This brings a whole new meaning to the term 'Sunday drive'.
Suburbia is really boring, right? All those identical homes, lived in by identical people, who live identical lives, and drive identical cars. It’s forced conformity to a manufactured ideal.
But have you ever noticed how all those tight, twisty streets and cul-de-sacs in their faked naturalism look exactly like a race track. Or even a rally stage?
Welcome to Allroad, U.S.A., where the streets are paved with gravel and residents go about their Sunday morning errands with the same vigor they would if tackling a stage of the World Rally Championship.
Sadly, it isn’t the work of a gearhead developer; instead, it’s the work of Audi’s advertising agency. This is, in fact, a promo for the 2017 A4 Allroad, the ruggedized version of the German brand’s mid-size wagon.
In North America the A4 Allroad is available with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TFSi turbo motor, serving up 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox - at a cruise, the rear axle is decoupled to save fuel. The 0 to 100 kilometres per hour sprint is dispatched in just 6.1 seconds (0 to 60 miles per hour takes 5.9 seconds).
The Allroad’s styling is toughened up with plastic cladding around the fenders and side sills, while a suspension lift of 34 millimeters and underbody protection endows it with useful rough road ability. Whether or not it’s tough enough to replicate the enormous jump performed in the ad is another matter, though.
Standard equipment includes a panoramic roof, leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, and automatic emergency braking. Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit instrument display and a raft of safety aids are available as options. Prices start at $47,600.
As well as this gasoline engine, European buyers have a choice of five diesel motors, including a 272 hp 3.0-litre V6 unit that fires the A4 Allroad from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 250 km/h.
But enough facts. Because I want to live in Allroad. All it takes is a developer with the guts to make it happen. And it must happen.