Jaguar F-type V8 S tested; new Audi Quattro revealed; Lamborghini Gallardo successor previewed; Volkswagen Golf GTD driven; Freelander buying guide
11 June 2013

This week’s Autocar magazine delivers verdicts on two very different performance cars. Firstly, we sample the Mercedes A45 AMG in the UK, to find out whether the 335bhp mega hatch has what it takes to beat the best.

No less exciting is the Jaguar F-type V8 S, which our road test team have forensically examined to bring you every fact and figure in the definitive verdict of Jag’s Porsche rival.

Our news pages lead with the rebirth of the Audi Quattro. The new car will be a limited-production model with a price tag far in excess of any current Audi. And Audi insiders suggest power could top 600bhp, making for a sub-4.0sec 0-62mph time. 

We also deliver the inside line on the replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo and reveal how the looks of the Mercedes GLA will be toned down compared to the show car.

Our first drives sees our testers delivering the first verdicts on the Mercedes GL 350 as well as on the new Volkswagen Golf GTD and Citroën C4 Picasso.

Steve Sutcliffe’s drive of the Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8 kicks off our feature pages. He takes the priceless LMP icon to the Anglesey circuit to celebrate ten years since its landmark win. We also lift the lid on the BMW 3-series GT and show what goes in to building a Nissan GT-R GT3 racer.

The Our Cars pages usher in the Ford Fiesta ST into the long term test car ranks, and we deliver updates on the Vauxhall Astra VXR and the Seat Mii.

The Mercedes S-class is in James Ruppert’s crosshairs this week, and he spills the beans on why “the best car in the world” makes a stonking used buy. Plus, the Land Rover Freelander gets the full used buying guide treatment.

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11 June 2013

not gonna buy it, it's going to be biased. Blame your new style of journalism autocar

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11 June 2013

What's with all this negative press with Autocar. Surely we should be supporting British industry? Autocar are not biased, they just report things as they are, they are no worse than the other weekly car mag.

 

11 June 2013

if you're worried about bias and interested in purchasing a particular car,  you can always arrange a test drive and see what all the fuss is about.  I did this with the new Range Rover and you know what?......its as good as they say!  Reviews of any kind are just a guide.  If they are written in an informative and interesting way I don't see it as a waste of time.  There are also other articles and bits and pieces which entertains over a cup of coffee on a Wednesday morning.  I think some people take life a bit too seriously!  Maybe they should stick to reading the Guardian.

11 June 2013

Come on. A Jag and a Land Rover freelander on the cover too funnie.. The JLR specialist mag continues! Brilliant .The evidence of brand bias keep adding up.. JLR must be rubbing there hands in joy at how Autocar is giving them free marketing !

To be honest magazine go through cycles .. Few years back it was BMW then Audi .. Now it's JLR turn..oh well! 

Just wish there was more like for like comparison road test betwen brands rather one product reviews ! 

11 June 2013

Bobstardeluxe wrote:

Come on. A Jag and a Land Rover freelander on the cover too funnie.. The JLR specialist mag continues! Brilliant .The evidence of brand bias keep adding up.. JLR must be rubbing there hands in joy at how Autocar is giving them free marketing !

To be honest magazine go through cycles .. Few years back it was BMW then Audi .. Now it's JLR turn..oh well! 

Just wish there was more like for like comparison road test betwen brands rather one product reviews ! 

Shame on Autocar, a British magazine, for featuring British cars on its front cover.  How very dare they?

11 June 2013

There's a test of a Jag F Type V8.  An article about the Lamborghini Gallardo replacement (the Gallardo is one of my favourite cars so please don't f*** it up, Lambo!!).  An article about the new Audi Quattro and an article about the revival of TVR (and who wouldn't welcome that?).

Autocar, you've got my vote.  If the others don't like a British magazine featuring favourable (or should that be "truthful"?) articles about British cars, that is their problem.

12 June 2013

I would be keen to learn how many of these people that are shouting Bias have actually driven a new F Type or New Range Rover / Evoque....?

I have driven an Evouqe extensively and think its a fantastic car, I have also done an extensive and high speed drive in a 3.0 F Type S, and guess what....

Autocar were vilified a few years back for BMW bias, and I drove those cars too... Guess what... yep, they were great as well.

Maybe, just maybe, could it be possible that JLR are simply building fantastic cars, and Autocar reflect what they find..?

If I had a gripe it would be the list prices, they are perhaps 15% over what I would expect. Having said that we have owned an Evoque for close to a year now and the loss on a brand new £42,000 car in 10 months would be less than £5,000 if we sold it today, which is astonishing. So even the high list prices are balanced with good residuals in the case of the Evouqe, time will tell with the F Type.....

You cant please everyone all of the time.........

 

 

12 June 2013

Bought the mag and just seen the artist's rendering of what they believe the new Gallardo will look like.  I am not normally given to talking like a teenage girl but O.M.G.!!!!!  If Lamborghini build the car looking exactly like that it will be one of the very best looking cars to have ever hit the roads, and will have shot straight to the top of my wish list.

It looks bl**dy fantastic!!!

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