After seeing the new ABT-tuned Audi A6 Allroad, I’ve had a bit of an Allroad revelation. Prior to seeing the ABT product, I’ve always judged Audi’s Allroad models harshly, mostly because they’re not the proper Avants I’ve always wanted to come to America. However, after seeing the ABT-tuned A6 Allroad, I’m starting to really come around to the idea of an Audi A4 Allroad and there’s one word for why — “Tuning”.
With just a bit of tuning and tweaking, the Audi A4 Allroad can be a really cool car and it can go in either direction. Allow me to explain.
If you’re a big fan of Audi Avants (aren’t we all?), the A4 Allroad might seem obnoxious at first because it’s essentially just an A4 Avant on stilts and with fake off-road body cladding to make it look “tougher”. It was designed this way to appeal to pseudo-active Americans who think their Columbia hiking boots make them “outdoorsy”. However, with a few simple mods, that off-roading impostor can actually be made into a cool Avant.
Get rid of the stock lifted suspension and slap on a set of proper coilovers, drop it to a normal (or lower) ride height, get some new side skirts to replace the faux-rugged body cladding and get some sportier wheels and, voilà, it’s a sporty Audi A4 Avant. From there, you can do whatever else you want to it; give it an engine tune, thicker anti-roll bars, better brakes, whatever you’d like.
Or, you can go in the opposite direction. Instead of de-off-roading it, you can actually turn it into a properly rugged Audi wagon. Again, swap out the stock suspension but this time for a set of suspension that’s even taller and designed for rugged cars.
Then, give it some smaller wheels but beefier, thicker tires, a roof box, some rally lights and an engine tune and you’ve got yourself a proper Audi A4 “Allroad”. Think Porsche 911 Safari, just with an Audi wagon. That would be a lot cooler than the standard Allroad and would actually fit someone’s active lifestyle while still being a great daily driver.
So the Audi A4 Allroad, as silly as it is in reality, can be made to be very cool. Sure, it takes extra money and time on top of buying an already expensive car but there’s potential there. So with some relatively simple modding, the A4 Allroad can be a lot cooler than I originally thought.