In a month packed full of supercars, our biggest story didn’t involve a powerful petrol engine at all. It was, as our cover proclaimed, that BMW’s latest 5-series had come second best to the Mercedes E-class. Although it was one of the closest contests of the entire year, Andrew Frankel concluded: “By a small but significant margin and for the first time in the memory of anyone on this magazine, a new E-class has gone up against a brand new 5-series and won. Not by much, just enough to make history.”
It was left to editor Chas Hallett to conduct a slightly plusher twin test: Rolls-Royce versus Rolls-Roycein sunny California. Chas found the new Ghost a noticeably more agile and more intimate-feeling Rolls, yet also one that didn’t tread on the toes of the bigger Phantom.
In our news coverage, we brought you the first proper look at the A1, Audi’s take on the premium supermini and its attempt to steal sales from Mini. Mercedes took the wraps off its F800 Style concept, which showed its intention to build a smaller four-door coupé as an underling to the CLS. Our story reported that the production version will arrive in the UK in 2013, will be built on the same new A/B-class platform, and will replace the CLC coupé.