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PUTTING ON THE STYLE WITH AUDI and MERCEDES-BENZ By Brian Foley

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are certainly putting on the style with their latest 4-door Coupe models.

The Audi RS7 Sportback is powered by a 4.0 litreV8 Biturbo engine mated to an 8-speed transmission with the quattro (4-wheel) final drive system. Ultra sophisticated technology includes a shut down system of half the V8 engine to a 4-cylinder unit when full power is not required.

Performance is in the supercar category, with the option of max speeds of 155mph, 174mph and 189mph, 0 to 10km/h in 3.9 seconds.

The RS7 Sportback is scheduled for mid-year sale, at well in excess of One Hundred Grand!

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is another variation on the CLS and Shooting Brake. Engine options include 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol, 2.0 and 2.2 litre diesel. Although not in the supercar class performance wise, the CLA is no sluggard with top speed rating of 130 to over 140mph. Not expected on sale until later in 2013, with price probably around the six figures mark.

ASTON MARTIN CENTENARY

This year Aston Maryting celebrate 100 Years of manufacturing high performance cars, a notable achievement indeed through several difficult decades of war and recession. Special Centenary Editios of the Vanquish, V8 Vantage and Rapide will be produced, each with a limited production rtun of 100 models.