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AUDI TTRS PLUS - LAUNCH REVIEW

Not too many people ever gathered around the Audi TTRS’s engine bay and pondered why it didn’t have more power. But that observation reckons without Audi’s desperate current need to stop the TT from Relevance Deprivation Syndrome.

So it now has another 15kW of power to lift it to 265kW, another 15Nm to jump to a V8-esque 465Nm and it’s an altogether quicker machine than it was.

In fact, the roadster version’s 4.2-second blast to 100km/h is firmly trending towards the supercar range, and the coupe is a tenth of a second quicker.

There are a few detailed changes to the front and rear styling of the TTRS Plus, though you’d need to look hard to spot them, and a bit more grip from a set of bigger boots, too. But is it coming to Australia? Audi can’t say yet. It would seem to be a lot of hard work for not very many sales.

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BMW M6 COUPE - LAUNCH REVIEW

BMW is a long way from arriving at the pricing or even the specification list for the Australian M6. Indeed, with the 3-Series barely settled down, an X1 facelift on the way and upgraded engines to scatter through the 5-Series, it’s hard to imagine it’s a top priority.

Still, expect the M6 to sit above the M5, even though it offers less tangible metal for the money. 

That means it will carry at least everything the M5 carries, and that will include M Sport seats that are supportive and terrifically comfortable, with soft initial cushions that eventually demonstrate their long-drive strength with firmer cushions below. 

They’re fully electric, with pneumatically adjustable lumbar support and active headrests, which move to minimize whiplash if you get hit from behind.

Both front seats are heated and each side of the car has its own climate-control brain, so travelling temperature isn’t direct dependent.

Besides the M6 logos all over the place, it has cruise control, it has a fairly disappointing standard audio system and it has satnav with BMW’s now normal permanent stand-tall display atop the dash.

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Audi S6 launch review

This car was always coming -- from the second Audi put a pencil to the new A6 four years ago. Even though the A6’s V8 engine came out last year in the S8 (and the Bentley Continental GT), the A6’s engine bay was always meant to accommodate it. Wait until the A6 is nicely settled in, then spring the faster, stronger S6 on the waiting world to satisfy the people who don’t think the standard fare is quick enough.

The only trouble is the standard fare is already plenty quick enough, especially (oddly) in diesel form. And it's cheaper, too.

One other minor issue is that too many people expect the S6 to be an M5/CLS63 AMG rival. It isn’t -- that job will wait for the RS6, with another 100hp. Alas nobody quite knows when that will be.

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