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Wilder Is Better

S4 Styling to the Extreme

Nov 1, 2002 SHARE

The saying goes something like, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” I’d like to disagree. I’ve found that most everything is wider. There are freeways that are seven lanes wide, and driving along one of those super-wide freeways, I discovered an S4 with an extra-wide track. When it comes down to it, though, wider is good, but wilder is even better.

When I met Matt Chow, the owner of this Seidl body kit–wearing ’01 S4, he didn’t come across as someone who would own such a crazy car. He’s very laid-back; he drives his S4 everywhere, and most impressively, he lets his friends drive his car, too. Most people won’t even let their friends near their cars. But, as Matt points out, a car is meant to be driven—a point that was made even more pronounced when I bumped into him at car shows in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.

Although Matt never went so far as to describe his modifying philosophy, it’s fairly obvious once you see the car. He likes things to be extreme—and with that, Matt started his most recent project with one of Audi’s infamous S4 rockets. From there, he bolted on a complete Seidl widebody kit, the wildest body kit he could find. The Seidl kit replaces all four fenders, in addition to the front and rear bumpers, and the side skirts. Making the exterior even more distinct is a DTM Autohaus carbon-fiber hood with blue pearl painted in and an A! Avantguarde grille.

Under the skin of this S4 are plenty of performance upgrades. H&R coilovers, an APR chip, a GIAC Tiptronic upgrade, and a Neuspeed exhaust are just a few go-fast items that were added. Being a realist, Matt also knew these performance upgrades would probably just offset the additional weight of the immense stereo system. As for the Audi’s entertainment system, Matt spared nothing when it came to dropping money on making the sedan insanely interactive. Just sitting in the driver’s seat and staring at the Defi heads-up display will tell you that.

Inside the trunk sits a pair of ADS subs and amps with a Visonik 6.8-inch monitor flush-mounted into the decklid. A spare DTM Kreuz wheel resides in the spare tirewell, but the trunk floor has been trimmed to display the wheel, utilizing a Plexiglas floor and an ample supply of blue neon. The entire trunk was also reupholstered in blue-and-black alcantara to match the refinished Cobra Suzuka GT seats and floor mats.

Even taking into consideration the width of the car, the three monitors, the PlayStation 2, the TV tuner, and the custom speaker and amp enclosures, the wildest part of the car is, by far, the brakes. Peering though the front 18-inch wheels are a set of Stoptech 355mm front rotors with four-piston calipers; in the rear there are 328mm rotors clamped by similar Stoptech four-piston calipers. All of the brakes are supplied fluid via steel braided brake lines. The result of the additional grippers is enough brake surface to make the passengers thankful for the Schroth harnesses.

Take a minute and think about every other Audi on the show scene. Most have some of the items Matt’s S4 does, but few people have gone so far as to throw another $40,000 in aftermarket parts at a $43,000 car. If everything that’s on this S4 doesn’t convince you that it’s one of the wildest Audis you’ve ever seen, take into consideration that it was built over the course of one year. That alone is pretty wild.

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