This week’s Autocar magazine is led by a four-page exclusive on a new entry level BMW M-car. The scoop on the new ‘M1’ reveals details of the new baby M3, as well as the internal debates within BMW as to whether it should be front or rear-wheel drive.

Those with an appetite for M-cars have plenty more to savour, too: Steve Sutcliffe drives the three best M3s and looks in to their collective dynamic repertoires to analyse what the next M3 needs to deliver. We also take a look at every M-car ever built. Can you name them all?

The first drive section is kicked off by a review of the Caterham Supersport R. Steve Cropley drives the new MG6 diesel, and reports that it is surprisingly improved and capable package. We also deliver the all-important verdicts on the BMW 7-series ActiveHybrid, Honda Civic diesel, Honda Jazz EV and Audi S3 Sportback.

The eight-page road test is of the BMW 330d Touring.

Our features section features three more cars that could hardly be more disparate: Greg Kable takes a world exclusive ride in the new Mercedes SLS Black Series, Stuart Milne investigates the ambitions of car tuner Eterniti and Steve Cropley puts a few more miles on the clock of a million kilometre Peugeot 504.

This week’s used buying guide uncovers the bargains that can be had if you’re prepared to take a risk on the Alfa Romeo 147, while James Ruppert admits a hankering for low-cost, high-risk Maseratis.

As ever, the magazine is available from all good newsagents or can be downloaded from Zinio or the Apple iTunes store