European adventure

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am


One of the challenges of owning a supercar in Hong Kong is being able to control it in crowded places.

Most luxury car dealers offer their customers basic training in handling potentially volatile vehicles.

Usually at tracks, such courses allow devotees to legally rev-up cars without endangering other road users, and emerge a more confident driver.

The Audi Driving Experience Programme is another form of testing or learning about a luxury car.

The Bavarian marque has offered such courses for more than 30 years and last year ran 700 events for about 20,000 people in 40 countries.

Hong Kong Audi dealers Premium Motors offers a fascinating six-day, five-night Audi R8 Spyder Tuscany Tour, at HK$89,000 per pair, room and car.

Participants get to drive the R8 Spyder convertible with a 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine with petrol direct fuel injection. Capable of 525 horsepower, the convertible churns 530Nm of toque at 6,500rpm and promises 100km/h in 4.1 seconds, and a top speed of 313km/h.

Air fares are extra and a business class return fare to Munich is HK$35,219. The 20-strong, Audi-loving Hong Kong group of '10 pairs' are scheduled to take off from Chek Lap Kok on Lufthansa LH731 at 11.25pm on May 10 and land in Munich 12 hours 15 minutes later.

Lufthansa can also offer participants 5 per cent discount on first-class fares and 10 per cent on business class. Costs include comprehensive insurance, shuttles, fuels and tolls, and participants can drive in more open, more scenic roads than the congestion of Hong Kong, and acquire more driving skills from accompanying marque instructors and Premium Motors representatives.

Audi has organised a full itinerary, beginning with a tour of the marque's excellent museum and fascinating factory in Ingolstadt, 70km north of Munich.

Then the convoy will drive through the Alps to Girlan in Italy's South Tyrol and the Hotel Villa le Maschere at Barberino di Mugello, with side trips to Perugia, and/or Arezzo, Verona and then along the west bank of Lake Garda to Hotel Lefay Resort & Spa Ladi Garda, outside Gargano.

The party then return the R8 Spyders to Telfs-Buchen/Tyrol via the north bank of Lake Garda and Brennero.