It must be nice to be able to build a hot Euro like Karen Bell’s 2000 Audi S4 Quattro, especially if your partners in a hot shop like Island Street Performance in Merritt Island, Florida. That’s where Karen, her fiance Brad Jones and their friend Lance Dermody do their respective jobs. Brad is the electronics wizard and Lance is the mechanical magician who makes things happen in the shop. Since opening up, the trio has been making waves in the surrounding compact community; busy can best describe their current situation!
The car is just one example of what can come out of the shop with clean mods and attention to detail. Unmentioned in the tech specs is a little custom wiring job done by Brad. A factory Audi switch wasn’t in use, so it was made to activate a set of front and rear police lights; for grins, of course. There’s a few other tricks up their sleeves, but they really don’t want to say before they are implemented. She’s even got a hopped up Honda Civic that’s running in the high 12s on the strip. Talk about keeping busy behind the wheel! Karen adds, “Props to my mom, best friend Lance and my fiance Brad for their continued support and work on this car and my Civic. There’s more to come from both cars and Island Street Performance. A special thanks to Harsh Reality Car Club for their support at show and events.”
The high-end system involves an Alpine IVA-C800 multimedia station in-dash unit, Alpine DVA-5200 in-dash DVD/CD/VCD player, Alpine TUE-T011A TV tuner with dual diversity antenna, two 6.5-inch monitors in the seat headrests, three Rockford Fosgate Punch BD-100A amplifiers, Fosgate 200–A4 pushing the mids and highs, Alpine EQA-G520 equalizer, Eclipse 8052 speaker components (1-inch tweeters, 5.25-inch mids) for the front stage, Eclipse 8254 5.25-inch midrange for the rear deck, three Eclipse 88100Ti subwoofers, three Rockford Fosgate 1.0-farad digital capacitors and three Optima batteries. Brad Jones configured the multimedia system as well as fabricate the suede-covered amp rack and recessed the amplifiers into the rear seating area and covered them in Plexiglas along with the capacitors. There’s also a hidden bass control knob and hidden rear TV switch as well. The Audi is also protected by an alarm system rigged with a European code/program.
Owner: Karen A. Bell
Vehicle: 2000 Audi S4 Quattro
City/State: Merritt Island, Florida
Club: No affiliation
2.7-liter Bi-Turbo powerplant featuring Forge oversized bypass valves, K&N air intake, APR stage 2+ 1.0 bar computer chip upgrade, dual APR down pipes and stainless steel exhaust system. Engine build-up by Brad Jones and Lance Dermody of Island Street Performance in Merritt Island. Estimated upgrade bumps up the hp-output to about 370 horsepower!
Door panels and seat inserts are done in blue Alcantera (suede) that can be “custom” picked through Audi. The trunk also features a spare tire cover with an embossed Audi emblem also covered in blue suede (which had to be ordered from Audi) as are parts around the audio components. Seats have been embroidered with Audi logo, as were the floor mats. Shifter is stock but is linked to a UUC short shifter kit.
Paint and Body Mods:
PPG silver champagne plum with sunset pearl. Shaved doors, emblems, custom skirts and front nose done by Medina’s Auto Body in East Los Angeles, California.
H&R Suspension coil-over springs kit.
Rims and Rubber:
19×8.5-inch Momo M1 wheels and Nitto 235/35-ZR19 NT-555 Extreme radial tires.