Matt Prior Road test editor

Matt runs Autocar's road test desk and a Land Rover Defender. Likes karting, small cars and big motorbikes.Follow Matt on Google+

Matt Prior's tester's notes - We're finally getting back to grassroots motorsport

The Ramsgate Sprint Revival is only the start, as relaxed laws will soon allow local authorities to hold plenty more grassroots motorsport events

3 September 2015

Saying goodbye to the Aston Martin DB9

The last hurrah for the Aston Martin DB9 is this, the 540bhp GT. We take one for a final fling in Wales to savour what still makes a DB9 so special

30 August 2015

Matt Prior's tester's notes - defining a supercar

What does it take to be a modern supercar? Is it all to do with power and torque figures? Or could it be something else...

28 August 2015

Video: How to drift, by Ken Block - shredding tyres in the 845bhp Hoonicorn Mustang

Gymkhana and rallycross star Ken Block shows us how to drift in his all-wheel-drive Ford Mustang

24 August 2015

Matt Prior's tester's notes - why premium is the new normal

Plenty of manufacturers talk about moving upmarket, but few realise it's more about engineering quality than stitching and leather

20 August 2015

Matt Prior's tester's notes - is our driverless future under threat already?

The UK is being pitched as the best place to develop autonomous vehicles, but the Government is already trying to impose new rules and regulations

13 August 2015
The Pink Panther was painted for desert camouflage, particularly effective during dawn and dusk. Photo credit: The Dunsfold Collection

Land Rover Defender special - the four most exteme Defenders ever made

Know your Pink Panther from your 101 Forward Control? Land Rover and specialist manufacturers modified the Defender to come up with these

12 August 2015

Video: Nissan GT-R Nismo versus Juke-R 2.0 drag race

Matt Prior pitches the 591bhp Nissan Juke-R 2.0 against the GT-R Nismo for what promises to be an exciting drag race

7 August 2015

Matt Prior's tester's notes - are we at risk from car hacking?

It's already been proven that hackers could gain access to a car's systems through its infotainment system - so should we be worried?

6 August 2015

Video: 2015 McLaren 675LT driven on road and track

Is the 666bhp McLaren 675LT a leap forward for the British manufacturer? Matt Prior finds out

31 July 2015


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Driven this week

  • First Drive
    3 September 2015
    First UK test of Fiat's best-selling city car, which has been overhauled for 2015
  • First Drive
    3 September 2015
    Volkswagen reveals the second generation of its high-riding Passat Alltrack estate. We drive it for the first time on German roads.
  • First Drive
    2 September 2015
    Kia facelifts its Cee'd and drops its six-speed torque converter in favour of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in the process. We drive it for the first time
  • First Drive
    1 September 2015
    Kia has developed a better-mannered, more sophisticated Sportage for 2016
  • First Drive
    31 August 2015
    Thought the 3 Series was losing its edge? Well it's back, with a facelifted version that offers improved performance and dynamics. Does it reclaim its top spot after our drive on UK roads?