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0 MILES

Early start. It’s pitch black but we’ve got £850’s worth of LED ma­trix head­lights – and an il­lu­mi­nated Qu­at­tro badge on the dash.

35 MILES

Stop for co ee and a ren­dezvous with a Porsche Ma­can. Not the Ma­can Turbo Audi bench­marked: the more a ord­able, still ace S.

66 MILES

An­other stop, this one un­sched­uled, caused by Vic­to­rian pea-souper. Vis­i­bil­ity down to around 10 me­tres, de­spite the pierc­ing LED stare.

80 MILES

Fog lifts just as we reach the moors. Per­fect tim­ing. Now time to see what the 20-inch sum­mer-spec Con­tis can do in win­ter-tyre weather.

81 MILES

Grip proves to be no prob­lem. Ride com­fort does, though, on pas­sive sus­pen­sion. Adap­tive dampers stan­dard on posher Vor­sprung model.

102 MILES

Criss­cross­ing the moors. Audi no­tice­ably more ex­plo­sive un­der load and makes a great noise but Porsche rides and steers bet­ter.

105 MILES

Twin-clutch ’box hes­i­tant on mul­ti­ple-gear down­changes so we try man­ual shifts. Shame the pad­dles feel cheap.

129 MILES

Fuel stop. Audi re­turn­ing around 28mpg so far, Porsche closer to 25. Equal at­ten­tion at the pumps.

147 MILES

Mul­ti­me­dia mess­ing. Re­spon­sive touch­screen very slick but sur­pris­ing to see AC con­trolled by old-school ro­tary dials. Weird combo, but works well.

152 MILES

Roll into Scar­bor­ough. Once grand South Bay Pool long gone, but Grand Ho­tel still tow­ers over the beach. Ar­cades just about out-glitz Audi’s LEDs and Dy­namic in­di­ca­tors.

155 MILES

Scar­bor­ough fore­shore pops like Ve­gas strip. Pumped-up RS tries equally hard to grab at­ten­tion. It works.

300 MILES

Back at Peter­bor­ough with a cou­ple of sticks of rock to re­mind us of Scar­bor­ough – and the Audi’s ride.

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