The B5 Audi RS4 Avant has a loyal following among Audi enthusiasts. As the original RS4 Avant, it gets a ton of love for being the car that made the segment famous. Which is why heavily modifying B5 RS4s can upset its fanbase. However, this modified “Safari” B5 Audi RS4 Avant should instead be celebrated.
In the latest episode of Modified, from Hagerty, we get to see an owner’s lifted, wrapped, and, well, modified RS4. Host Matt Farah, known from The Smoking Tire YouTube channel, takes the lifted RS4 to the Monticello Motor Club to drive it on a snow-covered track.
What is a Safari car, you ask? The idea of a Safari car is to take a normal sports car and make it more terrain-versatile, while still maintaining its comfort and most of its on-road handling. So the Safari B5 Audi RS4 Avant has a taller ride height than normal, tires more suited to loose surfaces, and a roof box, yet is still a blast to drive on dry pavement. Which is what makes it the perfect all-around daily driver.
To make this Safari build, the owner took the RS4 to AI Design, who cleverly lifted the car without adding more suspension travel, to increase its capability while maintaining its ride/handling balance. They also fabricated their own custom front light bar that’s incredibly durable, fantastic to look at, and even acts as a front bumper bar. In the trunk, due to the owner bringing his dog everywhere, AI Design replaced the trunk floor mat with a custom-fit dog bed. Pretty awesome.
The Safari B5 Audi RS4 Avant was also wrapped in a matte green and had most of its badges removed. Not just its Audi badges but almost any badges of any kind were removed.
Die-hard purists will dislike such a car but it actually makes a lot more sense than any lowered, higher-performance RS4. The B5 RS4 isn’t fast by modern standards and, even with tuning, isn’t going to ever become truly fast when compared to today’s sports cars. So it’s better to add more capability, practicality, and on-road comfort, without ruining the car’s inherent fun qualities.