Currently reading: Autocar magazine 18 September preview
World-exclusive McLaren P1 first ride; MG 3 vs Dacia Sandero; Audi RS6 used buying guide; BMW 4-series road tested

This week Autocar delivers a world exclusive first ride in the McLaren P1, lapping at full speed around the Willow Springs test circuit in America as the test team undergoes final hot weather testing.

The full-bore ride is the culmination of a fascinating insight in to how a manufacturer develops one of the most extreme cars on the planet, and gives a tantilising glimpse of just how impressive the P1 is going to be.

News highlights are dominated by events at the Frankfurt motor show, and include reports that the Audi Nanuk off-road supercar could make production, full details of the four cars that will spin-off Jaguar’s new aluminium platform, and the technical lowdown on the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

We also lift the lid on the plans by Mercedes-Benz to have a self-driving car on sale by 2020, have the full lowdown on the new Nissan X-Trail, the full details of the Porsche 918 Spyder’s Nürburgring lap record and outline how the new Honda NSX is targeting Ferrari 458 levels of performance.

Our full eight-page road test puts the new BMW 4-series through its paces, while first drives include the heavily revised Vauxhall Insignia, the Volvo V60 D4, which showcases the Swedish firm’s new engine technology. And the Volvo S60 T6, powered by a new petrol engine.

The features section provides the perfect antidote to the extreme nature of the McLaren P1 ride, with Richard Bremner overseeing a battle of the budget cars, as the new MG 3 battles the Dacia Sandero. Bremner also delves in to the supply routes of Ford, giving a fascinating insight in to how and where cars are delivered to and from.

Autocar's long-term test fleet bids farewell to the Seat Mii this week, while we also update on progress with our new Range Rover. Other highlights from life on the road include the Seat Leon, Land Rover Defender and Dacia Sandero.

Our used car expert James Ruppert writes in celebration of the Ford Mondeo, while our used buying guide tempts on another level, detailing how to buy an Audi RS6 from £30,000. Our new versus used feature asks whether you should spend an imaginary £25k on a Subaru BRZ or Noble M12 GTO-3.

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