Currently reading: Autocar magazine 26 February preview
New Corvette vs Porsche 911, Jaguar F-type and Audi R8; New Audi TT; Under the skin of armoured cars; Abarth 595 road test

This week’s Autocar pits 1700bhp of sports cars against each other, with the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray taking on the combined talents of the Porsche Cayman, Audi R8 and Jaguar F-type.

A challenge too far for the oft-loved but rarely truly credible American muscle car? Nic Cackett discovers that the leaps made with the new-generation Corvette mean that’s far from the case, as the American star at times sets about humbling its opposition.

The build-up to the Geneva motor show guarantees a news section packed with new car reveals. Leading the charge is a currently embargoed story on a significant new small car. While we’ll have to leave you guessing on that one, we can reveal the facelifted Ford Focus, the 200mpg Volkswagen Golf GTE and Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.

We also reveal the first sketches of the next-generation Audi TT, reveal the secret story of the first Seat compact SUV that arrives imminently, and go behind-the-scenes to discover how Mercedes turned a van into its new Mercedes V-class.

The BMW X5 eDrive prototype plug-in car heads up our first drives section, joined by the revised Morgan 3 Wheeler, updated Lexus CT200h, fast Mercedes GLA45 AMG, quick and affordable Porsche Macan S and the Vauxhall Mokka 1.4 Turbo Tech and Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 VVT Turbo. The exhaustive eight-page road test tackles the merits of the Abarth 595 Competizione, a city car with an enjoyable edge.

Adding variety and intrigue to the mix, in our features section Andrew Frankel is set the task of building an engine for AMG, Richard Webber investigates the world of military vehicles and we take a ride in a modern recreation of the much-loved original Ford Mustang.

The latest long-term test fleet includes a sad farewell to the Seat Leon FR, plus updates on our MG 6, Skoda Octavia and used (and much loved) Porsche 911 Turbo and BMW 7-series.

The prospect of buying a used Audi A5 from £8000 takes the focus of our used buying guide, while James Ruppert casts his wandering eyes in the unlikely direction of SsangYong, discovering some appealing bargains as he does so. Our New versus used challenge questions whether to spend £14k on a new Renault Zoe or used Lexus CT200h.

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JimmieR 27 February 2014

Significant new small car?

"Leading the charge is a currently embargoed story on a significant new small car. While we’ll have to leave you guessing on that one ................................"

What was this significant new small car because I could see nothing about it on I'm still guessing because I haven't seen a hard copy of this week's Autocar!