Audi have announced that the new S6 super-saloon will still feature a hugely powerful 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 producing 440bhp, a 5bhp increase on the outgoing model yet they are keen to stress that the new model will be more refined and civilised than it’s predecessor. If these first shots are an accurate representation, it certainly won’t carry the visual punch of previous S6’s. Let’s hope that the new RS6 is a little more stimulating.
Slightly more positive news from Audi, the all wheel drive Quattro coupe is likely to see production according to sources within the firm. The Quattro concept, first seen at last year’s Paris motor show has evidently provoked a mainly positive response, encouraging Audi to press on with this lightweight turbocharged coupe. The final design is rumoured to maintain design cues harking back to the original Quattro, first seen over 30 years ago.
BMW have unveiled images of their 2012 F10 BMW M5 concept in Munich. This concept is believed to differ only slightly from the all new M5, scheduled for release next year. By switching from a V10 to a turbocharged V8, BMW have given assurances that the new model will be more powerful than the outgoing model, yet will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by ‘at least 25%’. Visually, the new model doesn’t initially appear as imposing as previous ones, however I will reserve final judgement until I see one up close.
Tesco have announced that they are to move into the second hand car market. In what would be a revolutionary move, the cars are posted on a website with a video of an RAC inspector performing a thorough check of the car. This check would replace the traditional viewing of a car and possibly reassure many unconfident buyers that the car was roadworthy. Prices are expected to significantly undercut those found on the forecourt and all cars are provided with a minimum one month warranty. Whether each purchase would earn the buyer clubcard points or not has not been confirmed.