This week: Shock new Range Rover, BMW M8 rated, inside JLR’s golden triangle, McLaren’s ultimate trio driven together, and more
9 October 2019

The first fully electric Land Rover model is shaping up to be a low-slung luxury crossover that will be twinned with the rebooted Jaguar XJ when it goes on sale in 2021.

The new EV, which Autocar first revealed in 2017, is expected to be the firm’s most road-focused model yet, with a premium audience in mind and more off-road ability than rivals like the Audi E-Tron and next-generation electric Porsche Macan. We’ve got all the details on the new platform, and where it sits in JLR’s future product plans alongside an eight-seat Defender 130.

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We also get our first taste of Mercedes’ upcoming AMG GLE 53, which is set to challenge the Porsche Cayenne Coupé when it arrives early next year, look at the possibility of a hot Renault Zoe RS within the next three years, and look at BMW’s next two M models: the X5 M and X6 M flagship SUVs, which both get the same 616bhp V8 engine seen in the M5 super saloon.

Elsewhere, Audi has revealed plans to develop an A5-sized four-door coupé on the new PPE platform it will share with Porsche, Seat may turn to its sub-brand for a global rebranding that would see it more closely target the premium end of the market, and Aston Martin’s ultra-limited DBS GT Zagato gets its public debut alongside prototype versions of the upcoming Vantage Roadster.

Our Verdict

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The first model from Seat's standalone performance brand is an unconventional launchpad with some pace and precision, but lacks the hallmarks of a great driver’s car

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Reviews

The hottest version of BMW’s most luxurious model has arrived, with 616bhp from its twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. Is the M8 Coupé a true sporting GT, or is there too much of a track focus for it to be the pick for continent-spanning road trips? We found out with a first drive ahead of its arrival on UK roads later this year.

Audi’s plug-in hybrid Q7 60 TFSIe also gets tested to see whether an electrified powertrain can improve an already refined SUV, and the BMW 3 Series Touring gets driven on UK roads for the first time.

We lovingly call the subject of this week’s road test “the world’s fastest piece of mobile scaffolding”. The Ariel Atom 4 is every bit as explosively performative as its predecessors, but is it more of a track toy or can it cope with regular road driving too?

Features

The McLaren F1 arguably gave birth to the hypercar category, and set a trend that would see the P1 introduce hybrid power and the Senna focus on downforce and lap times above all else. McLaren’s triple crown can rarely be found in the same place, but we gathered all three for a very special test, with the man who originally road tested the F1 for Autocar behind the wheel.

Live trials of self-driving cars could be seen as a quantum leap for autonomous technology - or merely reckless experiments by companies putting progress ahead of safety. We look at both sides of the coin. We also sit down with current BTCC star Colin Turkington and past master Tim Harvey to talk racing BMWs - then they swap seats to try a different era’s take on the formula.

Finally, we take a tour around the newly-opened Jaguar Land Rover creative headquarters, lovingly dubbed the Gaydon Triangle, to see what it has planned to follow up the eagerly-awaited Defender and technologically advanced I-Pace.

Opinions

Steve Cropley can’t be too jealous of a friend that picked up a three-year old BMW i8 for half the price of a new one this week, as he’s been up and down the country in an electrified car of his own. Jaguar’s I-Pace is proving capable transport, and an apt choice when visiting JLR’s newly opened design studio. Matt Prior, meanwhile, reckons working on a car (new and expensive, old and cheap, cherished classic or unloved banger) is just as rewarding as when a film director gets their project in the can.

Deals

James Ruppert visits the Discovery zone this week, on the hunt for a good one amongst the models that should be better avoided, and whether high-milers should be worth considering.  A more road-friendly SUV that’s also capable of some 4x4 action is the Dacia Duster, the subject of our nearly-new guide, while we show you how to get the older but decidedly sportier Mercedes SL into your garage in our used car buying guide.

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5 April 2018

As usual, this week's edition (dated 04APR2018), is a very good read, and well worth the investment. The road test of the eighth generation of Roll-Royce Phantom - with its "mahogany panelling" - illustrates that moneyed wealth, should NOT be confused with good-taste!

The sales pitch for next week's issue (to be dated 11APR2018), whets our appetite with the Used Buying Guide  . . .  "Mercedes-Benz CLS. Can't afford the new one? Then read our guide to Merc's original style icon".

The original CLS certainly was a style icon, with all the svelte elegance of a Parisian - or Italian - chic designer item.

That streamlined elegance was lost when the original's "facelift" incorporated the bluff, Teutonic, more upright, corporate Mercedes radiator grill.

The new, current, incarnation of the CLS (page 29, of this week's magazine), shares all the style, delicacy, and substantial "presence" of a rugby prop forward!  It is not a case of "Can not  AFFORD  the new CLS?".  More a question of why would anyone wish to purchase such a vulgar and brutish vehicle?

It is (again) a reminder that the ownership of wealth, is NOT the same as the possession of good taste.

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18 July 2018

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18 July 2018

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19 July 2018

Why the GT2 RS isn't  a five-star Porsche?

Well, according to the German car magazine Sportauto the McLaren 720 S is the better supercar.

The 720 S is razor sharp and yet poised, while the GT2 RS is a bit unhinged.

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22 July 2018

Good overall read this week, except for the iPace vs Tesla review, which is a biased storyline developed clearly ahead of the cars being reviewed.  Essentially, the premise looks to convey an analogy between two passenger jets and how the second to market - the Boeing 707 - went on to lead it. Unfortunately, much like his story, he apply's 20th century motoring thinking to a 21st century ownership problem. In other words, he clearly doesn't get what the shft to electric is about. Not only that, many of the facts are just incorrect, like 0-60 time that amongst the others if they had been published correctly, would make the reader question how the author could possibly have reached such a conclusion. This disregards the fact that the iPace is better compared with the Model 3 (same size). Not only that, but the test cars were over 25% apart on costs - with the iPace being more expensive. Really dissappointing journalism. 

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24 July 2018

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