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just an fyi, i was just reading the article on the audi rs6 over on audiworld <IMG SRC="http://www.audiworld.com/news/02/rs6/rs63.jpg"> and I noticed that the car has an active suspension system like volvo showed in the pcc and pcc2. looks like audi is going to beat them to market. <P>i'm not normally a fan of audi, but this car looks awful cool w/ 450hp. that's 150hp more than the s60r. granted, it's heavier, but it looks like volvo will have to step up to the plate with an S60 RS imho.
 

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True 'Active-Suspension' technology is a pretty complicated subject matter. This term IMHO is used too often to generalize a suspension system 'changing' function. To be a real 'Active-Suspenion', a car must have a double-acting hydraulic actuator instead of springs and dampers. The Mercedes S & CL class cars already have an 'Active' type suspesions as does the new BMW 7-Series, as well as the Infiniti Q45 that was introduced way back in 1990.<P>But getting back to the subject, from reading the Audi press release, I can tell you that there is a major difference between the Volvo system and the Audi system. The Volvo adaptive damping system actually communicates with the Haldex AWD system depending on conditions. The beauty of Haldex is its CAN BUS integration abilities. From what the press release says, Audi's DRC does not communicate with Quattro AWD. The Torsen systems worm gears are purely mechanical, with the exception of the Quattro systems ELD (Electronic Differential Lock). The DRC's diagonal connection of the dampers sounds very promising though, I must admit.<P>But anyways, the RS6 is going to be one heck of a ride! All it needs is a manual transmission. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/eek.gif"><P>-Drew<P>
 

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Man, that is one cool looking VW! <P>OOPS! <IMG SRC="http://www.mansun-nl.com/smilies/crazy3.gif"> <P><BR>Yannis<P><P>
 

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I know some folks at Audi that'd beg to differ Yannis. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>BTW 450hp is VERY interesting IMHO. That's some pretty serious power. Looks as if Audi and BMW are stuck in a slugfest of who's gonna be the German big cheese. Personally, I hope Audi wins.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>I know some folks at Audi that'd beg to differ Yannis. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"></B><P>I am sure they would, George, but you know what? Audi+Porsche= VW2 (2 meaning SQUARE). Hehe!<P><B>BTW 450hp is VERY interesting IMHO. That's some pretty serious power. Looks as if Audi and BMW are stuck in a slugfest of who's gonna be the German big cheese. Personally, I hope Audi wins.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Yes, it is...Audis are coming very close to that "BMW feel". I still think a BMWs drive/handle better (w/ the exception of 7-series; there, I think an A8 is a better, overall, ride). Where Audi wins, hands down, is in the interior quality and finish...tremendous!<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>Looks as if Audi and BMW are stuck in a slugfest of who's gonna be the German big cheese.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Rumors are that the next BMW M5 will be getting a V-10 engine. When will the horsepower wars end? Seriously, I mean 450hp is more than a Porsche 996 Turbo and a Ferrari F360! That is some serious company to be playing with. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Yikes! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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Even in regular non turbo form, that is one sweet motor. I wonder at what point Audi builds a pure sports car to slot above the TT and compete with the Z8. Perhaps a modern day Avus....
 

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I always said Volvo is more than a year (Too) late with the "R"!<P> <IMG SRC="http://home.wxs.nl/~dijkstra/images/realr.jpg">
 
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