Last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to an Audi Drive Day (hosted by Audi Penfold Burwood in Melbourne). The list of cars that we (a group of pilots!!!) rotated through was just amazing including the magnificent R8 (V10) several RS models (the 3, 6 and 7) and various other variants in between.
Words & Photography: Dale Mracek
After driver briefing and a coffee we set out towards Yarra Valley where lunch was planned at the chocolateria. The route was well planned with strategic stops to swap drivers and cars so that everyone got equal time in each car.
First up for me was the pocket rocket RS3! All I can say is wow! The sound and acceleration from this little hatch was unreal. Don’t be fooled by its size!
Being on rotation and a passenger at times was also a good chance for me to get some images on the move and at changeovers.
Not a bad line up (this was our morning coffee stop)
Just before lunch I got to drive the RS6…V8, twin turbo, 445Kw of furry all packed into a family wagon! The acceleration was brutal, the noise was sublime. Say no more, I’m sold and certainly glad I drove it before lunch!
The surprise of the bunch for me was the TTs. While I’ve always admired the shape of the TT they never really drew me in. I have to admit, the 2016 model was super fun to drive and a surprisingly quick little 2 door. That blue is absolutely stunning as well.
But, we were all here for that one drive of that one supercar…the R8! Words can not describe just how incredible this car actually is! Its sleek exterior, huge rear tyres, that rear mounted engine.
Then you step inside and it’s another world! Carbon fibre everywhere, every inch of space used to fit gauges, dials and buttons.
How can you not love the interior
The smile could not be wiped from anyones face after their drive in this magnificent piece of automotive engineering. All I need to do is win the lotto now!!!
Obligatory Video of the R8 in action…apologies for crappy iphone quality!
It was an incredible day and am so thankful for the chance to drive all the amazing vehicles that Audi currently have in production. Many thanks to Audi Penfold Burwood and to Mark, the man behind the scenes who organised this unforgettable day out!