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.
Stop for co ee and a rendezvous with a Porsche Macan. Not the Macan Turbo Audi benchmarked: the more a ordable, still ace S.
Another stop, this one unscheduled, caused by Victorian pea-souper. Visibility down to around 10 metres, despite the piercing LED stare.
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.
Grip proves to be no problem. Ride comfort does, though, on passive suspension. Adaptive dampers standard on posher Vorsprung model.
Crisscrossing the moors. Audi noticeably more explosive under load and makes a great noise but Porsche rides and steers better.
Twin-clutch ’box hesitant on multiple-gear downchanges so we try manual shifts. Shame the paddles feel cheap.
Fuel stop. Audi returning around 28mpg so far, Porsche closer to 25. Equal attention at the pumps.
Multimedia messing. Responsive touchscreen very slick but surprising to see AC controlled by old-school rotary dials. Weird combo, but works well.
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.
Scarborough foreshore pops like Vegas strip. Pumped-up RS tries equally hard to grab attention. It works.
Back at Peterborough with a couple of sticks of rock to remind us of Scarborough – and the Audi’s ride.