Amaz­ing Audi A4 of­fers

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By GARRY SCHUT

RE­MEM­BER Sta­lag 13 and Colonel Ho­gan in the epony­mous se­ries Ho­gan’sHeroes?

Then you’ll also re­call the inim­itable Sergeant Schultz played by the late great John Ban­ner with his fa­mous catch cry — ‘‘I know nahz­ing Ho­gan, nahz­ing’’.

Well, if he’d driven this ve­hi­cle he’d bloody well know a thing or two, like how thor­oughly im­pres­sive, com­fort­able and silky smooth the over­all drive and feel of this won­der­ful piece of ma­chin­ery truly is.

The Ger­mans must surely be gaily ca­vort­ing and loudly pro­claim­ing this ve­hi­cle’s virtue all up and down the Rhine.

How­ever, know­ing them, it will no doubt be very low key — they’ll sim­ply let the re­mark­able qual­ity of their en­gi­neer­ing do all the ‘‘talk­ing’’.

Th­ese ve­hi­cles are de­signed pri­mar­ily with the open speed lim­its of the Au­to­bahn in mind and this was put firmly to the test on the straight at Hid­den Val­ley race­track.

The gauge was on the 160km/h be­fore I knew it and yet the en­gine was barely strain­ing and hardly au­di­ble as well as be­ing un­der 3000rpm!

At that speed it ‘‘sits’’ on the track like it is be­ing held down and steady by a gi­ant mag­net.

It brought back mem­o­ries of driv­ing on the won­der­ful Au­to­bahn to Berlin, many moons ago with friends, to see Roger Wa­ters per­form his con­cert The Wall, live in Pots­dammer­platz — the old no-mans land be­tween East and West.

The wall had only just come down some months ear­lier — we were cruis­ing through the sun-drenched coun­try­side in my Citroen CX at a very re­spectable 165-170km/h be­fore I was mo­men­tar­ily dis­tracted by head­lights flash­ing in the

rear-view mir­ror and lit­er­ally an in­stant later shaken out of my driv­ing reverie by the clear, short-lived whoosh of an Audi, fly­ing past at what seemed to be the speed of sound and to then watch it un­be­liev­ably dis­ap­pear dis­pro­por­tion­ately fast over the dis­tant hori­zon, al­most as if you were stand­ing still.

While I’m at it and rev­el­ling in mem­o­ries of open speed lim­its, why did they can­cel the open speed limit in the Ter­ri­tory?

Time for that to be re­vis­ited and changed back to the way it was — the en­tire PC clap­trap and stats they trot out to jus­tify a speed limit, as well as pres­sure from in­sti­tu­tions such as the Pedes­trian Coun­cil of Aus­tralia, make me silently bris­tle.

How many bloody pedes­tri­ans are there on the Stu­art High­way at any given time any­way?

Any­how, once again am di­gress­ing . . .

This ve­hi­cle de­liv­ers com­fort in spades — won’t even try to ex­plain all the sen­sa­tions that driv­ing this car evokes but suf­fice to say you’d fast run out of su­perla­tives try­ing to de­scribe it ad­e­quately.

It’s a car that is, sim­ply put, as safe as houses — it comes re­plete with numer­ous safety features in­clud­ing cruise con­trol (nat­u­rally), eight airbags in­clud­ing side guard, Elec­tronic Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Pro­gram (ESP), and the steer­ing wheel can be tilted and tele­scop­i­cally ad­justed.

It’s com­fort­able, quiet, solid and most de­pend­able — in short it does ev­ery­thing it was de­signed to do ex­cep­tion­ally well.

It has plenty of get up and go and ac­cel­er­ates away to 100km/h in just un­der seven quick sec­onds.

Three words to sum­marise: Sheer driv­ing plea­sure.

This ve­hi­cle is avail­able from the Audi Cen­tre at Ber­rimah, so call in there to see Chris, who is most knowl­edge­able about the finer points of th­ese beau­ti­fully de­signed machines.

He would be more than happy to pro­vide you with fur­ther guid­ance and par­tic­u­lars on this car.

The ve­hi­cle I drove is the A4 3.0 TDI Mul­titronic — the turbo charged V6 one, with black leather trim (nice!) and is avail­able for $82,301 drive­away.

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Pic­tures: ELISE DER­WIN

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