Stick around in this business long enough as an automotive writer, and you’ll be privy to some really wonderful driving moments. Great roads and amazing cars have a way of burning into one’s memory banks like few other life experiences. But almost more than the visceral shove of a high-powered engine or a piece of sheetmetal that’s been sculpted just so, the sounds that accompany great automotive experiences get lodged in one’s hippocampus perhaps more than anything else.
In my case, one such recent experience involved being in a convoy of 2014 Audi R8 Coupes and Spyders on a nighttime run in the Tyrollean Alps. While it’s true that I had achieved higher velocities on a racetrack earlier in the trip in a V10 Plus, it was the speedy ascents and descents on that stretch of pitch-dark alpine road that have stuck with me. The sounds of our groupe’s V10s ricocheting off the rock walls and snowpack was, to appropriately employ a criminally overused word, epic.