Mind you, we may or may not see any of the RS cars here in the US. We
haven't in the past... I heard Piech fired a lot of top people at Audi
of NA - is that right? If so, maybe we'll start seeing a market
strategy more in line with what most US-dwelling list members would
probably like :-)
Oh, and Eliot: I agree with your assessment of S6 prices probably
dropping when the newer hardware comes out. They'll probably plateau,
though. The new body style and the appearance of the S6 wagon hasn't
done a whole lot for the price of the 91 200qw, but it has made more
available it seems.
- peter, firstname.lastname@example.org, wa
| From: Dave Eaton <email@example.com>
| To: <"firstname.lastname@example.org">; <email@example.com>
| Subject: Re: S6 vs. S4
| Date: Thursday, February 22, 1996 5:06PM
| the audi rs4 (quattro) will be released around july '96
| timeframes. it will be powered by a twin turbo 2.7 litre v6.
| my dealer tells me that it will be 340-350hp (just above the
| bmw m3), and it should cost s2 type of money new.
| apparently there will also be an rs4 avant, although i'm not
| too clear on this point. it seems that audi may continue to
| sell the s4/s6/s8? models as a top-of-the-range quattro
| options. ie the s4 would be the 30valve 2.8l v6 a4 quattro,
| while the rs4 is the performance model. still the dealer is a
| little vague on all this and is checking with ignolstadt for
| the moral of the story thus far is :-
| 1) if you can wait to next year and,
| 2) if you can afford it,
| 3) buy the rs4. it'll me an awesome car if my drive of the
| 286hp mtm a4q is anything to go on.
| i wouldn't purchase a new s6 now. i think resale values for
| this model will drop with the rs line coming out. 2nd hand is
| another story though. again, if you can wait a little after
| the formal rs4/rs6/rs8 announcements, there may be some good
| s6's on the market...