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Driven: Audi RS6 saloon - on sale now By Tom Seymour The RS6 is probably the least flashy supercar in existence. It might sound like a bit of an over­sight to describe the RS6 as a supercar, but this £ 76,160 572bhp V10- powered beast offers scary performance figures. It will hit 0- 62mph in 4.5 seconds and while most cars that powerful suffer from thrashy torque steer, the RS6 delivers it very smoothly. The appeal for customers in buying a car like this is that, other than petrol- heads, no one will assume they're trying to be overly flashy. James Bond wouldn't really be driving an Aston Martin in real life; he'd be driving one of these, the world's most powerful executive saloon. The interior isn't overly glitzy either. It's very similar to a standard A6 but features go- faster details like sports seats, carbon fibre inlays, engine start button, flat- bottomed steering wheel and sports dials. The multi- function display within the instru­ments feature a lap counter screen as well as turbo boost pressure and oil temperature read outs. The excellent sports seats not only look good, but offer superb support in all areas. The RS6 can do a manufacturer- quoted 20.3mpg, but real world figures are more in the region of 12mpg. But if a customer is looking at spending this much money on a car, diabolical running costs aren't really much of an issue. Audi sold 326 of the RS6 last year and just 81 were the saloon model as opposed to the Avant. There's no word yet on whether or not there will be a successor, but its intro­duction certainly won't be imminent, according to Audi. Showroom Powerful beast proves to be a scary performer Specification Price £ 76,160 Engine 5.0- litre 572bhp Performance 0- 62mph 4.5sec; top speed 155mph electronically limited Transmission 6- sp tiptronic auto Efficiency 20mpg; 331g/ km CO2 Rivals BMW M5, Mercedes- Benz E63 AMG

New car market Aftersales conference News Showroom AM contacts Used car market News digest Recruitment By Maurice Glover Eyebrows were raised when Volkswagen entered the king- size sport utility sector. But a consistently strong combination of performance and value has won the Touareg a healthy 4% stake in the market. Now major restyling, greater convenience and a hybrid option are poised to further extend the reach of the chunky model. Backed by added refinement inside as well as under the bonnet, next- generation versions reveal yet another bid for higher market posi­tioning by the German company. The Touareg will have start- stop and regenera­tive braking technology as standard along with dual- zone climate control and tinted glass. Extensive options will provide dealers with major upselling opportunities. ?? ?? Price: £ 37,000-£ 56,000 ( approx) ?? ?? Rivals: BMW X5, Mercedes- Benz ML, Land Rover Discovery, Lexus RX Driven: Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian - on sale now By Tim Rose With this year's revised L200, Mitsubishi has replaced its top- spec Animal variant with a new Barbarian derivative. For lovers of chrome- clad pick- ups it delivers a seriously attractive package. Standard kit includes climate control, sat- nav, Bluetooth, iPod connection, and 17in alloys. Although the cabin still looks and feels utilitarian compared to a car, occupants get a very stylish set of leather seats to perch on. A standard reversing camera takes away the stress typically linked with reversing a large pick- up, and will particularly appeal to buyers needing to tow trailers. It still has its gutsy 2.5- litre turbodiesel and super- select 4WD at its heart. The L200 Barbarian now offers the five- speed automatic transmission from the Shogun for a £ 1,500 premium. Mitsubishi says this offers better fuel economy on motorways. However that premium makes the almost £ 27,000 on- the- road price look steep against its key rivals. ?? ?? Price: £ 26,935 ?? ?? Rivals: Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger First drive: Volkswagen Touareg - on sale August