Currently, the A4 is using the old (and still incredbile) 50/50 quattro system, with the 200hp 2.0T and the 255hp 3.2 engines, both using the amazing FSI, you can read about it here
, in decient detail. though limited edition, the DTM edition has been released, I don't know too much about this car other than mentioned here
. With styling similar to the upcoming RS4, and a tuned FSI, it's pretty damn sweet.
the current ass kicker on North American soil is of course the S4, using the same 340hp 3.4L V8. As much as it kicks ass... I'll admit I really wish Audi would bring back the bi-turbo V6. troublesome it was... the potential for this car (read... RS4) was incredbile.
But with the new RS4 on the way (2006 in North America)... BMW is REALLY gonna have to dig deep... very deep to counter it... but maybe BMW will just be too busy trying to compete with the new S4... especially with the new quattro system read here
. Lol, should be fun boys... should be fun.
Now... granted... if we were to make our german sedans just a little bigger... i'd definatly take the 5series over hte A6... I dunno, to me that's where Audi slips into 'old man' where BMW shines in sporty. Though the A6 cleaned up a lot in the new gen... the 5series looks incredbile IMO (the only car that made it through BMWs new design IMO)
and the A8 vs 7series? though i hvae no interest in these cars... A8 for sure... no question. i just hate the 7series...
Now... though I'm a real A4 (S4 and RS4 too obviously) guy... we also can't forget about the A3... we're talking 4 door golf with teh power and luxury of an audi. Car and driver: "Does the A3 our GTi the GTi?" yes... yes it does. 200hp 2.0T FSI with a 6speed... and the size of a Golf. Any questions?
the potential for these cars is incredbile. just one example (and there will be much more to come) is the power of the chip on these cars. First chip released for the B7 puts down 250hp and 263 lb/tq from the 2.0T. with this being the first chip on the market... and more to come... schweet...