For instance, is it just me or does the engine compartment look a bit on the messy side compared to previous models?
Also, this is the first Audi I can remember that has had these cheapo trunk hinges. What is this, a Kia?
Mind you, I'm not dissing Audi, I'm just wondering if they are following BMW's trend and starting to cut corners to save money, hoping none of us will notice or care.
I know that a trunk design doesn't affect how the car handles BUT one of the main reasons I love Audi is how much attention to detail and over-engineering go into the smallest of things. If that trend changes, for me, there will be little left to differentiate them from the competition.
03-09-2007, 03:20 PM
and you get a bit more lift out of this design, and don't have to tip it back onto the rear glass as far, which given teh slope of the rear glass, would be hard. By the way, did you notice we have our own <a href="http://gallery.audiworld.com/gallery/awframes/indexgeneva2007.html">gallery </a>here on AudiWorld?
03-09-2007, 03:24 PM
03-09-2007, 03:47 PM
You buy an M5 and all you get is a cover with a V10 badge. You buy an A4 with the V6 and you can actually see the engine, I think it's great.
03-09-2007, 04:28 PM
03-09-2007, 04:36 PM
in fact, they're not even "hinges" as the trunk lid doesn't hinge, it gets elevated far above the trunk compartment.
03-09-2007, 04:42 PM
I just don't like that those eat into trunk space. =\
03-09-2007, 05:51 PM
03-09-2007, 06:06 PM
Standard A4 style hinges might not have worked.
03-09-2007, 06:29 PM
custom fabbing an intake runner that runs at cooler temps? Will you then be organizing a group buy for this item with a thread that will be deleted, then later continued on another audi forum that permits group buys. Will all the committed buyers of the the unit eventually bail? leaving you with units laying around your garage while the few that went thru with the purchase make threads about how it changed the car. I hope we get the guy that pops in a few months down the road claiming they lost hp..only to disapear for a month while other owners either freak or defend the unit. BANG dude comes back with a dyno that supports his hp loss theory. The unit never spoken of again, how embarrasing ...
Thank God im done with modding. Just buy a good car...outta the box.
03-09-2007, 07:08 PM
03-09-2007, 07:13 PM
The struts have already gone out on my '00 A6 trunk TWICE and it only has 50k miles. They are fine when they work, but when they fail they are a pain in the neck. Literally in my case... The springs on my old 5000(s and tq) and 200q had no issues after 200k+ miles and they had huge trunks.
03-09-2007, 08:01 PM
since more things will be exposed and have to look pretty vs stuff just thrown in there and then covered up with a shroud.
03-09-2007, 08:48 PM
03-10-2007, 03:23 AM
the shocks not lasting as long when they are "outside" of the trunk seal and more exposed to the elements.
03-10-2007, 04:57 AM
03-10-2007, 04:58 AM
03-10-2007, 09:28 AM
03-10-2007, 11:24 AM
03-10-2007, 12:05 PM
the mechanism is within and it is covered to protect it. makes the trunk look even cleaner, more sleek, and modern.
03-10-2007, 12:26 PM
03-10-2007, 06:30 PM
I personally like the telescoping hinge Audi uses that does not intrude on trunk space. But, interestingly, I have always noticed that Mercedes uses a similar hinge depicted in your example. This is true even for their S class. So, it may not be a "cheaper" hinge. It may possibly be a safer hinge in the event of a rear end collision ... who knows.
Here is the trunk hinge of a CLS 500:
<img src="http://us.autos1.yimg.com/img.autos.yahoo.com/ag/mercedesbenz_clsclass_cls5004doorcoupe_2006_other_ 7_346x270.jpg">
03-10-2007, 07:38 PM
03-10-2007, 09:17 PM
I think the bordering around the holes for it is what makes it seem that way. The Audi shot just looks like the cut holes into the trunk liner. I'm hoping it'll look better in person.
03-11-2007, 12:18 AM
and I have *no idea* what the hinges look like!
03-11-2007, 09:24 AM
if debris fell down the hole you could have a really irritating rattle.
03-11-2007, 11:48 AM
border around the hole they cut in there. And yeah, things falling in there would be a concern, especially with it being completely vertical. =\