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Fast Jaguar special: Every Jaguar F-type driven; F-type vs 911 vs Boxster; £600k Eagle Speedster driven; Secret Jaguar concept revealed; How to buy a V12 Jag for £2k

This week we finally get to deliver the drive verdict on the new Jaguar F-type – and while we can’t give anything away just yet, we can reveal our eight-page first drive delivers the all-important verdicts on the V6, V6 S and V8 models.

That’s not the end of our Jaguar coverage, either, as this special issue features 27 pages of news and features on fast Jaguars as we celebrate the launch of what promises to be a pivotal car for the brand. Written by Matt Prior, Steve Sutcliffe, Andrew Frankel and Colin Goodwin, it is a must-read magazine for any fans of Jaguar, sports cars in particular and cars in general.

Highlights include a test drive in the £600,000 Eagle Speedster, which recreates the charm of the original E-type in a thoroughly modern way. We also join Jaguar E-type test test legend Norman Dewis as he takes the F-type for a first drive (brilliantly ignoring all instructions from the PR team to drive gently) and Colin Goodwin goes shopping to find out how little you need to spend to get a used Jaguar V12.

We also feature a comparison of the F-type with its chief rivals, the Porsche 911 and Porsche Boxster.

The subject of our exhaustive eight-page road test is the charming Fiat Panda 4x4, while we also first drive the mighty but flawed Audi RS6, heavily revised Nissan Leaf, new Audi S3 and Seat Leon SC.

Ahead of this Saturday’s Shanghai motor show, the news section also features many stories that the relevant manufacturers are keeping under wraps at present.

Meanwhile, James Ruppert investigates which used cars are the safest bet for getting through the revised, tougher MOT, and our used buying guide focuses on the thrills and pitfalls of buying a used Vauxhall Monaro.

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Myk 16 April 2013

World's Best Writers?

Really? The best writers, in any genre, in the entire world?  That's quite some claim.