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Star CAR Talk: Super Junior Choi Siwon “Audi R8 Spyder that reminds you of a lion”:
There are car brands with charms that are hard to resist. You fall in love with their unique “feel” while driving. There is also a “big fan” of Audi, who is also into its charms. It is group Super Junior’s member Choi Siwon.
We met Choi Siwon, Audi R8 Spyder’s current Promotional Representative, last 5th and listened to his review after test riding it.
As soon as we met up, he said this about R8 Spyder “Audi brand, especially R8 Spyder.. This may be a strong expression but it’s really a killer car.”
Choi Siwon and Audi’s relationship starts back from 2007. When Super Junior Choi Siwon just got a driving license after 2 years since debut, he was selected as PR for Audi TT, and have felt the audi’s charm.
Then, Choi Siwon was like a normal guy, knowing just the names of his favorite cars, and looking up pictures online. But after being selected as PR for TT, his affection for cars became deeper, and he turned professional (towards cars). Because it was his first time driving a luxurious car.
Audi Korea back then selected Siwon as TT PR for his trendy and clean image.
Siwon fell in love with TT, and after finishing the PR’s duties, he bought his first car, a white Audi TT. After riding it for 4 years, he sold it like a father sending his daughter to get married.
He said “When I used to drive with the TT’s cover opened, a “shooo” sound was made, and it felt like a scene from a movie. I treasured the car, and even named it after a mustang named “Eleanor” that appeared on one of my favorite movies “Sixty Seconds”.”
Six years after that, after Super Junior rose to become the leaders of Hallyu stars, Audi Korea once again selected Choi Siwon as a PR. Siwon’s changing image with his acting career also fit well with R8 Spyder.
On days without public schedules, as a PR, Choi Siwon drives R8 Spyder that has been given to him for a year. On days without overseas schedules, he took Audi R8 Spyder on a drive.
He said “Even in my busy life, if I go on a drive with R8 Spyder, I feel like I have forgotten all the worries, and I become comfortable and happy. So I named it after an angel, “Gabriel”.”
He chose the biggest charm as the transfer from R-Tronic to S-tronic, which reduced the dizziness, that gives trendy feels in the city, and turns into a hulk in sports mode.
Choi Siwon said “Model before this made loud sound, and I felt sorry to drive in the city. Especially when the car gets stuck in the stop light, when I changed the gear to start again, the sound made surrounding drivers surprised, and I felt sorry.”
He said he’s very satisfied that R8 Spyder has these problems fixed. He also liked the emergency lights that spread out from the center to the side.
What would R8 Spyder be if you compare it to an animal? Siwon chose a lion without hesitation.
He said “Normally, R8 Spyder is relaxed, and when it spots a prey, it’s like a lion that runs very strongly. It’s also like me, who fall deep into something when I concentrate on it.” Considering R8 Spyder’s “Zero back” (the time it takes to get to 100km/h from 0) is 4.8 seconds, maximum output 430 newton meters, and 43.9kgm maximum torque, you would nod to agree with him.
Unlike Choi Siwon, who is in love with Audi, his father is into Hyundai (005380) cars.
He said “(My father) is like an average father, and prefers Hyundai’s Equus. When my sister starts driving, I want to give her Audi S4 as a gift.”
Choi Siwon chose fund managers as a job that would fit R8 Spyder. He added aegyo and explained that driving R8 Spyder would relieve tremendous amount of stress.
Siwon doesn’t drive out too far due to his busy schedules, and often drive to Songdo, Incheon International City.
He said “After schedules are finished, I take a break, and often come to Songdo. I can drive as much as I want on the highway, and Songdo’s night view is worth looking at, so I am recommending Songdo as a driving course.”
“In the later part of this year, I think I will be able to record a movie in China, and record one in USA next year. I am reading scenarios, and contacting people. I will become busier with the spread of areas, but I will continue to be with R8 Spyder in my busy life.”
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