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Audi B8 A4 Driving Experience at Splugen Pass (Switzerland & Italy

Have you ever felt that you have been called? It is the unexplainable calling from within you. If you try to explain this calling to your families and friends, they will think you have lost it. The Alps that span across Switzerland and Italy are not as colossal as the inspirational but deadly K-2 in Tibet. But once you witness the grandiose view before me, you too will hear that calling from within you...

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I still could not believe what I was seeing even after I had been staring at the spaghetti road draped on an Alps before me for a long time. I was awed by this Photoshoped-like view. I thought the view like this existed only in the land of Harry Potters and Lord of the Ring. I was not hallucinating due to the thin air of the 2,113 meter elevation. I had to make sure that my digital camera was working because I needed a proof that I was here...

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This time, we were equipped with the new 2009 Audi A4 2.0 TDI for this mission. The whopping 258 lbs. ft torque of the diesel engine, available at below 2500 rpm, provided us with such a great ease and fun when we serpentined through hundreds of very tight hairpins of this spaghetti road. The car had the 6-speed manual transmission which made the trip much more fun. I shifted from three to two and trail braked to reduce the momentum of the car as I entered the hairpins. I rarely needed to shift to one to accelerate out the hairpin and climb up the Alps without any hesitation. This legendary Le Mans Audi R10 inspired engine was mysteriously quiet too when it accelerated...

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One hairpin after another, mile after mile dreamy perfection; this road is built to test brake, steering, power, handling, and driving skill. The A4 transferred the road feel into pleasurable tingling sensation up my arms and my spine. Thousands of hours of Grand Turismo experience could not replace the heavenly feeling of driving through this road. If there was a road to eternal bliss, could this be it?...

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