Autocar 20 November
This week's Autocar magazine presents us with something of a conundrum: chiefly, that the impending Los Angeles motor show and Tokyo motor show mean that there is very little we can tell you about the cover stories until the embargoes pass.
One car we can reveal now is the all-new Mini. Our four-page news special includes the full technical lowdown on the British icon, plus pictures of the car from every angle and the lowdown on the new Minis that are set to be spun off from the radical new front-wheel drive platform on which it sits.
We also have the lowdown on the Mercedes AMG Gran Turismo concept, a futuristic sports car that has been designed for display at the LA Motor show but which will only be seen again in the Gran Turismo computer game. However, it's styling may influence the new Porsche 911-rivalling Mercedes GT AMG, which we have the latest spy pictures of.
Our features section also has a motor show feel, as we investigate how the Williams F1 team is lending its expertise to car manufacturers as diverse as Jaguar and Nissan, and we drive the wacky, tilting Toyota i-Road electric vehicle concept.
Autocar's first drive section is also bursting at the seams, and is led off by the Peugeot RCZ R, which Steve Sutcliffe rates as pleasingly - and surprisingly - entertaining.
We also give the Alpina D3 Biturbo a five-star verdict, test the refreshed Honda Civic and drive the VW Golf Plug-in Hybrid, track-focused SRT Viper TA, Seat Leon ST, Skoda Yeti Outdoor and Audi A3 cabriolet.
The affordable, entertainment-focused Caterham Seven 160 is the subject of our exhaustive eight-page road test.
Our long-term test fleet adds a Mercedes A45 AMG to its ranks, while we also have updates on the Mazda 6, Toyota Auris Hybrid, Ford Fiesta ST and Mitsubishi Outlander, Kia Procee'd and Skoda Octavia.
The used car section stars a buying guide to the Lotus Elise S1, which is now available from £7500, while James Ruppert takes a look at cheap fast estates, and we ponder whether to spend £18k on a new Peugeot 2008 or used Land Rover Freelander.
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