Autocar magazine 7 February: on sale now


This week in Autocar, we have all you need to know about the new Audi RS5, reveal the new Porsche Taycan, and look at a Renault redesigned with Lego.

News

The Audi RS4 will soon be called the RS5, bringing with it a hybrid-assisted V6 and a set of dynamics to take the fight to Merc-AMG’s 671bhp C63 – we have all there is to know.

Staying with Audi, we cover the reveal of the RS6 GT – a limited-run, £180,000 estate with carbonfibre everywhere and revised aero.

Over to Porsche and the launch of the new Taycan, said to be ‘better in every discipline’. We have what you need to know about its drivetrain, range, charging, interior and dynamics.

Meanwhile BMW has officially revealed the new 5 Series Touring, set to be sold in the UK initially with two EV options and a PHEV.

Reviews

Subaru has launched the Crosstrek as the replacement for the XV, complete with updates to 4×4 chassis and a new mild-hybrid engine – we find out what they amount to.

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé might have a 470bhp V6 and 0-62mph time of just 4.9sec, but we reckon it’s the most compromised Cayenne you can buy – Murray Scullion investigates.

The BMW X6 has been treated to enhanced powertrains and next-generation interior tech, as well as a brand new look. But is it better than an Audi Q8 or Range Rover Velar?

We’re also testing the Range Rover Sport, Audi Q8 and SQ8, and for road test 5660, we’ve got the Lexus LM.

Features

Nicolas Fremau built a Lego model with his kids one Christmas. Then he and his colleagues at Renault scaled it up into the radical E-Tech Hybrid system. Steve Cropley pays a visit to hear the story.

There’s now an 800lb ft value-led Czech electric off-roader on sale in the UK – and it’s not a Skoda. Kris Culmer takes a drive of the MW Motors Spartan EV 2.0.

What is it like to live with a classic? After buying, restoring, and selling an old Beetle 1302 S, Felix Page tells us why you should enjoy classic motoring while you still can.

Opinion

Matt Prior riffs on the development of cars over the last 20 years and why, if you’re tired or bewildered by most new models, there’s still a pocket of thrills available to you from grassroots British makes.

Steve Cropley, meanwhile, talks about the latest Ford Mustang Mach-E and rejoices at finally being able to recommend it to a friend, why his time with the Audi SQ8 E-tron reminds him of learning to fly, and gives us a final update on his prospective purchase of a classic Range Rover.



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