The cover star of this week’s magazine is the all-new BMW M4, as imagined by Autocar. The two-door M4 will be joined for the first time by a four-door M4 Gran Coupé, with a significantly upgraded six-cylinder engine shared with the M3 and capable of more than 500bhp in its most potent form.
That twin-turbocharged engine made its debut this week in the X3M and X4M, which BMW has revealed ahead of a planned debut at the Shanghai motor show in April. Both will be sold in standard and Competition guises, and stand to rival the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and Porsche Maan Turbo.
Elsewhere, we get a first passenger ride in the all-new Range Rover Evoque. After a brief experience on a closed off-road course at the car’s reveal, this was our first chance to see how it rides on UK roads.
Other news includes Infiniti’s plans for an electric ‘reinvention’ of its brand in Europe, the arrival of a new Audi TT RS, Mitsubishi lifts the lid on its Geneva-bound ASX compact SUV, and we look at whether Brexit is already having a damaging effect on the UK car industry, or if it will be catalyst for a turnaround.
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