If one thing is for sure, there is no denying our love of all things Audi. We’ve had the pleasure of maintaining a number of ringed specimens over the years, from Sport Quattros to R8 GTs and nearly everything in between. Enter, a wagon we’ve become quite familiar with: the QuattroWorld RS4 Avant. Of the few B5 wagon variants in the US, it’s by far & away one of the most desirable.
On a sunny Saturday, special arrangements were made & we took delivery. The RS4 sat patiently next to a brand new Porsche GT3 while cars were shuffled & space could be made for the Avant’s short stay. After thorough assessment, the plan of attack included a quick Full exterior detail with interior vac + wipe, some fresh window tint for the rear hatch, and a brand new Full Frontal XPEL paint protection package.
Once Monday rolled around, Brian was quick to get the RS4 in the wash bay for a thorough 24-step hand wash & clay bar treatment to alleviate any surface contaminants.
With the shop packed to the doors, the only option was to plant the Avant squarely in the studio to complete the Full exterior detail. The Full exterior detail includes a simple but effective single stage polish designed to eliminate any minor scratches and swirls that may have accumulated since the Avant last visited. As some of our readers may remember, the RS4 underwent an extensive Connoisseur Detail back in 2013.
Once the car was all polished up, it was time for tint & protection. The window on the rear hatch of the Avant was looking a bit lack luster, so we busted out a fresh piece of Prestige Film Technologies Spectra PhotoSync 35. Not only is Prestige the top of the line film on our 3 tiers of window tint for protection and quality, but it was a near perfect match to the color of the RS4’s original install!
To ensure the front clip & Full Detail would stand the test of time, we also equipped the Audi with a brand new Full Frontal XPEL Ultimate paint protection package & rear scuff guard. The self-healing nature of XPEL Ultimate will ensure the meaty flares, bumper, hood, and mirrors remain blemish free from rigorous daily driving & long-distance jaunts with a hatch full of gear.
Once the Ultimate PPF cured out, we had just enough time to squeeze in a mini photoshoot in the studio!
Up front, the XPEL Ultimate is nowhere to be seen to the untrained eye. Another one of the nice things about our Full Frontal kit is the complete lack of hood line or visible seam edge. Combined with the unmatched clarity of XPEL Ultimate, it makes for an incredibly durable and nearly invisible barrier between whatever the road may throw the Avant’s way.
The BBS CHs have been refinished in silver to match the mirror caps & trim, and while the matte black look was nice, the update feels much more OEM+.
Around back, the newly installed PhotoSync window tint will be doing a great job of protecting any precious cargo the RS4 may have hiding in the hatch. As we mentioned before, not only was PhotoSync a great match to the original window tint shade, but it’s also our top-tier film. PhotoSync 35 posses an unprecedented solar activated top coat that transitions VLT while offering incredible protection against UV/ IR rays & any temperature fluctuation.
It’s always hard to let the RS4 leave us, but we definitely love to watch it go. The NorthWest is home to some majestic Quattro cars, and without a doubt the RS4 Avant will remain a favorite for years to come. Besides, now we get to look forward to meeting again at the 2015 Audi Expo!
Want even more B5 RS4 in your life? Browse through our Connoisseur detail & photo shoot on the NWAS archives, or catch a glimpse of it in our event coverage at Audi Expo 2014 & 2013. Thanks for reading!