Currently reading: Autocar magazine 20 August preview
McLaren P1 GTR revealed; Lamborghini Huracán driven; Ferrari 458 Speciale full road test; goodbye to our Rolls-Royce Phantom

This week’s issue of Autocar magazine, dated 20 August 2014, features a very special road test.

Our team of expert car testers has become intimately acquainted with the Ferrari 458 Speciale, poring over every aspect of Maranello’s supercar to decide whether it lives up to its billing as a pure, uncorrupted driver’s machine.

Our all-German hot coupé comparison test pits the BMW M4 and BMW M235i against Alpina B4 as we ask the question: would the real M3 coupé successor please stand up?

The question of how much car-based fun you can have for £30k is also one we’ve been kicking around the Autocar office lately. What’s the formula for driving fun? Andrew Frankel tries five quite disparate £30k contenders to find out.

In a significant week for new cars, Steve Cropley samples the David Brown Speedback GT and decides whether this retro-themed but thoroughly modern coupé deserves its eye-watering £600,000 price tag.

We also have our first taste of the Lamborghini Huracán on UK roads. Can the successor to the mighty Gallardo build on the allure of the car it replaces? Find out in our in-depth review.

We bid a reluctant goodbye to our Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, which is leaving our care after six months. Providing succour is the Jaguar F-Type Coupé, which has recently turned up in our car park. Both cars are featured long-term fleet updates.

A raft of interesting new cars were unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last week, and we’ve got the full details of the cream of the crop, kicking off with the monstrously powerful McLaren P1 GTR.

Used car expert Lewis Kingston serves up useful tips on how to acquire an E39-shape BMW M5 for as little as £6000. 

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