There’s a certain automotive fad that exists among older car enthusiasts. By older car enthusiasts, I don’t mean car enthusiasts that are getting up there in age, I mean enthusiasts of older cars. That fad is converting standard cars into their more performance-oriented versions. For instance — converting a standard B5 Audi A4 into a B5 Audi S4.
This actually requires quite a bit of work. It’s an incredibly extensive process that requires time, money and, most importantly, patience. See, switching a car from its standard variant to its performance variant requires a lot more than just swapping the engine. The electronics, gearbox, differentials, axles, wheel carriers, brakes, wiring and so much more need to be switched over. And even then, after all of that work, it could still not be complete. Performance variants of cars, like Audi’s S and RS models, often times have changes to subframes and chassis components, so sometimes it’s near impossible to make a full conversion.
And even if someone can make an entire conversion, that’s a lot of tear down and rebuild to do to a car, which means that there’s a good chance that not a lot will work and there will be issues. Conversions like the nearly never work perfectly, because the person doing the conversion typically isn’t as qualified to do so as the company that builds the cars. So would you want to buy one of these cars?
Well, if you do, there’s one for sale right now that should tickle your fancy. This Chicago-based seller has put his car up for sale and it calls for quite a pretty penny. His car started life as a 1997 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro with a five-speed manual. However, that’s not how it ended up. As it stands now, it has basically been converted into a B5 Audi RS4. All of the RS4 body panels, bumpers and aerodynamics have been added to the car, the 2.7 liter Bi-Turbo V6 (with RS6 turbos equipped) has been put in as well as the proper six-speed manual. There’s also a myriad of other upgrades that you can read in the listing for the car.
The strange part about this car is the price. At a whopping $30,000, this car seems a bit overpriced. And by overpriced, I mean that it’s ludicrously overpriced and this seller must have been sniffing something seriously strong to ask that. With $30,000, you can go buy a pre-owned B8 Audi S4 with almost no mileage that will work perfectly and rape this S4 conversion in every single performance statistic possible while also being better looking and more comfortable with immensely more technology. If someone spends $30,000 on this conversion instead of a newer S4, they’d need psychological help.
However, if these kinds of conversions do tickle your fancy here’s your car. You’re welcome.