Autocar magazine 22 September – on sale now

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This week: electric overhaul for next Porsche Cayman and Boxster, Alpina B8 Gran Coupe road tested, Jaguar XE vs front-driven rivals and more

Porsche’s next-generation Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster, due in 2022, are set to adopt a bespoke electric sports car platform designed to mimic the current combustion cars’ mid-engined characters and which could go on to underpin future Audi and Lamborghini models.

Also in this issue

Ford has revealed a major facelift for the Ford Fiesta. The Supermini gains new styling, tech updates and more punch for the ST hot hatch. 

We delve into the issue gripping the automotive industry, as Piers Ward investigates the international semiconductor crisis.

Reviews

The Caterham Seven 170R leads our first drives section this week, as the small-capacity three-cylinder Suzuki powered sports car returns to Caterham’s line-up to create the lightest Seven yet conceived.

Matt Saunders gets behind the wheel of the track-ready Porsche 911 GTS and the Ford Focus ST Edition, and James Attwood drives the stylish new Peugeot 308 SW. 

The Alpina B8 Gran Coupe subject of our indepth road test, as the famed BMW tuner directs its expertise at a sleek four-door to create its latest flagship

Features

Matt Saunders takes Germany’s latest crop of compact executive saloons with front-drive hatchback hardware to take on the Jaguar XE. Does it have the advantage?

Illya Verpraet attends the first EV-only track day, which took place at Llandow circuit, to catch the action and the pit-lane chat. 

Meanwhile, John Evans reminisces about Hot Wheels, as the company looks towards its 2022 model range.

Opinions

Matt Prior discusses his decision to be more like Charlotte Tilbury, and Steve Cropley talks differing opinions in the automotive landscape. 

Deals

John Evans explains the best way to buy a used Saab 9-5.  

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