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    Driving in Singapore - Audi A5 3.0 TDI

    Demsey Hill was once an army base. Now, many one-story white wooden buildings with red wavy clay roof tiles are housing chic and trendy restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and boutiques. This is now a lifestyle hangout where you can find Balinese and Burmese teak furniture, European painting, Italian espresso, American breakfast, and Asian designer clothing. The founding team members of Audi Club Singapore suggested this place to meet...

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    The temperature today is 82 Fahrenheit and humid. We sit outdoor at Olio Dome Asia-meet-West fusion restaurant. Just in front of the restaurant, our Audis - A4, A5, RS6, TTR - are parked in a military formation. The number of highways in this 270 square-mile island country is small and the speed limit is fully enforced by speed cameras and police force in Subaru WRX's. So, Audi Club Singapore organizes track events and social driving vacations to the neighboring country, Malaysia. Social gatherings are held frequently at different venues around town. Additionally, the club organizes European driving vacations and Audi factory tours. Over tropical drinks and fusion appetizers, we exchange our Audi driving experiences. It is a perfect way to complement our 3 day Singapore exploration by car...

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    Singapore traffic is heavily congested during commute hours. To discourage drivers from driving into congested areas, Singapore government deployed an automatic variable toll system. Cars in Singapore are equipped with standardized wireless toll collectors. Depending on the hour of day, money is deducted from the account linked to the transponder in a car at different rates as the car travels through heavily congested areas. To avoid traffics as much as we can, my friend and I set out at nights and at dawns to enjoy Audi A5 3.0 TDI S-line.Style is the epitome of Orchard Road. Audi A5 with its curvy side lines, bold front grill, and racing inspired bumpers fits this surrounding perfectly. The A5's dynamic exterior shape, accentuated by the alluring front and back LED's, catches the attention of the fashion-crazed people walking on this road. The longer wheelbase and wide track design of A5 radiates the stance of an Olympic Gold medalist...

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    The A5 interior cabin is not just a luxurious and comfortable passenger space, but it is also an efficient interface between the driver and the machine. The ergonomic design and functionality, materials' exceptional quality, and craftsmanship support various driving experiences that A5 is designed for. The accessibility of various controls, the tactile response of the buttons, and the shape of the instruments are designed such that the machine fits the driver, not the other way around. All of these heighten the driving experience that is unique to Audi...

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    Temporary barriers were constructed along the five kilometers of city streets to make up the F-1 circuit. Over 1500 light projectors were used to turn night into day on the track, providing clear views for the drivers and over 100,000 spectators. The route went across the man-made harbor and then went back into the city entertainment district. Like Monte Carlo, the Singapore circuit had many 90 degree turns and a few long stretches with top speed of 300 km/h. The F-1 drivers had to slow down to about 100 km/h at the Fullerton corner and then they accelerated out towards top speed again. The smells of burning brake pads and tires, the sound of revving engines, and the sight of dueling drivers seen from the Sky Lounge balcony accentuated the Audi event...

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    At sundown, Smith Street is closed and hawker stalls spring to life. This is the best place to find local flavors in a historic ambience. Navigating through the pedestrian-packed narrow streets of Chinatown is not an easy task. Thankfully at appropriate times, the A5 proximity system switches the MMI display to show how close the different corners of the car are with the surrounding objects. In addition to visual cues, the proximity system produces beeping sound at the specific speaker in the car to represent the location of the obstacle. Additionally, The A5 front sports suspension, steering, and front axle are mounted ahead of the engine. This setup improves steering response with better turn-in characteristics and cornering performance, hence it allows me to turn with confidence through these very narrow streets...

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    As the road opens, we get a taste of the beast under the hood. Previously, in the crowded urban jungle traffic, we experienced the benefits of having the fuel efficient TDI engine. This diesel engine only sips 7.1 liters / 100 kms (about 33 mpg) during our city driving. On this highway, we experience the 237 bhp and 369 lb ft torque available from 1,500 rpm. As soon as the turbo kicks in, our backs are pressed firmly against the sport bucket leather seats. And the car picks up speed rapidly; too rapid for Singaporean highways (0 - 100 km/h in 5.9 secs).Thanks to the large dimension brakes that are designed to match the car's hair raising acceleration, I can slow the car down quickly as I am approaching a wall of traffic. A clever program automatically modulates the braking, and the kinematics of the new rear suspension minimizes the braking dive effect...

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    great pics and write up. Do you just travel over the whole globe with your car??!!
    A3 2.0TFSI quattro Sportback Lava Grey | | GIAC K03 Extreme Map | Autotech HPFP | RS4 Fuel Regulator | Neuspeed P-Flo | BSH PCV Fix | MV Sport DP | S3 Intake Cam | 285 BHP & 320 lb Ft Torque
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    Andreas they are superb photos,thank you very much

 

 

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