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RE: Zenon lights on U.S. S6 (not)

> Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 02:17:23 EST
> From: ScharfR <ScharfR@aol.com>
> Subject: Zenon lights on U.S. S6 (not)
> Frank Amoroso asked:
>  >So does anyone know if North American '95.5 S6's came with H.I.D.
> Xenon
>  >headlights as standard equipment, or as an option, or only after a
> certain
>  >build date?
> To which HaleyD@YANKELOVICH.COM replies, in part:
>  I drove an S6 with Xenons in February 1996, shortly before I bought
> my S4.
>  It was my impression that the Xenons were newly available in cars
> built in
>  1996 but called 1995.5 for legal reasons (e.g. OBD-II)
>   ....(snip)....
>  I think Ed Spire posted that his "UBERWGN" does have the Xenon's.
>   ...(snip)...
>  I think you may find it difficult to get a dfinitive answer. >>
> Definitive answer:  No S6s were imported by Audi of America to the
> U.S. or
> Canadian markets with Xenon headlights.  These lights were available
> on
> European market cars, so it is possible that an industrious (and
> prosperous)
> individual or dealer performed a transplant.  However, on Audis
> imported
> during the life of the S6 in the U.S. and Canada, Xenon lights were
> never part
> of the factory specification (that includes U.S. models through the
> so-called
> 1995.5 build and Canadian models through 1997).
> I just looked under the UBERWGN's hood, the bulbs in there look pretty
> much like any other bulb I've ever seen.  The book says 12 V/60/55/ W,
> and it's not clear if the high beam bulbs are different than the low
> beam bulbs.  Could they be the same bulb, just differently focused
> reflectors?