To be honest, this is exactly what I think is wrong. The S-model Audis or M-model BMWs were never for the people that have to constantly adjust their driving to the fuel prices. If cost really is one of your primary concerns, get a Miata, get a Golf GTI or some other small and fun car. There are loads of cars out there that are dirtcheap and fun to drive.
An S5 is not a muscle car - it's not just a big engine in an unintelligent body, so it doesn't have to be cheap to buy nor cheap to drive. You buy an Audi S5 because you would like to take your F430 Scuderia to work every morning, but with minus ten outside and snow everywhere you realise that that's not a very good idea.
No.... just no.... it's bad enough they put a V6 in there instead of a V8 but a 4 banger............
You know never liked the sound of a rally car. As someone who hangs out with alot of I4 tuners I have to say no matter what exhaust you put on it it's not gonna sound as good as a V8 it just doesn't have the displacement for it.
Considering the Audi (R)S cars were built on 4 door sedans and wagon/hatchbacks I'd say there were meant for people that wanted something they could have fun with and still use daily. Part of the latter requires being able to get decent fuel economy.
You guys forget that Audi originally started with I5's and v6's in the S4's?
It's obvious that Audi is trying to go (back) to building a genuinely fun to drive family sedan/estate (well not so sure about the S5). How is this a bad thing? Constantly throwing more power at the problem, even if they cut down weight isn't going to be as fun as a car that is perfectly balanced and not so powerful that 99% of the owners use a max of 3/5 throttle the entire ownership of the car and never take it into a corner.
I'm all over a sub 3200lb AWD performance car with somewhere near 275hp and Audi's awesome interior and styling. I don't give a damn if it's powered by a 3 cylinder if it's smooth and makes the torque and hp I've come to expect from modern DI turbo engines.
And based off your post, you agree with me. :?
No. No, no, no, no, no.Considering the Audi (R)S cars were built on 4 door sedans and wagon/hatchbacks I'd say there were meant for people that wanted something they could have fun with and still use daily. Part of the latter requires being able to get decent fuel economy.
A return to lightweight-better-handling-yet-every-bit-as-fast-if-not-faster Audis?!
NOOO!!!! I wah mah low-down torquey V8 powered 16 ton lead sled!!! What the hell!!!!!!!!!
No. No, no, no, no, no.
It's like giving your girlfriend a precious diamond ring as a present, only to tell her just how much you saved by checking out various stores. "Look darling, I got this ?1000 cheaper!". A car, much like a diamond ring, is about passion to us petrolheads. And when you start discussing the money in it, that passion goes away. The whole charm of a great car just fades away.