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 3 Series name first came to market in 1975

Celebrating 40 years of the BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series saloon celebrates its 40th birthday this month. We study the storied history of the car that turned around the fortunes of its maker

22 May 2015
The Aston Martin DB11 is expected to be launched as a 2017 model

2017 Aston Martin DB11 - latest spy pictures

Aston's DB9 replacement will get a twin-turbo AMG V12 engine, as the first mules have been spotted testing

20 May 2015
We raced a seasoned works Vantage called James

Driving an Aston Martin in the Silverstone 24 Hours

Aston Martin staged a three-car assault on a scarily wet Silverstone 24 Hours recently. We joined them to drive a Vantage GT4 called James

16 May 2015
Prices for Smart's baby SUV could start at around £12,400

Smart investigates baby SUV

A crossover based on Renault-Smart’s new rear-engined city car platform is on the drawing board

13 May 2015

Video: Autocar goes racing with Aston Martin at the Silverstone 24 Hours

Andrew Frankel takes the fourth seat in Aston Martin's Vantage GT4 at Silverstone

7 May 2015

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed review

Mulsanne gets the Speed treatment but doesn't lose what's traditionally been brilliant about Bentleys in the process

6 May 2015
First Drive
The SCG 003 made its debut at the Geneva motor show

The car even Hollywood couldn't make up - James Glickenhaus's master plan

Former film director Jim Glickenhaus is now building road racers. Is he making a blockbuster, or has he lost the plot?

2 May 2015

Mercedes-Benz boss suggests next E-Class to get autonomous technology

Push for further autonomous technology likely to see motorway and parking control systems in the next-generation E-Class

21 April 2015

Maybach and Smart SUV models mooted by Mercedes bosses

Mercedes-Benz boss says Maybach SUV based on the next-generation GLS is a 'good idea'

21 April 2015
Eagle Came sports car

Shanghai motor show 2015 - report and gallery

Big-name reveals from the likes of McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Volkswagen take centre stage in Shanghai, alongside a whole host of creations from domestic brands

21 April 2015


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    Track drive of Lamborghini's astonishing limited-run special, the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce