Peter Farrimond

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  1. Peter Farrimond

    Ordered a new A7.. and have WLTP delays..

    Bit of an update here. Happened to come across a new (unregistered) 55 tfsi on a dealer website, that had delivered to the UK before the WLTP restrictions came in to effect - to cut a long story short, ended up owning that car. The spec was not quite what I'd ordered, but has air suspension, comfort and sound pack, full leather interior. Also the 21inch wheels! 😊. The car is fantastic, I'm blown away. I'm a very happy man! The dealer tells me that they'll leave my order in place, because of the continued demand - but it seems the WLTP stuff continues to affect both the A7 and A8 petrol versions. In fact, they're hearing unofficially that the 55tfsi models will be replaced with 45tfsi engines. In which case, the 55tfsi will become a rare beast indeed....
  2. Peter Farrimond

    Ordered a new A7.. and have WLTP delays..

    I specifically chose 20" over the 21" for those reasons! That said, the car I test drove had 21" wheels and it was surprisingly comfortable. I chose the air suspension, comfort and sound pack, double glazed side windows, adaptive wipers, full leather seats and extended leatherette pack.. I would have chosen the heated windscreen too - but for some reason, it's been removed from the options list... Enjoy your car!
  3. Peter Farrimond

    Ordered a new A7.. and have WLTP delays..

    It doesn't - it only affects new cars ordered after the 1st September. So you can still by one off the forecourt (though I'm guessing nearly all will be second hand?) It did cross my mind to buy a 'nearly new' from a forecourt, but you're then limited to the particular specification they have in stock. Also, the finance interest rates seem to be shockingly high compared to buying new... So I'm prepared to wait (for now).
  4. Peter Farrimond

    Ordered a new A7.. and have WLTP delays..

    To add to this... I got the below today from Audi Customer Services:- "Dear Mr Thompson I hope that you are well. You recently contacted us regarding the above order and its current status. It has come to light that the information you have been provided may not have been clear. Production for the Audi A7 Sportback S Line 55 TFSI is expected to commence Week 10 of 2019. This can be changed and is only an indicator of the earliest your vehicle may be built. Your vehicle does not have a confirmed build date and we are not able to confirm one as of yet. I apologise for the confusion and any inconvenience that this may have caused."
  5. Peter Farrimond

    Ordered a new A7.. and have WLTP delays..

    Thanks, Gareth I had an update from Audi Customer Services today - my build week has been allocated as week 10 next year (i.e. 4th March). So longer than I had hoped for (but not surprised to be honest). The bonus is the car will be a '19 plate, and the assumption has to be that the engine has completed the WLTP testing. At least I know the timescales now, even if they change nearer the time. I note your comments about the diesel, but it's the petrol I wanted - I test drove the petrol and it's buttery smooth and refined... Even if it's a lot less economical than the diesel... Regards
  6. Peter Farrimond

    Ordered a new A7.. and have WLTP delays..

    Thanks, Gareth. I'd had similar thoughts to be honest, and I'll just have to wait. I have indeed bought via PCP.. My frustration centers around the lack of information from Audi in terms of WLTP testing.. Any update would be preferable (even the news that delivery is delayed further!), rather than the radio silence at the moment. It's a curious customer service tactic.. Maybe they just don't know themselves! Peter
  7. Peter Farrimond

    Ordered a new A7.. and have WLTP delays..

    Placed an order three weeks ago for a new A7 55 TFSI S-Line (with a few goodies ☺️).. At the time, the dealer told me that the petrol engine was still awaiting WLTP ratification, but the diesels were already through.. I signed the WLTP 'disclaimer' that essentially allows me to claim back my deposit if I'm not happy with the new WLTP emission figures. (Not that anybody who buys a 3 litre petrol is going to have economy high on his or her list of priorities.) Anyway.. The order has appeared on the 'Your Audi' website, but has yet to move on from the Welcome stage. I think I know the answer to this, but has anybody out there got any inside information as to when the 55 TFSI engine will complete the WLTP process? At the time of ordering, the dealer seem to think the delivery date would be January, but could change either to earlier or later. But having the patience of a schoolboy, I need to know more than that! 😀