2013 Audi A6 – Josh Segelson, OEMplus


Take a close look: it’s not what you think. Rather a base A6 model dressed to impress, though i promise you, it’s not an Audi S6 with its perfect stance and cool wheels. We think of it our Faux6, because it’s an A6 with all the aggressive OEM S6 body parts, explained Josh Segelson from OEMplus.

Before writing the car off as all show without any go, let us remind you it still gets 33mpg, and also the venerable 2.0T TSI still has sufficient passing power, thanks to some well chosen modifications, minus the insurance premiums linked to the 420hp V8 twin-turbo inside theThe Two.0T has more than enough power and also returns great fuel economy, even if you wouldn’t expect such a big car being this economical, Josh said.

You also wouldn’t expect a base model A6 to look this good. However, most people aren’t the Program Brand Manager at OEMplus. I’ve owned four Audis as well as two VWs, but after a run of A4s, I wanted to step to a bigger platform that could comfortably seat four and also had the build amenities and quality only big cars have, Segelson continued.

Just in case you live beneath a rock and didn’t know, OEMplus may be the essential supplier for most VW or Audi project builds in America. The company focuses on finding parts that are only accessible on these car in other markets, specifically Europe but increasingly China also. They scour the manufacturer’s parts catalogs to find different wheels, mirrors, grilles and spoilers interior items, etc. They’ll also ship parts from models we don’t get here, like Audi RS3 pieces that can fit on our A3 Sportback. Are a treasure chest of rare grooves for the aficionado, even though their intention is always to allow US tuners to build cars from the OEM style – cars that look relatively stock towards the uninitiated.

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We’re an VW, Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini tuning shop and concentrate on finding European-spec components for late-model VAG vehicles, together with custom VAG builds and projects, Segelson said.

Knowing that, the A6 was bought as a testbed for parts development and fitments, which began a couple of weeks after taking ownership. And just a few short weeks later, the sedan had an OEM S6 facelift having its bumpers, side skirts,trunk spoiler, rear valance, E-code Bi-Xenon headlights and one of many coolest OEMplus additions: retrofitted surround cameras.

In addition to front and back cameras, we fitted the special side mirror-mounted units with all the OEM wiring routed through the doors and neatly out of sight. It’s similar to theall this mean? Parallel parking is manufactured easier with the plethora of cameras that show the driver the location where the car is in relation to the curbs, despite the fact that well, not only can Josh safely look around corners for oncoming cars with all the nose of his car creeping in the lane. It’s impressive something and technology anybody can boost their car.

Other electronic upgrades include LED interior lighting and, another personal favorite of mine, the OEM electronic trunk. The electronic trunk retrofit was another time-consuming addition because not only did we have to decipher the appropriate wiring, but also route it like factory and program the pc to communicate using the electronic components, Segelson said. But, like every one of the work at OEMplus, it was factory fresh.

That’s not all. OEMplus can have retrofitted the factory motion-sensor trunk function that allows that it is opened or closed by using a swipe of your foot beneath the rear bumper, by the time you read this. They’ve also added European-spec LED headlights as well as the tail lights, working out the techniquesthe correct clothes, the A6 needed the correct stance, which was supplied by KW V3 coilovers and adjustable control arms. It also received a collection of 21×9 Audi Titan wheels, which look gorgeous and were covered with 255/30 Nitto Invo tires.

As you’d expect, the Audi received underhood enhancements, consisting of a Milltek cat-back exhaust and APR stage 1 software to give the two.0T a noticeable kick in the backside. And shortly after our Segelson, photoshoot and the OEMplus crew did what many considered the impossible: retrofitting OEM Audi S6 six-piston Brembo front calipers with 400mm rotors. and it didn’t require serious modifications. Hey, we mentioned they were good!

Although Segelson doesn’t plan getting too crazy with his daily driver, he assured us there’s still more tricks up his sleeve, thanks to an expansive catalog of OEM parts as well as the expertise to get it fitted, ordered and working.