We were still taking pictures after the museum tour when Chris told us it was time to go outside. It was 3:15pm and we were about to take delivery of our wheels for the next few days, an RS4 Avant that they had thoughtfully selected for us.
The car had the black optics package (I confirmed that the Titanium wheels are a separate option from the black optics as you can see from the car), ceramic brakes, Audi Exclusive interior, Dunlop Wintersport 3D's (winter time in Europe requires winter tires) and all the other standard European goodies. I was told not to stay at 270kph (168mph) for more then 30 minutes or the tire could explode, but this didn’t seem like much of an issue.
Since we have an RS4 sedan at home we didn't really need an introduction. The nice part was that Audi had already programmed all of our destinations (including a cell phone store that we requested when we arrived at the Forum). The only thing we did was to pop in our SD cards and we were on our way. The seats were amazing - and very comfortable once finally in them - but were extremely hard to get in and out of in general. I mean hard. The thigh supports are rock hard and are a little painful for everyday use. Still, I was busy talking my wife into getting them for our car back home as we started our drive to the first destination, Willibaldsburg Castle.
As advertised there were a plethora of “Twists and Turns” on the roads to each destination and we had a lot of fun playing with the RS4 in another country and on roads where we didn't have to think about a possible pot hole coming out of nowhere.
While we were on our way to the second destination, Liberation Hall (Befreiungshalle), we saw our very first R8 in person (and the only one of the trip). As many have said pictures do not do this car any justice. We thought we would hate it in red, but loved it.
After a day of fun driving we filled the car with 100 RON (they told us 98 or higher only), headed back to the hotel and got some rest for our next day drive to Switzerland.
The next morning we woke up really early and were quickly on our way. We were looking forward to this drive (around 3 hours) because it would be our first drive on the Autobahn in the RS4. Our initial route would give us ample time on the world’s best roads because it was basically Autobahn the entire way. While on it we hit a max speed of 280kph (174mph) for just a second and would hit 270kph (168mph) very often (but didn't stay there long taking the advice from Audi). For most of the Autobahn, where the law permitted, we were at 220kph (143mph), with 5 minute runs between 240kph (149mph) and 250kph (155mph). So, even though they tell you that the car has a top limit of 250kph it clearly does not.
Zurich was very nice, but we were not looking to do the city thing and instead wanted to get on the road and head towards the Alps. We plotted our route, always choosing the longest / least use of highways option, to a town called Wildhouse which was in the area of Toggenburg. The roads on the way there were amazing and actually better then the roads the navigation had picked out for the Twists and Turns package. During this part of the drive the seats started bothering my thighs a lot and I started having doubts about wanting them back home.
Unfortunately when we got to where the navigation was going, we realized it wasn't where we actually wanted to be since we were hoping to be close to some mountains. Instantly we plotted a new route to the area of Glarus. We had read that Glarus was “an isolated and mountainous region lying between the Walensee and the Klausen Pass”. It sounded like exactly what we were looking for so we plotted a route on the navigation.
Twisties were again an integral part of the drive and we shot some gorgeous photos while fueling (again 100 RON). It was amazing being so close to the mountains! While we were in Switzerland we had to get some chocolate and we found a shop in Glarus. After that it was time to head back to the hotel for dinner and a good night sleep. I was really suffering from sitting in those seats for so long, but was still telling myself it wasn't that bad and asking how often I would spend so much time straight in the car.
The next morning we plotted our route towards the Black Forest. We made sure to stay on the eastern side of the forest because we knew we needed to get back to the Audi Forum by 5pm (really 6:30, but I had to pick up the Europcar rental before then). We drove many more fun and twisty roads and then headed back to Ingolstadt. On our way back we encountered our first and only RS4, other then the one we were in. We had some fun hitting speeds above 250kph against this Sprint Blue RS4.
When we got back to the Audi Forum we had been on the road for over 6 hours and we emphatically decided that we DID NOT want these seats. I was in more pain then she was, but this might all have to do with my relative larger size than my wife. The seats look amazing, but I would rather keep my airbags and money and not be in pain on long drives.
When we returned to the Audi Forum we came across another gentleman getting into his RS4 Avant for his own Audi Driver’s Day. This RS4 Avant was a very special grey color from Audi exclusive. Unfortunately we did not note the exact color, but it was a flat grey. This car was otherwise identical to ours with one other exception: no speed limiter. We didn't know we could request that, but this guy must have. Audi told me the car could do 300kph (186mph). Wow.
Next it was into an A6 taxi for the trip to Europcar. Audi donates vehicles to the cab companies; they even have a W12 taxi. This time Europcar got it right and gave me the keys to an A3 2.0 TDI. We drove back to Frankfurt for our flight the next morning.
That was the end of our journey, although we captured a ton of great photos.
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