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  • Chris von Pechmann's 1991 "Black Rhino" Audi 200 Avant

    Big Turbo Audi 200 Avant

    I first saw Chris’ Audi 200 Avant sitting behind our Service department, accompanied by the usual gang of B5 chassis Audis that seem to call 034Motorsport home. His car however, was longer, taller, and bigger in every aspect compared to the relatively compact size of its younger counterparts. This was an Audi from an earlier, more analog time, and boy did it look the part. I’m talking about a time when the internet was brand new to the general public, a little band called Nirvana was climbing the Billboard Charts, and you could go see Terminator 2: Judgment Day in your local movie theater. Get a good visual yet?

    Turbo Audi 200 Avant Quattro1991. Phew, some of you may not have even been born yet! Now here we are in 2016, 25 years later. That’s a lot of time for a car to age, and cycle through ownership with multiple parties. The treatment of each car as it’s first sold is truly luck of the draw. This particular car was initially sold to the Pabst family (as in Pabst Blue Ribbon), and jumped ship to a second owner, until Chris finally picked it up in December, 2014. As the pictures prove, time and the previous owners have been kind to this particular Audi based on its current, nearly-perfect, condition. This example is believed to be the lowest mileage 1991 Audi 200 Avant Quattro with a mere 61k miles reading on the odometer.

    034Motorsport Turbo Audi 200 Avant

    So how does somebody end up with one of these elusive, vintage Audis? Chris was hunting for a fun and unique performance car that could carry the whole family. Being somewhat of a car collector with a knack for engine and drivetrain design, he was drawn to the heritage of the legendary Audi Quattro system paired with a turbocharged inline five cylinder engine. When he stumbled across this Audi 200 Avant, he knew it was a rare car. Less than 150 Audi 200 Avants were ever sold in the United States, and the wagon was a 1-year only option from the factory. Chris knew he had to have it, and recognized the potential in this early 90’s Audi wagon. The car was purchased sight unseen, and instantly shipped out to 034Motorsport for some maintenance and upgrades to meet Chris’ standards and the vision he had for a family hauler.

    Tuned Audi 200 20v Turbo Avant Quattro

    Upon the car's arrival at 034Motorsport, the first order of business was to sort out some maintenance items and ensure this would be a reliable driver. Once a Timing Belt Kit was fitted to the original 2.2T 3B engine,  focus was turned to some additional wear items that were showing their age after its 25 years of existence. Factory rubber can do its job for only so long until it begins to deteriorate and lose its supportive, damping qualities. Aware of this, Chris opted to refresh the drivetrain mounts with upgraded 034Motorsport Density Line Motor Mounts, 034Motorsport Density Line Transmission Mounts, and a 034Motorsport Snub Mount with Bracket. Once the motor and transmission were locked down with confidence, the next step was to extract some extra power from the iconic Audi turbocharged five cylinder.

    5 Cylinder Audi 3B Turbo Avant

    In factory spec, the 3B engine fitted in this car produced 217 hp and 227 lb/ft from its 20 valve, 2.2 liter turbo setup. In today's automotive marketplace, those numbers aren't so impressive considering a modern V6 Camry makes 50 more horsepower. Now put yourself in the perspective of a potential car buyer in 1991 (I know this might be tough for some), and you'll realize how special these Audi 5 cylinders truly were. Consider the "muscle cars" of that era, the corvette and mustang, and the fact that they made only 245 hp and 225 hp respectively from the large displacement V8 motors. Needless to say, this Audi 200 Avant was the ultimate sleeper with its potent powerplant and unsuspecting profile.

    Black Rhino Audi 200 Avant Quattro

    As good as the original power output was, Chris knew this car had more to offer. He opted for a Garrett GTX 2867R turbo with a 3" 034Motorsport Silicone Turbo Inlet Hose and a Full Oil and Water Line Kit to get everything flowing properly. To keep up with the added volume of the new turbo, a Chip Tuning Package and Upgraded Bosch 044 Drop-In Fuel Pump was installed for more fuel and proper tuning. Lastly, an AAN ECU and harness were retrofitted along with a High Output Coil Kit with Magnecor Plug Wires to replace the aged distributor components and lesser ECU under the hood.  With all said and done, Chris' Avant underwent some custom dyno tuning in-house at 034Motorsport and is now making in the neighborhood of 310 whp and 300 wtq with a very friendly powerband for hauling the family around town.


    While the styling of the Audi 200 Avant may be polarizing, there's no denying the fact that this is a unique and rare car, that stands out amidst the plastic economy cars that flood our modern roads. Cars from this era were built to last, and be a part of history unlike the appliance-esque units today that the dealer hopes you will trade in after only 2 years of ownership. It takes a special kind of person to own a classic car, and appreciate the quirks it may possess. Chris and his Avant are the right duo.  He found exactly what he was looking for in a unique family car, and this low-mileage Audi found another caring owner to prolong its life moving forward.

    Big Turbo Audi 200 Avant Quattro

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  • X34 MQB 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake Giveaway

    We're pleased to announce a giveaway for our all new X34 MQB 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake for the 8V/8S Audi A3/S3/TT/TTS & MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R!

    You can earn one entry by subscribing to the 034Motorsport Newsletter, one entry by tweeting about the giveaway, and up to 10 additional entries for referring friends (one entry per friend who enters, up to a limit of ten) to the giveaway.

    Enter the MQB Cold Air Intake Giveaway Below

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    X34 MQB 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 Audi/Volkswagen Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake Giveaway for 8V/8S Audi A3/S3 & Mk7 Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R

    The X34 Carbon Fiber Audi MQB Cold Air Intake System for 8V/8S Audi A3/S3/TT/TTS & MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R equipped with 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 engines has arrived! This true cold air intake yields horsepower and torque gains throughout the powerband, with peak gains of up to 15 crank horsepower and 12 ft-lbs of torque with the factory turbocharger.

    034Motorsport’s engineers thoroughly evaluated the factory airbox design to create a performance replacement that reduces pressure drop in the intake tract, while offering OEM+ fit and finish. The result is this complete one-piece MQB Carbon Fiber Air Intake Upgrade, which offers 100% bolt-on installation without the need for any additional pieces.

    Compatible Vehicles:

    • 2015 - Present Audi A3/S3 (8V - MQB) - 1.8T & 2.0T
    • 2016 - Present Audi TT/TTS (MkIII - MQB) - 2.0T
    • 2015 - Present Volkswagen Golf/GTI/ R (MkVII - MQB) - 1.8T & 2.0T
    • Please Note: This comprehensive air intake system is designed to install on vehicles with or without factory secondary air injection (SAI) systems. No additional parts are needed!

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    Cold Air Intake Giveaway

  • Mk7 Golf/GTI/R Cold Air Intake

    Looking for the best performing Mk7 Golf/GTI/R Cold Air Intake available? Look no further.

    Mk7 Golf/GTI/R Cold Air Intake Upgrade - X34 Carbon Fiber

    034Motorsport is pleased to announce the availability of the X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System for 8V/8S Audi A3/S3/TT/TTS & MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R equipped with 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 engines!

    Offering dyno-proven peak gains of up to 15 crank horsepower and 12 ft-lbs of torque on a completely stock vehicle, and over 30 crank horsepower and 25 ft-lbs of torque on vehicles equipped with Stage 1/2 Performance Software, the X34 Intake System is the ultimate induction solution for your Audi or Volkswagen.

    Compatible Vehicles:
    • 2015 - Present Audi A3/S3 (8V - MQB) - 1.8T & 2.0T
    • 2016 - Present Audi TT/TTS (MkIII - MQB) - 2.0T
    • 2015 - Present Volkswagen Golf/GTI/ R (MkVII - MQB) - 1.8T & 2.0T
    • Please Note: This comprehensive air intake system is designed to install on vehicles with or without factory secondary air injection (SAI) systems. No additional parts are needed!

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    Mk7 Golf/GTI/R Cold Air Intake

    Mk7 GTI Cold Air Intake

    Mk7 Golf R Air Intake

    Golf Mk7 Air Intake

  • Russ' Moonlight Blue B8 Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI

    Russ' Lowered Moonlight Blue Audi SQ5

    The term "sleeper" has hung around in the automotive community since the origin of modifying cars. Look back to the early 1900's during the Prohibition era, calling on the bootleggers to improve the speed and handling of their cars so they could successfully outrun the police. The key was to modify your car such that it remained unsuspecting and blended in with the general public, but could move like a bat out of hell when necessary. Another key element these bootleggers needed in their "sleeper" cars was ample cargo space to haul whatever moonshine was on the menu at the time. Now fast forward almost 100 years, and the mindset still lives on. Sure, Prohibition may be long gone, and the need to evade police when carrying a case of alcohol may no longer exist, but I'll be damned if we don't like to drive to the grocery store as fast as possible.

    Russell's Moonlight Blue B8 Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI

    Cue Russell's 2015 B8 Audi SQ5, shod in a Moonlight Blue Metallic paint to provide a nice balance from a rich, captivating blue to an incognito dark hue that blends in when it's required. Russ wanted a "sleeper," and after looking at S4 avants, he came across the performance-minded variant of Audi's mid-size SUV. He recognized the potential in the 3.0T engine, equipped with a hearty 354 hp and 346 lb-ft from the factory and a reliable ZF 8-speed transmission to help put the power down. The clean body lines of the B8 chassis helped to seal the deal, and Russ quickly found himself in a new SQ5 as his daily driver. He enjoyed the car as the factory intended for the first 4 months of ownership, in order to get a baseline of what the SQ5 was all about. Quickly thereafter he found the "mod bug" creeping in, whispering sweet nothings in his ear about which upgrades he should do first.

    Audi SQ5 on HRE P40SC Wheels

    It was somewhat of a snowball effect, with the first upgrade being our 034Motorsport Throttle Body Inlet Hose. The added power and increased supercharger whine from the high flow hose were appreciated, however it left the door wide open for other performance improvements to be had. For a couple months Russ accumulated more upgrades, including a set of 20x10 HRE P40SC wheels wrapped in 295/35/R20 tires on all four corners. Now that's a contact patch! While a different style of wheel added some new flare to the SQ5, make no mistake that this was a performance upgrade by losing 12lbs of unsprung weight and significantly widening the track as well. A set of KW H.A.S. Adjustable Lowering Springs were added at the same time to improve upon the road presence of this Audi SUV and get the handling in order.

    Russ' Supercharged V6 Audi SQ5

    Insistent on stiffening up the B8 chassis, a 034Motorsport X-Brace with new factory Subframe Hardware Kit was installed along with the 034Motorsport Drivetrain Mount Insert Package to help put the power to the pavement. To round out the group of chassis components Russ has upgraded, he opted for our 034Motorsport Front Adjustable End Links and 034Motorsport Spherical Rear End Links to eliminate any slop that would have been present from the factory rubber bushings. In the meantime, Russ has been putting some quality miles on our B8 Q5/SQ5 Adjustable Rear Sway Bar during its development process to ensure it meets the same performance standards as the rest of our rear sway bar offering.

    Audi SQ5 Lowered on KW H.A.S. Height Adjustable Springs

    Now that the chassis stiffness and handling have been drastically improved, Russ has his sights set on making more power. He plans to install an upgraded supercharger pulley and associated tune in the future, along with a larger airbox to make the most of the increased performance.

    Audi SQ5 with 034Motorsport Upgrades

    So where does that leave us? Speed: Check. Handling: Check. Large cargo capacity: Check. This Audi SQ5 is a modern day bootlegger's dream. You wouldn't know by looking at it, but Russ has himself a family SUV with the power and handling to outrun a majority of the cars cluttering up the roads these days. I think it's safe to say this is one heck of a "sleeper." Be on the lookout for this SQ5 cruising through your neighborhood, but you'll have to keep a keen eye as this Audi has the power to seamlessly blend in. Whether it's carving up mountain roads, racing down the drag strip, or hauling groceries home from the store, there's no doubt Russ and his SQ5 will feel right at home.

    Russ' Sleeper 2015 Audi SQ5

    Featured Products | Russ' Moonlight Blue B8 Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI

    Moonlight Blue Audi B8 SQ5 3.0 TFSI SQ5 3.0T on 20x10 HRE P40SC Wheels Audi SQ5 Front with Ecode Headlights Audi SQ5 with 034Motorsport Adjustable Rear Sway Bar

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