What is it?
Audi's RS4 Avant, featuring a 4.2-litre V8 engine with 331kW at 8250rpm and 430Nm from 4000 to 6000rpm, four wheel drive and a sports diff.
You'll look like a Remuera worthy until you put your foot down to access neck-wrenching acceleration and a riotous soundtrack that only improves when you lift off to hear the feral cough on the overrun.
Optional adaptive sports suspension's ability; individually adjusted engine, suspension, steering and stability to comfort, normal or sport. We also like the way the outside wheels get more torque to literally drive you round bends.
The $154,000 price - plus the test car's $14,900 of extras. It feels pricey, but still...