Amazing Audi A4 offers
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.
Audi A4 3.0 Turbo Diesel is an impressive piece of German machinery