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AUDI SETS PRICES FOR 1998 MODELS
This was from Road and Track online-
Daily Auto Insider----
September 9, 1997
> AUDI SETS PRICES FOR 1998 MODELS
> With eight models ranging from the A4 1.8 T European sport sedan to the all- aluminum A8 premium luxury sedan, Audi says its prices are reduced an average of 1.6 percent on an equipment adjusted basis.
> This Fall, Audi is introducing its redesigned A6 luxury touring sedan and the new A4 Avant sport wagon. The new A6 features new design inside and out, a longer wheelbase and improvement in technology and equipment levels. It also offers increased interior volume with improved head and leg room as well as increased trunk volume.
> The A6 comes in with a 2.8 liter 30-valve V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic(R)* and a list of standard features. It introduces what Audi calls atmospheres in the interior design that owners can choose from at no extra cost to personalize their definition of luxury. Standard amenities such as next generation front airbag supplemental restraints, standard seat mounted front side airbags, dual-zone climate control, a 140 watt stereo system with subwoofer, and a split/folding rear seat are among the updates. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the new A6 is $33,750. The A6 is positioned between the A4 model range and Audi's luxury flagship, the A8.
> A limited number of 1998 A6 wagons in the previous body style will be available while supplies last at a MSRP of $34,400. All of them are equipped with the quattro value package consisting of the quattro all-wheel-drive system, a glass sunroof, and 16" alloy wheels and tires. The new A6 Avant in the updated body style is expected to arrive in North America later in the 1998 calendar year.
> The 1998 A4 Avant joins the successful A4 as a sport wagon. Powered by Audi's 2.8 liter V6 engine with five-valve technology, which delivers 190 horsepower at 6000 revolutions per minute and 207 lbs. ft. of torque at a low 3200 rpm, the Avant is available in three different drivetrain configurations: Audi's class-exclusive FrontTrak(TM) front-wheel-drive with a five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic, quattro all-wheel-drive with a five-speed manual, or quattro with Tiptronic.
> The MSRP of the A4 Avant starts at $30,465 for the FrontTrak version and $31,040 for the manual quattro version.
> All 1998 A4s now offer a five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic. Next generation front airbag supplemental restraints join standard seat mounted front side
> airbags as they do in the new A6 and the A8. A4 interiors take their cue from the new A6 and will be available with three different interior "Atmospheres." A new standard radio, luggage net, variable intermittent wiper control, revised instrument cluster and new designs for both the standard and optional sport steering wheels set the 1998s apart from previous models. A4 1.8 T models include new standard eight-spoke alloy wheels with larger P205 tires, revised front center armrest and an ambient temperature gauge. A sport package is available on all A4s, including the Avant, with a lowered suspension, firmer shock and spring settings, new seven-spoke 16 inch (7J x 16) cast light alloy wheels, 205/55 16 inch high performance tires and three-spoke leather covered sport steering wheel. For its sport sedans, the MSRPs of the 1998 models are $23,790 for the A4 1.8 T and $28,390 for the A4 2.8.
> Introduced in 1997, this year's A8s, the 3.7 and the 4.2, include a standard class-exclusive five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic. Dual pane laminated "acoustic" glass, with increased break resistance, is standard for all windows and a glass sunroof with revised control and sunshade replaces the aluminum panel sunroof. Other changes for 1998 include a new standard radio, a folding ignition key incorporating remote locking controls, and a new electronics package with auto-dimming outside mirrors and Xenon lights (Xenon lights available with September productions). MSRP for the 1998 A8 3.7 is $57,400 and $65,000 for the 1998 A8 4.2
> with its quattro all wheel drive systems.
> The 1998 Cabriolet will be a 46 state model (no longer available in New York, Massachusetts, California or Connecticut). Changes for 1998 include a new ignition key with interior profile, a new design three-spoke sports steering wheel standard, and a four-position adjustable intermittent windshield wiper interval switch. MSRP for the Cabriolet remains unchanged at $34,600.
> For all models, destination charges remain unchanged at $500.
* Ramana Lagemann
* Cohasset, MA
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