Next Ford Focus RS scoop; ten alternatives to the new BMW M4; Citroen C4 Cactus full road test; from Africa to the UK on one tank of fuel; Mini's extreme rally car tested
Matt Burt
16 July 2014

This week’s issue of Autocar includes news that will send a tingle of excitement down the spines of hot hatch enthusiasts everywhere – details of the next Ford Focus RS

Ford is fettling the range-topping Focus, which is due to get 330bhp, enough to go toe-to-toe with rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.

What’s more, our scoop story lifts the lid on seven new rivals that are preparing to pitch into the increasingly frantic hot hatch market.

The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is also unveiled in this week’s issue. The British manufacturer’s new 565bhp, 201mph offering is its fastest drop-top yet.

Also in this week’s magazine, we carry out a full assessment of the BMW i8 hybrid sports car on British roads for the first time. 

We also have our first drive in the new Bentley Continental GT Speed, which is the British manufacturer’s fastest-ever four-seat grand tourer, with a claimed top speed of 206mph.

Our in-depth eight-page road test assesses the Citroën C4 Cactus. Can the French firm’s new offering back up its ambitious looks with usable practicality and driving pizzazz. Our experts find out.

Andrew Frankel clambers behind the wheel of a frugal Mercedes-Benz E-class hybrid to see if he can cruise from North Africa to the UK on a single tank of fuel.

BTCC racer Rob Collard travels to the Middle East to sample the Mini Countryman-based cross-country rally car for Autocar.

Our long-term test fleet welcomes the Toyota GT86, as road test editor Matt Prior sets out to discover whether the fine-handling little sports car is as liveable as it is loveable.

The Aston Martin DBS is the subject of our used buying guide. If you’re in the market for an £80k luxury car, we’ve got expert hints and tips to guide you through the purchase.

Please note that due to a printing error this week's issue of Autocar carries last week's date and road test on the front cover.

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