Mighty 903bhp McLaren P1 driven; Detroit motor show report; full BMW i3 road test; Ferrari 308 used buying guide; long-term Jaguar F-type update
Jim Holder
20 January 2014

To coincide with our landmark drive in the McLaren P1, a car that Steve Sutcliffe describes as "for now, the most exciting car to drive in the world", we have produced a special, McLaren-themed edition of Autocar this week.

Complementing the in-depth eight-page first drive, we have an exclusive interview with McLaren road car boss Mike Flewitt, who has been steering the company to profit in 2013.

We also reveal exclusive details of the new Porsche 911 Turbo-rivalling P13 and a mooted new £400,000 supercar that will slot in the range between the McLaren 12C and McLaren P1.

In addition, Andrew Frankel turns back the clock 20 years to recall the behind-the-scenes stories of when we tested the original ground-breaking McLaren F1.

Nor is the McLaren the only car we've driven this week to set our pulses racing; the BMW M235i nets a rave review from Richard Bremner, and we also get behind the wheel of the memorable Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, BMW 435i convertible and Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.

The range-extended BMW i3 undergoes the full road test treatment, earning itself a four star rating, while our long-term updates include the budget-based Dacia Sandero, mighty Jaguar F-type and increasingly fuel-efficient Seat Leon.

The Detroit motor show dominates our news section, with Toyota's extreme FT-1 sports car concept, a mooted Toyota Supra for the modern age, taking centre stage.

Other highlights include the Volvo Concept XC Coupé, which hints at the look of the new Volvo XC90, the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, which previews the new Audi TT and the Kia GT4 Stinger, which reveals the Korean brand's mooted Subaru BRZ rival.

James Ruppert brings his usual blend of entertainment and information to our used car section, pondering over the best Subarus money can buy. Adding some variety, we have a used buying guide on the glorious Ferrari 308 GTB, and ponder whether to spend £23k on a new Nissan Qashqai or used Bentley Turbo R.

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Our Verdict

McLaren P1

The stakes couldn't be higher, so has the P1 risen to the challenge?

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