I’ve always thought of the Audi A6 Avant as being the perfect car for dog owners.
That’s because a very posh lady opened the boot to her A6 Avant as I drove past and her dog immediately leapt out and ran straight into the side of my car.
Needless to say, by the time I turned round and went back, the dog was sitting in the boot, completely unhurt, after being hit by a car doing 50mph.
Mrs Posh Lady was very embarrassed and told me to forget about it so I drove off.
To be fair, I was more impressed by the dog’s ability to defy death than the car, even though I realised, as it sat there looking pleased with itself, that the car had an absolutely massive boot with a dog cage across the front of it.
Pity it wasn’t at the back.
A study of names for dogs reveals that among the most popular choices in America at the moment are Rocky (male) and Brandy (female).
I think I’d have added Lucky to the list.
Another popular choice is Apollo, and that, too, would be perfect for any dog that found itself in the latest version of the A6 Avant because, like the ones that take off from Cape Canaveral, it’s a rocket ship.
Called the Audi RS 6 Avant its got a titanic 600hp 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo with 800Nm (592lb) of torque that catapults its occupants, canine or human, from 0-62mph in a shattering 3.6 seconds and on to 124mph (200kph) in 12.0s.
Top speed is a limited 155mph, but by the time it got there you could probably re-name poor Apollo “Howling Wolf” after its unwanted impression of a shaking Shih Tzu.
Available to order in the UK from November, and with first deliveries in January, it’s also a mild hybrid, with a lithium-ion battery powering its 48-volt main electrical system.
Nothing has been said about fuel consumption or a price yet, but driven gently its MHEV tweaks should boost it to 30mpg, while expect it to cost around £85,000.