BMW M2 coupé scooped, wet handling test, new Corsa takes on Fiesta and Polo, Bentley GT3-R driven, Porsche 918 Spyder road test, our long-term Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV goes off-road
Matt Burt
22 October 2014

This week's issue of Autocar magazine, dated 22 October 2014, reveals the secrets of the forthcoming BMW M2 coupé. We've got the latest information on the Munich manufacturer's latest performance car, which is currently under development.

As the autumnal weather takes a turn for the worst, we ask what car is best in the wet? Included in our shoot-out on a soaked test track are the Toyota GT86, Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Golf R, Nissan GT-R, Audi RS4 and Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.

Matt Saunders drives the thundering Bentley Continental GT3-R. With 572bhp, a top speed of 170mph and a price tag of £237,500, the GT3-R is a glorious tribute to Bentley's return to racing, but how does it compare with the Crewe manufacturer's more luxurious grand tourers?

The stunning Porsche 918 Spyder is the subject of our in-depth eight-page road test. Does the high-tech hypercar convince our team of intrepid testers than it is as compelling as rivals from McLaren and Ferrari? Find out in this week's issue. 

At the more modest end of the performance envelope, we compare big-selling superminis, pitching the new Vauxhall Corsa against the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, the two cars it must beat if it wants to achieve the Luton brand's aim of becoming the nation's best-selling car.

Other key first drives in this issue include the clever and practical Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI 90 SE, the prodigiously powerful Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the rugged Seat Leon X-Perience 2.0 TDI and the retro-themed Jenson Interceptor Supercharged.

Our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV blends go-anywhere looks with the promise of hybrid frugality, and this week we put the former part of that equation to the test by taking to Britain's green lanes to find out if it really can cope with off-road driving conditions.

The subject of this issue's used buying guide is the Jaguar S-type R, offering hints and tips on how to bag this slice of sporting elegance at a bargain price.

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22 October 2014
A well-known satirical magazine has a section listing pompous and pretentious quotations. If ever you feel inclined to start the equivalent, can I nominate the following from this week's magazine?

"its muscular wheel arches are a nod to the Audi Quattro-like billowed arches of the 1982 Nova"

I'm just imagining the punters entering a Vauxhall dealer and exclaiming it on spying the Corsa

22 October 2014
sierra wrote:

A well-known satirical magazine has a section listing pompous and pretentious quotations. If ever you feel inclined to start the equivalent, can I nominate the following from this week's magazine?

"its muscular wheel arches are a nod to the Audi Quattro-like billowed arches of the 1982 Nova"

I'm just imagining the punters entering a Vauxhall dealer and exclaiming it on spying the Corsa

Worse still, would be the salesman/woman/person saying it to the potential customer . . last seen edging towards the exit door !!

22 October 2014
Rather like an exclusive in The Sun, Autocar has scooped the BMW M2 that Car magazines carried as a cover story last week.

Ahem.

22 October 2014
Have you even read Autocar's M2 story. If you had, you'd see it contains new info and is not just a rehash of what is already out there.

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