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Last week, we received an invitation to test-drive the latest Audi A3 Sportback Car at the F1 Pit Lane and it was held as part of Audi Singapore’s annual premier fashion event, the Audi Fashion Festival Singapore. To mark the 5th anniversary milestone of the Audi Fashion Festival Singapore, the festival is held at the Marina Promenade with a new waterfront location against the backdrop of Singapore’s skyline and a bigger tent that targets to attract more than 20,000 visitors.
The new Audi A3 Sportback Car! By the way, the backdrop that you see in the background is designed by LASALLE Students

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From featuring the world’s most revered designers and International top models to red carpet fashion galas and glamorous after-parties, the Audi Fashion Festival Singapore is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board and is highlighted as the biggest fashion event of the year.

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Themed “Crafting the Future”, this year’s festival will feature 5 days of shows featuring a mix of emerging and established top-class names from the international world of fashion including Carolina Herrera, Hussein Chalayan, Peter Pilotto, Tsumori Chisato, Collette Dinnigan, RAOUL, Ashley Isham, Zardoze, Jun Okamoto and Ong Shunmugam.

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Audi A3 Sportback

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Quoting from Audi Singapore’s Website, the cost of the new Audi A3 Sportback starts from $168,910 for the 1.4 TFSI S-tronic Model and its design is a statement for poise and vast energy. You would have notice from the photograph that the new Audi A3 Sportback sports a flatter, more masculine, and more dynamic appearance thanks to its distinctive tornado lines, roof contour, and integrated roof-edge spoiler. Available in more than 10 colours, the Audi A3 Sportback is definitely a car that YOU MUST CONSIDER, especially if you are looking for a futuristic, innovative, and fuel-efficient sporty car!

Before we move on to share with you the technical details of the new Audi A3 Sportback, here’s some shots that we took when we test-drove the Audi A3 Sportback on a custom-built course at the Singapore F1 pit lane. This test-drive experience that we had was really unique, challenging but fun as well.

The A3ttraktion Zone is where we registered for the Audi A3 Sportback test-drive.

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We must say, the test-drive experience was really professionally-organised.

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Here’s a photo at the Briefing Room and at that point in time, my heart was pounding madly with excitement because I didn’t quite know what to expect.

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Here’s a photo of the driving instructors whom were going to guide us through the obstacles when we test-drive the Audi A3 Sportback.

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So here I am in the Audi A3 Sportback with my driving instructor on my left and also with Jacqueline seated in the rear passenger seat documenting the process.

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A closer view of the front.

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Smiling for the camera while waiting to move off.

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The custom-built course for the test-drive consists of 4 stations; See & Saw, Score!, Slalom, and Garage.

For See & Saw, I basically had to drive the Audi A3 Sportback up the ramp and wait for the ramp to descend before moving off. It wasn’t really that difficult but it requires a certain level of coordination because moving off too fast would cause the ramp to slam down rather quickly.

For the second station, Score!, I had to accelerate the Audi A3 Sportback Car, hit the gigantic soccer ball, and try to score a goal. We were given two attempts and I failed quite miserable in the first attempt. However, the good news is, I scored a goal in the second attempt and my name was entered into a lucky draw where the grand prize is a VIP trip to catch Bayern Munich and AC Milan in action at the Audi Cup 2013 in Munich, Germany!

The third station, Slalom, requires me to navigate the Audi A3 Sportback Car in between the cones that have been placed and it is very much like weaving in and out of the cones. It wasn’t too difficult and I managed to complete the obstacle rather smoothly.

The last station, Garage, requires us to jam our brakes really hard and the purpose is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Anti-lock Braking System [ABS] onboard the Audi A3 Sportback.

A photo with my Driving Instructor after the Test-Drive

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We really enjoyed driving the Audi A3 Sportback and the experience was truly awesome.

If you’re interested to find out more about the Audi A3 Sportback Car, do read on!

The interior of the Audi A3 Sportback is really classy and it also offers plenty of space with its surprisingly large knee space in the rear passenger compartment. There’s also a separate air-conditioning system for the rear passengers.

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The rear bench seat can be split-folded 40:60 to increase the luggage space and when folded down completely, it creates 1,220 litres of space that is sufficient for two large luggages.

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The horizontal instrument panel architecture emphasises the size of the interior and the 3D inlays seem to embrace the driver.

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For the individual seating position, the optional electric seat adjuster and the intelligent automatic climate control option provide a pleasant atmosphere.

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The glove compartment at the front passenger’s seat.

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The air vents in jet design set further stylish trends. Also, the air flow can be adjusted to provide a concentrated stream of air or to distribute air evenly, all with variable levels of intensity.

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A closer look at the steering wheel of the Audi A3 Sportback.

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The central control unit; the optional MMI® navigation plus with MMI touch, is a touch-sensitive control panel integrated in the rotary/push-button control for intuitive operation. It offers drivers a new and intelligent way of controlling the navigation and telephone functions by “writing” letters or numbers on the control panel with the finger. Drivers can also operate the functions supported by the optionally available Audi connect via the MMI touch. The slim 7-inch colour display, which pops up electrically, presents all the information in a new look and with impressive clarity.

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The S tronic® transmission onboard the Audi A3 Sportback.

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The S tronic transmission combines the low fuel consumption of a manual transmission with the benefits of an automatic. The control ensures fast and consumption-reducing gear shifting in automatic mode. The very large transmission-ratio spread of the S tronic allows the last gears to be used at very low engine speeds.

Audi A3 Sportback Car Driving Experience

Practical, efficient, powerful and oh-so-agile, the all-new Audi A3 Sportback is at the forefront of urban vehicle technology and it is a car that features inspired applications of technology that really needs to be driven in order to be appreciated.

During the test-drive, the Audi A3 Sportback handles the corners pretty well and we felt very safe in the car as it was quite sturdy.

When I pedalled hard on the accelerator, the Audi A3 Sportback picks up speed really fast and the engine was really quiet. The driving experience was smooth and the gear transmission was intuitive and responsive. What’s really great about the Audi A3 Sportback is its fuel efficiency!

Tested in accordance with UN ECE R101, the fuel consumption of the Audi A3 Sportback is 5 litres per 100 km; in other words, the Audi A3 Sportback consumes 1 litre of fuel for every 20km travelled.

If you decide to purchase the Audi A3 Sportback, you can also get a rebate of $15,000 under the Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle [CEV] Scheme Banding.

Truly, the five greatest strengths of the Audi A3 Sportback are sportsmanship, driving dynamics, comfort, functionality and style.

We had an awesome time with the Audi A3 Sportback Car and we want to thank Audi Singapore for hosting us. Personally, I really like the Audi A3 Sportback and if I have the dough, I would have bought it! Or maybe, I should emigrate to Australia permanently and live there because the Audi A3 Sportback only cost Australian Dollars $35,600 [equivalent to Singapore Dollars $43,535]. That is about a quarter of the price for an Audi A3 Sportback here in Singapore!

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For more updates and information about the Audi A3 Sportback, do check out Audi Singapore’s Website!

In our next “Automobile” Post Series, we will be featuring the Citroen C4 Diesel Variant so stay tuned!

This is for all you foodies out there because if you love food, SAVOUR 2013 is one food event that you must not miss out on!
SAVOUR 2013 will be taking place from 11th April 2013 [Thursday] to 14th April 2013 [Sunday] at the F1 Pit Building and Paddock!

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If you don’t know what SAVOUR is all about, it is a one of its kind concept in Singapore to relentless pursuit to unite the best in food and drink with a wide range of unique activities that is accessible to all. During last year’s SAVOUR 2012 event, it brought together over 14,000 like-minded food enthusiasts into one exclusive purpose-built venue where they enjoyed a day of Michelin-starred dishes, expert master classes, live demonstrations, fun workshops and culinary shopping.

An example of the fun workshops that will be conducted is the recent Nespresso Atelier Class that I attended. Click the following link to find out more: http://awinsomelife.org/2013/03/28/nespresso-atelier-class-savour-2013-preview/

SAVOUR 2013 is divided into three main exclusive areas, namely, Gourmet Village, Gourmet Market, and Gourmet Auditorium.

Gourmet Village

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The alfresco Gourmet Village will feature over 25 leading chefs and 18 award-winning restaurants serving up a global tasting trail. The 2013 line-up will feature chefs with over 10 Michelin-stars between them in addition to top-100 ranked restaurants, including representation from South America and Africa. Overall, over 60 signature dishes will be on offer for you to create your very own culinary adventure. Click the following link to view participating chefs and restaurants: http://www.savour.sg/gourmet/chefs-restaurants-bars

Gourmet Market

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SAVOUR would not be complete without the two-storey Gourmet Market, a 10,000 sqm international showcase of a plethora of food and drink exhibitors. The Market also includes Savour Event Arenas which will host complementary workshops, tastings and product demonstrations conducted by renowned experts. Sample hundreds of quality products from an array of top producers, and take part in fun activities at the Wine Theatre, Baking Arena and even the Kids’ Corner.

Gourmet Auditorium

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Expect the best chefs from around the world as well as Singapore’s top talent to put on master classes to remember at the Gourmet Auditorium, SAVOUR’s bespoke 300-seater air-conditioned arena. SAVOUR 2013 will see a expanded schedule of master classes covering an increased variety of topics. Click the following link for the latest schedule of master classes: http://www.savour.sg/activity/event/activity_date_id/1/activity_date_detail_id/1

Tempted to go to SAVOUR 2013 yet?

Now, here’s 8 compelling reasons that I have gotten from SAVOUR 2013’s Website about why you should go to SAVOUR 2013!

1. Celebrate the all-new Gourmet Village
Singapore’s biggest gourmet festival packs a mighty punch, all in one 32,000sqm purpose-built location. The Gourmet Village in 2013 not only features the finest in food and drink, but an all-weather experience under additional shelter, including a brand new air-cooled dining pavilion.

2. Celebrate the Stars
Get up-close and personal with over 30 award-winning international chefs from here and around the world as they cook off against each other at the Gourmet Village. With over 12 Michelin stars across 18 top restaurants, find yourself served by some of the best chefs in the world.

3. Celebrate global cuisine at first class prices
Go on a tasting trail and sample over 60 award-winning dishes at the Gourmet Village because SAVOUR 2013 dishes are now priced lower, from S$6 to S$18. You can feel free to create your own unique culinary journey like starting with a molecular-fusion appetizer from Hong Kong, moving on to a main course from South Africa, and finishing off with a delicate Peruvian dessert

4. Celebrate SAVOUR at its great location
Savour a great dish, grab a drink and enjoy culinary workshops with friends and family members right in the heart of the city. Spend a day or three at SAVOUR, soaking up the exciting atmosphere, or simply coming for a fun, friendly day out.

5. Celebrate being inspired
Learn tricks of the trade from the very best in the culinary world. Attend FREE chef master classes and cooking demonstrations in the comforts of the 300-seater indoor Gourmet Auditorium. SAVOUR 2013 will give everyone the opportunity to immerse in an inspiring behind-the-scenes experience with their favourite chef.

6. Celebrate Market flavours
Visit the Gourmet Market and shop for top quality ingredients and produce sourced from around the world. Connect with an entire ecosystem of quality brands, food and wine producers, and attend live workshops, demonstrations and FREE sampling sessions. There’s over 300 different activities that are available for you to attend for that complete sensory experience.

7. Celebrate new discoveries with Savour Itineraries
Not sure what to experience first? Solve your culinary conundrum by picking up one of the many SAVOUR Itineraries customised to specific themes. Follow your nose on a fascinating tour of the World of Wines, satisfy your sweet tooth by taking on the SAVOUR Pastry Journey or delve into the the origins of exotic coffee on the SAVOUR Coffee Trail. The only problem you will have will be choosing between them all!

8. Celebrate great value, with a time extension
The SAVOUR Premier Pass is priced at $55 (Lunch Session) and $65 (Dinner Session), inclusive of SAVOUR Dollars to buy food and drinks at the Gourmet Village, and produce at the Gourmet Market. Extended opening hours at the Gourmet Village and Gourmet Market means a combined total of 7 more fun-filled hours to spend at SAVOUR 2013. It’s definitely fulfilling!

Well, it’s less than two weeks away to SAVOUR 2013 and looking at Sistic’s Website now, tickets for Saturday’s SAVOUR Pass [access to Gourmet Market only] and Sunday’s SAVOUR Pass [access to Gourmet Market only] are sold out! Also, tickets to Friday’s SAVOUR Premier Pass [Dinner] (access to Gourmet Village and Gourmet Market) and Saturday’s SAVOUR Premier Pass [Dinner] (access to Gourmet Village and Gourmet Market) are selling fast!

To purchase tickets to SAVOUR 2013, you can click here <–

Don’t miss out on SAVOUR 2013 and get your tickets soon! Baby and I have already purchased Saturday’s SAVOUR Premier Pass [Dinner] (access to Gourmet Village and Gourmet Market) so if you’re there too, do hook us up! 🙂