• Oct 19, 2007

According to Sport Compact Car Magazine, the 2007 Ultimate Street Car is a 2001 Audi S4. For those not in the know, the Ultimate Street Car Challenge is an annual two day event hosted by the editors of Sport Compact Car Magazine. Competitors from all over the country are hand selected to battle it out in every aspect of custom street car engineering. These are not trailer queens, people. They are real, street driven monsters. Performance and appearance are not the only deciding factors; emissions, fuel economy and ride comfort make up a significant portion of the score, as well.

This year's winning 2001 Audi S4 belongs to Brent Mattraw and was tuned by Torque Factory in Venice, California. The Audi's winning combination did not come from intensive custom fabricated modifications or all out engine blueprinting, but rather attention to the Audi's weak points. The S4 kept its sophisticated European luxury style but received stronger connecting rods, a better sealing head gasket, higher flowing turbochargers and a reworked differential along with a few other bolt-on performance bits. However, the car was not completely devoid of potential deal breaking modifications. It uses a little bit of nitrous to help get the job done.

The Audi beat out a handful of other well qualified vehicles to be crowned champion. They include a C5 Corvette Z06, Infiniti G35, Subaru WRX STI, R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R, Nissan 300ZX, Toyota Supra, Acura Integra, BMW 2002 and even an Ariel Atom. Check out the Nov. and Dec. 2007 issues of Sport Compact Car Magazine to learn the gory details of the competitors and results.

[Source: Sport Compact Car]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about a spoiler.. Dammit! Sport Compact Car ultimate street car challenge is my holy grail of car magazines. I lock the doors and turn off my phone the day that issue hits my mailbox.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Go Audi! Well, more like "Go Owner of that Audi!" Hehe... and I dunno why you all are hating about the NOS stuff.... and I am sure the other cars had it too and yet the still couldnt beat the audi
      • 7 Years Ago
      Err the S4 is a compact sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The nitrous on the car was used only to cool the Air intake temperture and nothing else. The front end is so small on these cars that you cannot get a large enough intercooler on it...
      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF Autoblog, how about a SPOILER ALERT.

      I think SCC has forgotten what the middle word in their magazine title is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yea, kind of odd that NOS was there, shouldnt be a disqualifier, but it shouldnt add points either. but where do you draw the line at thing like'cheat juice'. is a cryo-system considered a 'cheat'?

      congrats Brett.
      now make Audi give you a new one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A lot of tuned turbo cars use small shots of nitro oxide to help larger turbos spool up faster. This gives the benefits of no turbo lag and the benefit of a larger higher volume turbo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice Job Torque Factory.
      We on Audizine saw these results weeks ago.
      Im happy with the results, and yes the Nos was used to spray the IC as Far as I know.
      Even If it was a direct spray, Its a Win regardless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sports Compact are smoking something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one plain looking car.

      With some ugly ass rims.

      Ugh....

        • 7 Years Ago
        "So basically you subscribe to the "all show no go" philosophy."

        Just because it's fast doesn't mean it has to be ugly. The least he could have done is washed it. This thing looks like it's beaten down some dirt roads and then rolled through a quick wash.
        • 7 Years Ago
        its called minimalism, dont you know anything about design, dont call it boring because of its bland styling and all black interiors, its for sophisticated people
        • 7 Years Ago
        How on earth am I ignorant? For saying a car is plain when it so clearly is? For getting upset when called a fool for said comments? Please, enlighten me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly... "Show" is a category in the challenge after all...

        It looks like some kid saved all his money to buy on-sale rims from the Tire Rack so he could trick out his hand-me-down A4 so he could go around cruising in "style."

        • 7 Years Ago
        EXCUSE ME... S4... LOL..

        You have issues man. Stay off the internet.

        Go practice telling people how, despite the fact its ugly as hell, your sleeper is still really cool.

        Lemme guess..... SHO? Yeah, that's perfect.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Anything else you'd care to assume about me?

        Ok... we done?

        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not an A4 and you're right, they want fools like you to think it's some kid with a hand me down A4 and cheap rims... It's a sleeper.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So basically you subscribe to the "all show no go" philosophy. This car is the opposite, who cares about flimsy body kits and big ass bling rims. Those wheels btw, are very light, which is the point.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, how about a frickin' spoiler alert next time? Some of us like to have a feeling of anticipation while reading this stuff on the throne.
        Carlos
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seriously! I'm pretty cheesed off that they even posted this! I was waiting till the magazine came to the shelves thanks. You guys get a serious slap on the wrist for this one, and if I catch you doing it again I'll even ground you from the computer...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I was judging, I'd be deducting points for the NOS. What we have here without the funny gas is the best of both worlds, displacement with boost. Why go ruining it with cheat juice??

      I am disappointed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hate? what is this daytime drama?

        I don't hate it. Never said anything to resemble that sentiment. Being familiar with the S4 and turbocharging, I know they could've done better instead of taking the easy route of NOS.

        That's all.
        • 7 Years Ago
        no reason to hate on it, if someone wants it for Drag racing or whatever use they find for it, the should be able to have it, perhaps the intercooler has a fogger system to cool down the air.
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