10-07-2003, 11:04 PM
Whats the deal witht the lack of front parktronic on US bound RS6s? Obviously this bumper was made for the feature, but why are we bourgeois americans left out of the loop again?? Don't tell me cost cutting because this car costs upwars of $80,000. There seems to be something I am missing...
PS I want to see a Japis Green RS6---> There's an ugly car!
10-08-2003, 09:08 AM
What else COULD it be?
Keep in mind Audi spent some extra bucks to get cars to the U.S. I suspect the price to Europeans, for example, did not include shipment to U.S. shores, then enclosed trucking to dealers. I just found out that to truck mine from MI to FL would cost about $1200-1300 vs. $650 in an open trailer rig -- twice as much.
I'm not defending Audi, just trying to explain why additional U.S. costs may have led to some cutbacks. I'm just guessing, tho.
BTW I thought the green would be ugly, too, but a post at RS6.com by a guy in NYC said the one he saw looked great.
10-09-2003, 02:09 AM
and don't you get the usual Audi US goodies like Homelink as standard? I can see why Audi would both price the car where they did, and why they took a few things out - if they'd left Recaros, Nav+, front Parktronic, tyre pressure monitoring & stuff in, I think it would have been more than an $85k MSRP. Doesn't make it any more palatable to you guys in the US though, I know!
10-09-2003, 09:28 AM
We all know for no.dot it is $59,500. For me, if the car went into the low-$90,000s (pre-tax, pre-gas guzzler, etc.) I would have passed. I know that line is arbitrary, but I'm sure marketing "experts" try to tweak their models and figure out the pricing sweet spot without losing customers like me. I was not prior Audi owner which is probably why I didn't quite understand the uproar about $85K MSRP. Rather that seeing Audi as a "poor man's Benz", I saw it as an equal to BMW with the added benefit of quattro. Would I spend $85K for an M5 or an E55 with AWD? Hell yeah! However, I only had one option if I wanted AWD and the RS6 was it.
I read somewhere that for US certification the front bumper test in a 5 mph collision could not result in damage that exceeded a certain threshold ($) number. If the $ amount was exceeded during the certification test, the bumper could not be US approved. With the front sensors in the front bumper most likely being destroyed during such a test the amount of damage would most likely exceed that threshold.
Can anyone confirm or dispel this information?