In this week's Autocar magazine: new Porsche Cayman versus rivals; five new Bentleys unveiled; Land Rover's future tech; fastest-ever Mini road-tested and crucial McLaren P1 performance details uncovered
Matt Burt
19 February 2013

Last week we awarded the second-generation Porsche Cayman a five-star verdict in our first drive, but in this week's issue (dated 20 February) there's an even tougher test in store for Stuttgart's latest coupé.

Matt Prior steers the Cayman S to the hilly roads of Portugal where he puts it up against two more of the best driver's cars in the business: the BMW M3 and Lotus Exige S.

All three cars fit in the £50,000-60,000 bracket (when the Cayman S is specified with the PDK gearbox) and each of them offers distinct thrills. We pass judgement on them all in our seven-page comparison.

The manic Mini John Cooper Works GP is assessed by our team of expert road testers. The £28,790 rocket is the fastest production Mini ever built and boasts a 0-60mph time of 6.6sec. But can it deliver the sparkle that befits a halo model? Find out in our eight-page road test.

Our news team lifts the lid on Bentley's product plans for the rest of the decade. Five new and revamped models are planned as part of an ambitious expansion plan to lift production to a record 15,000 cars by 2018, and we lift the lid on all of them.

Bentley also stars in one of 'extreme drive' features, as Andrew Frankel takes a 202mph Continental GTC Speed on a trip across California and the vast expanses of Nevada.

We give our first impressions of a host of new cars including the Volkswagen Golf R cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI, Peugeot Bipper, Toyota Auris and Hyundai Santa Fe.

There's plenty to talk about in our updates on our long-term fleet, not least because we assess our Volvo V40, which has undergone some manufacturer revisions since our last report. We also report on life with our Seat Mii, Fiat Panda, BMW M135i, Volkswagen CC, Chevrolet Volt and Mazda CX-5.

And last (but least only in terms of cost) our used buying guide focuses on how to bag a deceptively fast Mazda 6 MPS for just £3500.

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