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Re: Laughing at history, and Audi selling stratagy

In a message dated 97-08-03 01:52:07 EDT, you write:

<< Audi could make a
 car that blows the S**t out of that M3 using the parts bin.  Get back to
 their roots, with a little luxuary.  There are a lot of people who need a
 four door car that haul people as well as ass. >>

Yeah, but they would undoubtedly price it as high or higher than the M3,
which is perhaps the best sport-sedan bargin ever.  Abt cars can't even touch
a stock M3 until well over 100 mph.  They've got 20 mph top end, but then
there was a turbo M3 at the Glen that was turning upwards of 155 uphill.
  BMW has a sportier image than Audi.  Fact.  Ask any non-Audi owner off the
street, and they will get wide-eyed about an M3.  But have they heard of an
S4?  Apples and oranges, BMW and Audi.  The tow serve different functions,
and while competitors in the market, really can't be compared.  They come
from different worlds.  I dare anyone to jump into a stock 1988 M5 and say
that there is a stock Audi that has the same pull. There are a few, the RS2
and the like.  But all in all, for 16,000$ you get a car that in most tests
will make an S4/S6 look like....well, a 4000Q. (Not that 4000's are BAD!)
 Course, I'd rather drive a S4 in the snow....and I wouldn't even attempt to
drive a 88 M5 in the snow.

Carter J