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NEWS

Bentley’s first EV High-riding saloon due in 2025 6 Jeep’s eco push Aim: be world’s greenest SUV firm 10 McLaren PHEV New twin-turbo V6 plug-in hybrid 12 Apex AP-0 Track-inspired UK electric supercar 15 Budget How spending plans will affect motorists 16

TESTED

Vauxhall Corsa-e First verdict on electric supermini 22 Mountune Ford Focus RS It has 513bhp. Yes, 513bhp 27 Audi Q8 RS Heavy metal thunder: 2315kg, fiery V8 29 Renault Captur 1.3 TCe 130 S Edition ROAD TEST 30

FEATURES It shouldn’t happen to a ’Vette Or is midships okay? 38 What were they thinking? Cars that broke the rules 46 Alpine A110 triplets We discover the best version 48 A bit special Inside JLR’s special ops division 52 Car theft investigation Why is car crime still rising? 56 Drive like an F1 driver Frankel tests a single-seater 63

OUR CARS MG ZS Final reckoning on value-led electric SUV 68 Skoda Superb Replacement arrives after a prang 71

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse Why shredded wheat can fuel a CO2 cut 17 Steve Cropley ‘Building’ the perfect no-frills 911 19 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 20 Damien Smith Confusion over Le Mans and WEC 60 Motorsport round-up F1, BTCC, Nascar, Colin McRae 61 Your Views US road trips beat driving across Europe 66 Matt Prior Have we really had enough of experts? 90

DEALS

James Ruppert The best first cars for £2000 72 As good as new An A6 for execs… and everyone else 75 Spied in the classifieds Porsche, Plymouth, BMW 76 Used buying guide Sporty Celicas from just £500 78 New cars A-Z Key car stats, from Abarth to Zenos 80 Road test index Track down that road test here 89

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COVER STORY

THIS WEEK

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BENTLEY’S EV, PLUS A NEW FLAGSHIP SUV 6

MID ENGINED C8 MEETS CORVETTE OWNERS 38

FIVE STAR A110 vs TWO FASTER VERSIONS 48

❝TWENTY YEARS AGO, I'D HAVE ROBBED A BANK TO BE ABLE TO BUY THIS CORVETTE❞

COLIN GOODWIN FALLS FOR THE MID ENGINED C8, SO WHY WOULDN’T HE BUY ONE? 38

FULL ROAD TEST: RENAULT CAPTUR 30

COMMENT

BUSINESS AS USUAL, AS BUSINESS GETS UNUSUAL

THERE’S NO escaping talk about the impact of the coronavirus at the moment. As we’ve detailed in recent weeks, it has already caused the cancellation of the Geneva motor show and factory closures and plummeting sales in China. Now, international launch events for the first drives of several new cars have been postponed – including the Porsche 911 Turbo, Seat Leon and Ferrari SF90 – along with a number of big news events. That has clearly forced some changes upon us and a shu ing of our contents here, but the show at Autocar is very much going on. We’ll still be filling our pages in the coming weeks with all our regulars plus lots of exciting, off-diary features to inspire, engage and interest you, like we have in all 125 years of our existence. We also know it might be tricky for you to get to the shops, so now is the time to subscribe. Visit autocar.co.uk/subscribe, or see page 20. We’ll try to relieve the boredom of any period of self-isolation. But here’s a thought: what better way to self-isolate than being on your own in the car, enjoying the simple pleasure of driving? Mark Tisshaw Editor mark.tisshaw@haymarket.com here, but the show at Autocar is very

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