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You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Jaguar XJR, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG, Audi S6, Maserati Quattroporte, Audi S8, Sedan
Jun 17, 2000 (10:05 am)
if it makes you guys happy, then indeed the E55 is very ugly. In fact, the engineers at Daimler Benz must have drop the ball since 1994 on their design of this vehicle, which incidently have sold 1.5 million units worldwide (as compared to 2 million plus for the 5 series BMWs).
So, if you want the uniqueness in ownership, and a real UGLY car, and you have around $90,000 in cash, go for the E55. If you like to shift knobs to the point of growing corns in your palm, have $95,000 laying around, have real skinny short friends (who will love the tiny back seats...), then grab the M5 (get the aspen silver...).
Finally, I drove the E55 extensively, and beauty is indeed 'within'! That, my friend is why Julia Roberts married Lyle Lovetts years ago...
Jun 18, 2000 (1:55 am)
you really need to make more sense
1.you called the E class ugly and sells less than the 5 series
2.you knock the M5 because it has a manual transmission and small interior
3. then you say you drive the E55, but want a green M5
make up your mind and stick with one car!!! if you dont like the E55 styling, live with it or give it to me!!!
Jun 18, 2000 (9:06 am)
I've been reading the last few posts, very intersting. I would say the E55 is the better real-world car. It has less stress on it's engine and drivetrain than the M5, which has seen some engine (supposedly) problems in Europe. The M5 is the better car for the track, maybe...depending on who you ask. For me I would naturally take the E55, because of Mercedes' greater inner strengths and longevity. They are both great cars, worlds ahead of anything from Japan or the U.S.A. Only Jaguar's XJR and Audi's S6 can sit at the same table.
The S6 does come to the U.S. for the 2002 model year. We get the S8 this winter (around December) and a W12 version of the A8 sometime between now and next spring.
Jun 20, 2000 (4:27 am)
when is the new A8 coming out? it seems odd that Audi is adding so many more variations to the A8 at the end of the model cycle.
also, what's the deal with the new big VW D type?
why is volkswagen trying to conquer the luxury market now with audi already doing that?
Jun 20, 2000 (9:35 am)
I would guess the 2003 model year for the U.S. The S8 is a definite, but the W12 version is not. From what I have seen the W12 version may make it here by spring 2001, it will be short lived if it does get here.
Jun 20, 2000 (6:52 pm)
if audi is bringing the S8 in a few months, when is the S6 coming. since i havent heard much on the S6 it seems surprising that they would bring the slow selling A8 platform sports car but not the A6 sporty version.
Jun 21, 2000 (8:27 am)
I forgot what issue it was, but it was in Automobile Magazine. The A6 is "younger" in its product cycle so they aren't in a rush to bring the S6. The A8 is nearing the end so it's now or never for this generation S8. Makes sense because they just launched the 2.7t and 4.2 versions of the A6 and Audi (like MB and BMW) trys to introduce a new model every year in a range to keep interest up. Just like they did with the A4 line. I would say for the 2002 model year we will get the S6 and the entire A6 line will be face-lifted.
Jun 23, 2000 (3:58 am)
what would they do to the A6 to facelift it? i know many people dislike the A6 rear lights, but i love them!!! the only possible change would be to replace the white line with a white dot like the TT... the front and sides are perfect. and the interior is beyond reproach other than the screenless nav. when is the screen nav coming to the US? i've seen the allroad with the screen nav so i know it must be soon, and will the A8 and A4 get the nav too? no one has said anything about this in Edmunds so i hope someone will have an answer.
Jun 24, 2000 (2:22 am)
I would say that the rear end of the A6 will be painted all the way down, especially in the middle under the bumper. The license plate surround needs to be smaller too and the surrounding area should be body color. Interior wise the car is almost perfect, can't imagine what they would do there. No idea about the Nav systems. Where is "Quattro_pearl" maybe he can answer some of these questions.
Jun 27, 2000 (12:37 am)
I think they will have Zenon high beams in addition to the Zenon low beams and no longer offer the older style lights. I have seen a picture somewhere but can't remember where. As for other mods I don't know.