Audi 2000 S4 (modified)
I bought my first Audi Quattro in 1996. It was an A4 fully loaded. I loved the car but eagerly awaited the release of the Bi Turbo S4.
When The S4 arrived in the States, I had one of the first off the boat. I absolutely loved it. It was everything the A4 was in a car but faster and nicer looking both inside and out. I took delivery of it in Sept of 1999. I was living in New York at the time and was fortunate enough to track it at Lime Rock and Pocono before I moved South to Miami. Once I arrived in Miami last January, I started to mod the car. I started with a chip, exhaust, and air filter, which bumped the stock S4 from 250hp to 320hp. I then upgraded all my hoses, short shifter, brakes, wheels and tires for the track. I tracked the S4 at Moroso, Homestead and Sebring.
The most beautiful thing about the S4 was it's ability to stomp any car off the line in the rain or shine. It's biggest disappointment was the amount of push and body roll the car had on the track (which was subsequently solved with slicks.)
After 2 1/2 years of modding, romping,
tracking, the car, I felt it was time for me to move to something a little
less easy to drive.
I had my heart set on a C4S and thought
that the AWD system would really help me feel at home since I had been
driving AWD for 5 years.
On my drive home from Daytona (Skippy school,) I decided that RWD was for me. I set my scopes on a widebody 911 because I love the look and styling of the big fat a**. I've also always been a huge fan of the 911 it's been a long time dream.
So after just 22,000 miles I said goodbye to my Audi and opened up the door for my new Pcar. I took delivery 3 weeks ago and here is my review.
-Car- 1997 Carrera 993 C2S. Artic Silver, Factory Aero Kit, Aluminum upgrade, Hi-fi, Motorsound, Limited slip, sport seats and a 6-spd transmission.
I would classify my driving skills as an
advanced intermediate. I have driven over 30 track days and nine tracks,
but have not raced. I was signed off on Sunday though for my PCA race license.
Acceleration: Off the line, the
S4 modded was a monster, after adding Bypass Valves there was no apparent
lag and the S4 really pinned you to your seat all the way through the gears.
The short shifter also contributed to the amazing off the line feel of
Handling: Even with my stock Pcar
suspension, the 911 wins hands down. The center of gravity is much better
and although I could always count of the front wheels from my S4 to pull
me through a turn, the correct amount of trailing oversteer in the 911
smashes any feeling that the S4 could come close to even hanging.
Interior: The S4 was much more roomy
and ergonomic, the climate control buttons were easy to find, the stereo
system was better,
Styling: One of the most beautiful
sports cars ever made vs. a boxy sedan... No contest.
Brakes: I don't have big reds. After
a weekend at Sebring, I don't think I need em either. I couldn't believe
how much stopping power I had in the 911. I had upgraded brakes in the
S4, *Stoptechs* (which are amazing and a much better, more cost effective
solution rather than brembo's)
Driving Experience: Every time I
get into my 2S I remind myself just how lucky I am. Yes there are some
cars that are faster or handle better but they still take a back seat to
this fantastic car. I don't think I could ever see myself not owning a
911 in the future.
These cars are really great and I just wish I didn't live in a state where all the roads are flat, long and boring. Guess I should count my blessings that we can track all year roung though