Every month CAR interviews the stars of motorsport, demystifies the latest in-car technology and shares our writers’ passion for car culture and car design. Discover the world’s newest and most exciting cars: join us to drive everything from supercars and hot hatches to family cars.
Insider • Munich’s new i7 is an all-electric technological tour de force. But will the design gamble pay off?
‘For the expressive wealthy a limo is no longer a statement’
FROM BRACQ TO RUIN? • Five degrees of separation from E23 to new i7 electric flagship
CITROËN PLOTTING NEW C4X BODY STYLE • French brand plans on smashing together C4 and C5X to make new segmentbending crossover for 2023.
This month’s conversations with CAR
CHIRPY JEEPS • Wild concepts from Jeep’s own engineers are now an annual tradition. Jake Groves ranks the latest
‘I’M A GUY THAT LIKES CHALLENGES’ • Good job, too. Lamborghini’s new CTO must steer a path to electrification while keeping the magical V12 alive.
Six questions only we would ask…
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
New #1 electric SUV: has Smart lost its way? • CAR’s resident millennials bicker about the significance of reborn Smart’s new EV
PORSCHE IPO: WHY IT OPENS THE VAULT • The planned share isn’t about funding sports car R&D – it’s about securing VW’s electric future
My career in three sketches
WHAT’S AUDI PLAYING AT?
HOW SELF-DRIVING TOOK A WRONG TURN • After years of promises and millions in investment, autonomous cars are still stuck somewhere in the future. We examine the obstacles.
PROTOTYPE EV MERC ACES ITS 621-MILE TEST
THE FIVE-MINUTE AUTO BATTERY SWAP • Getting a fully charged battery without a long wait? We try out Chinese car maker Nio’s alternative solution.
Stony silence • The plug-in hybrid version of the Grand Cherokee claims to keep all the usual off-road ability, but now with zero-emissions, zero-noise running
Over delivery • Aston says this is the last ever V12 Vantage. If so, it’s going out with a bang
Long, game • Stretched wheelbase boosts practicality without removing the R’s essential agility
Letter of the month
‘The Lotus Eletre is probably the biggest product about-turn in motor industry history’
‘Honda’s robot was developed for untold millions by engineers who turned out to be wasting their time’
The devil and the detail • The third-generation Range Rover Sport takes tech to a heavenly level but it’s still devilishly old-school at heart
Heir supremacy • A new Range Rover means renewed efforts to steal its crown. The king in waiting goes to war with Bentley’s Bentayga and the Porsche Cayenne
HANS’ DEVICE • In 1987, legendary driver Hans Stuck took this fearsome Porsche 962 to championship glory; 35 years on CAR drives it in a remarkable reunion of Porsche’s Group C endurance racers
PORSCHE AT LE MANS: THE NEXT CHAPTER
BATMOBILE RETURNS • BMW’s M division turns 50 this year, and it’s doing it in style. There’ll be a CSL version of the M4 and there’ll be this: a big-money, limited-run reboot of the iconic ’70s batmobile
FORMULA PHEV • Peugeot’s slick new 308 is available as a plug-in hybrid. Does it do fun with frugality better than Merc or VW?
FIRST AMONG E-QUALS
So, you’re the One • AMG’s hypercar, like all great hypercars, is late and terrifyingly expensive. But, finally, the One is almost ready. We spec ‘ours’ and meet the new AMG boss who’s making it happen
WHO’D BE PHILIPP? • AMG CEO Philipp Schiemer talks delays, controversy and taking the fight to...