Originally Posted by bruce.augenstein@comcast.
Everybody's entitled to their opinion, but opinions should somehow be related to actual facts.
Fact 1: Audi's "origins" go back to pre-war Germany, where in fact the legendary Auto Union race car was built in the late '30s. The four interlocked circles are in fact representative of the original Auto Union enterprise. By comparison, "Quattro" is very recent, and far from Audi's origins.
Fact 2: When you're talking about bigger, heavier, and without soul, I hope you'ved saved some of your hate for BMW and other brands who are all marching in lockstep in this regard.
Fact 3: Perhaps you've missed some of the postings in this forum wherein the RS5 tends to be quicker around race tracks than the M3, and perhaps you missed the recent Car & Driver test where the comparitively lowly S6 beat up on the M5? You think the RS7 will not be quicker and handle better than the S6?
Fact 4: Calling an Audi an "ugly and heavy VW" is just silliness, and has no basis in fact. None.
Last fact: These manufacturers (along with Mercedes) arguably make terrific cars. They all handle well, go well, stop well, and for the most part, look very good as well. Hating on one or another of these brands in order for you to feel better about "your" brand is just dumb. Individual preferences vary.
Ok here is a Fact about Audi:
The Audi which gets sold most is probably the A3.
Now this particular Audi and his derivates (S3/RS/TT/TTRS) share the plattform with the golf, which is a great car no doubt.
Now the Golf is being built in Wolfsburg, Germany. So it indeed is a piece of german engineering/crafting.
The Audi A3 is built in Hungary, a country with very low salary standards. Low Taxes. The most sold models have the TFSI engines, which come from the Factory in Mexico. Another low salary country.
Lets compare the Facts:
The Audi S3 is 41% more expensive over here than the equaly Golf R even though the Audi gets crafted together in a low salary country.
So yes, I dislike the brand "Audi" for charging 40% more money on a Golf that is being built in Hungary.
PS: This is a BMW forum, what did you expect