11-17-2004, 11:58 AM
I think if you count the square inches of wood trim used on the C6 model and compare it to the C5, it would be perhaps half as much. The old model had much more of it on the front dash/console and even had a little piece around the rear seat vents. I have only seen the new model in pictures, but it looks a bit odd with a large piece of wood on the center console and hardly much anywhere else. Also, wood trim used to be standard on all A6 models. They have now made it optional on the 3.2 model.
It would have been nice to see some functional and aesthetic family resemblance to the A8 interior. As far as I can tell, other than the MMI controls there is nothing in common styling wise.
Before you attack me for being nitpicky, you have to admit that in the luxury car market people care about such things as wood trim. Witness the ton of Lexus and Toyota models on the road with wood/leather steering wheels. People, especially in the U.S., go for these things. Obviously Audi is not oblivious to this issue since they have offered a full wooden steering wheel option on the 2005 A8.
Audi S5 TC
11-17-2004, 12:23 PM
Just tell Audi exactly where you want the additional wood trim in the car and it is as good as done. Believe it or not, you can take advantage of Audi exclusive in North America. But so few people do becuase of either cost or lack of awareness.
11-17-2004, 01:25 PM
Prem package includes wood from the bottom of the MMI up to and including the ash tray.
Overall more wood than my '01 A6 2.7T
11-17-2004, 01:32 PM
... There's plenty of wood on the center stalk that supports the MMI, more so than the previous gen cocpit.
I've sat in the new A6. It's much more refined and luxurious than the C5. The lack of wood in the instrument area is deliberately designed that way to embody the sporty personality of that area. It looks fantastic in person.
I didn't notice any cost cutting. On the contrary, the interior feels much richer.
John J Szobocsan
11-17-2004, 02:38 PM
I could not help but notice that the knobs on the air registers are not as finely crafted as on the previous vehicle. The finish was smooth with out any of the tactile indentations found on the C5 and I felt that I was looking at raw plastic, not something that was well-finished. But this was the only detail that I found lacking when compared to the C5.
John J. Szobocsan
CVT Ben Hogan
11-17-2004, 08:51 PM
I doubt wood was a factor.... especialy in designing a more sumptutous interior.
11-18-2004, 04:16 AM
Is this done thru a dealer or directly and, if the latter, what's the contact number or e-mail address. I've got a new 4.2 on order that's not in production yet, so I may want to add some things to it.
11-18-2004, 06:43 AM
The A8 can be ordered with Audi exclusive for $10,000 more.
You may want to ask your dealer, but depending where your order is it may be too late for you to change anything.
Once the car car is accepted by distribution, it is too late to change the order.
11-18-2004, 07:33 AM
If you have the money, just tell Quattro gmbh what you want in your car.. it can be absolutely anything.. and they will meet your wishes.
11-18-2004, 09:01 PM
to order the car with any of the options available to North America. Not all managers or ABS are up to speed, despite direct faxes from AoA. Stuff like this can be a bit like a secret handshake, since it's not on the regular order guide.
If all else fails, contact AoA customer support and get the info for your dealer to order it the way you want. If the car is in early production, they should be able change the order.
11-19-2004, 06:51 AM
Your ABS should have his contact so ask to talk to that guy.