The Geneva motor show always ensures we’ve got some tasty stuff on the cover of Autocar during March, but this year the month got off to a rather bigger flier. Autocar published its 5000th road test – the latest in a line that stretches back to when Autocar created the concept in 1928 and road tested the Austin Seven (Gordon England Sunshine Saloon, if you’re interested).
The subject of road test number one cost £170. Road test number 5000 was the most expensive, and fastest, car we’d ever tested: the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It hit 60mph in 2.6sec. Or about as long as it takes to change gear in an Austin Seven.
Away from the fuzzy glow that comes from knowing we’re working at a magazine with more heritage than any other in this business, in March we did also get excited about that aforementioned Geneva show. With good reason, too. Alfa Romeo probably stole the show – certainly our front cover – with its 4C concept car, a mid engined, Lotus Elise-sized two-seat sports car. We remain as desperate now as we were then for Alfa to put it into production.
There were some other show crackers, too, including the production variant of Ferrari’s FF four-wheel-drive super-coupé, the 1100bhp Koenigsegg Agera R and the Morgan Threewheeler. And, more sensibly, the Skoda Vision D concept and an 88mpg Kia Rio.