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This is a repeat of my reply to Jerry Beer in reponse to his A-8 sighting.
Apparently my original E-mail did not get through. I hope this one does.
In a message dated 96-12-02 22:34:26 EST, you write:
<< Subj: A8 sighting
Date: 96-12-02 22:34:26 EST
From: RRFS32D@PRODIGY.COM (MR JERRY BEER)
Saw one today in West Palm Beach. Black, with 4.2 on the back.
Manufacturer plate. Going away so I couldn't give chase, but will
call dealer tomorrow to check. Looks like a big and smoothed out A4.
Very nice form the brief glimpse.
91 200 STEADIA3qw(on the lookout for A8)
Jerry et all:
Quite possible that you saw the new A-8. I drove one here in Michigan a few
months back-- select dealers offered prospective buyers a chance to test
drive the new (albeit European spec) A-8's. Unfortunately, I did not get a
chance to drive the 4.2 quattro version, but the fwd 3.7 instead.
Very nice car! For those of you who are pilots, I can only compare it to
flying, but still planted surely on the ground. The all- aluminum (or
aluminium in the U.K.) chassis is extremely rigid, yet has a light feel,
despite the car's weight. Incidentally, it was fairly easy to get the front
wheels to spin a little, even though it has switchable traction control
--must be because the felt the older V-8 had too long a first gear. That was
my only complaint with the new 5-speed auto tranny, but it could probably
easily be solved with better tires. The car was extremely quiet, too.
Also, this car (emerald green dark metallic, I believe) had the Audi
tiptronic shift gate-- a pleasure to use, but unfortunately not available on
the first models in the U.S.A. (but I believe Igor at T.A.P. will be offering
a conversion kit). Wish I had an extra $60K+ lying around, but my insurance
is already out of this world. Oh, yes, even the rear headrests are
electrically height adjustable! A friend of mine (who loves cars) said it's
the nicest car he's ever driven in, and I concur.
-Ingo Rautenberg, QCUSA
90 V-8Q 157K
85 4KQ 130K
Bloomfield Hills, MI