In pursuit of speed
Travelling up a road like the Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales in a new Audi A4 Avant 3.0 TDI V6 quattro S-Line is as smooth as any other road, the only hint of the steep terrain being the angle of the bonnet, or the barely perceptible eight-speed tiptronic transmission selecting a lower gear. This leaves you free to enjoy the scenery, but if you really want to feel the ups and downs, the only way to travel is by bicycle.
While running and walking may provide the best feel for the road’s nuances, the dramatic speed changes of uphill and downhill can only be felt on two wheels; from standing as the road climbs skywards, the whole of your body helping your legs propel you forward, to the almost instantaneous relief as you tip downhill and the wind rushes around your ears.
The final wall up to the top of the hill is an impressive sight from either car or bike, made famous by the visit from the Tour de France in 2014. Then, the hills were packed with cheering crowds and car horns filled the air as they went by, now only the clear sky and a few sheep break the silence. The A4 Avant slips smoothly by, the purr of the engine added to the countryside ambience, and continues on, unperturbed.
Explore the new Audi A4 Avant 3.0 TDI V6 quattro S-Line at Jardine Motors Audi Today, and begin your own adventure.