A truly great M-car has to obliterate its rivals. So if the new BMW M4 is one, it must outperform the C63 AMG coupé. Steve Sutcliffe referees this bruising contest.
Our news section is dominated by an in-depth analysis of Fiat’s latest recovery plan, which centres on an ambitious expansion of Alfa Romeo’s model line-up.
The subject of this week’s eight-page road test is the Mercedes-Benz GLA. It’s the latest entry into an increasingly busy crossover SUV sector. Based on the same architecture as the A-class hatch and CLA saloon, we find out whether the new model can cut it in this crowded class.
Also in the issue, we lift the lid on the secretive world of freelance chassis engineers. Charged with one of the most important tasks in car development, this band of technical wizards serve up a fascinating insight into the motor industry.
Interviews with McLaren boss Ron Dennis and Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk form the centrepiece of our coverage of the new Autocar Stars event, which we launched in south west London last week.
At our new awards bash, Dennis and Musk were the inaugural recipients of the Issigonis Trophy and Sturmey Award respectively, and we also honoured each of the eight on-sale cars that have achieved full five-star verdicts in our exhaustive weekly road test.