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First A6 Sighting - Brief Critique
I saw my first A6 in the flesh this past weekend. Dealer had only one, a
Quattro. It attracted a crowd the entire time I was there.
What a fine-looking car! Not as radical as expected from the photos.
Maybe the A4 paved the way. This one had a stunning leather interior
in a hard-to-describe color, terra cotta maybe, that was a refreshing
change from the more usual grays or tans found in dark green cars.
The A6 upholds Audi's tradition of sweating the visual details.
Aesthetically, we have a winner.
Dynamically, in current U.S. spec it seems something of a let down.
The road tests I've read reveal sub-par acceleration and suspension
calibrated toward the luxury end of the spectrum. Definitely not aimed
at the hard-core enthusiast (of course, neither was the '84 5000 when it
was introduced with front wheel drive and, what, 110 hp?). Probably
nothing a V-8 engine and concurrent suspension tweaks won't cure.
Still, I can't help wondering why Audi doesn't follow BMW's example of
releasing enthusiast-oriented models at the same time as its more
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