Originally Posted by Smoltz
That's not really true, let's look at some apples to apples numbers...
S5 6MT (base) , White Exterior \ Black Leather = $52,575
335Xi 6MT w/ 18s, Sport Pkg, Prem Pkg, Htd Seats, Sirius, USB = $48,420
The price difference is 8.6% when comparing similarly equipped cars.
True, but I don't want nor need most of that stuff, certainly not the AWD.
I think its very fair to say that, if Audi was set to compete for the 335i customer with the S5, then they would go ahead and offer the car in $40k guise minus some of those options. Its no secret that - whether you agree with it or not - the average consumer is attracted by (or repelled by) the base price of a car.
I'm quite confident we'll a 300hp+ B8 A4. Whether I'm correct about it getting the turbo V6 instead of the S4, well that remains to be seen.