This week's issue of Autocar magazine features a Best of British special. We test the magnificent seven - the cream of Britain's best cars - and gather together the 12 best models from the UK's thriving niche car makers.
Jim Holder
28 August 2012

This week’s special 124-page Autocar magazine takes a look at 21 of the best British cars and the booming British car industry.

Our centrepiece feature is a 5000-mile road trip in seven of the finest cars built within these shores, including the McLaren MP4-12C, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Range Rover Evoque and Lotus Exige S.

In addition, we profile 12 cars from the thriving community of niche manufacturers in Britain. Supercars, SUVs, track day fighters and a mass-market hatchback are all represented in a feature that brings this eclectic collection together for the very first time.

We also visit Honda's Swindon factory and find out why the Japanese giant has decided to base itself in Britain, and following our recent online poll we also reveal the name of Britain’s best-ever car.

The first official pictures of the new Mazda 6 are revealed, ahead of its debut at the Moscow motor show and we bring you the lowdown on the revised Land Rover Freelander. Plus, the Aston Martin DB9 gets spied free from camouflage, revealing its Virage-inspired design.

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In our first drive section, we take to the road in the facelifted Jaguar XJ and sample its all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6. We also deliver our first verdicts on the Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 TDI, Lexus LS460 and Hyundai i30 Tourer 1.6 CRDi.

The second-generation Chrysler 300C comes in for scrutiny in this week’s full Autocar road test. Fresh from its reintroduction to the UK market, we reveal whether the bold styling and comprehensive equipment levels and more sophisticated underpinnings can make it a winner in the exec class.

We also say goodbye to our long-term Mini Coupe JCW test car and deliver our latest update on our Subaru XV.

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