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1995 Audi 90 Quattro - Silva Bullet

This unique 500hp Audi 90 VR6T delivers originality on a silver platter.

By Dominika Janiga, Photography by Josh Brown

Data is presented to Nick by an AiM digital instrument cluster mounted in a carbon fiber panel. It’s assisted by AEM gauges for oil pressure, oil temp, air/fuel ratio and boost in the console. Additionally, the Snow Performance water/meth display was custom-mounted into the driver’s-side air vent.

After incorporating the standalone, Nick was determined to further rid the engine bay of unnecessary components for weight and aesthetic benefits. “I wanted to keep the bay nice and clean,” he said. “My goal was to build a show car I could race.”

For this reason, all A/C, ABS and emissions components were removed. During the clean-up, Nick also added a Wizard Cooling radiator, atmospheric catch can and uprated coolant hoses.

Nick didn’t make the mistake of ignoring the drivetrain. He started with an O1E six-speed transmission, mated to a South Bend six-puck clutch.

“The spare wheel well was removed and we welded a piece of steel in its place,” he informed us. “This made room for 034’s aluminum rear diff carrier, which was linked by a one-piece driveshaft to the rear wheels.

The Silver Bullet had enough power to finally satisfy Nick, but he had to harness it. So the original suspension was swapped for adjustable KW V3 coilovers. A Neuspeed rear sway bar was installed for greater control, and the bushings were replaced with stiffer 034 parts.

Continuing his road and track approach, the brakes were upgraded to six-piston Brembo front calipers over stock-size Zimmermann drilled rotors. These would fit comfortably behind his chosen 17x9" CCW LM20 wheels that lend the car an air of classic refinement. Wrapped in 235/40 Hankook tires all round, the Audi has an undeniably sporting stance.

When it came to the exterior: “I wanted to clean it up but keep the original lines,” Nick explained. So the fenders were pulled slightly and the moldings shaved to make it more contemporary.

The stock bumpers were swapped for a smoothed Audi S2 part up front, complete with a molded lip. On the rear he chose a smoothed European Audi 90 bumper with molded additions. To complete the update, B5 Audi S4 side skirts were modified to fit. The bodywork was then painted in Porsche Arctic silver to increase the cool factor.

Final touches included Audi RS2 headlights and mirrors, S2 fogs, clear corners and rare smoked tail lights from German tuner Treser to complete the package.

All that remained was to transform the interior from luxury to sports to adopt the new persona. This was skillfully achieved with a pair of Porsche GT3 seats, which were custom trimmed with white alcantara inserts, along with matching rear seats and door cards.

With the headliner reupholstered in black alcantara, and the original wood trim painted flat-black, all that remained was the addition of a Momo steering wheel and UUC shift knob for the 034 short-shift mechanism.

Because the original radio just wasn’t cutting it, Nick installed a JVC head unit, Focal speakers and a 12" JBL sub, all powered by a five-channel Alpine amp in the back.

After years of work and devotion, Nick’s 90 reminded us you don’t have to walk the same path as everybody else. You can strike out on your own to make a statement. “It’s everything to me,” Nick said. “Show car, racecar, everything; all in one.”

With the love Nick expressed for his Audi, we anticipate this won’t be the last we see of him or this unique 90…

By Dominika Janiga
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