The much-awaited, all-new generation of the Audi’s highly successful sports car TT and premium family sports utility vehicle (SUV) Q7 headlined a parade of coveted cars at the recent 13th edition of the Enrique Zobel Memorial Polo Cup.
An afternoon of competition and festivities was kicked off with a 2 pm low-goal, four-chukker match which saw Paola Zobel, Manot Montilla, Tommy Bitong, and Alfie Araneta of the Audi Reds prevail over the Audi Greys comprised of Fiola Labron, Jay de Jesus, Vince Bitong, and Anthony Filamor. Bitong led the charge with a productive mallet good for four goals en route to an 8-4 beating.
During the high-goal, five-chukker match, the Audi Whites, led by the sweet-scoring Santi Laborde (who amassed five goals) with Iñigo Zobel, Gus Aguirre, and Martin Espain romped away with a win over Benjamin Urquiza, Cole Aguirre, Dirk Gould and Ignacio Ithurburu of the Audi Blacks to the tune of 10-5.
Before the high-goal match, the spectacle of the traditional parade of horses ensued on the historic Zobel Field, as well as the salute and ceremonial throw-in by Rocio Zobel and Mathias Zobel Warns.
Later, the victors were feted in simple awarding ceremonies presided over by Zobel Foundation chair Dee Ann Zobel, Manila Polo Club (MPC) president Isabel Caro Wilson, Audi Philippines head Benedicto Coyiutoand MPC General Manager August Samala.
The afternoon’s festivities drew to a triumphant close with the parade of vehicles led by the third-generation Audi TT and its SUV sibling, the second-generation Q7, followed by the Audi S8 and the Audi R8 Spyder.
The vastly improved TT is 50 kilos lighter than its predecessor, and puts to use all of Audi’s latest cutting-edge technology even as it remains to be a viscerally compelling drive. Under the TT’s aluminum hood is a 2.0-liter TFSI power plant good for a robust 230 horsepower and 370 Newton-meters. It gets north of 100 kilometer per hour in under six seconds, up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 kph.
Audi predicates similar performance and technological gains on an even more substantial weight loss on the all-new Q7. It has gotten sleeker yet grows roomier on the inside. An initially available 3.0-liter V6 TDI (Turbo Direct Injection) variant serves up 272 hp and a torque-rich 600 Nm. Power is transmitted to the standard quattro All-Wheel Drive system via a ZF eight-speed automatic. The diesel engine enables standstill to 100 kph in 6.3 seconds.
Porsche Philippines and Bentley Manila likewise showed their enduring support for the historic Zobel Cup, and showcased their beautiful, rarefied rides at the event. Parading alongside sister marque Audi were the Porsche Boxster S, and the Bentley Flying Spur – all of which were presented as trophy cars since the event began in 1994.
Audi showrooms are located in Greenhills, Bonifacio Global City and Alabang, all in Metro Manila.