BMW M235i vs A45 AMG, S3 saloon and Cayman; latest Mercedes GT AMG details; Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution buying guide; Mini Cooper S road test
Matt Burt
1 April 2014

An all-German comparison pits the new BMW M235i against three performance rivals: the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, Audi S3 saloon and Porsche Cayman.

Mercedes-Benz AMG’s new 500bhp-plus V8-powered sports car has entered the final phase of testing, ahead of its planned public debut at the Paris motor show in September, and we’ve got all the latest gossip on the rear-wheel-drive coupé.

Meanwhile, our expert test team subjects the new Mini Cooper S to the most thorough road test analysis in the business. The third-generation hot hatch beat its rivals into submission in last week’s group test – now discover whether it can secure a prestigious five-star road test verdict.

Jean Todt, boss of global motorsport and motoring body the FIA, speaks to Autocar about the challenges of improving road safety, while one man tells all about his love affair with a rare 1970s electric car.

Our in-depth used buying guide offers hints and tips for sniffing out a solid second-hand Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo. These rally-inspired Italian hatches are definitely in the ‘keen collectors’ rather than ‘cheap runabout’ category, but it is possible to pick up a clean example from £15,000.

It’s a sad week for our long-term fleet because we bid farewell to the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake that’s graced our car park for the past year. Find out about the highs and lows of living with our comfortable, capacious and cracking coupé-cum-estate.

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