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Old 10-13-2012, 09:27 PM
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Everyone is a comedian. I don't think I will EVER own a GM vehicle. The sport/comfort seats in my 7-series are PERFECT which is one of the reasons the X5 is still in the mix...
The head restraints, pressing against the back of the skull, is just another step to increase safety. While I understand you don't like GM's vehicles, the '13 Enclave (actually, all three of the Lambda platform siblings) receive a new CENTER airbag this year. It inflates between the driver and front passenger (stored in the right side of the driver's seat) to keep them from bouncing off one another! Crazy stuff.

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Old 10-14-2012, 11:29 AM
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Sorry to go OT for a second, but Emission, I loved your review of the s6/7. I am seriously considering either for my new dd. thank you!
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:04 PM
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Sorry to go OT for a second, but Emission, I loved your review of the s6/7. I am seriously considering either for my new dd. thank you!
This thread has gone all over the place...

The S6/S7 (and S8) drive happened by chance. I heard Audi was in my area with the cars so I asked if I could come drive all three. They agreed.

Karl Brauer, former Editor-in-Chief of Edmunds, and I grabbed the keys to an S6 and S7 and went up Mulholland to play cat-and-mouse for a couple hours -- pure bliss, of course. We'd pull over every so often on the side of the road and swap cars, allowing perfect back-to-back comparisons. Opportunities like that are rare, so I convinced my editor to allow me to write a short post about how the two vehicles drove. I really like the A7, but the S6 won me over.

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Old 10-14-2012, 02:19 PM
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Nice, so it gets almost 3mpg more than my 335d does for mixed driving. But of course everyone's version of mixed driving seems to vary by a good bit. Still impressive none the less.
I put about 15k miles on my 335d and averaged about 32 mpg. We have now put about 22k miles on our 2011 Touareg TDI. Average is about 28 mpg with me behind the wheel in mixed driving with a 1000' elevation climb/decent, exactly same driving as the 335d. My wife never drove the 335d, she brings the avg Touareg mpg down to about 25.7 mpg.

The Cayenne and Touareg have the same engine/aisin 8 speed/torsen center diff/3.27 gear ratio.

Where the Touareg really shines is on the open road, 37+ (hand calculated). mpg at 55-60 mph!! My 335d would get about 43 mpg under the same conditions, it seems like the dpf regens had a harder hit on mpg on the 335d than the TDI.

I have been very impressed with the Touareg, 0 problems, not a squeak or rattle. I do wish it had a locking center diff. Can't wait to check out the 2014 JGC CRD
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:38 AM
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And the new MY '13 T-egg with the Gen II engine should do even better! As will the Q7 and of course the Cayenne -- which all use the same diesel engine now.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:19 AM
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This thread has gone all over the place...

The S6/S7 (and S8) drive happened by chance. I heard Audi was in my area with the cars so I asked if I could come drive all three. They agreed.

Karl Brauer, former Editor-in-Chief of Edmunds, and I grabbed the keys to an S6 and S7 and went up Mulholland to play cat-and-mouse for a couple hours -- pure bliss, of course. We'd pull over every so often on the side of the road and swap cars, allowing perfect back-to-back comparisons. Opportunities like that are rare, so I convinced my editor to allow me to write a short post about how the two vehicles drove. I really like the A7, but the S6 won me over.

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I got to drive an S6 the other day. No way in hell does it only have 420hp
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:34 AM
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I got to drive an S6 the other day. No way in hell does it only have 420hp
Although I may get banned for this, I'd choose the '13 S6 over the '13 M5 (this assumes I would track neither of the two).

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Old 10-15-2012, 06:04 PM
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Although I may get banned for this, I'd choose the '13 S6 over the '13 M5 (this assumes I would track neither of the two).

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I hear you. I just swapped my E90 M3 for a B8 S4 Prestige. Around town the Audi feels faster, but the overall package, comfort, luxury, etc. makes the S4 a better everyday car for us. I just really think Audi has figured out how to make the best blend of sport and luxury, and the quattro system is superior to xdrive in a sports car application for sure. While I've always been a RWD loyalist for my sports cars, with the amount of power these cars are making and advances in AWD and rear differential technology, it's hard to imagine the future doesn't hold more AWD sports cars.

All that said, the new M5 is beast, and I'm not sure I could draw the same conclusion as you, but I haven't driven both. For now, B8 S4 > E90 M3 as an overall package (although the S65 is nostalgic). I'm sure the F30 M3 will be sweet though, so it may be the next one for me (if not, latest S6 is high on my list).
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:21 PM
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I hear you. I just swapped my E90 M3 for a B8 S4 Prestige. Around town the Audi feels faster, but the overall package, comfort, luxury, etc. makes the S4 a better everyday car for us. I just really think Audi has figured out how to make the best blend of sport and luxury, and the quattro system is superior to xdrive in a sports car application for sure. While I've always been a RWD loyalist for my sports cars, with the amount of power these cars are making and advances in AWD and rear differential technology, it's hard to imagine the future doesn't hold more AWD sports cars.

All that said, the new M5 is beast, and I'm not sure I could draw the same conclusion as you, but I haven't driven both. For now, B8 S4 > E90 M3 as an overall package (although the S65 is nostalgic). I'm sure the F30 M3 will be sweet though, so it may be the next one for me (if not, latest S6 is high on my list).
Sitting down? From my (inside) vantage point, I see rear-wheel drive Audi models in the near future. Talk about a game changing move...

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:20 AM
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Developed by Porsche of course! Not really a surprise, with the bringing on board of the newest member of VA(P)G. Whatever it will be, look for the new RWD to be awesome. Any hints on what the new offering might be and when we would see it?
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:18 AM
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Developed by Porsche of course! Not really a surprise, with the bringing on board of the newest member of VA(P)G. Whatever it will be, look for the new RWD to be awesome. Any hints on what the new offering might be and when we would see it?
Credit Wolfgang Durheimer, former head of Bugatti and Bentley (and head of Porsche's development team) and now Audi's top dog. The guy is both passionate about cars and brilliant in his business sense. Audi has impressive things in the pipe, but other than the hints they drop each time I see them everyone is mum on specifics.

BMW is playing catch-up right now, but I have high hopes for the next X5 as it was still in design when the Cayenne went public. Let's just hope it has shed about 400 pounds too...

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:28 AM
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Sitting down? From my (inside) vantage point, I see rear-wheel drive Audi models in the near future. Talk about a game changing move...

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I guess this is from the new rwd platform that will be used in the Porsche Pajun? Does it sound like Audi will release a car on this platform before the Pajun that is rumored to be available around 2016? It's very exciting to see V.A.G stepping up their game in the direction of making more spirited cars.

I'm not surprised at all about the F10 review. I was thoroughly disappointed in my F10. Nice drivetrain and luxury but also a bit of a numb pig. I'm sure the M5 is a lot better but that it still has some likeness in it's behaviour to the non M F10s. I have no desire to the new M5.

Before I got my M3, Audi borrowed me a new B8 S4 for 24h. I was very impressed how balanced and athletic it felt compared to earlier Audis. It's very nice but to me it can't match the M3's steering, suspension, engine and overall serious sports car feel. It felt a bit more artificial and "plasticky" and the steering didn't feel much better than the F10's.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:36 AM
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I guess this is from the new rwd platform that will be used in the Porsche Pajun? Does it sound like Audi will release a car on this platform before the Pajun that is rumored to be available around 2016? It's very exciting to see V.A.G stepping up their game in the direction of making more spirited cars.

I'm not surprised at all about the F10 review. I was thoroughly disappointed in my F10. Nice drivetrain and luxury but also a bit of a numb pig. I'm sure the M5 is a lot better but that it still has some likeness in it's behaviour to the non M F10s. I have no desire to the new M5.

Before I got my M3, Audi borrowed me a new B8 S4 for 24h. I was very impressed how balanced and athletic it felt compared to earlier Audis. It's very nice but to me it can't match the M3's steering, suspension, engine and overall serious sports car feel. It felt a bit more artificial and "plasticky" and the steering didn't feel much better than the F10's.
I really don't know much at all... just conversations over dinner where the executives drop hints.

By the way, BMW let me drive an E92 M3 at the F10 M5 event... and I was faster around Laguna Seca in it (catching up to the M5s on the circuit). I'd love an E90 M3...

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Developed by Porsche of course! Not really a surprise, with the bringing on board of the newest member of VA(P)G. Whatever it will be, look for the new RWD to be awesome. Any hints on what the new offering might be and when we would see it?
There were rumors that the next-gen A8 will be based on a shared Porsche platform and WILL be RWD. I think that rumor also extended to the upcoming Pajun and next gen A6. Of course, the C7 just came out, so the RWD C8 has a long time to go before we have our hands on one.

That being said, Audi and Porsche together sounds like an awesome harmony. Porsche doing all the chassis/tuning, while Audi works with the gizmos and interiors. I can't wait to see the next round of Audi/Porsche products. BMW is in serious trouble.
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Although I may get banned for this, I'd choose the '13 S6 over the '13 M5 (this assumes I would track neither of the two).

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Don't say that around the F10 section. You will get crucified for liking that FWD VW
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:58 AM
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Don't say that around the F10 section. You will get crucified for liking that FWD VW
I reviewed the F10 550i, and went on the record as not liking it.

I reviewed the F10 M5 6MT, and went on the record as not liking it.

Quite sure I am not welcomed on that part of the Fest anyway.

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Don't say that around the F10 section. You will get crucified for liking that FWD VW
The S6 is FWD? I have not had my coffee yet today so forgive me if I was reading things wrong.
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This Cayenne Diesel vs BMW X5d sure has strayed off topic. Would love to hear more comparisons between those two from people that have driven both or own both.
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The S6 is FWD? I have not had my coffee yet today so forgive me if I was reading things wrong.
Nah, its just what the idiots call the Audi to make themselves feel better about buying the F10
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DBV, now that a few Cayenne diesels are out there and folks are getting some miles on them I suspect we will hear from them as to how they like them in real world life, and how they compared with their X5d's that were owned before. Just hang in there and enjoy the thread for what it is.
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DBV, now that a few Cayenne diesels are out there and folks are getting some miles on them I suspect we will hear from them as to how they like them in real world life, and how they compared with their X5d's that were owned before. Just hang in there and enjoy the thread for what it is.
+1

Plus, all of this VW Group/BMW Group talk does help as it helps to understand where each automaker has positioned (or is positioning) themselves in the market.

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I have had both the X5's & VW Toureg V8 in the family and do alot of beach diving to our beach house, around 14klm of beach (there is no road to the house).

One thing I can say it the VW has alot more steel components underneath than does the X5, after 3 years we had alot of surface rust on those VW parts.

The X5 has more alloy parts and better underneath consealment trays protecting the under body, We also had oil leaks in the VW from the gearbox to motor.
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Not to mention you'll be stoned to death. Nonetheless, I will take a new S6 or RS6 over the new M5 too.
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Not to mention you'll be stoned to death. Nonetheless, I will take a new S6 or RS6 over the new M5 too.
These are all great options each a bit different. Gotta know what you want (need :-))
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