In the USA, Wagons don’t exactly get a fair shake – the American station wagon died off in the 1980s with the advent of the Minivan, but across the Atlantic, the Europeans have been making fantastic longroof cars for decades. Audi’s design game is strong with their line of estate cars, and the B8 Audi A4 Avant is rather sharp looking. The trouble is, the factory ride height and wheels make this sleek 5-door as frumpy as the Lingerie section of Drapers and Damons. Chris C owns this A4 Avant, and brought his wagon in to see Mod Expert Sean to address the boring stock wheels for B8 Audi A4 and to lower the B8 Audi A4 suspension to eliminate the excess wheelgap.
Mod Expert Sean helped order just the thing to spice up the Avant – a set of lightweight Neuspeed RSe102 Satin Gun Metallic wheels for Audi. Spec’d out in an Audi-specific 20×9 ET40 fitment, these lightweight flow form wheels weigh just 21.7lbs each – not bad for a 20in wheel!
The 10-spoke design looks great against the bodylines of the B8 A4. Of course, your wheels are only as good as the tires you mount on them, so Mod Expert Sean recommended a set of sticky Toyo T1R 255/30-20 tires to keep the power going to the ground.
From the side profile, you can really appreciate the difference lowering the car makes. Offering a lowering range of 1.0-3.0in, Solo-Werks Coilovers for Audi B8 A4 gets rid of the ugly wheelgap at a price that won’t break the bank.
These fixed damping, no-frills coilovers will set you back just $549 (as of press time) – you’d be hard pressed to get a set of springs and install them for that! Solo-Werks is able to offer a quality coilover at such a ridiculously low price because they’ve cut out all the extra bureaucracy and marketing nonsense, using their Engineering know-how to create the most cost-effective coilover option on the market.
Here’s a closer look at the front fitment.
There’s only so much we can say about how damn good the A4 Avant can look with just a drop and a set of wheels, but a picture’s worth a thousand words, so check out the finished look in the photos below.
We love the way Chris’ A4 came out and we hope we have more Longroof Love for you guys in the future. Thanks for joining us and we hope you enjoyed the photos!
Not sure how to make your boring stock B8 Audi A4 or A5 more interesting? Check out our guide to the Best Mods for B8 Audi A4, then talk to our team of Mod Experts like our resident E9X M3 specialist Sean (x8009 for Sean), give us a call at 714-582-3330 to chat with our team of experts or stop by the ModAuto showroom in La Habra CA during business hours (8-5 M-Sat) and talk to our experts in person.
Story & Photos Nick Gregson