This week's Autocar magazine is headed up by Mercedes' upcoming Porsche 911 beater

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.

As ever, the magazine is available from all good newsagents, or available for download from Zinio or the Apple iTunes store.

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17 July 2012

I don't really believe Mercedes are going to make a car with a flat-6 motor behind the back wheels, that can win rallies and win Le Mans and stay popular for 40+ years.

17 July 2012

But, for once, i'm in total agreement with Uncle Mellow.

Peter Cavellini.

17 July 2012

I thought this project was declared dead a few weeks back in the magazine?

17 July 2012

Can these fellows not think of a new front cover headline? I'd have to look through the back issues, but I am absolutely certain that we have had at least 3 911 beaters on the front page. As far as I know, none of them has ever removed the mighty 911 from its perch.


Maybe the journalists should wait for a car to beat it in all the usual objective ways before declaring a winner.

18 July 2012

Pretty bad news for Peugeot reading that it cant compete with the class best. that will be a big blow for those thinking that Peugeot were on to a winner with the 208. When i first seen the car a few weeks back in my local dealer i thought i was in a minority when i saw it as i thought it wasnt that special. possibly not!!

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