Autocar magazine September 19, 2012
This week’s lead front cover story is the new McLaren P1, the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1. This week's magazine has the full story, plus a collection of memories from Andrew Frankel on our exclusive first test in the original F1.
Elsewhere, there's the full story of the revolutionary BMW concept that heralds the firm’s first front-drive model, the first details of a planned Kia hot hatch plus all the details on a host of new models that will be unveiled at this year’s Paris motor show, including concepts from Lexus and Smart.
Our first drive review section is kicked off by a first test of BMW’s new three-cylinder engine, and also stars the new Seat Toledo, Kia Cee’d SW, Volvo S60 Polestar and Suzuki Splash. We also test Mercedes C63 AMG and Audi S6 wagons against each other, and devote the full eight-page road test to the new Hyundai Santa Fe.
Elsewhere, Steve Sutcliffe reports on the progress with our Toyota GT86 project car, which has been tweaked and taken to the race track for evaluation in the heat of competition, while Matt Prior joins Gordon Murray as he and a group of friends test their latest creations – soapbox racers that have no engine, no suspension and cost just £100.
Meanwhile, James Ruppert offers buying advice on Volvo’s 3-series rival, Vicky Parrott tells you how to save £3k on Ford Mondeos and Nic Cackett finds the best of the new car bargains available.