The first generation A6 is known as the C4, and like all A6 Audis, it was offered as both a saloon and an estate (“Avant”) car and could be ordered with either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive (quattro).
The A6 C4 was available with a HUGE range of engine sizes. In terms of petrol engines (of which there were a staggering twelve different options) these ranged from small, petrol-powered, naturally aspirated inline-four engines (such as the 2.0 litre, 8-valve, SOHC inline four with 99bhp) right up to chest-thumping V8’s (such as with the 4.2 litre, 32-valve, DOHC V8 with 322 bhp!). For the diesel engined cars the range was much smaller with just two engines on offer – a 1.9 litre inline-four, or a 2.5 litre inline-five.
The A6 C4 “Avant” was a hugely popular car from the get-go as it represented a high-quality, reliable, and usually powerful car that also doubled up as the family taxi thanks to the estate body. The most special of the C4 Avants was the “S6 Plus” which was a last of the line, high-performance model with a 322bhp V8 under the bonnet, and a range of upgrades to the gear-ratios (it came with a six-speed manual), suspension, brakes and tyres. Only 952 of these were made, and 855 of these were the estate-bodied Avants! The Avant S6 Plus cars could accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds, which is still incredible for a large family car built in 1997!
Andrei has taken the concept of “slammed” to the extreme with this A6 C4. It sits on air-ride suspension and wheels just big enough to fit under the arches, and the result is a car that looks seriously cool. We’re a big lover of the stance scene here at Driveaholics.com and love how enthusiasts can take everyday cars and make them look like this one… with just a bit of imagination and ingenuity!
Audi A6 C4 2.6 “Avant”
- Custom made air-suspension with Ta-Technix front shocks and Ta-Technix rear coilovers. Two compressors and a tank installed in the trunk, 4 contours and pressure sensors.
- Changed the optics for US market ones. Changed the roof railings from black to polished. Polished and ceramic coated the body.
- Change the OEM wheels to Ronal Flat Five wheels with spec 18×8.5 inch and a small stretch on 205/40 tyres. There are also 20mm spacers on the front and 25mm on rear.
- Lastly the car now has negative 3 degrees camber on the rear to complete the look.
- Music setup inludes original Audi Concert head unit from Matsushita production, Audison speakers on front and rear with twitters, Vibe mini amplifier and noise and vibration damping inside the car.
Interview with the owner
- We love a slammed estate car, and this one is just awesome. When did you buy it Andrei?In 2019
- What made you buy this make and model in particular?Well this is a great question. I have never been into Audis so much. But the thought of buying a "new-timer" never left me for the last 5 years. My first choice was a Mercedes Benz in W123 body, however to find one in decent shape on the local market was a challenge, all were rusty and needed a lot of welding. So a friend suggested to have a look at Audi 100's in C3 and C4 bodies as they were zinc coated.
- So what made the C4 win over the C3 body then?The C3 is not quite my cup of tea. Also I found an A6 C4 for great price and nearly excellent condition…. and here we are. For those who might have a question regarding why not BMWs, then my answer is simple. I really like the style of the Bavarians from 80-90s, however there are SO many project cars out there already, so I didn’t want to make just another one.
- What's it like to drive?I had my car with stock suspension for 6 months and then started to modify it. I really liked the stock suspension but car was too high. Therefore my journey with lowering the started. First of all I have installed the coilovers, but the result was not satisfying. Car wasn’t low enough and it was actually very stiff. Then my idea to going over to air suspension started to become reality. So far I have been driving with air suspension on a daily basis for approximately one year already. I like the possibility to drive it low, drop it to ground on parking mode and enjoy the ride more softer ride than with coilovers.
- So, it's no secret that we love a bit of modification! Let's start with this Air-ride. What exactly have you installed here?Custom made air suspension with Ta-Technix front shocks and rear Ta-Technix coilovers. Two compressors and a tank installed in the trunk, 4 contours and pressure sensors.
- And by the looks of things, you've made some changes to the body too?Yes I changed the optics for US market ones. I also changed the roof railings from black to polished, and finally polished and ceramic coated the body.
- What have you done with the wheels & tyres?Change the OEM wheels to Ronal Flat Five wheels with spec 18 x 8.5 inch and these look great with a small stretch on 205/40 tyres.I've also added 20mm spacers on front and 25mm on rear. Also negative 3 degrees camber on the rear.
- What other mods have you done?Music setup includes original Audi Concert head unit from Matsushita Production, Audison speakers on front and rear with twitters, Vibe mini amplifier and noise and vibration damping inside the car.
- Do you plan to do any further modifications to it?No, I'm done here!
- Is the car a "keeper" or will you sell it one day?I think I'll sell it at some point.
- Do you own any other interesting cars?Yes! I also have an Audi 100 C2 5E (1980) under restoration and customisation!