THE ENGINE ROARED as my father slammed on the accelerator and all 10 cylinders of our R8 Spyder exploded, pushing us further at insane speed. Cars whizzed by as we weaved down a multi-lane highway, giggling with delight. Unlike where we grew up in New York, we were clearly at odds with the cultural norms here, as the Germans around us on the autobahn proceeded in a rigid, predictable order.
AUDI'S FIRST HIGH-PERFORMANCE estate car was the RS 2, its five-cylinder engine boosted to 315 bhp. But then the 80, on which the RS 2 was based, came to the end of its production run. It was some time until a fast version of the A4 was introduced.
YOU’RE ATTACKING THE ROAD. The turbo is singing as you pass through 9,000 feet. 525 curves that include 400 switchbacks are packed into 90 miles of fun. This is not a road for the faint-hearted driver nor passengers with queasy stomachs.
TIM LIFANO, GENERAL MANAGER of Audi Concord, knows my family well. We had purchased an S4 before our first baby came. When Alex was just a few months young, he already visited the showroom and met Tim and his team.
ACCORDING TO NOAH WEBSTER, “Passion: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”. It is unlikely that Noah could have imagined the definition applied to things such as a horseless carriage propelled by a machination burning a combustible liquid discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859, sixteen years after his death.
The Audi Motorsports Experience (AME) held its third racing event for the year at the beautiful Circuit of The Americas track in Austin, Texas. This 3 day event was in conjunction with the World Endurance Championship and the Tudor United Sportscar Championship. Andy Sattler and his crew did another outstanding job of hosting local, National and International Audi Race Fans with first rate hospitality.
DURING THE ‘80s, the most luxurious Audi was the 200 (5000 in the USA). This was a 100, fitted with one of the 5-cylinder engines, and with a specification level which made it superior to the 100.
I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to ride shotgun in one of only sixty-five 1984 ur quattros sold in the U.S. at the Audi Club 30th Anniversary event in Austin Texas. Ecstatic was how I would describe the experience. Audi NSU Auto Union AG built the car in April 1984.
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MANKIND, quality has been important. Our early ancestors realized that certain stones were better to make tools, and some tribesmen were better than others at making those tools. A well-constructed spear was much appreciated when encountering a bear or saber toothed tiger while looking for a new cave.