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Old 02-18-2010, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default Legalize It: Horchaus federalizing non-U.S. Audis for North America



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We're going back and forth on this one. Do we file it under "We'll believe it when we see it" or "Pinch me I'm dreaming"? Either way, we get to sub-tag it, "Thank God for rich friends." That's right y'all, Audi is allowing Horchaus, the Canadian distributor MTM, to federalize some special four-ringers for American consumption. These are the real deal, hopped-up German Audis, straight from the tweaker factory.

As we're sure you all know, Audi keeps a whole bunch of extra spicy models back in Europe. Why? The excuses typically involve some song and dance about Americans not wanting high performance station wagons (as if), though in the case of the RS4 Avant (arguably the most desirable car we can't buy), the U.S. prohibition was because the rear-mounted battery didn't pass DOT certification...

So which cars can we now get via Horchaus? The RS4 Avant, RS4 Convertible, S3, the RS6 sedan and RS6 Avant, Q7 V12 TDI and TT RS. And there's something else to note: Since Euro-tuner MTM is involved in the equation, these cars can be pumped up a bit over stock. One example would be the twin-turbo V10 in the RS6 upped from a paltry 580 horsepower to a more appropriate 735 hp.

That said, Horchaus's pricing announcement is leading us back to the "We'll believe it when we see it" category. Using nothing but a straight Euros-to-dollars conversion rate, the RS6 would cost you about $150,000. However, Horchaus is saying it can be yours for just $107,600. Here's where it gets hinky. Supposedly Horchaus can sell you a R8 V10 5.2 FSI for $98,000, which is mucho less expensive than Audi USA sells them for (the last one we drove cost $172,250). We don't believe this last bit. Still, will us Americanos be able to get two of the hottest wagons in the world? Si senor, si.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:09 AM   #2
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usually, these cost alot more than regular imports. I'll believe the pricing when I see it.

Also, what about warranty?
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:10 AM   #3
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RS4 Avant... yes please!
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:23 AM   #4
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God, am I still asleep?
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:30 AM   #5
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I agree with the writer...an R8 V10 for $98K makes this whole story kinda strange. I'm hoping it's a typo and it's suppose to be $198K.

Should I win the lottery though, I'll take the RS6 Avant with 734HP please.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:55 AM   #6
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I'd be happy just to get an A6 avant with MT

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Using nothing but a straight Euros-to-dollars conversion rate, the RS6 would cost you about $150,000.
Are they basing this on the price of the car in Europe? Cars in general cost more in Europe than here, so you can't compare prices just by converting currencies.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:02 AM   #7
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Very nice. Hopefully this will start a trend.

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Old 02-18-2010, 10:06 AM   #8
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Would love an RS4 or RS6 Avant but would need used, too bad they didn't offer them here.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:47 AM   #9
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wow, awesome news. I would love a debadged 6-sp. RS4.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:12 PM   #10
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If this is true... I am SOOOO buying a S3.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:32 PM   #11
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I will take a 6spd R8 with leather for $88k

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Old 02-18-2010, 01:41 PM   #12
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I will take a 6spd R8 with lather for $88k
I'm not sure why you'd ever want to shampoo in you R8, but to each their own, I guess.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:41 PM   #13
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It'll get shutdown, just like they did with all the grey market GT-R's
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:54 PM   #14
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"honey, we're going into debt for your new car, say hello to the rs6avant."
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:42 PM   #15
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I'm going to go the other route. Can they bring me a A3 TDI with proper manual, quattro, sunroof, with S-line pkg. kthxbai.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:39 PM   #16
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I'm not sure why you'd ever want to shampoo in you R8, but to each their own, I guess.
That's why it's only $88k; got written off after a bubble rave...
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RS6 Avant is insane
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:59 PM   #18
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It'll get shutdown, just like they did with all the grey market GT-R's
Not when professionally certified. Most of the GT-rs were not certified but bought in as rolling chassis and refit to sidline the law.
Certified retrofitted are permitted.
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That's why it's only $88k; got written off after a bubble rave...
I may make typos but I can afford the car. Can you?
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Sounds great - just waiting to see about pricing and actual legality/hassle.
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If this is true... I am SOOOO buying a S3.
This will hold you over..

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I may make typos but I can afford the car. Can you?
Everybody else at this forum can afford at least three.
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Everybody else at this forum can afford at least three.
But you don't need to. That's the great thing about most Audi's, they're not 2 seat sports cars so you don't need one for each super model, they can all ride in the same car, and the rest of the money can be spent on [more] hookers and blow.
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I may make typos but I can afford the car. Can you?
Lucky you're rich because you sure couldn't survive using your wits.

Just the sort of person to buy a salvage titled R8 for 88K. Hell, I'll sell you one!
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I'd be happy just to get an A6 avant with MT



Are they basing this on the price of the car in Europe? Cars in general cost more in Europe than here, so you can't compare prices just by converting currencies.
Since these are cars being imported directly from the european market, how else can you convert the price, its not like they can sell them at some US specific price point since they arent being distributed by Audi North America?

Wonder if they offer leasing options, I would love to do a short term lease of an RS6 sedan.
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