New Porsche 911 GT3 driven; "Mind-blowing" Audi RS6 full road test; Audi Quattro buying guide; New Mercedes S-class, revised BMW 5-series, Lotus Exige S roadster, Nissan Note and Kia Procee'd GT driven

This week's Autocar is jam-packed with new car reviews, headlined by an exclusive drive of the new Porsche 911 GT3, Mercedes S-class and Audi RS6.

Both the Porsche 911 GT3 and Mercedes S-class are subjected to in-depth six-page review features, while the Audi RS6 gets the full road test treatment, revealing that this incredible two tonne-plus car can go from 0-62mph in less than four seconds.

Other drives include the Ford Fiesta-rivalling Nissan Note, the heavily modified Nissan Micra, new Lotus Exige S roadster, Kia Procee'd GT, facelifted BMW 5-series and the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports, The most fuel-efficient Vauxhall Corsa ever and a UK drive in the Nissan Juke-rivalling Peugeot 2008. We also evaluate the Vauxhall Astra VXR, Kia Procee'd, Caterham Seven, Dacia Sandero and Renault Twizy in our test fleet updates.

We also have all the news about the Porsche 911's hybrid future, and scoop details on the new Porsche Macan, which is expected to become the firm's best-selling model. We also reveal the latest on Caterham's new sports car, being developed in conjunction with Renault, and it's new entry-level Caterham Seven, plus the full story on Volvo's new small crossover and Peugeot's latest financial woes.

Lord Paul Drayson's electric land speed record bid comes under the spotlight in our features section, following the drama throughout the day as the team built up to the 200mph run that earned it a place in history.

Our used buying guide details how to land a reliable, loveable Audi Quattro from £10,000, while James Ruppert runs down the best city cars for urban survival, starting from £1500.

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Our Verdict

Audi RS6 Avant

Performance behemoth sheds two cylinders. Is that progress for the mighty Audi RS6?

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