Quickest-ever Bentley unveiled; 40 years of the hot hatch; Renault Twingo and Smart Fortwo featured; Hyundai’s Mercedes rival
Matt Burt
17 June 2014

This week’s Autocar magazine, dated 18 June, stars one of the hottest Grand Tourers ever produced, the tremendously powerful Bentley Continental GT3-R.

Based on the new GT3 race car – already a winner in the hands of the modern-day Bentley Boys – this new rear-wheel-drive model can cover 0-60mph in 3.6sec, and the Crewe-based manufacturer will unveil it at Goodwood Festival of Speed…

Elsewhere in the issue, we celebrate four decades of hot hatch hoonery by gathering together a selection of the best examples of the genre. Can anything beat the Peugeot 205 GTi or Volkswagen Golf GTi as the best-ever hot hatch? Find out in our exclusive comparison test.

Steve Cropley gets up close and personal with the new Smart Fortwo and Renault Twingo, two city cars spun off the same underpinnings, while Matt Prior assesses the Hyundai Genesis executive saloon, Korean’s bold attempt at building itself into a rival for Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW.

The Porsche 911 Targa is the subject of our eight-page road test, while we welcome the Peugeot RCZ R onto our long-term test fleet.

Our used buying guide offers hints and tips for acquiring a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti four-seat GT that can eat supercars for breakfast for £45,000.

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Our Verdict

Bentley Continental GT

Full of character and still able to impress, particularly as a V8

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17 June 2014
Unless they are given away on a cheap lease for the price of base Mondeo and the UK Hyundai staff using them will not sell in the Uk .Ford and Vauxhall can't sell Mondeo and what ever they call the Insignia or Insignificant Vauhxhall or whatever they name it these days.They used to be the top sellers.Now sell less than 25% of their former glory.

17 June 2014
the best hatch ever (In my opinion) has got to be the Renault Megane R26. Although my personal favourite would be a French racing blue Clio 200 cup with recaro seats, Nice

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