“For me, Audi exclusive has brought about a real improvement in my quality of life.”
His first Audi was a used Audi 80 quattro. Being Swiss, that was exactly the right choice for Andreas Anthamatten. “Mountains, snow, the many narrow passes – you simply have a better feeling in a quattro. So I was fascinated by Audi from the very beginning. I then customised every one of my next twelve Audi models with Audi exclusive.”
“With my wife, we’re now on our 13th Audi – the R8 GT Spyder. And number 13 is definitely a lucky number in this case,” he says, beaming all over his face. The sports car, fully customised with Audi exclusive, is his pride and joy.
Especially for the interview and photo shoot, he and a friend had shortly before spent half a day polishing his Misano Red dream car to a high sheen.
His attention to detail really stands out, both in his private life and when working as a financial adviser for a Zurich investment company. “To me, Audi exclusive is a reward for my time-consuming job. And at the same time it’s important for my work. If I have to drive long distances, for instance, the 5-part R8 luggage set from Audi exclusive is extremely practical.
I also intend to customise my future Audi models: “For me, Audi exclusive has brought about a real improvement in my quality of life.”
“I simply have a weakness for the exceptional.”
Something else that is extremely important to Andreas Anthamatten is individuality. You can see it in his car’s every detail: the controls, seat trims, air vents and sill trims – all in black leather with contrasting stitching in crimson red – blend harmoniously into the black all-leather upholstery. To go with this, a carbon cover for the centre console, an additional titanium-look wheel set with sports tyres and much more.
Not to mention the carbon door sill trims with illuminated aluminium inlay that bears the words “Andy’s R8 GT” – the vehicle has been customised through and through. “The customer advisers at Audi know that when I’m buying a new car I get excited about everything that’s available from Audi exclusive.”
Even about something that isn’t actually available. For example, the sports seats he chose that did not come as standard with a stitched R8 GT logo “But I really, really wanted that. And then Audi Sport GmbH made it possible for my R8 logo to be stitched finely and precisely into the seats.”
When asked who is allowed to ride with him in his Audi R8 GT Spyder, his six-year-old daughter immediately replies “my mummy”. Andreas Anthamatten doesn’t just have an exceptional vehicle. He also has an exceptionally lovely family.