Hammond drives the icons: Audi Quattro
Richard fires up Ingolstadt's legendary turbo mentalist...
Posted: 15 Aug 2012
There's really no bull with the Audi, no sense of it being designed as much for bar-room bragging rights as for genuine ability. It absolutely is what it always promised to be, nothing more and nothing less. The Martin Smith-designed wheel arches still look like they're struggling to contain the car's muscles beneath their taut flares, and they are. It sounds glorious too: an uncomplicated, mechanical bellow - no self-conscious audio enhancements here.
This is my first proper drive in one, and it feels like I'd fall apart before the car ever would, whatever we try and get up to out on the track. It feels, in fact, like the rally car it really is. I'd love to be able to use such a device to the limit of its capabilities. The reality of it is, I'm very unlikely ever to manage that. It is, simply, better than me.