Quattro – Into The Desert
The Audi A7 Sportback quattro actually boasts a number of features many urban SUVs don’t offer, not least permanent all-wheel drive. We were thrilled to work alongside John Silcox and John Wycherley in the expedition. Below are quotes, clippings and media from that day.
‘You want to do what?’ gasps our guide, Ara Sahakian, a sand-driving expert and owner of OffRoad-Zone Dubai. As we repeat our mission, his dark eyes widen in disbelief. ‘You must be mad,’ he says. ‘It’s hard enough navigating the sand in a specially modified SUV, let alone at the wheel of something you normally drive to a company board meeting.’
Despite his reservations, we meet Ara early the next day and drive with him out of the city. Skyscrapers are quickly replaced by golden sand. At dawn, we turn off the road, and our guide tells us to let down the tyres. We don’t think much can come out of the low-profile rubber on our car, but Ara insisted we need to drop the pressure from 3 to 0.8 bars.