BMW i8 vs Porsche 911; radical Mini roadster concept revealed; first impressions of the BMW X4; Dacia Sandero long-term goodbye

This week's issue of Autocar magazine, dated 28 May 2014, includes one of those groundbreaking comparison tests that don't come along very often.

We've pitted the cutting-edge technological tour-de-force that is the new BMW i8 with the more conventional (but no less compelling) Porsche 911. Is this the moment where the new wave of sports cars finally overtakes the old guard? Our testers find out.

The strikingly bold Mini Superleggera Vision concept is previewed, and we examine what the car could mean for the future direction of the BMW-owner manufacturer's products.

Every aspect of the new Audi S1 is picked apart and appraised by our team of expert road testers. Company chiefs at Ingolstadt have pitched the car as a rival to the potent Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works. We discover if it can compete.

Also in the issue, Richard Bremner takes a Mazda 6 on an economy drive from Norway to Spain. The aim is to drive the car across the Continent and try to match its official economy figures, proving once and for all whether Mazda's SkyActiv technology really is as frugal and clever as the Japanese manufacturer claims.

The future looks bleak for Lancia, but we've laid out our strategy to save the brand – starting, naturally, with a new version of the iconic Stratos.

Elsewhere in the issue we have our first taste of the new BMW X4, offer some used buying hints and tips for the Ferrari F40 and reflect on a year with our cheap and very cheerful Dacia Sandero.

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