North York’s Annabelle Ning loves high-performance German luxury sports cars. The self-described car girl has owned multiple vehicles, including Audis, Porsches, and BMWs.
Ning, a vape distributor and business owner is a fan of Audi and Porsche, naming the RS5 and 911 Turbo as some of her previous rides. As a student, she enjoyed getting around the city in the coupes, citing that the backseats provided enough room to carry her stuff. However, Ning’s needs changed with time, and she sought a vehicle that was more practical as her daily driver.
Turning to four-door options, she picked up an Audi RS 3, which she drove regularly between Toronto and New York pre-pandemic. She switched to a Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo in late 2020 but found it too big.
When Audi announced the all-new designed RS 6 Avant for 2021 as a wagon, Ning jumped on board. Picking up her vehicle from Audi Uptown, she customized it to have the look and specs of what she liked from the brand, and even added a roof box for extra stowage. Although she’s not doing as much out of town driving these days because of the pandemic, Ning continues to drive across the GTA to visit friends or to patron the city’s many restaurants. Here, Ning tells us why she loves her 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.
“I'm a girl with a lot of stuff that I like to put in my car, so I need space,” said Ning. “That's the whole point of having a wagon, right? [Laughs] [I was looking] for the most powerful top of the line buy, like a BMW, Mercedes, or Audi. [At that time the] Mercedes had a wagon, but it wasn’t an AMG, it was a less powerful model. The Audi RS 6 was just right for me.
“The Audi has a powerful engine, which I love. It's a very practical car with handling like a sedan instead of an SUV. I'm quite use to smaller cars that turn sharply or fast. Because this Audi has the Dynamic Package, [which features quattro sport all-wheel steering] it feels very tight and easy to turn. You don't feel like the car is very big. That's one thing that I love about the car performance wise.
“I have the Driver Assistance Package, which is very good for people who drive on a daily basis or who like to take road trips,” said Ning. “It’s very functional, practical, but also helps make your drive more enjoyable. It’s a feature that I knew from my previous RS 3. When I got this car, I had to get that package again. Other than lane change and blind spot assist which most cars have, it has active cruise assist. If you’re driving on the DVP and it’s slow, you can put this on, and it follows the car in front of you. You don’t get really tired.
“It’s got the best look between the BMW, Mercedes and Audi. I feel like it’s even better looking than the Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo. If you look from behind or in front, it’s wider than the normal [Audi] A6. Besides the wide body, it’s a little bit lower and has a more aggressive looking rear bumper. I really liked the car’s 22-inch [V-Spoke Trapezoid style alloy] wheels. They’re stunning and a part of the Black Optics Package, that included everything like the black exterior mirror case, and the black bumper grille.
“For the interior, I got the Red RS 6 Design Package. For looks, it's my favorite package. The interior is black with red stitching, which also matches the car’s Tango Red Metallic finish. Red is my favorite color. I have probably had five or six red cars.
“I'm a car girl,” said Ning who is working toward reintroducing the Porsche GT3 RS to her collection. “I’ve had a lot of cars. It's like my passion. You know how some girls like bags, and some others like shoes? I like cars.”
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Renée S. Suen
is a Toronto-based lifestyle writer/photographer and a freelance contributor for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @rssuen
A CLOSER LOOK: 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant
A big fan of the Audi Active Cruise Assist, Ning said the Driver Assistance Package was a must have when she purchased the RS 6 Avant.
“If you do road trips or drive long distances – I used to work in New York and drove back and forth from Toronto [in my RS 3] – this package really helps,” said Ning. “You put on the active cruise assist and if the car in front of you slows down, it just reduces the speed automatically. You don't have to push the brake pedal.”
With red being Ning’s favourite colour, her choice of Audi’s Red RS 6 Design Package meant her vehicle was outfitted with floor mats that have the RS logo and contrast stitching, an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel with red stitching, black seatbelts that have a red border, plus leather dash, armrests, and console. To complete the look, she also chose a black interior with Express Red stitching, and seats covered in diamond-quilted Valcona leather.
While Ning picked up her Thule Vector Alpine last winter – and got it custom wrapped to match the body colour of her car – she has yet to use it seriously. “I got it because I was going to take the car to Mont Tremblant for snowboarding last year, but most of the ski-snowboarding places were closed. I was going to use it a lot, but because I'm not tall, it's kind of out of reach for me to put stuff in and take things out of there.”