Shock new plans for a Rolls-Royce 4x4; Lotus Exige Cup driven; BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf; all new Freelander spied; Honda NSX: "Our only goal is to thrill keen drivers"
Jim Holder
22 October 2013

This week's Autocar magazine kicks off with the amazing story of the proposed Rolls-Royce 4x4, which company bosses have confirmed is under evaluation for production.

Full details of the vehicle, its cost, what platform it would be based on and where it would be made can be found in the four-page story, plus details of Rolls-Royce's plans to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to its cars in the shorter term.

Aston Martin chief Ulrich Bez also reveals the potential extension of the firm's tie-up with Mercedes-Benz and AMG, and reveals that plans for a Lagonda-badged SUV have been reignited as a result of the partnership.

We also have the first spy photos and details of the new Land Rover Freelander, to be renamed as part of the Discovery family, and the next-generation Land Rover Discovery. The full - and astonishing - McLaren P1 performance figures are also revealed.

Charles Morgan also outlines his plans to appeal his dismissal from Morgan Motor Company, Hilton Holloway reports from the Global Automotive Forum on the latest developments in China's burgeoning car market and we reveal why new technology will help fight global gridlock.

The Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo is the subject of our exhaustive eight-page road test, while we also have first drives of the new Lotus Exige V6 Cup, Audi A8, Hyundai i10, BMW 518d, Jota Mazda MX-5 and Toyota FCV, the first fuel cell saloon to go on mainstream sale. Those drives are complemented by an exclusive two-car test between the new BMW i8 and Nissan Leaf, with Richard Bremner calling the result between the two electric vehicles.

A feature interview with the Honda NSX development chief reveals the inspirations behind the new car, as well as the guiding philosophies behind its creation. Meanwhile, Steve Cropley soaks up the atmosphere at the Bathurst 1000km, one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles.

Our long-term fleet updates include a welcome to the Audi RS4 Avant, an update on the Morgan Plus 8 and the latest on life with the MG 6. Other updates include the Kia Procee'd, Ford Fiesta ST, Mitsubishi Outlander and Volkswagen CC GT.

Our used car section features James Ruppert's advice on Aston Martin Cygnet alternatives, a buying guide to the dependable and decent Lexus IS200 and poses the question as to whether you should spend £40,000 on a new Ford Mustang GT Premium or used Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

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22 October 2013

Shouldn't they wait until April 1st for this news?

22 October 2013
nick644uk66 wrote:

Shouldn't they wait until April 1st for this news?

Maybe the Rolls-Royce 4x4 was/is meant to coincide with Halloween ?!

22 October 2013

Horrific, but like a lot of new concepts you need to give it time, & if our far Easterm friends like it RR are going to reap profits which will go into more acceptable models


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