Details of Bugatti's Veyron successor; BMW M3 vs Alpina D3; hello Seat Leon Cupra; Ford Grand Tourneo Connect assessed; used Honda Insight for £3000
Matt Burt
6 August 2014

1479bhp. Savour that mind-boggling power figure, because it is one that Bugatti is targeting for its successor to the lauded Veyron. 

This week's Autocar magazine exclusively lifts the lid on the French manufacturer's plans to raise the lofty performance benchmarks established by its nine-year-old Veyron by unleashing an advanced 286mph follow-up to the iconic two-seat hypercar.

Plus we detail how Ferrari and McLaren are already preparing extreme versions of their own hypercar to counter the threat from Bugatti's new machine, which is slated for a 2016 launch.

This week's comparison test assess two different, but closely related, takes on super-fast saloon cars. Steve Sutcliffe pits the BMW M3 against the Alpina D3 to answer one simple question: in a fast BMW 3-series which is the best form of engine to have thumping away beneath the bonnet – petrol or diesel?

Andrew Frankel offers opinions on two revised cars from the Aston Martin stable. Finally, Aston’s flagship Vanquish gains an eight-speed that puts its performance in fully fledged supercar territory, while tweaks to the Rapide S mean it is sharper and sportier. 

This week's eight-page road test analyses every facet of the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect. Does the combination of van-style space above a Ford Focus chassis really offer the best of both worlds?

Also in this issue, Mark Tisshaw gets the inside line on the British Elemental RP1 sports car from the men behind the project. Our long-term test fleet makes room for the Seat Leon Cupra 280, the sportiest offering in the family hatch's line-up, while our used buying guide serves up important information on landing a second-hand Honda Insight for as little as £3000.

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