Autocar magazine, 18 July 2012. Highlights include the Mercedes SLC, Pagani Huayra and McLaren 'super-Atom'
This week's Autocar magazine is headed up by the full, behind-the-scenes story on Mercedes' new 911 beater, the SLC. With development under the control of the high-performance AMG arm of Mercedes, the secret details of its performance and capabilities make for compulsive reading.
We also drive the sublime 720bhp Pagani Huayra. In his in-depth review, tester Steve Sutcliffe concludes that it's a "fantastically mad car" but one that every enthusiast should want to know more about – and yearn to own. You can also watch our Huayra video review.
McLaren's concept of a future supercar is also revealed. Dubbed the 'super-Atom', it takes the concept of stripping a performance car back to its bare essentials to a new level. Meanwhile, in an exclusive test, Andrew Frankel also drives the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race car.
The Peugeot 208 gets the full road test treatment, and readers can find out why it struggles to make an impression among the best cars the supermini class has to offer. First drive reviews include the Volvo V40, Audi SQ5, Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon.
Our used car expert, James Ruppert, also reveals how to buy a great used Mercedes A-class from just £1000, and our used buying guide offers up tips for landing a tantalisingly fun Skoda Octavia vRS from just £1600.