Autocar magazine 29 May preview
This week’s Autocar is jam-full of news, leading served by detailed information and exclusive images of the brand new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, the quickest Aston production vehicle ever built.
We have detailed information from the wild 316bhp V6-engined Renault Twin’Run indisputable fact that shows the way the next Twingo will appear, the storyline behind the BMW Gran Lusso Coupé, which points the best way to a brand new 8-series, detailed information around the new Lotus Exige S, and also the in-depth story from the new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS which will outgun a BMW M5 for nearly half the cost. Hilton Holloway also explains Porsche’s intelligent hybrid future, outlining why all future Porsches is going to be provided with a choice of a gas-electric drivetrain.
Our first drive reviews star the BMW 3-series-rivaling Lexus IS 300h, making an engaging situation by itself for company vehicle motorists – because of its hybrid powertrain and consequent low-emissions figures. Frugal motorists may also enjoy our Ford Focus Econetic 1.6 TDCI drive, basically we also test the VW Golf 1.2 TSI S DSG and Citro?n C1 Connexion. Our exhaustive eight-page road test provides the most in-depth research into the new Kia Carens, ranking it one of the MPV echelons.
The uprated Toyota GT86 TRD meets basics Porsche Cayman within our flat-out mind-to-mind of 5-star road test cars. The showdown proves as fascinating to see because the cars will be to drive, as Andrew Frankel evaluates which of those driver’s champions he’d choose.
Meanwhile, Matt Prior reports away from racing within the new Ariel Atom Cup, Colin Goodwin investigates the best way to win a Porsche for any fiver, we pay tribute to Sergio Pininfarina and also have a unique consider the Sergio concept vehicle which was built-in his honor. Plus Steve Cropley soaks in the climate on the race unlike every other, the Nürburgring 24 Hrs.
Our lengthy-term test fleet welcomes a Kia Procee’d, that’ll be evaluated within the experienced hands of Richard Bremner, while Andrew Frankel recounts how he locked his keys within the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake, Stan Papior rates the choices on his Range Rover Evoque and Steve Cropley updates us on the ups and downs of early existence using the McLaren MP4-12C.
Our used vehicle content will certainly whet your appetite and scare the financial institution manager: there exists a used buying guide for that TVR Tuscan, available these days (and robotically sorted) for ￡15,000, while James Ruppert constitutes a situation for that unloved and underpriced Skoda Octavia. In the other finish from the scale, we ponder whether we’d spend ￡170,000 on the new McLaren MP4-12C or Jaguar XJ220.
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