One Shade Of Grey
Whoever said that station wagons were for soccer Mom’s, was 100% incorrect. It isn’t everyday that you see an Avant like this cruising around, so Nicholas Mackey didn’t let the soccer mom image discourage his plans of execution. It is always a pleasure to see something so innocent looking, become this thing of beauty with a slight edge. The thing about an Avant is that, they only need subtle touches here and there to grab your attention. I guess that no one truly appreciates the beauty of one, until it has been modified as such; from a full respray, wheels, suspension, and some go-fast goodies.
The color grey in my opinion is one of the best colors on a vehicle. Regardless an Avant, a sedan, muscle car, or economy car, grey always looks good. So Nick went ahead and spoiled his b7 A4 avant with a full respray. Just any old grey wasn’t suitable though. He needed something that was classy, and something that was not stock. Mackey ended up going with a color used on Ferrari’s 458 Italia. Ferrari calls it Grigio Medio. As you can see, the color fits Nick’s b7 Avant very well, and compliments the finish on his Rotiform IND’s.
As his vision was coming together, Nick decided to spoil this b7 a bit more, so he went ahead and purchased air ride for this wagon. He opted for Air Lift struts and bags in all four corners, Autopilot V2 digital management, and two 444C Viar compressors. With this setup, Nick was able to fit his 18x10 (et20) and 18x11(et26) Rotiform IND’s without putting his fenders in harms way.
Every car deserves to be pushed to the limits once and a while, regardless of its style. The cool thing about Nick’s Avant is that it is not stock performance wise, which is kind of a rare thing unless you own a b5 S4 Avant. He had the ECU flashed with APR Stage II software to give his car a little more “ummph”. What good is that power from the stage II tune without it being able to breathe better? With a nice rumble to please the ears. Nick went ahead and purchased a Techtonics Tuning downpipe, and a Stratmosphere cat-back exhaust to get this thing sounding a little more up to par.