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S4 vs. A41.8tq

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 11:49:03 -0600 (CST)
From: William J Murin <murin@uwp.edu>
To: quattro@coimbra.and.net
Subject: S4 vs. A41.8tq

With all the ink our favorite cars have gotten in the new EC, with some
early reviews of the new S4 in C&D and Automobile magainzes, and with my
having done some tire kicking at the Audi dealer last week; I've started
wondering about the relative merits of an A4 1.8tq vs the new S4.

New S4 is rumored to be coming at a $42-44,000 price.
A fully loaded A4 1.8tq would get to about $30,000 MSRP.

Assuming that the price differential is $14,000 (maybe a bit more if one
assumes the 1.8s will be in greater supply than S4s), how much money does
one have to spend to make the 1.8 roughly comparable to the S4.

Granted there will always be the V6 twin turbo vs modified 1.8 4 cylinder
difference, but how much is that difference worth.

Given the cars in the new EC (Abt A4, Hoppen S6, etc.) how much money
should (not could) you spend on the 1.8 before you get so much invested
that it is simply smarter to get the S4 straight from the factory.

Bill Murin
89 100q