MUNICH — Audi AG may be riding high on styling success, but in the battle of the midsize luxury segment, Audi's foes — largely BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz — have enjoyed a performance advantage. That, however, is about to change with the help of a V-8 engine for the '00 A6 sedan and station wagon (Avant), both reconfigured to handle the larger powerplant. Audi reached into its technology bag and pulled out a 5-valve-per-cylinder head for the formerly 4-valve 3.7L and 4.2L DOHC V-8s. For ...

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