If you are a regular reader of The German Car Blog you have already heard that the new UK smash hit TV series “Ashes to Ashes” is starring an Audi quattro as the daily drive for its main role, DCI Hunt. Well, actor Gene Hunt is playing DCI Hunt in Ashes to Ashes and here are his thoughts about the Audi quattro and the Audi R8. Great read!
I think it was me who suggested the Audi quattro. As a child I would spend hours watching rallying on Saturday mornings and it was always the quattro – usually in red and white or a rather strange orange colour – that would be tearing up the field. Also it would be a lot groovier to drive than the Cortina. Everyone agreed: the Audi quattro would be perfect.
The quattro was well ahead of its time in the 1980s. It was the first mass-produced road car to have four-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine.
There was nothing to touch it and it catapulted Audi from being just another maker of dull German saloons into the desirable car market alongside BMW and Mercedes. And that, as Clarkson might say, brings me neatly to the car under review today: the Audi R8. This is the car that Audi can, with some justification, claim moves it one rung further up the ladder to challenge Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin in the supercar class. With its 4.2 litre V8 engine and ultra-light aluminium chassis it blasts out 414bhp and does 0-62mph in 4.6sec and a top speed of 187mph. It also makes a great noise and looks amazing.
I have never been in a car that turns heads quite like this one. Everybody stares at it. I span it around and took it down to the golf club just to see all the quite rich City boys eye this poncy actor in his R8. I couldn’t help protesting: “But it’s not mine . . . ” – and I know you’re not supposed to say that. I even had a fellow actor saying to me: “I know you’re doing well but I didn’t know you were doing that bloody well.”
Source: Times Online, picture by Fourtitude