Vauxhall VXR GTS vs BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG S; all-new Volvo XC90 SUV development ride; VW Golf R tested; Porsche 911 Targa driven

Our cover story this week is a good old-fashioned super-saloon shootout, where the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG S face up to a new challenger: the new Vauxhall VXR GTS.

Is it a walkover for the Germans? Not one bit. The future of Volvo seems assured too. In our news special we have exclusive details of the exciting new models coming from the Swedes.

Our Hilton Holloway has also spent time with Volvo’s engineers in the Arctic Circle and had a development ride in the all-new XC90 seven-seat SUV.

Meanwhile, our road test team has been putting the exciting new VW Golf R through its paces. Is it worth the extra over the incredibly polished GTI, or better than a BMW M135i?

We’ve also travelled to Italy to have our first go in the new Porsche 911 Targa and driven the new Cadillac CTS to see if the Americans can finally match the best that Europe has to offer.

Finally, we say hello to the pinnacle of the Autocar long term test fleet: a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. Is it worth the £300k price tag? We have a long time to find out.

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Our Verdict

Vauxhall VXR8
The VXR8 packs a supercharged 6.2-litre V8

The last all-Aussie VXR8 is the most powerful yet. But is it the best?

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