10-23-2007, 12:38 PM
Thought you might be interested in knowing that this morning (10/23) a car carrier was parked outside of my office building in Phoenix (Two North Central) that had a blue B8 A4 2.0T on it, a white B8 A5 2.0T on it, and a Mazda (how did that get on there?). Don't know where it was headed, and unfortunately I didn't have a camera on me, but they both looked terrific. I'd seen an S5 at the North Scottsdale Audi dealer, but this was the first B8 A4 I've seen in person - it looked sleeker than the prior model and larger as well.
10-23-2007, 01:15 PM
I use to live in AZ, I saw quite a few cars testing, especially north of Phoenix (I was in Prescott at the time). I think they like the varying test environments (combination of high and low altitude with temp changes) within 200-300 miles, long highway (17) with it's fast and long climb north and limited population once outside of Phoenix.
10-23-2007, 03:47 PM
Just saw that one in SoCal...looks awesome in reality
10-23-2007, 06:41 PM
An a5 with a 2.0t? Interesting!!
10-23-2007, 07:49 PM
I see test mules all the time in the greater Phoenix area, including downtown, although they are usually heavily camoflaged. These cars were not camoflaged at all - in fact, they looked brand spanking new and ready for delivery to a buyer - even though that is many months off.
Got to say that when I noted that the A5 was a 2.0T, it was only after I posted that I realized that as far as I knew A5's have only been announced as a 3.2. Made me doubt myself briefly, but it did say 2.0T, no doubt about it. And yes, it was definitely an A5 (two doors, new headlamps and it said A5). The two cars looked really nice though, and the supposedly ugly rear end on the new A4, according to some, was anything but IMHO. ChrisAZ
10-24-2007, 04:22 AM
When I was an ABS I was supposed to go there for training, but it got cancelled.
I've spoke with other ABS who were there, and they said that there were all kind of new cars driving around. This was back in 1999. Don't think they bring ABS there for training. Audi wants to keep the area clear of non-employees.
10-24-2007, 06:57 AM
..no way that A5 2.0T is for a US buyer and it's way too early for an A4 delivery. Considering the cars have already been unveiled, there's no reason to camoflage. Besides, most people will confuse the B8 with the 3-series anyway ;)
10-25-2007, 05:31 AM
I think most A5 buyers will be older (read mid-life crisis) cruiser types who will be more than satisfied with the 3.2.