What's the condition of the hypo S car (if you have a potential on the hook)?
There is tons of plug and play goodness for these cars, but they are all getting a little long in the tooth (as you saw first hand with Eric's red S4 you took up to ASW a few years ago), so you may want to factor in some incidentals after a pre-purchase into the budget equation. Hopefully, the 'incidental' list won't be nearly as bad as his old car was.. ;-)
You're also welcome to drive my 400 whp version, should you want to venture futher down the slope..
"Modding stops when the dyno reads 1,000 and the ATM does not"
'92 S4: Built By Dave Jones of S-Line Motorsports: 400+WHP, 400+WTQ, 28lbs of Boost, 91 Octane
'95.5 UrS6 Avant: Pearl White and the bone stock daily driver (well kinda ;-).
Cost me $4k to rebuild the suspension and do brakes alone...
No labor in that price either (as I did it myself). I wouldn't do it again (i.e. I hate suspension work). That was a complete teardown and rebuild of the suspension on my old S6A and with european S6 "Sport" Avant springs + Custom Valved Bilsteins.... But, like I said...
To do it "right" is gonna cost more than $5,000.
Isn't the turbo like $1000, and the EM is darn near that. Brakes will run another $1000 or more, etc... It adds up.
Albeit, I think the 034 EM looks like its even better and cheaper.
'95.5 Audi S6 Sedan (Silver/Platinum)
'87 BMW E30 track **** "Der Warsteiner!"
'03 Land Rover Discovery 'S' 4.6 FOR SALE, PLEASE BUY ME
"Middle class is defined as a subsection of the population which includes everybody."
If you can find a car that already has the mods you want you will save a ton!
Even if it doesn't have all the mods you want you'll still be ahead. At best only 1/2 the cost of mods is reflected in the purchase price of a modded car. Often it's much lower than that. It's pretty easy to find nice clean cars with suspension and brakes, full RS2 is pretty common as well. You can't be as picky when looking for a modded car and you will have to travel to find the right car, but the savings will be huge if you manage to find exactly what you're looking for. Even if you compromise a little on the car or the mods you want you'll save big.
I bought my car with the suspension I wanted (Eibach/Bilstein sport), a chip and 17" wheels that I really liked. I didn't look for an RS2 car because I really want a GT2871 turbo for quicker spool. It will cost more in the end, but I'll get what I exactly what I want.
...that "doing it right" would include a full suspension rebuild.
I think that's on the extreme end of "doing it right", which also might include honest-to-Pete RS2 cams, RS2 MAF, injectors, 044 FP, FPR, FMIC in addition to brand-spankin'-new turbo and EM.
Oh, and the labor to get it all done. That's gonna add up REALLY quick. To a big bill. WAAAAAY over $5k. And in the end, you're gonna get 380-420HP, max?
But on the other end is OEM (like '92 springs) OEM MAF, used turbo and EM, OEM AAN cams, BBK, OEM FP and leaving it at that. Yes, you're probably leaving some power on the table. How much? 30-50HP, max? I dunno about you, but that 50 HP sounds REALLY damned expensive! And really, you're not giving up any reliability.
I,m the proof, that if you are willing to travel, the right car is out there,
without piecing it together yourself.And there are deals out there....
Morin Heights, Quebec
92 S4 Lehman Stage 3, RS2d. 6 speed transmission with 3rd and 4th gears revised by Stasis.Konis and 2Bennett Coil-Overs,Porsche 993 BBK,Stromung Exhaust.Samco Hoses,European headlights.New engine and transmission mounts by 034EFI.160,000 miles. 1.8T coil packs by Apikol. 95 S6, Sold...
1971 MGB GT.Sunday Driver,fully restored,1300 hours of TLC.