Being divided into batches usually means one of two things: a classroom session or a visit to a cleared parking lot lined with cones before actually tasting the racetrack. This time it was the former followed by the latter, where we had some behemoths with four wheels, more or less 600 horses, and four-wheel drive, as well as permission to tap that “ESC OFF” button; after a quick sighting lap, of course. On to the timed runs and there I was in the RS 7 performance — a car that’s proved to be just as fun in the wet as it is in the dry. Powering off towards the cones meant a jab on the brakes and a sharp turn in, back on the throttle, turn in sharply, more throttle, slide the rear out, catch it, back on the gas hard and into the box braking hard to a standstill. A time of 24.3 seconds. Right.
On to the RS 6, my favourite business suite with a storage room that’s also mighty fast. Make that mighty and fast. Sliding may look dramatic and capture mobile phone flashes, but not sliding makes for a quicker time. And, after getting the big red box into the orange cone box, 20.3 on the clock reinforced that truth. And this had the same big blown 4.0 V8 with 560 horses — 45 less than the RS 7 performance — and quattro all-wheel drive.