Andrew Frankel Senior contributing writer

Talents are limited to "driving cars and writing English." In 19th century France he would, therefore, have been stuffed; as it is, Andrew is the perfect Autocar road test writer.
The Porsche Boxster Spyder costs £60,459

New Boxster Spyder shows Porsche is still strong on sports cars

Reading the automotive crystal ball is never easy, but sometimes your prediction ends up turning into production-ready reality

1 April 2015
Second-generation Porsche 911 GT cars will continue to use normally aspirated engines

No turbocharging for future Porsche 911 GT cars

Next generation of 911 GT cars will be naturally aspirated, unlike the future turbo-only regular line-up

31 March 2015
The hardcore Mercedes-AMG GT sports car is due to go on sale in 2016

Hot Mercedes-AMG GT on track for 2016 launch

AMG is hard at work on a harder, faster version of the GT road car ahead of a 2016 launch, with inspiration taken from its GT3 racer

30 March 2015
This Autocar image shows how the new sports car could look

Bentley plots extreme rear-drive sports car for 2016

A new sports car, even more extreme than last year's GT3-R, is in the offering and should go on sale next year for around £300,000

29 March 2015
There will be no turbochargers on Ferrari V12 engines

Ferrari to keep naturally aspirated V12 engines

Turbocharging technology will not be used on Ferrari's V12-engined models in the near future, despite the company now using turbo V8 units elsewhere

27 March 2015
The Aston Martin DB9 replacement is due to go on sale in 2016

2016 Aston Martin DB9 - first spy pictures

Aston's DB9 replacement will get a twin-turbo AMG V8 engine and possibly a new name, as the first mules have been spotted testing

24 March 2015

Video: McLaren P1 GTR driven

Andrew Frankel drives the 986bhp P1 GTR, the ultimate incarnation of McLaren's P1 hypercar

18 March 2015
These are some of the best go-faster estates on offer today - but which takes the overall crown?

Ford Focus ST estate vs. Peugeot 308 SW and Seat Leon estate - comparison

These fast diesel estates from Ford, Peugeot and Seat aim to be not only practical but also fun to drive. We find out if they are

13 March 2015
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

The reappearance of the Speed 6 badge could herald a new era in Bentley excellence

Could the introduction of the Bentayga SUV help focus the whole Bentley portfolio? Andrew Frankel thinks so

3 March 2015
Printed car pioneer Local Motors printed a car on its stand at the Detroit Motor Show

How 3D printing could revolutionise the car industry

Cutting-edge 3D printing can be used to create a car from scratch in 44 hours - as seen at last month’s Detroit show

15 February 2015


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