San Francisco: Let's
suppose, just for giggles, that you want to rob a bank.
You'll first scout out
the right place for your holdup, probably picking one of those stupid
banks that leaves the vault door open in plain view. Then you'll
carefully plan ahead and create a checklist with everything you'll need
to do the job.
Plastic play gun -
Black ski mask - check.
Bag for carrying the
loot - check.
Getaway car - well,
that's not so simple.
You'll need something
quick, obviously, but quick cars often attract too much attention,
something a fleeing bank robber definitely doesn't want. If you escape
in a bright-red Ferrari or canary-yellow Viper, you'll be caught within
minutes. What you need is urban camouflage.
You'll also need it to
be comfortable and roomy for those long days and nights you'll spend
running from the FBI on your way to a life of luxury in Acapulco. And
besides, people with newfound wealth deserve to splurge a little, right?
Might I suggest an Audi A6?
This car is definitely
fast when equipped with a V8 engine that makes 350 horsepower - a lot
more than a Crown Vic cop cruiser. With all-wheel-drive and a sporty,
nimble suspension, you'll be out of town and headed for Mexico in no
time, aided by a navigation system that might help you avoid roadblocks
along the way. Better yet, its styling won't get you in any trouble.
The A6 looks classy, as
it should, with competitors like the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz
E-Class. Unlike the Merc and the Bimmer, though, the Audi doesn't draw
much attention to itself. And that's just what you want.
To top it off, the A6's
cabin will be a great place to relax after your adrenaline-fueled heist.
With big, deep seats up front and a back seat like a leather sofa, this
car will coddle you on your way to the border checkpoint. Thanks to the
quiet cabin and excellent stereo belting out "Money for Nothing," you'll
be perfectly cool as you bribe the crossing guards.
Then, when you reach
your seaside haven, you'll have a car you'll want to keep. You can pull
onto the beach every night, roll down the windows and tune the satellite
radio to the mariachi channel while sipping margaritas in the sand.
And how much will this
getaway car cost you? While the 255-horsepower V6 version starts at only
$41,950, you'll really want to spend $55,300 for the V8. That may seem
like a lot of cash, but compared to the Mercedes or BMW, it's a steal.
What was tested? The
2007 Audi A6 Sedan 4.2 Quattro AT6 with a base price of $55,300. Options
include: Technology package ($4,000), S Line sport package ($3,350),
front sport seats ($500), power rear and manual side sunshades ($400).
Price as tested including a $720 destination charge: $64,270.
Why avoid it? We hate
to say it, but "I drive an Audi" doesn't have the same cachet as "I
drive a Muh-Say-Dees."
Why buy it? You could
make the perfect getaway. It's fast, roomy and comfortable, and it looks
good without drawing attention to itself. Making a run for the border
would be fantastic in this car, with excellent materials and fantastic
sound insulation. And Audi still makes some of the best interiors money
By Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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