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+

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Matt Prior's tester's notes - no sides when it comes to 'cyclists' and 'motorists'

A chance encounter between driver and cyclist brings long-held judgements to the surface

31 July 2015
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