New A6 in Stick in US?

Does anyone know whether the new A6 will be available in the USA with a manual tranny? Not only so I love driving a stick (even in a city), I think I get
better performance. My '01 A6 is going off lease this fall and I don't know what will be available.
I am not enthusiastic about a 3.0 or whatever in auto. Personally, I think it is slow off the gate - even to the point of hesitation, in comparison to a manual transmission.
The local dealers aren't even sure what will be available. The last one was a special order, taking 3 months, so I need to start planning now.
As an option, does anyone have any opinion of the '05 A6 with the 4.2 engine? I know I could beat the older A6s off the line with my car, but perhaps a new ECU chip then?
'98 A4 Avant '01 A6 27T Ken W.
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On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 16:29:36 -0400, smoke
I just received the latest edition of the official Audi prop rag and its all about the new 6. I believe it comes with a 3.1 and 4.2 6 speed tip w/q.
I could be wrong.

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smoke writes:

The same engine and the same xmsn in my 2000 A6 4.2 Q. Great car. Served me well. Very good acceleration from an engine that will be around for awhile. Perhaps the 05 4.2 will be 330 bhp. My 2000 was 300. Regardless, the 05 should be a great ride.
Not as good as my 03 RS6, mind you, but pretty good. d;o) Dave
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comPirate (Dave LaCourse) wrote:

Actually, the engine is slightly different from that in your 2000 A6. The new A6 V8 uses the engine from the allroad and current S4 (with a timing chain at the rear of the engine, instead of a belt at the front). In the case of the new A6, it is quoted at 335bhp.
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Peter Bell writes:

Then it sounds like another winner from Audi. Think I'll hold onto the RS6 for awhile, however. Dave
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Dave LaCourse schrieb:

I could testdrive that car. What a blast.
You could easily steer it through tight bends with the throttle.
Not that I am a track drive (at least with the car) but at reasonable slow speeds that car just broke friction on all 4 wheels if desired..
Power like nothing I knew before.
And that with a tip.
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comPirate (Dave LaCourse) wrote:

Me too - but the new RS6 could be interesting!
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Not from the All-Road, but from the S6.
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Pardon?
The S6 had the old-style V8 with timing belt at the front of the engine. The new style V8 was first deployed in the allroad.
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Oh-oh. I learnt something today. V8 is not offered in Canadian All-Road. http://www.audicanada.ca/model_home/0,,modelId-70000200417,00.html
But they are indeed on the Audi US site.
Thanks for the clarification.

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