[s-cars] RS4 test drive, wowieee!!!

RM waves at epix.net
Mon May 15 10:44:07 EDT 2006

I was invited to the Audi ride and drive event in Philadelphia yesterday 
morning, probably due to my wifes 2002 Audi Allroad which was about to run 
out of warranty (trying to sell me a new one eh?) . The deal was i had to 
drive the new Q7 for about 10 minutes (very nice rig) and then i could 
choose to drive up to three other audis through a small, short autocross 
course. The new 3.2 DSG TT was a blast, the A3 DSG also very nice and the 
A8l was suprisingly nimble for the size. But the ride along side Audi's race 
car test driver and ex-rally racer Uhle something-or-other, in the new RS4, 
was the best roller coaster ride i ever had. The autocross course was short, 
but featured a nice straightaway with a sharp 180 at the end. Uhle entered 
the straight at about 35mph and ran it up to about 75 before beginning to 
wiggle the rear end in rally car fashion, only to drift the car around the 
180 with all four wheels with all four spinning and sliding in perfect 
harmony. I've owned and raced Super-Vee's and done some pretty silly stuff 
in them, but this ride gave me goosebumps and taxed my anti-perspirant.
3 laps wasn't enough, but quite a thrill! The whole shebang is off to 
Atlanta for next weekend then, Dallas I hear. May i suggest you contact your 
local dealer or sales rep and see if you cant score a ticket to get in. They 
also had lots of freebies like coffee, beer, food, massages (welcomed after 
a very tense RS4 ride) as well as a real live R8 to touch and feel. Has 
anyone else experienced this?


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