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Autocar November 27, 2019

Autocar is the car nut’s weekly fix, delivering you a unique mix of the latest news, opinion, features, first drives of new cars and in-depth road tests – all complemented by the best photography in the business. No other magazine covers the subject you love with such enthusiasm, insight and quality every week of the year. Autocar stands for the highest quality in car journalism – and is rewarded with access to the best new cars and the biggest news stories before any of the opposition which we share with you, our readers, every week.

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English
Publisher:
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Damien Smith Editor-at-large Matt Prior Deputy editor James Attwood Deputy editor – digital Rachel Burgess Deputy digital editor Tom Morgan Road test editor Matt Saunders Road testers Simon Davis, Richard Lane News editor Lawrence Allan Junior reporters Felix Page, Will Trinkwon Used cars editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Sami Shah Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Art editor Sarah Özgül Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Senior photographer Luc Lacey Photographer Olgun Kordal Junior photographer Max Edleston Junior videographer Oli Kosbab Video apprentice Tej Bhola SEO manager Jon Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS European editor Greg Kable Used car correspondent James Ruppert Senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel Senior contributing editor Richard Bremner Contributing editor Mike Duff Senior consulting editor Tom Evans Features apprentice Harry Roberts Special correspondents Mauro Calo, Jesse Crosse, James Disdale, John Evans, Colin Goodwin, Hilton Holloway, Julian…

1 min.
the focus for superminis is changing – and for the better

WITH SUV SALES still soaring, car manufacturers are continuing to roll out new versions in all shapes and sizes. Indeed, the covers were whipped off several at last week’s Los Angeles motor show. But don’t forget that other types of car remain hugely popular, including superminis. And it has been a long time since the competition in that segment has been so fierce. The Ford Fiesta, perennially among the UK’s best-sellers, has long been the class benchmark. But it has been narrowly eclipsed as an all-round package by the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo and, as this week’s road test reveals from page 36, the new Renault Clio is right up there as well. The competition is getting tougher, too, with the new Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa, among other cars,…

3 min.
bentley poised with £1.5m ultra-exclusive barchetta

“It will be powered by Bentley’s W12 engine and produce at least 626bhp and 664lb ft” Bentley is readying an ultra-exclusive model created by its coachbuilding division, Mulliner, and described by insiders as the “ultimate open-cockpit sports tourer”. The model is expected to cost upwards of £1.5 million and will take cues from the EXP 100 GT concept, revealed in July for Bentley’s centenary. As well as echoing the concept’s exterior design, it is likely to use innovative and sustainable materials showcased by the EXP 100 GT – for example, the 5500-year-old naturally felled riverwood. Bentley is hoping the special model will give a nod to its past – the Mulliner division dates from the 1800s – while also demonstrating its future direction, as seen in the EXP 100 GT. Its price and…

1 min.
why bentley is doing it now

The Rolls-Royce Sweptail, a one-off custom model costing a reported £10 million – the most expensive car yet commissioned – is enough reason for any high-end maker to get into the game. In the same way that it suits Rolls-Royce’s clientele, Bentley customers are obvious targets for bespoke models costing upwards of £1m. But Bentley has had a tough few years and has prudently focused on its main product line-up. As CEO Adrian Hallmark told us earlier this year: “Last year was not a great year for Bentley. We’d invested a huge amount of money in the previous five years and then launched the products from that investment. We’ve had to restructure and rethink the way we do things.” The fruits of that labour are starting to pay off, with the firm…

4 min.
rs q8 squares up to x6 m

Audi Sport has unveiled the new 591bhp RS Q8 SUV, powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine and with styling inspired by the rally-derived Sport Quattro S1, as the ‘spearhead’ of its range. The BMW X6 M rival, revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, is the first large SUV produced by Audi’s performance arm. It joins the recently revealed RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback in a planned line-up of hot crossovers and Audi Sport boss Oliver Hoffmann claims it features “the genes of a true high-performance sports car”. The RS Q8 has received a substantial makeover from the regular Q8, including a revamped single-frame grille and large front air intake. Although the track width is unchanged from standard versions, bespoke trim strips widen the body by 10mm at the front and…

1 min.
frank lamberty, audi exterior design chief

How challenging was the RS Q8 to design? “It was really a challenge. It’s truly the first RS Q model, so we needed to find an identity for whatever else comes in the future. It’s an SUV, but we looked at rally car coupés. SUVs are the coupés of today.” How was it inspired by the Group B Quattro? “The RS Q8 is a reinterpretation of the Sport Quattro. The Quattro blisters really come out at the front, for example. We’re playing with the details of racing cars: you can see links to the Sport Quattro and even in the old Auto Union cars.” There’s much less chrome than on a regular Q8. Why? “Chrome means prestige, but not from a sporting point of view. Race cars don’t have chrome, so we got rid of…