A go-fast wagon for any surface.
The original Audi RS4 Avant was launched in 1999 as the successor to the mighty Audi RS2 Avant. Just like its predecessor, it was available only as a station wagon, making a truly unique offering on the market. With just about 6,000 units produced and delivered globally, it was a rare bird, too.
Probably not many of you know that the first-gen RS4 Avant was also exported to some Asian markets. We don’t know the exact number of examples sold in Japan, though we know at least one of these cars is still alive. And it looks nothing like the original car.
The video at the top of this article tells the story of a JDM RS4 Avant, imported into the United States. Initially, it was sold to an aftermarket company, which stanced the speedy wagon and gave it big wheels. Eventually, the car was sold to its current owner, who had a very different vision of what it should look like.
Enter what is likely the world’s first (and only) RS4 Avant Allroad B5. The build was commissioned by its current owner, who lives in Massachusetts and wants to drive a fast car year around. With an open checkbook, custom shop AI Design created this safari version of the RS4 Avant with lifted suspension, distinctive matte black finish, and proper winter tires. For the full story, check out this article and video from Motor 1.