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    Default Audi S4: 4.2L V8 vs. BiTurbo V6

    Im going to be buying my first audi S4 (pre 2006) soon and would like to know which model i should get. Should I go with the BiTurbo V6 or the 4.2L V8? Future modding is likely to occur, money isn't that big of a deal, and considering an RS4 conversion. Any info helps. Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeEyes View Post
    Im going to be buying my first audi S4 (pre 2006) soon and would like to know which model i should get. Should I go with the BiTurbo V6 or the 4.2L V8? Future modding is likely to occur, money isn't that big of a deal, and considering an RS4 conversion. Any info helps. Thanks guys.
    Didnt know they made a V6 BiTurbo on 2006's...?


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    The 2000-2004 models were BiTurbos, the 05.5 and 06 are V8s. Just comparing any of them

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    sounds like you should just get a B7 RS4...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maseratimax View Post
    sounds like you should just get a B7 RS4...
    None to buy in my area, but I have people ready to sell me a 2002 S4 (BiTurbo V6) or the 2005.5 S4 (4.2L V8) and they're priced well.

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    Would highly recommend the V8 if you're going to be driving it regularly. In my experience they are much more reliable than the V6. I currently own a 2004 S4 and I do like it a lot. It's not as mod-friendly as the V6, but it sounds insane (I have no cats and a straight through exhaust) and has plenty of power for an every day driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LKSi View Post
    Would highly recommend the V8 if you're going to be driving it regularly. In my experience they are much more reliable than the V6. I currently own a 2004 S4 and I do like it a lot. It's not as mod-friendly as the V6, but it sounds insane (I have no cats and a straight through exhaust) and has plenty of power for an every day driver.
    I do plan on it being my main everyday driver, but also interested in AutoCross, which is just timed racing if you didnt know, how much different is the modding?

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    Can't really mod the v8 to get much more power unless you are willing to spend big money on it.

    Talking 10k for a supercharger, long tube headers are 2500 and you must remove the engine, catback is 1k+ .

    I have a Nogaro B6 s4 with the v8 I will be selling soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeEyes View Post
    The 2000-2004 models were BiTurbos, the 05.5 and 06 are V8s. Just comparing any of them
    Actually V6TT S4's are B5 chassis cars which are 2000-2002 and the V8's are B6 chassis and newer starting in 2004.

    As for which to go with... as mentioned, the Bi Turbo V6 is much more readily and cost effectively modded but finding one at its age that hasn't been abused and in relatively good shape for modification is slim to none nowadays. They are also picked up by a younger crowd than the subsequent V8's and as such typically carry higher mileage and wear. The V8 is a solid performer, more long term reliability and is in a much more capable generation chassis. The B5 is definitely showing its age.

    If you can shy away from the "gotta have it now" attitude people take when selecting a car for the fact its cheaper to mod, save cash and supercharge a V8 and prepare to have your hair thrown back. If the end goal is about the same and you want something more reliable (relative to this comparison) I would go with the B6 S4 with the V8. Just my .02, best of luck!
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    If speed is your main concern, go with the B5 (as RaceMinded said, 2000-2002 models). You can get a very nice Stage 3 car (380whp to 500whp depending on turbos and other mods) for around 15k or less.

    Now, the B6 S4 is definitely better looking, and the new model introduced in mid-2005 is even better (B7 chassis), but they are essentially the same car underneath the skin. The interiors are definitely much better than that of the B5. There are barely any mods for the V8 (unless you supercharge which= $$$), but they are generally pretty reliable minus burning oil and timing chain issues.

    You can't really go wrong either way.

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