Wolf in sheep’s cloth­ing

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By PAUL GOVER

THERE is some­thing taste­fully re­strained about the up­com­ing Audi S6.

The mid-sized S-car still has four tailpipes, a more-ag­gres­sive nose and side skirts, but there is less of the go-faster body bits.

The Ger­man make has also been more re­strained in the en­gine room, ac­cord­ing to Carparazzi sources, by re­mov­ing the 5.2-litre V10 fit­ted to the cur­rent S6. Next time around, judg­ing from this car caught on a trip from Ger­many to Gothen­burg in Swe­den, the pow­er­plant is a tur­bocharged 4L V8 that could also do dou­ble duty in a Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT. Num­ber 2: Ford Kuga. The mo­tor show tease called Vertek in Detroit in Jan­uary is be­ing de­vel­oped rapidly into the nextgen­er­a­tion Ford Es­cape, with Kuga badges for Europe.

The new look shows the Vertek styling has sur­vived for show­rooms. But the V6 en­gine from the cur­rent Es­cape is out and the em­pha­sis in early 2012 will be on the Eco­boost four.

Num­ber 3: Mercedes SL. It’s less than six months to the new SL from Mercedes-Benz yet Carparazzi has caught a test car stripped of most of its cam­ou­flage.

Num­ber 4: Opel Zafira. The fi­nal plan for Opel in Aus­tralia is still be­ing set, but baby Zafira looks like a cer­tain starter next year.

Audi’s S6 has a cer­tain un­der­stated ap­pear­ance

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