will continue to only get nicer (and more rare) over time as it stays a weekend driver and avoids all of the rough city driving most S4s are subjected to. As Audi moves away from naturally aspirated V8 engines, this will probably be one of the last cars you can get from Ingolstadt that has a V8 and a drop top.
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