Audi A4 Ripped Apart And Turned Into A Ute
The six-speed manual survived
This 2004 model year third-generation Audi A4 started life out as a typical sedan and remained as such until 2017 when it was purchased by its current owner who decided to convert it into a ute pickup, courtesy of a conversion kit from Smyth Performance. The unique Audi is now up for sale on Bring A Trailer. That kit included all of the necessary hardware such as new fiberglass quarter panels, aluminum bed surfaces, and the all-important structural reinforcements. The seller even documented the conversion process on a build thread so interested buyers can get a first-hand look at what was done. It seems the work was completed to very high standards. Once the rear seat was ripped out and the installation of the new fiberglass rear bodywork was completed, the owner/seller repainted the A4 in its original black.
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However, the rear taillights were sourced from an Acura MDX and a set of Gunmetal 19-inch Rotiform wheels have also been added. Step inside and you'll notice the cabin is entirely stock (up front at least) with black leather seats, aluminum trim, a factory stereo and steering wheel, as well as WeatherTech floor mats on top of original black carpets. There are a few computer sensor changes due to the extensive amount of work done.
For example, because the stock third brake light no longer exists, there's a warning message on the instrument cluster. The car's computer is clearly a bit confused. Also, the airbag light is permanently lit because the rear seat belt pre-tensioner resistors were removed. As for the newly added bed, there's a cool removable floor that conceals the original factory sheetmetal and the spare tire. It should be noted, however, that there is some minor right-side damage caused by an accident nine years ago. Under the hood, the 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four has received an ECU retune. Although a specific output isn't provided, it's fair to assume it now exceeds the original 180 horsepower. Another performance upgrade is APR Stealth cat-back exhaust system. A six-speed manual transmission sends power to all four wheels.
There's a total of 97,000 miles on the odometer and, as of this writing, the highest bid was just $5,500, but there's still plenty of time for that to increase as the auction won't end until next Tuesday.
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Not only does it look cool it's pretty practical too. Under the metal base of the rear there is a place or a spare tire. If you're looking for a speedy work car that you need to transport things in this is the car to go for.
This of course isn't the only saloon (sedan for US) to be go through this awesome transformation, others have received this treatment and turn out to be pretty damn cool. An excellent example of this is the BMW M3.
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The person who engineered this has a brilliant imagination that a car guy needs. Turning an already pretty nice car into an ultimate driving machine is epic. I would love to drive this in real life or just see it. Possibly even make one myself (but I doubt that would ever happen.)