There’s nothing more exciting than a car that has a bit more bite than it should. The fun that comes from driving a car that secretly, you know can decimate all, is a giddy thrill. Building such a car in the correct way, however, can be hard. There’s normally some clue that it’s not standard, be it the wheels, the brakes or an additional bulge in the bonnet. Thankfully, that’s not the case with this incredible Audi A4.

So what makes it so special? Why are we currently looking down the back of the sofa for every last penny? Because it’s got a 4.2 40V V8 stuffed in it, that’s why. That means 335bhp, folks. It makes us very, very excited. This is no normal A4, this is a proper monster. We adore it.

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You’d never know what lies beneath!

What really floats our boat is the builder’s attention to detail. From the outside there is absolutely no indication the car has been modified. The 2.8 badge still sits proudly on the boot. The wheels are still the factory 16inch alloys. Even the exhaust, while custom, is subtle in its shape and design.

Inside, the Audi leather you’d expect in a 2.8 Quattro A4 is all present and correct. The trim is still fitted with German neatness. You’d look at this car and think “man, that’s a really clean, tidy old A4. Don’t see many like that.” Of course, once in the driver’s seat, things change. You notice the dash binnacle is from an RS6. Then the gear stick makes you raise an eyebrow – it’s a six speed.

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Nothing to see here…

The owner was going to go down the route of fitting the wide bodywork from an Audi S4. Thankfully he didn’t though, deciding to keep the stock body and that stunning Pelican Blue paint in situ instead. A wise move, we’re sure you’ll agree.

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Looks like it was always meant to be!

However, it’s not all great. There’s still some work to do. The car is currently not on the road, as the owner had decided to move onto other projects. So, you’d need to get it MOTd. Also, you might want to give the brakes a bit more bite – we’re talking about a lot of power here. That’s about it though, so nothing too scary.

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Not a bad place to sit, we’re sure you’ll agree

So, a year 2000 Audi A4. It was once a 2.8. but now it’s a 4.2. It has more grunt than an S4 of the time and it has the benefit of Audi’s impeccable Quattro system, so it can put that grunt down. It’s also been built by someone with an incredible eye for correctness and detail. And of course, it looks completely standard. Just imagine taking this to Santa Pod for a ‘run what you brung’ day. There would be so many Subaru and Mitsubishi fanboys crying into their silly baseball caps. It would be HILARIOUS!

The big question is this: can this car get any better? Well, yes, actually. It can. Because it’s for sale. You could be the prod owner of one of the best sleepers to ever hit the road. That’s a big deal.

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See? Subtle exhaust

You can find the detailed advert here. We only ask that if you do buy it, you let us have a go. We promise we’ll give it back. Honest.