>Just got my Car and Driver (I like eliot's version better) and boy am I
>pissed. Once again, they've managed to show just how stupid they really
>are. But before I write my letter to them, I'd like to make sure I'm not
>way off base.
>The comparo is between the tame wagons - BMW 525i Touring, Ovlov 850
>Turbo, and Audi A6 Wagon. Dismissed was the 530i Touring for it's over
>$50k tag, the 850 T-5R because the regular 850 Turbo matched up better,
>but NO S6! Is this because the S6 is not offered as a '97 model?
>Prolly. Isn't the sticker on the S6 around $47k ish? These wusses
>didn't even mention the S6. Anywhere. Of course they're automatics.
>Seems like everything C&D compares lately is slush. The A6 finished
>second with really good reviews. The verdict was "Nothing another 50 HP
>couldn't fix". Sounds like an S6 to me. So why did they not even
>mention the S6. The Ovlov won because of it's power. So now goobers who
>don't have the priviledge of knowing the truth think that Audi is
>out-pulled by Ovlov (which is close to the case with the T-5R vs. S6,
>though the auto Ovlov can't outpull the manual Audi). Of course, we only
>lost by one point, and kicked the Bimmer's butt!
>It just irks me that C&D won't tell the whole story. Like doing a 3 page
>article on the Subaru WRX rally wagon, but only a half-page teaser on the
>RS2. Talking about how awesome the WRX is. The RS2 would have it for lunch.
>Climbing down off the proverbial soapbox.
I'm just fed up about the Audi V6 being continually maligned as so
underpowered. If you know how to drive it, it easily outperforms most of
the supposedly superior engines. Of course, my experience was in the '93
90S, whcih was the quickest of all the V6 Audis. And, as you said, C&D is
jsut stuck on the slush boxes...don't even remember if they mentihned the
five speed was an option. Oh yeah, it's not anymore....did Audi succomb to
braindead marketing supposition??
Stephen A. Marinello, Ph.D.
Newpark Resources, Inc.
P.O. Box 6411 - Metairie, LA 70009