Classy Fusion – WX’s MTM Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
What happens if you have had a history of Japanese performance car ownership, and is just getting into the world of European car habitat? Why, you carry over the lessons learnt from there, just as WX (what he wants to be known) did with his Audi A4 !
With an ownership history comprising of a Mitsubishi Lancer 1.6 GLX fitted with a big-bore turbo charger putting out at least 300 horsepower, and a collectible Toyota Celica, WX certainly did have his fair share of fun with cars of the Far East.
However, the addition of another member to his family, coupled with a desire to try a European car at least once in his life, meant WX was soon attracted to the prospect of Audi A4, largely thanks to its clean exterior lines, quality interior and refined driving experience.
Having all that in mind, he then sought out the best pre-owned A4 that he could find, before settling on a five year old A4 2.0T Quattro in 2014. Despite finding much to like about his new ride, thanks to the reasons above, WX admitted to being “slightly disappointed” initially, as he found the modification options available locally being “quite restricted” and largely limited to the usual suspects.
Thankfully, the Internet came to the rescue, and armed with ideas from the international Audi forums, along with experience gained from years in the Japanese car scene, he then got to work with his Audi to create what you see here.
First up, the exterior. To give his white car an added air of menace, he fitted on a blacked out honeycomb grille and Audi logos, along with Vertini Magic 19-inch wheels for that deep concave look.
Then it was time for a colour upgrade, a friend with a sticker shop stepped in with a day’s job for his frozen blue body wrap, along with a distinctive “dragon fish” emblem to the rear, which signified his long history with the Japanese cars.
By far the most striking part of this car externally would be its hood, complete with vents and bonnet catches. WX explained that this was more in line with Japanese modified car practice, and another example of how he differed from his fellow car enthusiast friends, who keep their hoods stock or at most, fit those with subtle bulges.
As for the engine, on top of the MTM stage 1 engine tune fitted, he went ahead to installed a blow-off valve and a K&N air intake, which were essential to accentuate the fine sounds produced by the engine and the Jetex exhaust system. In his words “the Audi’s quiet cabin means you can choose what you want to hear, and in this case, I chose the sound made by the blow-off valve”.
However, where his Audi differed from his previous Japanese rides was in the blow-off valve fitment, where it was necessary to fit an aftermarket air intake system for the sound to be heard clearly.
Despite all the changes made so far, WX sees it as just the start, with future plans to drop in a larger K04 turbocharger and intercooler setup, along with a MTM Stage 3 engine tune to create the 400 horsepower “Kraken!”
This is where the Toptech’s flagship 50mm core coilovers come in. To WX, while they mean he misses out on the Audi’s adaptive suspension system, he gains improved car control, even at higher speeds, without compromising on ride comfort with those large wheels. Better to have one good suspension setting than to have three average ones, we say.
As for the brakes, he got himself a Brembo GT 6-piston brake kit up front, while to the rear are enlarged and slotted brake rotors.
Inside, WX has replaced the silver interior trim with carbon fibre bits, with more set to come along in the future, along with a rewrapping of roof lining in black.
To conclude, who said you could not teach an old dog new tricks, and that European cars could not get Japanese style modifications? As WX has shown, the Audi’s clean design lines are easy to work with, and allow for plenty of avenues for individual expression.
Owner : Wei Xiang
Vehicle : Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
Country : Singapore
MTM Stage 1 Tuned / K&N Typhoon Air Intake / Forged Blow Off Valve / Jetex Exhaust System
Full Frozen Blue Body Wrap / Customised Carbon Fibre Front Lip, Bonnet, Side Skirt, Rear Lip, Roof Spoiler, Rear Spoiler, Rear Diffuser And Side Mirrors / Front Honeycomb Bumper
Carbon Fibre Trim on Doors & Dashboard (Passenger) / Custom S Line Foot Pedal Plates
Brembo GT 6-pot Calipers Brake Kit Front / Slotted Brake Discs Rear / Toptech 50mm Coilover Kit / Vertini Magic 19” Wheels / Toyo Proxes T1 Sport Tyres 255/35 R19
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Text & Photos By AutoCulture Singapore