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Audi RS4 spotted!

I just did something really stupid, I was on the phone to Sanna looking out the kitchen window of our apartment when I saw a Blue Audi RS4 outside at the lights. I couldn’t believe it we’ve never seen the same car in the same colour before, i was saying to Sanna “guess what I just spotted outside, another Blue Audi RS4, a wagon like ours, what’s the luck in that!”

It was Sanna in the car on the phone to me, what a dumbass Smile


Watch out family ‘Kraut Wagon’ on the track

The fastest and possibly ‘coolest’ wagon in the world ready for its virgin track outing

The fastest and possibly ‘coolest’ wagon in the world ready for its virgin track outing

I said I would take the RS4 family wagon or ‘Kraut Wagon’ as mines been nicknamed by the guys in the Lotus club, on the racetrack once to see how it goes, it was real fun and what a car.

I’m glad I went, it was good fun, Me and Ben in his Lotus Elise had a great battle over 10 laps swapping places on the last session of the day in complete darkness. Amazing the power on the straights, I was able to pull away from even the supercharged Lotus’s over 100kph.

The ‘Kraut Wagon’ as nicknamed by the guys in the Lotus Club

The ‘Kraut Wagon’ as nicknamed by the guys in the Lotus Club

So much fun to drive, I was literally trying to get the car out of control to induce a slide, then turning the front wheels where I wanted to go and flooring the accelerator and the all wheel drive Quattro system sorted it all out, amazing, clever, faultless. I’m now aware how safe a car handling wise it is on the road and have a massive respect for how something so big and heavy can change direction and accelerate so well.

One of my highlights of the evening was watching on TV ‘My Kitchen Rules’ at 200 kph on Eastern Creeks main straight 🙂

Red Hot brakes proving I was using them well, yee har

Red Hot brakes proving I was using them well, yee har

Nothing beats a Lotus for shear fun on the track though (apart from Barry’s top machine) for maximum fun and involvement.

Wagons had its fun, its back to cruising the Sydney streets at 20 kph on the urban crawl at the hands of Sanna.

P.S if your wondering what the hell I’m on about ‘Wagons’ that’s what Aussies called ‘Estates’ over here.

Buying a Audi RS4 – Melbourne to Sydney Road Trip with Brendon

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I did something sensible with cars for a change, I actually had a hard think about what I’m going to need to do in the coming years with the business and my cars. I realised that I need a practical car to shift stock and other items around in case of an emergency when suppliers cant deliver and I’m sure all other kinds of reasons.

Its for this reason an estate car or station wagon or ‘wagon’ for short in the Australian dictionary was invented. Now when you think along the lines of wagons (estates) for the petrol head there’s some good Subaru’s, some really good VW’s especially the R36 and then for the real petrol head there’s the BWM M3/M5 touring and in the other stable the Audi RS4 & RS6.

Now the RS6 is as rare as hens teeth and costs around $300,000 on the road for a used one in Australia, so its in the kind of ‘don’t go there’ territory of just the filthy rich. The RS4 though, much more affordable on the used car market at just under half the cost and is still rare enough but it is one if those ‘sleeper’ cars where only people who seem to watch Top Gear know what a monster of a car it is. It also has the added bonus of whenever a BMW M3 owner pulls up next to you, they realise the other person bought the ‘cooler’ car out of the 2.

So, living in the city I don’t have the space for 3 cars and so my lovely Exige S which I only just bought 5 months ago has to go to a new home. I hope to return to a Lotus again one day in the future, they have to be the most fun cars I’ve ever had the pleasure to own.

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Yay Mark you made the right choice!

Back to the RS4. I found this Sprint Blue RS4 ‘Avant’ as the wagon (estate) is called after having my eye out for one in the classifieds for over a year. One didn’t come up in Sprint Blue for all that time in watching, so as soon as this one came up for sale in Melbourne I jumped on it and had to negotiate between me and another person bidding for it in a day.

The price was agreed and we booked the flight to Melbourne, we, yes Brendon came with me on the trip just like he did with the Exige 6 months earlier.

The thought process of buying the RS4 was very different from buying the Exige. With the Exige I was agonising over trying to find the right spec, year, condition and options and I was never really 100% happy with Black. With the RS4, I knew I wanted a Blue Avant and as soon as I saw one available on the market and knowing how rare they are I just went for it, it somehow felt so right to buy the car, no second thoughts through any of it, it just felt right from beginning to end.

We arrived in Melbourne and did the usual quick test drive and money transfers at the bank and by lunchtime we were North of Melbourne and heading into the beautiful countryside of Northern Victoria.


A view at one of Northern Victorias large lakes for a quick rest stop


The RS4 looks great from its side profile with its big 19” alloy
wheels all round hiding the massive brakes.

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Brendon seeing if the car will float in the lake


The interior of the RS4 is a premium leather glad techno
persons heaven with all its gadgets

We drove though the afternoon through really damp weather but it did prove how well the car can drive quick though slippery road conditions thanks to the clever Audi Quattro 4wd. We made it up through the snaking twisty mountain roads higher and higher until a ‘check engine oil level’ warning message came on the screen, better get oil in the morning!

Just before Thredbo our destination in the snowy mountains, we came across snow on the road and the car started to slide, I panicked and nudged the brakes a bit and the stability control fixed us all up and brought us bad to grip again, excellent.

We stayed the night at the Red Bank lodge again like last time in the Exige. In the morning we had a quick walk on the slopes to remind ourselves what snow is like again as we haven’t seen it in ages it felt. Brendon hadn’t seen snow in 10 years he reckoned, that’s going to seem really strange if your reading this from a cold country somewhere in the world.

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Snow in in an Australian ski resort

In the morning we put in just over a litre of the good Black stuff and the ‘low
engine oil’ warning went away and the car was happy again.

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My first bit of maintenance for the car on route to the snowy mountains

Back on the road we crossed  the border into NSW and the weather started getting warmer as we headed North towards Sydney. We pulled over for a short break and to look at the big wind turbines in the distance, Brendon got a bit excited and started doing star jumps:

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Where we pulled over it was a bit muddy and it turned into a test of the 4WD system to see how it copes with muddy terrain. Well it passed with flying colours and gave the car a new paint style too:


New flicked mud paint style


The car looks great from the front,
especially with the new flicked mud paint style

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Topping up the Audi with some Mother energy drink, its a secret
but this is where the RS4 gets all its extra power from Winking smile

Most impressive thing from driving the car some distance are the carbon ceramic brakes followed by ‘that’ engine from the R8. Even from cold the brakes bite so hard, a run down Macquarie pass (a local steep downhill road) proves that when hot they don’t alter their performance, they are much lighter and last 4 times longer than the steel items, amazing technology.

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Audi’s carbon ceramic brakes as found as an option on the
RS4, the R8 & the Lamborghini Gallardo & Murcielago

After a long drive of just over 1100km’s we had done the Melbourne to Sydney via the snowy mountains trip again. One thing is for sure, in a Audi with cruise control it goes  a lot quicker than in a Exige S with a engine buzzing away right up behind your head. It was time to give the car a wash after the long 2 day drive and the tuck it up in its new home in Sydney.

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The car has already proved to be more useful than the Exige in a few ways, one example was at one of Sanna’s touch series games, I did a bit of video editing and DVD burning in the boot making my own  little portable video editing suite, very geeky but cool.


Here is the full video story of the trip on YouTube:

Buying a Audi RS4 – Melbourne to Sydney Road Trip with Brendon

3 more car reviews experienced

Well I’ve been busy the last couple of months on the weekends reviewing more cars for the website as a part-time job/ bit of a hobby. I was lucky to experience 2 more supercars over a few days and also we published my review of the Alfa Romeo Brera from last summer.

Click on each image below to open the full review and a gallery of the cars.




Also on the same subject, Sanna and I just came back from a trip to Melbourne and the great ocean road where I bundled in 4 days with the very much talked about and truly amazing Audi R8.

The full review and the photo shoot results are being worked on now but they will soon be published to website in the next few weeks and I’ll provide a link to it from here I’m sure.

For now, take care all x x


The all new A4 range launch

“It is bulging with top-of-the-line features and options including Audi drive select, daytime running lights and adaptive cruise control. It is dynamic and precise to drive and boasts powerful engines with systematic reductions in fuel consumption.”

Says it all really, should we need to know anything else? No come on let’s get stuck in! 

The all new Audi A4 was officially launched in Australia on Friday 2nd May 2008 and the Audi marketing department has stepped into rocket stations ready mode once again a new model is here! The new Audi A4 was launched this week with a star studded welcome at a secret location called “A4 Central” on Hickson road in Sydney. Audi Ambassador Jennifer Hawkins (well tats what Audi says) was on hand to unveil the launch of Audi’s latest bread earner car the A4.


Here comes the new stary eyed A4

Some 8.5 million A4’s have been sold since it went into production – now compared to your average Japanese car manufacture like the currently unstoppable ‘Toy-mo-ta’ brand this may not seem like incredible figures but this is a prestige brand after all being bought by the middle to upper class market so it’s not a figure to scoff at by any means.

Now I’ve been scouring the design sheets for this newly rejuvenated A4 series and it really does mark an improvement in both the technical and visual areas. Let’s look at what builds this car to be the latest improvement on what some would say already is a hard car to improve on.

OK so technological features, we have the new Audi Drive Select system which is a variable suspension softness setup allowing you to choose from  Comfort, Auto or ‘Dynamic suspension settings, the last being the M-sport BMW setting then hmmm.


Subtle but neat design changes over the previous design shape 

The new ‘Drive assist’ system that has adaptive cruise control when set to ON simular to the Mercedes system where using bumper located radar it intelligently slows the car cruise controlling into the back of the next car in front of you, this could be as the car in front slam’s on the brakes to take that late exit to a McDonalds.

The next trump card from the new models line-up is the new engine configurations with the modern ‘direct fuel common rail injection’ technology being utilised across most of the engine options which are: 

·         1.8 TFSI manual or multitronic
0-100km/h 8.6 sec

·         2.0 TDI multitronic
105 kW
0-100km/h 9.4 sec

·         3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic
140 kW
0-100km/h 7.7 sec

·         2.7-litre TDI multitronic (to follow in mid 2008) 1
95 kW
0-100km/h 6.4 sec

The last new item is a Bang & Olufsen designed ‘too many to count’ speaker system with all kinds of tweeter speakers all over the car, coupled with a clever outside noise cancelling system it should deliver hi-fi quality interior sound as you cruse to your next destination. Oh did I mention keyless entry and the option of Xenon’s across the board, this new A4 has packed in the lot.


Interior designed to the usual BMW beating Audi quality

For the exterior it’s kind of a similar upgrade, the classy but understated German look, just a little more refined and teased out in places, the most noticeable addition is the LED day lights that seem to be popping up all over the Audi range now, borrowing from the recent Audi R8 and A5’s LED look with the ‘look at me coming’ daytime lights.

Pricing is dependant on engine and transmission type with the semi-auto Tiptronic system being the most costly:


Engine & powertrain pricing (AUD)

Final thought, now the new A4 series is out, it can’t be long for the new A4 S and A4 RS models to be released *rubs hands together* exciting times are ahead for the A4 range 🙂