McLaren P1 vs Porsche 918; Paris motor show report; new Volkswagen Passat driven; BTCC tyre tech explored; Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray road test

The Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 go head to head in this week's issue of Autocar, dated 8 October. Which will come out on top – the £886,000 McLaren, or the £672,248 Porsche? Steve Sutcliffe referees.

In the news section you'll find all the latest reveals, industry insight and show stars from the Paris motor show, including the lowdown on Audi's new five-door TT Sportback and the 898bhp Lamborghini Asterion.

Elsewhere, Steve Cropley talks to PSA boss Carlos Tavares about his plans for the organisation's future, while Matt Burt tags along with a BTCC tyre technician to find out just how much work goes into providing tyres for each race.

First drives this week include the new Volkswagen Passat, Seat Leon ST and Suzuki Swift, while the road test focusses on the latest Chevrolet Corvette, the C7 Stingray. Is it the most important new Corvette since 1953?

Steve Sutcliffe also tests a prototype version of the new Zenos E10 sports car in this issue, and Andrew Frankel recalls the highlights of Autocar's Britain's Best Handling Car test ahead of its 25th anniversary next week.

Our Verdict

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray

Is this seventh-generation model the most important Corvette since the 1953 original - or is it best consigned to history?

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Our long-term test pages welcome a Caterham Seven 160 to the fleet, and we've also updates on the Leon Cupra and BMW i3, while the used buying guide section plays host to Mercedes' C36 AMG – which is available for as little as £2000.

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Our Verdict

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray

Is this seventh-generation model the most important Corvette since the 1953 original - or is it best consigned to history?

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week