This week: new BMW M2 Competition; Mercedes-Benz A-Class review; Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Porsche Macan

In this week's issue we welcome the new BMW M2 Competition, which arrives with more power and focus than its predecessor - a car that is still regarded as one of the finest sports cars on the road.

There's also our first verdict on the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class as it arrives with loads more kit and sharper looks. Plus, we spill the beans on Ford's hybrid Focus plans.

Are car makers ready to face the upcoming WLTP tests? Autocar speaks to bosses of some of the biggest brands to get their takes.

And is Rimac really destined to be the world's premiere electric hypercar maker? The Croatian firm's head of sales explains why it's future is bright.

Also in this issue

We drive Ford's rorty run-out Focus RS special, the Red Edition, and also take the BMW M5 - the firm's all-wheel-drive AMG E63 rival - for a full Autocar road test.

It's a head-to-head battle for the Porsche Macan and Alfa Stelvio to see which is the most engaging sports SUV.

Then we slip into Ferrari's new 488 Pista to see how its new track-focused supercar squares up.

As the Beijing motor show approaches, we examine the Chinese car market with a list of its car makers from A to Z.

Our cars

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate departs the fleet so we provide a final verdict.

Our Hyundai i30 N is let loose in N mode, providing us with plenty of smiles (but annoying the neighbours in the morning).

Plus, the Audi TT RS has turned into the village bicycle - which has provided its custodian with a wide range of opinions to consider.

Deals

The first Vauxhall Astra VXR has become a real bargain, so we provide you with a helping hand to find a smart used buy.

Plus there are buying tips on used Alfa Romeos, which often rank as some of the best-value and best-looking used buys on the market.

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5 April 2018

As usual, this week's edition (dated 04APR2018), is a very good read, and well worth the investment. The road test of the eighth generation of Roll-Royce Phantom - with its "mahogany panelling" - illustrates that moneyed wealth, should NOT be confused with good-taste!

The sales pitch for next week's issue (to be dated 11APR2018), whets our appetite with the Used Buying Guide  . . .  "Mercedes-Benz CLS. Can't afford the new one? Then read our guide to Merc's original style icon".

The original CLS certainly was a style icon, with all the svelte elegance of a Parisian - or Italian - chic designer item.

That streamlined elegance was lost when the original's "facelift" incorporated the bluff, Teutonic, more upright, corporate Mercedes radiator grill.

The new, current, incarnation of the CLS (page 29, of this week's magazine), shares all the style, delicacy, and substantial "presence" of a rugby prop forward!  It is not a case of "Can not  AFFORD  the new CLS?".  More a question of why would anyone wish to purchase such a vulgar and brutish vehicle?

It is (again) a reminder that the ownership of wealth, is NOT the same as the possession of good taste.

RCT(V)

 

 

 

 

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