The new seduction

With its three-mode drive select system, getting behind the wheels of the Audi A4 3.2 Quattro will give you an adrenaline rush like no other. Blaze the roads in this beauty and fall in love all over again.

Vikrant Singh | Print Edition: November 2, 2008

Audi A4 3.2 Quattro
Audi A4 3.2 Quattro
I sometimes feel sorry for those big guys—the men who are so busy making money and thinking up strategies about how to rake in even more, that they hardly ever get to enjoy their dough. Of course, they go for holidays to exotic places offering the best food and wine, but then, it’s like being in the office again—people at your beck and call, everything so well-orchestrated. It’s stifling. What they really want is to be natural and impulsive, to just live it up without planning centuries ahead.

The drive select system
The drive select system
Well, there’s good news—there’s a new seduction in town, one only the well-heeled can date. This charming beauty boasts an athletic and curvy body and purrs when turned on. I’m talking about the new Audi A4, 3.2 Quattro. A 3.2 litre V6 petrol engine that produces over 260 bhp of power. That means, with the throttle mashed to the floor, it will get you to 100 kmph from a standstill in barely seven seconds. If you keep at it, you’ll soon get to the blurry side of 250 kmph. However, the seduction isn’t in the figures, but in the way she moves. To begin with, the Audi A4 is very accommodating. So, you can simply get inside and start having fun without worrying about getting to know each other. Everything you ever need on the move falls easily to hand, and intuitively as well.

Moreover, she has a special quality about her, one that ensures things never get monotonous. In fact, the Audi A4 is like three different cars in one. And she manages that with Audi’s Drive Select System. The system has three modes —comfort, auto and dynamic, and depending on the choice you make, the car’s behaviour changes accordingly, and quite perceptibly.

So, in comfort, she indulges you, taking things slowly and cosseting you while letting you revel in the scenery. Push to dynamic, and the pace increases furiously. The car’s throttle responses become lightning quick, as does the steering. The car also shifts gears at a higher rpm, allowing you to extract even more in every gear. The suspension stiffens as well, allowing you to carry more speed around corners with increased feel and control. It almost feels like a sports car, and one you simply can’t get enough of. The A4 3.2 Quattro will probably keep the missus happy with its four doors, a big boot and can seat a family in comfort. But it is a musthave for those looking for some excitement in life.

Specifications engine 3.2-litre, V6, direct injection, petrol
Gearbox 6-speed auto
Max power 265 bhp
Max torque 330 Nm 0-100 KMPH 7.3 seconds
Top speed 250 kmph
Price Rs 48 lakh (OTR*, DELHI)

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