Currently reading: Autocar magazine preview 20 November
All-new Mini revealed; Caterham Seven 160 tested; Mercedes AMG Gran Turismo Concept revealed; Lotus Elise S1 buying guide

This week's Autocar magazine presents us with something of a conundrum: chiefly, that the impending Los Angeles motor show and Tokyo motor show mean that there is very little we can tell you about the cover stories until the embargoes pass.

One car we can reveal now is the all-new Mini. Our four-page news special includes the full technical lowdown on the British icon, plus pictures of the car from every angle and the lowdown on the new Minis that are set to be spun off from the radical new front-wheel drive platform on which it sits.

We also have the lowdown on the Mercedes AMG Gran Turismo concept, a futuristic sports car that has been designed for display at the LA Motor show but which will only be seen again in the Gran Turismo computer game. However, it's styling may influence the new Porsche 911-rivalling Mercedes GT AMG, which we have the latest spy pictures of.

Our features section also has a motor show feel, as we investigate how the Williams F1 team is lending its expertise to car manufacturers as diverse as Jaguar and Nissan, and we drive the wacky, tilting Toyota i-Road electric vehicle concept.

Autocar's first drive section is also bursting at the seams, and is led off by the Peugeot RCZ R, which Steve Sutcliffe rates as pleasingly - and surprisingly - entertaining.

We also give the Alpina D3 Biturbo a five-star verdict, test the refreshed Honda Civic and drive the VW Golf Plug-in Hybrid, track-focused SRT Viper TA, Seat Leon ST, Skoda Yeti Outdoor and Audi A3 cabriolet.

The affordable, entertainment-focused Caterham Seven 160 is the subject of our exhaustive eight-page road test.

Our long-term test fleet adds a Mercedes A45 AMG to its ranks, while we also have updates on the Mazda 6, Toyota Auris Hybrid, Ford Fiesta ST and Mitsubishi Outlander, Kia Procee'd and Skoda Octavia.

The used car section stars a buying guide to the Lotus Elise S1, which is now available from £7500, while James Ruppert takes a look at cheap fast estates, and we ponder whether to spend £18k on a new Peugeot 2008 or used Land Rover Freelander.

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JOHN T SHEA 20 November 2013


Regarding Steve Sutcliffe's XKR-S convertible, 40% first year depreciation sounds pretty normal for many cars, not just the most expensive (and oldest model) Jaguar. Will the slightly more expensive top Maserati really depreciate less? The cheapest new Bentleys and Ferraris all cost more, and depreciate more too, unless you are lucky enough to buy the right new Ferrari at the right time with no extras and sell it at the right time. Of course the new Ferrari would probably only be delivered about now! I'm also ignoring the question of discounts on the Jag. Hold onto any such car longer than a year and the depreciation drops on a per year basis, though it remains by far the biggest cost. I think it best to write off the entire cost in one's mind if one buys such an expensive car. Incidentally, you list a total of £5.075 in extras but only add only £2,145 to the new price. And I strongly doubt that satnav is an extra, much less one costing £2,010.