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  A Station Wagon is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area.

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You may think that folks at Audi headquarters are rather busy developing all those cool models, but they always find some time for a little play. The above video outlines their latest play session, as they set up a paint-ball game between the new Audi RS6 Avant and free-running supremo, Damien Walters.

Of course, the one having the most fun is Ex-Stig, Ben Collins, who was chasing Walters around in the Audi RS6 Avant. We’re pretty sure that both men had tons of fun, but Collins got to do so behind the wheel of a super-powerful wagon.

It doesn’t really mater who actually won this game, all it maters to us is that Collins put on one heck of a show behind the wheel, and we enjoyed every second of the game.

Click past the jump for two more videos from behind the scenes of the game.

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The 2014 TSX Sport Wagon is the perfect example of Acura giving shoppers a competitive, unique and well-built luxury station wagon for just above $30,000. And what does the market say in response to the only low-roof hauler in a time when Shooting Brake and coupe bodies have never been hotter?

The market yawns, then saunters over to the RDX sitting nearby in the (usually totally empty of humans) Acura showroom floor. A slightly taller ride height and a V-6 engine are available for a few thousand over this classy and nimble TSX Sport Wagon.

For that cash, the RDX brings much, much newer infotainment controls and available AWD that the TSX lacks.

But the RDX is wearing (even worse) looks these days that are like a melted and shrunken MDX. Or maybe a mushed up Starburst candy.

So the RDX solution is not quite as appealing as when the RDX was a spunky turbocharged bandit.

After being outsold by the brand’s crossovers by more than twenty to one, the TSX wagon is 100-percent carryover for 2014. Some new pics that are not renderings or a photochop are welcome from Acura , but the TSX is in a holding pattern while Acura tries to define its future strategy.

The TSX Sport Wagon is not alone in offering frugal family transit with great quality and handling. The BMW X1 is a sporty and quick rear- or all-wheel-drive crossover new in America for 2013, while the Mazda CX-5 is even a bit more eager in corners than the Acura .

But for the shopper who really wants to make a wagon envy statement?

Please follow the jump for all the details on the 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

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The current-generation Mercedes E-Class was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, the model hasn’t had many changes. That will all change in 2013 when Mercedes brings out the first facelift for the E-Class . The model is set to be making its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but the first official details have been already dropped.

Mercedes announced that all the changes made to the E-Class will represent more than just a mid-life revision and will add to the luxury sedan "an elegant, refined and yet sporty look." On the exterior the most obvious change includes the replacements of the old headlamps with new, one-piece assembly with LED DRL. As a first for the E-Class, Mercedes has decided to offer different front updates for the Luxury and Sport versions, while the interior has been subtly revised and harmonized with the expressive exterior.

On the U.S. market customers will have to choose between a V6 and a V8 petrol engine, while the old E350 diesel has been replaced by a new E250.

Updated 12/14/2012: Mercedes has unveiled two new video for its new E-Class facelift models. In these trailer videos, you will get to see the E350 in action. They new videos are the first two after the jump. Enjoy!

Updated 09/11/2013: Mercedes has unveiled all of the pricing details and the fuel economy of the much-anticipated E250 BlueTEC.

Every major auto show that Brabus goes to, you can expect that at least one of its programs will be dedicated to the billing "fastest-something-in-the-world".

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , that distinction falls on the capable shoulders of the 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake .

If you thought that station wagons are merely characterized as family cars, Brabus’ 850 6.0 Biturbo program will throw that notion right out of the window with the fury of a car running 800 horsepower worth of output.

That’s what makes this Brabus program for the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake such a mouthful to digest. Sure, it already has the performance credentials to be called a powerful car, but the German tuner takes it to a whole new level normally reserved for exotic coupes.

Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised anymore because Brabus does it over and over again, and the results have been nothing less than spectacular.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS AMG Shooting Brake 850 Shooting Brake 6.0 Biturbo 4MATIC by Brabus

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Seat will expand the Leon lineup with the addition of a new ST version. The model will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , and Seat will put it on sale later in 2013.

The third member of the Leon family — next to the Leon and Leon SC — is defined by youthful, dynamic design and sporty characteristics, and in the same time it offers a capacity of 587 liters (20.73 cubic-feet) of cargo room, which is expandable to 1,470 liters (51.9 cubic-feet) with the rear-seat backrests folded.

The new ST version will feature the same design language as its hatchback sibling, except, of course, the rear end that was extended by 27 cm (10.62 inches). Despite its increased dimensions, the new Leon ST is just 45 kg (99 pounds) heavier than its five-door sibling, making it the lightest estate in its class.

The ST version will adopt the fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engine lineup from the hatchback variant and all the technology features.

Click past the jump to read more about the Seat Leon ST.

The Vauxhall VXR lineups is far and away one of the most feared lineups that GM offers, and that lineup has been undergoing some aesthetic changes lately. The latest of these changes hits the Insignia VXR SuperSport , which is regularly known as "UK’s fastest car under £30,000." Well, it not only retains that title through an increase top speed, but it also gets a nice revision for the end of the 2013 model year.

Available in its traditional hatchback and Sports Tourer variants, the new Insignia VXR gets a nice refresh to its front and rear fascias to help add a little extra style and aggression to the model. Not that it needs the aggressive look to scare most cars its size off of the road, but it certainly helps.

Unfortunately, this late-model-year refresh involve mostly just aesthetics, but then again, with 325PS (320 horsepower) under its hood, it’s all good.

We’ll Vauxhall reveal all of the Insignia VXR Supersport’s information at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12th.

[Click past the jump to read the full review on the 2013 Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport.]

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A dyno, a laptop and a dream: the BBM Motorsport upgrade for the E91 generation of BMW 3 Series brings an extra 251 pound-feet of torque with a simple induction, exhaust and ECU re-flash. Yep, this 330d has 635 pound-feet of torque to go with its appealing red foil wrap and 19-inch BBS alloys.

BBM Motorsport’s impressive project really shows the scope of tasteful performance modifications to this generation of BMW 3 Series wagons. From looking like it probably has melted candy in the leather seats, to now looking at home making sparks on the Nordschleife and racing RS6 Avants on the autobahn until the tires or nerves call it quits.

This revamp is pretty cost effective as well, with BBM offering component sales for guys who might only be able to afford one upgrade at a time. The LED lights and matte wrap might be eye-catching, but the real gold comes from 30 minutes of ‘hotsynching’ to the BMW ’s OBDII port.

A more effective ECU re-flash is hard to recall, but as we all know, tuners are not quite OEM in their durability and long-term reliability testing. Does the BBM kit push the limits of this excellent BMW turbo-diesel engine too high?

Despite sounding like a tractor or school bus to American ears, there is actually much more soulful inline-six bellow from the BBM upgrades. Bellows are the last thing you hear before your head meets the seat when the torque comes in a knockout punch.

Click past the jump for the full image gallery and details on the BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport’s performance and style upgrades.

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The Citroen C5 is looking quite fresh since its recent restyle that added softer double-chevron badges and a more flowing style for the company’s executive flagship from nose to tail.

The revisions really work: this car barely seems the same as the dowdy original model that launched for 2008. In fact, the two cars share a great deal of their styling and body panels, but tasteful new detailing is much better than the deep black sills and bumpers that cheapened the appearance of the original Citroen .

Reading reviews in international magazines is always interesting, but not quite as informative as it could be with all the measurements in metric. For most American enthusiasts, reading the horsepower in ‘kW’ and torque in ‘Nm’ might as well be meaningless.

This review of the C5 corrects those gaps in our collective ability to convert number formats, and will also be unique because it evaluates the C5 based on U.S. buyer preferences. With pricing for the C5 that converts to about $40,000, this Citroen is a mid-size luxury car.

Key competition for the C5 in its home market comes from the Peugeot 508 and Renault Laguna , with real encroachment from the super-efficient 5 series BMW diesels in Europe.

With throne-like seating and a plush hydraulic suspension, is the C5 up to the task? Click past the jump for the full review of the revised 2013 Citroen C5.

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The all-new Audi RS6 sedan is great and we already know pretty much everything there is to know about it. The new RS6 Avant, on the other hand, remained a relative mystery since details of it first leaked. As time went on, our patience wore thin and we managed to dig up some information on it to wet our hot-hatch whistle a little.

Now that we have pretty much found out all of the important details and even found some rather official-looking leaked images , Audi has lifted the veil and released the RS6 Avant’s details. We didn’t expect to see the RS6 Avant’s information until the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, so we are wondering if Audi released this information willingly or if its hand was pushed by the automotive industry’s prying eyes.

Sure, we’ll go ahead and take some credit for this early information release.

Updated 12/11/2012: Audi has released a trailer video for its new RS6 Avant. The video shows the new sports wagon in action on the road and offers an idea on how the engine under the hood sounds like. Enjoy! Oh, and what a glorious sound it is. Enjoy!

Updated 08/09/2013: Audi unveiled a new commercial video for its RS6 Avant. The idea behind the commercial is that with every RS6 Avant you will also have parts from the R18 Le Mans Prototype racecar.

Click past the jump to read all of the intimate details on the 2013 Audi RS6.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris tested two of the most amazing sports station wagons out there: the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake . Both cars deliver an impressive amount of luxury, are quite powerful and are very (very) expensive. Upon first look, these two wagons appear to be identical, but when it comes down to on-road behavior, Chris finds them to be quite different. Check out the video to see what Harris thinks on the two models!

The RS6 Avant is far and away one of our favorite wagons ever to grace the pavement. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which afford it a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the Dynamic Package and 189 mph with the Dynamic Package plus).

The CLS 63 AMG, on the other hand, is a model that we are still unsure of. It’s styling is a little over the top and it is powered by less powerful 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. This nets the Mercedes wagon a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Given these two cars are so close to one another on paper, one may assume that they are nearly identical on the track. Well, you will find out, just as Harris did, that things become significantly skewed in one wagon ’s favor when you put the rubber to the road. See the video to find out which model runs away with the competition.


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