In this week’s issue we pit the Ford Fiesta ST200, Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy and DS 3 Performance against the Fiat 124 Spider and Mazda MX-5, to see which is the best sub-£25k sports car.
We also examine Mercedes’s EV future and speak to the experts about buying a used Honda Civic Type R.
There’s news from Bugatti about its revived £2 million Galibier supercar, the latest on Audi’s Tesla Model S rival and an inside scoop on an all-electric Porsche SUV.
Plus, we question whether the Google car is at the end of the road following strict US law changes.
Also in this issue:
We take to the German countryside in the new, all-wheel-drive Alpina B7 Biturbo, which produces a bonkers 600bhp from its twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
Then it’s back to Hertfordshire in the handsome but brutish-sounding Jaguar F-Type SVR, and over to Wales in a new Mercedes-Benz E 350 d in AMG Line trim.
And this week we subject the new Renault Mégane to Autocar’s 5282nd road test. Will the striking French hatch impress in 1.5 dCi spec?
Our long term test cars:
A shiny red V8 Ford Mustang joins the fleet and attracts a lot of positive attention, while the Volvo XC90 demonstrates the pros of having a back-up source of electric power.
The Nissan Navara proves its worth when brimmed with camera gear and the Renault Kadjar goes on a fossil-hunting expedition.
There are also updates for the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Seat Ibiza Cupra and Skoda Superb estate.
In this week’s Autocar we name the best-value performance cars in Britain and drive Aston Martin’s crucial new DB11: “one of the finest GT cars ever”.
We’ve also got the lowdown on Nissan’s radical EV concept, the BladeGlider, a potential Nürburgring lap record for the McLaren P1 LM and news of a hot Seat Ateca Cupra. There’s also first details of a fixed-roof version of the Fiat 124 Spider, and information about Hyundai’s N division plotting a Ford Focus RS rivalling i30 N.
As well as the DB11, we drive the new motorsport-inspired Caterham Seven 310R, which proves to be one of the best-balanced Sevens to date.
Our reviewers give the full road test treatment to the Porsche 718 Cayman S, and test two new BMW plug-in hybrids, the BMW 740Le xDrive and BMW i3 94Ah.
This week’s magazine includes extensive coverage of two of motorsport’s biggest events, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.
Lewis Hamilton finally got his first win in 2016 after an inspired drive in Monte Carlo, helped by a surprisingly shambolic Red Bull pitstop that managed to wipe the smile even from Daniel Ricciardo’s face.
Over the Atlantic, Alexander Rossi pulled off a near-impossible rookie victory in the Indy 500 in a dramatic running of IndyCar’s showpiece event.
We also joined Petter Solberg for the World Rallycross Championship’s visit to Lydden Hill, covered a highly competitive Nurburgring 24 Hours, and reported on all the Bank Holiday action in the UK.