Autocar magazine July 19; New Range Rover Sport driven
This week's Autocar magazine stars a 1000-mile drive in the new Range Rover Sport, taking in seven key, British-based firms that are involved in its production. As well as revealing the first drive impressions of this iconic - and divisive car - we also reveal some of the people and personalities that lie behind its success.
As ever, the cover stories celebrate the diversity of the automotive world: we have everything from the full story of the new BMW 4-series, the tech secrets of the forthcoming Alfa Romeo 4C that give it supercar pace for sports car money and used car stories on the fast and affordable Fiat Panda 100HP and the Jaguar XK8, which provides quick thrills from £6000 these days.
The news section is further enhanced by the first spy pictures of the next-generation Jaguar XJ, scoop details on Mercedes's planned Rolls-Royce Phantom rival and the full reveal of a new British-built car that are embargoed until the magazine hits the shelves on Wednesday. We also have a four-page report on the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, highlighting all the stars and their cars, as well as recounting some of our own experiences at the event.
The first drive reviews section is led off by the Nissan 370Z Nismo and Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, and also features the new Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and Hyundai ix35. The Peugeot 2008 undergoes the full road test treatment, with our testers asking if it is a credible Nissan Juke rival. Our long-term test fleet update includes a sad farewell to the Mazda CX-5.
Incredibly, we get to drive the Toyota LMP1 challenger flat-out in our preview to the Le Mans 24 Hours - although it's worth pointing out that this incredible opportunity comes at the wheel of the team's high-tech simulator as opposed to its priceless racing car. Steve Cropley also meets a pioneer of electric car technology, Lord Drayson, who is gunning for the electric land speed record next week.
James Ruppert's used car section ponders the aforementioned fast, cheap Jaguar sports cars, while Lewis Kingston ponders whether you should spend £17,000 on a new Ford Fiesta ST or used Volkswagen Scirocco R.
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