Un­der the skin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha! - Paul Gover

We’re set to drive the new Benz flag­ship in early July but don’t have to wait that long to see ex­actly how it looks. Carparazzi caught the S with­out a sker­rick of cam­ou­flage and with the prom­ise of a Magic Ride Con­trol sys­tem that uses cam­eras to watch the road ahead and in­stantly ad­justs the sus­pen­sion to suit.

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VWGOLFR

RANGEROVER

WHAT IS IT? Mercedes-Benz S-Class WHYTHE FUSS? Only the world’s best car WHEN’S IT HERE? Early next year HOW­MUCH? At least $200,000 Audi is ready­ing an up­dated flag­ship to face the S-Class but the body changes are very mi­nor and the cabin is also stay­ing much as it is to­day. The big dif­fer­ences are likely to be more tech­nol­ogy and ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments in the drive train. We’ve just seen the Golf GTI but that’s not the end of the per­for­mance story for Golf 7. Volk­swa­gen is well into test­ing the Golf R, the tur­bocharged all-wheel drive head­liner that gets 205kW and a 0-100km/h time bet­ter than 6.0 sec­onds. The lat­est on the new Range Rover line-up is the ex­tend­ed­wheel base model, which is be­ing tested at the Nur­bur­gring. The big ques­tion now is whether the cabin con­tains seven seats or the ex­tra space just trans­lates to ad­di­tional rear legroom.

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