Audi proves more than
SIX Audis to drive in one day and each one lived up to what you’d expect in a luxury car.
The A4 allroad quattro was smooth, the S7 Sportback sleek, the A6 3.0 TDI Biturbo suave, the RS 4 Avant surprising, TT RS plus sporty, and the new R8 sexy.
I had the opportunity to test drive each car in various driving conditions – from Sydney’s hectic morning traffic to the winding and sometimes narrow Old Pacific Highway, and the smooth F3.
Audi has enjoyed its eighth consecutive year of growth in Australia and orders are already being held for the new A3 sportback, which is due to be launched in the last quarter of 2013.
After driving the Audis I can see why the German car manufacturer has been doing well in Australia. My favourites included: TT RS Plus
You can tell this car has been made to impress. It’s like a sports star of the roads. After a drive around the Hunter Valley, I drove this car back to Sydney along the F3. It was an exciting drive. When you first step in to the car, the glitz of the interior makes you feel like a movie star but this compact sports coupe stands out for its aweinspiring performance. Its five-cylinder turbo delivers 265kW, sufficient for a top speed of 280km/h.
The 2.5-litre TFSI in the Audi TT RS plus is a highperformance engine, with a history of success. The seven-speed S tronic delivers lightning-fast gearshifts. Against the backdrop of the five-cylinder engine’s characteristic roaring and growling, the TT RS plus sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds. Despite these impressive figures, fuel consumption is exceptionally economical at just 8.5 litres per 100km.
Priced from $139,900. NewAudi R8
This is Audi’s most recent car to be released in Australia. It was launched in March after being overhauled with a new 7-speed S tronic transmission for all models. Each car in its range (V8 and V10 coupe
and Spyder) is sleek and sporty that embody Audi’s full expertise in ultralightweight design.
The aluminium body with the Audi Space Frame (ASF) weighs only 210kg on the Coupe, and 216kg on the Spyder. The R8 V10 plus, available only as a coupe, weighs just 1570kg.
The eight-cylinder engine powering the Audi R8 V8, which I had the pleasure to drive, delivers 316kW and 430Nm of torque, the latter between 4500 and 6000rpm. In combination with the seven-speed S tronic, it accelerates the R8 Coupe´ from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 300km/h. The interior has a luxury-level racing atmosphere. It is spacious and glossy.
The hood is located at the front and the engine is in the rear.
The R8 is the choice of car for Tony Stark in the blockbuster film Iron Man 3.
It is priced from $279,500 for the V8 and from $366,900 for the V10. A4 allroad quattro
Launched in October for the first time in Australia, the A4 allroad quattro is a permanent all-wheel drive perfect for Northern Territory roads, and it retains this A4 model line’s sporty elegance. The A4 can handle any road or trail and it was a smooth and easy drive winding it in and out of Sydney’s traffic during the morning peak.
Once out of Sydney’s hustle and bustle, we got to experience the allroad quattro on a few bends and bumps as we drove towards the Hawkesbury River.
There were no problems there. Cornering was easy and it was even a pleasure driving on unpaved surfaces.
Naturally, the A4 allroad quattro features all the technologies the A4 model line is renowned for: a powerful and highly energy-efficient engine, the dual-clutch S tronic transmission, and of course, quattro all-wheeldrive technology.
Its competitors include the Range Rover Evoque.
It is priced from $69,900. S7 Sportback
This car was pure comfort. It felt sleek and sophisticated and you could really just sit back and relax and enjoy the ride.
Not only is the car comfortable, but it is quiet.
It starts with the ground- breaking new technology used by Audi in the all-new 4.0 TFSI biturbo V8 engine, the cylinder-on-demand (CoD) system, which switches off four of the eight cylinders in many driving situations, improving overall efficiency.
As a result, the S7 Sportback consumes just 9.6 litres per 100km. But here’s where it becomes more interesting – to counter any unwanted acoustics that CoD may encourage, active engine mounts offset second-order engine vibrations which occur in four-cylinder mode by generating phase-shifted counter-vibrations.
Whenever the new Active Noise Control system recognises unwanted noises through tiny microphones hidden in the vehicle’s headlining, it emits a precisely modulated cancellation sound via the sound system’s loudspeakers.
It counteracts the noise so effectively that passengers will not hear it and works even when the sound system’s volume is low, muted or switched off, allowing a quiet country drive.
The S7 sportback is a limited edition, with only 50 available for sale in Australia due to global demand.
It is priced from $179,900.
The Audi R8 TT RS Plus stands out for its awe-inspiring performance
Audi R8 V10 Plus has its super-powerful, throaty engine in the rear
... the outside gives the impression of Hollywood glitz
The interior of the Audi TT RS is fit for a movie star ...