What Will U.S. Consumers Finally Be Getting? – From Deutschland, With Love.


1) The F10 BMW M5 with a manual transmission. Apparently BMW’s M board directors are still baffled that Americans are the ones who want the row your own boat while EU consumers want the autobox. Strange. Although the manual has six gears compared to the seven in the M Double Clutch, the final drive ratios and differential settings are the same.

2) The 2013 Audi A8 with the 3.0T engine and the 3.0 V6 TDI. That means the supercharged mill will produce a healthy 333 bhp and 325 lb ft of torque. It will come equipped with start stop technology to make the big sedan more efficient, and speaking of sizes, will be available on both the regular and long wheel base versions.

3) The 2013 Audi A4 Allroad. So it replaces the A6 Avant Allroad of yore, but considering the A4 keeps getting bigger, that shouldn’t be a problem. Although it may seem like a departure from Audi’s tough big European luxury sedan/wagon feel. The A4 Allroad has extra body cladding all around just like the old A6, as well as a specially jacked up suspension (raised 1.5 inches). It also has a special grille to differentiate itself from the regular Avant, and aluminium roof rack rails. All of this will be motivated by the newest version of the 2.0T, sending 211 bhp and 258 lb-ft of torque through an 8 speed gearbox and of course to Audi’s legendary Quattro.

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