I first saw the car in Paris when I was there for work in summer of 1998, a pre-production example sitting out on a bridge for PR purposes. I was smitten, but it was not even close to fitting into my young family’s budget. A year or so later, my brother bought an early US-market import (a 1999?), which I got to ride in and drive on freeways around Detroit. The AWD was awesome for winter and the car was so engaging to drive: like an earlier Porsche, but glued to the road. However, with both of us over 6’, we found it cramped — and after his twins arrived, well, Car City suddenly became Minivan City... and I never bought one myself, after a bad experience with an Audi in the early 2000s, and growing teenagers to move around. Ah well.
Agree @hyperv6 .
In short….the Ferrari you spend 2 hours fixing something for every hour driving.
The Audi you pull into your garage after a 3 hour drive…then go inside and have lunch.