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October 2012 Featured AZ'er: nnnick's 2006 S4

October 2012 Featured AZ'er: nnnick's 2006 S4

October 15, 2012 - Written by Stefan Johnetty, Photos by Stefan Johnetty and Nick Roshon
User Name: nnnick
Real Name: Nick Roshon
Location: Tempe, Arizona USA
Year of Vehicle: 2006
Model of Vehicle: S4 quattro
Engine of Vehicle: 4.2 V8
Color of Vehicle: Brilliant Red
We all have to start somewhere, and our latest featured member, Nick Roshon (AKA: nnnick), got his start early on. Nick grew up with auto enthusiasts in his family, ones who build and restore classic cars. That passion appears to have rubbed off on Nick, who has already managed to own and modify a few truly standout Audis.
If you ask around about nnnick you'll most likely be directed towards the B7 A4 section of Audizine where he spent a few years meeting fellow enthusiasts and scratching his itch for the mod bug. Fast-forward to today and you'll see that Nick has taken everything he's learned and plateaued unto the next level.

Nick picked up his first Audi back in 2008, an '06 A4 2.0T, entering himself into the world of Audi. He spent the next three years transforming it both aesthetically and performance wise. Without getting into too much detail he had one of the cleanest CVT front-wheel drive A4's to date. Fitted with an S4 front bumper with an S6 LED retrofit, S4 Door blades, S4 Platinum Recaros, and carbon fiber interior trim to name a few of the modsbut I digress. We're not here to talk about his A4. Having the thirst for all-wheel drive and a six-speed transmission, Nick eventually set out to replace his beloved A4 in for something else. Something with an S badge.

After about a year of searching, Nick found what he was looking for in early 2012 and hasn't looked back since. He picked up a Brilliant Red 2006 Audi S4 quattro with a manual transmission - the A4's bigger meaner older brother. Anyone who's driven an S4 knows the V8 delivers consistent power and the exhaust note is arguably the best in the Audi lineup. Right out of the gate he knew that he had made the right decision and wasted little time getting to work on the S4. What his A4 lacked in terms of raw power, his S4 made up for easily. So, Nick focused on the cosmetics and handling straight away.

Nick's first order of business was swapping the oCarbon carbon fiber interior trim over from the A4. He then got to work on the exterior, purchasing an RS 4 grille, fog grilles, and some other goodies. His next order of business was suspension. The S4 is no slouch in the handling department, but Nick is a track junkie and a member of both the infamous FRRG and Audi Style Racing. He knew the S4 was going to see track time, as did his A4, so for suspension he went with Stasis Ohlins SL fitted with Swift Metric springs and Stern upper control arms. For stopping power he went back to adam's rotors after having them on his A4.

Although only having his S4 for a few months, there are no doubts that Nick is here to stay, and only time will tell what he has up his sleeve for the S4. All we know is that we'll be here, eagerly watching and trying to anticipate Nick's next move!
Current Modifications

 - Engine/Exhaust:
  • Piggy Pipes
  • Milltek resonated exhaust
 - Suspension:
  • STaSIS Ohlins SL
  • Swift Metric Springs (784 f / 1232 r)
  • Stern Upper Control Arms
 - Wheels & Brakes:
  • 19"x8.5" BBS CH Black Edition (ET35) w/ Falken FK453 Tires (street)
  • 18"x8" BBS COs w/ Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s (track)
  • adam's rotors Track Pattern rotors
  • Hawk HPS pads
 - Interior:
  • Audi Exclusive Platinum Silver TT Steering Wheel by Quattro GmbH
  • oCarbon 5HS trim
  • OEM iPod adapter
  • LED interior lights
  • RS 4 e-brake handle
  • RS 4 pedal set
  • OEM RNS-E with Bluetooth
 - Exterior:
  • OEM RS 4 grille
  • Retrofitted RS 4 lower grilles
  • HID fog lights
  • LED city & DRL lights
  • Clear corner mod
  • oCarbon B & C-pillars
  • Color-matched trunk trim & reflectors
  • Black rear valence
  • Black window trim
  • De-badged
Future Modifications
  • Oh boy, too many to lista tune is probably next on my to-do list though. I'd love a BBK for track duty although my current setup seems to be doing just fine for now.
Q (Audizine): How long have you owned this vehicle?
A (Nick): Since February 2012 when I traded in my 2006 A4 for it.
Q: How has your ownership been with it overall?
A: Really great. I came from the same platform A4, but my A4 was FWD and a CVT automatic. The difference between the front-wheel drive A4 and an S4 with quattro is night and day. The power is so smooth and plentiful, the handling so graceful and predictable, and last but not least I really love the Brilliant Red exterior of the S4.
Q: Where did you find the car, and how was the buying experience?
A: I bought it from a friend, Brian McCauley (who goes by ProjectA3 on Audizine), who happens to work at Audi North Scottsdale as a salesman. I had been looking for a manual 6-speed S4 in either Brilliant Red or Sprint Blue for about a year, but everything I found was either too expensive, too high mileage, or the wrong color. One day I saw my car on their website - only 24k miles, 6MT, Red on Silver, and fully loaded. Best of all, the price was right. I was elated, and I called Brian and told him to mark the car as sold. The dealership gave me a super fair trade-in valuation and even knocked some money off the asking price of the S4, and a deal was made. I quickly parted out my A4, and a week later I was there to trade in my A4 and pick up my S4.
Q: Think you'll get another one in the future?
A: I plan to hold on to my S4 for a very long time. I wouldn't mind picking up another Audi for my fiancé sometime down the road, maybe a TT or an A4. She's been learning to drive stick on my car and has really started to like that experience, so I'd love to convert her to a full-on car enthusiast as well as an Audi lover with four rings to call her own.

Q: So this isn't your first Audi, but have you owned any others aside from the A4?
A: Well I also co-own part of a 1982 Audi Coupe race car as part of Audi Style Racing. So I guess this is Audi number 2.5.

Q: How long have you been into Audis and in the European tuning scene?
A: I joined Audizine in 2005 when I first started to become really interested in Audis and Euros more broadly, and bought my first Audi in 2008. Previously I was in to mini-trucks in high school, and also had a fetish for E46 BMWs in the early 2000s.
Q: How long have you been into cars in general, as an enthusiast?
A: I was born this way. My great grandfather was a car guy, so was my grandpa, my dad, and of course me. I've had the privilege of driving and building some amazing cars over my life, including a 65 Mustang Fastback my dad and I restored & modified in high school, as well as enjoying my late Grandfather's stable that included gems such as a V12 Jaguar E-Type Roadster, a 1939 Rolls Royce towncar, a 1956 Jaguar XK120, and a few other fun cars like a Mercedes Gazelle replica. In high school all of my good friends were car people, and we'd get together all of the time to do whatever modifications we could afford to our cars and dream of the days when we'd be able to buy nicer cars and do even more extensive modifications to them.

Q: Where do you think that passion and enthusiasm comes from, can it be traced back to anyone or anything?
A: Definitely family, as noted above, as well as just a general appreciation for the engineering and design behind cars. A great car to me requires breathtaking design, which cars like the E-type Jaguar and '67 Mustang taught me, as well as great engineering and handling, which probably helps explain why Audis appeal so much to me.

Q: What do you most love about the car?
A: The full package - the handling advantages provided by quattro, the power and sound of the 4.2 V8, and the great interior and exterior design of the B7 in general.

Q: What's your biggest peeve in regards to the car, the one thing you dislike the most?
A: How difficult it is to work on. The engine bay is pretty cramped, and it drives me nuts that you have to take the front bumper off to do simple things like replace headlight bulbs or access the snub mount. Audi didn't design these cars to be easy to service by DIYers, which can sometimes make the DIY process frustrating and/or painful.

Q: When did the modding bug bite?
A: Pretty much ASAP. *laughs* When I parted out my B7 A4 to get my S4, I kept all of the parts that could transfer over like the wheels and tires, oCarbon trim, grilles, etc. So, within one week, I had a pretty nicely modded S4.

Q: Can you explain your modding style? Do you prefer more go, more show, perhaps a combo of both?
A: A combination of both, but going from an A4 to an S4 I've enjoyed a pretty nice power increase just out of the gate, so I've been focused more on handling and aesthetics first with my S4. I like mods that look like they could have come from the factory, and prefer a subtle but slightly more aggressive look to my cars. Handling is usually my first order of business as most cars, even S4s, are designed by the factory for a more comfortable ride with favorable ground clearance for the "average Joe" instead of a more sporty ride for an enthusiast and track junkie like myself.

Q: Do you prefer to do the work yourself, or do you have a shop or specific person perform the work?
A: I like to work on my car when I can, but these days I have so little time that more often than not I leave it up to the professionals. Audi North Scottsdale helps me out with general service and maintenance, GoodSpeed Performance Lab with modifications and tuning, Phoenix Collision & Custom Paint with body and paint needs, and Wheel Specialists Inc with wheels and tire needs.

Q: What was your first modification to the car?
A: The oCarbon trim. Even though my S4 came with the OEM trim, I really love my oCarbon trim and the more pronounced and aggressive weave pattern that Matt at oCarbon made for me. It's one of my most favorite mods and most noticeable since I see it every time I drive somewhere. I'm pretty sure I'm still the only Audi with that particular weave pattern, and I like that uniqueness and exclusivity as well.

Q: Which was your last, most recent mod?
A: The flat bottom wheel from Europrice. I had been wanting it for a while, and finally allowed myself to splurge on it. It came out even greater than I thought it would and ties together with the seats nicely.

Q: Which mod are you the most proud of or happy with?
A: Such a tough question. I honestly don't know. It all comes together in a way that it's hard to just isolate one part or change. The suspension is a big one though, as it improves the handling, comfort, and aesthetics of the car. The STaSIS Ohlins SL kit is really a great product.

Q: How has your ownership been with it overall?
A: Awesome. It's the perfect daily driver, a delight on the track, and looks damn good at shows too.

Q: Describe your fondest memory of owning, modifying, or driving the A4.
A: Probably my first track day in at Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch right before Wuste 2012. I was blown away at how well the car did - both in areas I expected (power delivery and handling) as well as areas I didn't expect, like the stock brakes holding very strong despite taking a huge beating. I drove the car ~800 miles that weekend, had nearly 2 hours of track time, showed it the next day, and drove home without a single glitch or problem and a huge smile on my face.
Q: While the car you have now is amazing, what if money were no object? What's your dream car, or cars?
A: It's a long list, but for starters: Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Diablo 6.0, Audi Sport Quattro, Porsche 356, Porsche Carrera GT, a Jaguar E-Type, Lamborghini LM002, Land Rover Defender 90, Mercedes 300SL, a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500KR, and maybe an Audi S7 or S4 as a daily driver. Oh and I also really #WantAnR8 in case anyone from Audi of America is watching...
Q: What do your friends and family think about your passion for Audis?
A: That I'm nuts. That's okay though, they're mostly correct...
Q: How does your love for cars and Audis affect your life, does it play a pretty big part?
A: Yes. I became part of Audi Style Racing and race an Audi a few times a year in the 24 Hours of LeMons, and also spend a considerable amount of time fixing that car. It's an endurance race so a lot of things break. I blog about my car a lot on, I have met a lot of my closest friends through Audi meets and get-togethers, and my Facebook, Instagram and Web browsing history is like 97% Audi-related.
Q: What brought you to Audizine, and how long have you been with us?
A: I've been around since 2005 when I was hanging out on another forum...actually a BMW forum if I recall correctly! Audizine was recommended as a good place to check out for Audi fans. I did, and I've been visiting ever since on a pretty regular basis, even when I didn't own an Audi. I love that Audizine has something for everyone, a great community, tons of fresh content daily, a robust classifieds section, and cool articles and coverage of events.

Q: When you're not on Audizine, or out wrenching on the Audi, what do like to you do for fun?
A: Blogging, reading, photography, running, eating pizza, and being a tech geek.

Q: Have an interesting day job? Care to talk a little bit about it?
A: I work in digital marketing and do everything from SEO, which is Search Engine Optimization, to social media and blogging. It's a great career as someone who lives and breathes digital anyway, as my job allows me to help clients and brands improve their online reach and connect with their audiences in new ways. It has a technical aspect and a creative aspect, which keeps me engaged and always learning more.
Q: Any word of advice for your fellow enthusiasts, a bit of wisdom you'd like to impart on the masses?
A: Whoever said "do it once and do it right" first was a brilliant person. I've taken plenty of shortcuts with cheap parts, low budget installers, or both, and most of those times I paid dearly having to replace the parts, have the part re-installed elsewhere, or other misfortunes. You're way better off thinking through every mod and trying to avoid shortcuts and do it right the first time.
Also, really understand what you want out of the car - it's easy to just start piling on mod after mod, but if you're modifying without a purpose then it may come out tacky and overdone. For me I aim to enhance the strongest points of the car and improve the weakness but keep as much OEM flavor as possible. That means subtle exterior mods and then adapting the handling & suspension to my likes. I daily drive the car so I keep the mods fairly conservative, but I also track the car a few times a day so I make sure that the car can handle a good hooning now and then, too.

Q: And lastly do you have anyone you'd like to thank, any shout-outs?
A: My fiancé Moira for putting up with my Audi addiction and listening to me go on and on about cars even if you don't understand everything I'm saying. My family for turning me on to cars, giving me a good education, and giving me the work ethic and opportunity to become successful enough to pursue this expensive hobby of mine. The shops that have helped me install things including Audi North Scottsdale, GoodSpeed Performance Lab, Phoenix Collision & Custom Paint, and Wheel Specialists. The countless online vendors that have helped me decide the best parts and give me good deals and customer service including oCarbon, adams rotors, Europrice, OEMplus, STaSIS, and others. Also to my friends who've given me tons of advice including everyone from the FRRG crew, especially Whatset, CaptDistraction, Koolade9, J the W, TSFI, and Starrkitten13. And last but surely not least, Anthony and all of Audizine for giving me a place to call home online and a starting point for all of my mods and ideas when it comes to Audis.
  1. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  2. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  3. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  4. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  5. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  6. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  7. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  8. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  9. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  10. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Stefan Johnetty

  11. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Nick Roshon

  12. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Nick Roshon

  13. nnnick's 2006 S4 - photo by Nick Roshon

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