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NZV8 - - SOCIAL SCENE - CON­CEPT: LLEW PIC­TON IL­LUS­TRA­TION: ASH WEST­MORE­LAND — HEROPRINTS.CO.NZ

Look­ing at Llew Pic­ton’s badass ’69 Ca­maro on the cover of this is­sue, there’s no doubt­ing that the man has a great sense of style and a pen­chant for the finer things in life. So, when pressed for what he would do if not bound by such re­al­i­ties as bud­get, we weren’t quite sure what the an­swer would be. The an­swer was a build that Llew de­scribes as hav­ing a “street fighter / pro-tourer–cross look but with mod­ern aes­thet­ics and a classy fin­ish”. The ba­sis would be a ’55 Chev No­mad sta­tion wagon, but the re­al­ity is that it would be a No­mad in looks only, as the run­ning gear in its en­tirety would be plucked straight out of a 2018 Audi RS6. Those in the know will tell you that an RS6 is pretty much as good as a mod­ern car gets, and, with a twin-turbo four-litre V8 un­der the hood, it’s the car of choice for the mod­ern-ve­hi­cle con­nois­seur with a taste for per­for­mance. Mak­ing Llew’s con­cept even more im­pres­sive is his sug­ges­tion of adding up­graded TTE9XX tur­bos and ECU, a proven for­mula to boost the RS6 power plant’s per­for­mance to over 1000hp. This power would be fun­nelled through the RS6’s fac­tory pad­dle-shifted six-speed tip­tronic trans­mis­sion with Dy­namic Shift Pro­gramme through to all four wheels.

While swap­ping the body of the No­mad onto the RS6 plat­form would be one way to go, Llew’s had great suc­cess with the Road­ster Shop Fast Track

chas­sis in his Ca­maro, so would go down the same route with this car — with LVVTA input, of course.

This path would al­low for the track-proven Road­ster Shop steer­ing and sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try to be used. For the right stance, Llew would shy away from coilovers and opt for Ride­tech airbags man­aged by an Ac­cuAir sys­tem.

On a ride with this sort of power, brakes would be im­por­tant, so Llew would go for a set of gi­ant Wil­wood calipers on each end. Luck­ily, the 19x10inch and 20x15-inch Boze In­take wheels would have no prob­lem swal­low­ing the gi­ant ro­tors that they’d use.

While the body would clearly be ’55, it’d be adorned with car­bon-fi­bre bumpers tucked close into the body­work, with a cus­tom split­ter added be­low the front one. Kindig-It flush-mount door han­dles and JW Speaker LED head­lights would be the fin­ish­ing touches. For the in­te­rior, Llew would opt for four cus­tom bucket seats and a full-length cus­tom con­sole. The in­te­rior would carry on the mix of new and old, us­ing black leather with red high­lights and a touch of car­bon fi­bre. The roof lin­ing would be Al­can­tara, while the gauges would be re­placed with a MoTeC elec­tronic dash.

Is this the ul­ti­mate wagon? We think it must be get­ting damn close!

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