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2009 Audi S5: Grille Talk

January 21, 2010

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"Nice grille."

"Thanks, I like yours too. Had it long?"

"Forty years. How about you?"

"Well, I only got mine last year, but some of my brothers got theirs back in 2006. Now I know where they got the idea."

"Really, do you think any of your designers have even seen me? I mean, I'm a Chevy."

"Of course they have. You're famous. You and than that um, that um...the one named after the horse."

"The Mustang?"

"Yeah, the Mustang. Everybody knows you guys. In fact, some say I'm just a newer German version of you."

"Really?"

"Sure. Same formula. I'm just a little fancier and more expensive, but I've got a front mounted V8 in a sexy coupe body just like you."

"That's so cool. How many gears do you have?"

"Six. Why?"

"Oh, I only have four."

"Hey man, don't let that get you down. You still got it goin' on. Heck, you even started the alpha numeric names we also use today."

"You know my name?"

"Of course. Z28. Everyone knows it. By the way, my name is S5. It's a honor to meet you."

"Thanks."

"Hey, tell me something, when you first got your big grille back in 1970 was it liked right away."

"Well, it's a little hard to remember that long ago, but I think it was. What about yours?"

"Well, now it's a hit, but back in 2006 when my brother, the A4, got his facelift it was pretty radical. I mean, it wasn't hated like the Bangle Butt or anything like that, but people were a little taken back by it. But that's not surprising, you know how those humans are."

"Tell me about it."

"Speaking of humans, here comes mine now. I'll bet you ten bucks it dials up Playboy radio on the way to work."

"Really is he warped like that?"

"That's just the tip of the iceberg. He's a freak."

"Well, it was nice meeting you."

"You too. And don't let those four-speeds bother you. Six aren't all they're cracked up to be. Bye."

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 15,298 miles

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