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Insane Satin Battleship Gray Widebody Audi A3

German Hatchback meets JDM styling

I spotted this super unique A3 in the Arizona Audi Fans Facebook Group, where it is currently listed as for-sale for a mere $12,400. The car has a ton of custom work to it, and even though I can be pretty critical of bolt-on wide bodies on some cars, this A3 pulls it off very well.

Starting with a RS3 front bumper, the owner (Instagram @dakotamurphy) then had a custom Fiberglass mafia widebody kit installed, along with custom canards, and wrapped in 3M 1080 Satin Battleship Gray and a gloss black roof. The rest of the car has a ton of other nice OEM and aftermarket parts to finish the look.

The Battleship Gray wrap really pulls the whole theme together, and make this car look like an angry, evil version of the otherwise very conservative looking hatchback. To me, the A3 has gone from a conservative german hatchback to a JDM inspired race car look, and appears ready to take some serious turns at high speeds with the extra rubber and width to hold steady.

The widebody kit allows the owner to run 18×10.5″ wheels, giving plenty of space for some nice meaty tires. The factory width on this car is 8″ wide wheels, giving a full 2.5″ inches more of width, or nearly a third more than factory. That’s crazy!

The A3 is a fun car, but has trouble handling the power of a big turbo kit in FWD. I know many A3 owners that added power, only to be disappointed at the car’s inability to translate that power into quicker track times as the tires would end up spinning and the car understeering into most turns. The widebody kit combined with wider wheels and tires would be perfect for someone looking to a big turbo build…of if left as-is, the car already has a tune, intake and exhaust to wake the already peppy 2.0T up a little more.

Full mod list:

  • Complete Front End Conversion to RS3 Style
  • Fully Functional Retrofit LED Bar Headlights with HID Projectors
  • Custom Fiberglass Mafia Widebody
  • Custom Canards
  • Ambit RT8 18×10.5 +15 5×114.3 Matte Gunmetal Wheels
  • SickSpeed Neochome Lug Nuts
  • Wrapped in Like New Michelin Tires
  • Adjustable Camber Arms
  • Raceland Adjustable Coilovers
  • Full 3M 1080 Satin Battleship Gray Wrap
  • 3M 1080 Gloss Black Roof Wrap
  • Sickspeed Neochrome Bolt Accents
  • Evolution Motorsports V-Flow Cold Air Intake
  • Full Exhaust with NeoChrome Tip
  • High Flow Catalytic Converter
  • Kenwood KD-R460 Stereo CD/AUX/USB
  • Wired for a Sub/Amp in Trunk

Other noteworthy mods is that the car is completely debadged – a lot of people would hardly recognize this as an Audi, for better or worse. Likewise the RS3 style front bumper and LED headlights give the front end a much needed facelift, making the car appear to be a newer body style than it really is.

The only thing left to make this build perfect is a roll cage, racing seats, and a custom turbo setup. It’s got the race looks, now it just needs the rest of the build to keep up!

Photo credit goes to J Will Media, Colmenero Photography in Arizona. Thanks to the owner for letting me feature their car on my blog.

Nick Roshon

Nick has been an Audi owner and fanatic for the last 10 years, and started Nick's Car Blog in 2009 to share DIYs and pictures of his A4. Currently he drives a 2012 Audi TT-RS, and has previously owned a B7 S4, B7 A4, and an 82 Audi Coupe (GT) LeMons race car. In his day job, Nick is a digital marketer and lives in San Diego, CA, USA.


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