Autocar Awards special: five-star cars and industry heroes honoured, plus we take a ride in the next-generation Porsche Panamera
25 May 2016

In this week’s Autocar we salute the very best cars we’ve tested in the past 12 months and some of the most important people in the automotive industry.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Ariel Nomad and McLaren 570S all feature among our honours list, as well as Porsche's 2015 Le Mans winning driver Nick Tandy, CEO of the PSA Group Carlos Tavares and Ford Performance engineer Tyrone Johnson.

We’ve also got news of McLaren’s successor to the 650S which is due in 2017 with a downsized six-cylinder engine, the four door 365bhp BMW M2 GranCoupé, and a hot Volkswagen Up GTI.

Plus we go for a ride in the next-generation Porsche Panamera in the testing conditions of South Africa.

Also in this issue:

We also drive McLaren’s outstanding 570GT, Volkswagen’s hottest ever Golf GTI, and the new 2.0-litre petrol engined Audi A3 Sportback, as well as carrying out a full road test on the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Our Verdict

Ferrari 488 GTB

Can the turbocharged successor to the 458 raise the bar again, or have upstarts like the McLaren 650S and Honda NSX beaten it to the punch?

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Our long-term test cars:

We bid farewell to the Lexus NX300h after more than a year on our fleet, test our Suzuki Vitara S on a big trip with four adults, and take the Honda Civic Type R on a schlep to Snowdonia.


James Ruppert tells us his pick of indulgent luxury barges, starting with a 2010 Porsche Panamera for £30,000, and we find some quirky electric and hybrid cars, such as the BMW i3, which cost from just £5750.

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