JEEP WRANGLER, Team America Wins

Good on and of road, the new Wrangler combines classic Jeep character and cleverly deployed 21st century tech. By James Taylor

LIKE BLUE MOONS, Halley’s Comet and England World Cup semi-final appearances, a new Jeep Wrangler doesn’t come along every day. This new JL-series is the fourth Wrangler since the name first appeared in the late ’80s, although the spirit goes back much further: the roughest, toughest, traddest Jeep can trace its roots back to the original CJ (Civilian Jeep) series, itself an evolution of the original war-hero Willys.

ASTON MARTIN DBS SUPER LEGGERA

Thick and Fast

The ‘superlight’ bit of the name is a downright lie, but Aston’s new uber-DB11 is a joyously accomplished high-speed GT. By Ben Pulman and Georg Kacher

WITH A 211MPH TOP speed and a 715bhp twin-turbo V12, the third new Aston Martin in six months is the fastest and most powerful road car the company has ever built. It’s to the DB11 what the Vanquish was to the DB9: a re- skinned, amped-up version of Aston’s front-engined GT.

ON THE FACE of it, Toyota has kept the changes to a minimum on its Aygo city car, and you can see why - it’s the biggest seller in its segment so far in 2018. The front end has been tweaked to bring out that striking ‘X’ design and updated light clusters fitted at each corner. Inside, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now available, while on the outside there are a couple of new exterior paint colours on offer.

ON THE FACE of it, Toyota has kept the changes to a minimum on its Aygo city car, and you can see why - it’s the biggest seller in its segment so far in 2018. The front end has been tweaked to bring out that striking ‘X’ design and updated light clusters fitted at each corner. Inside, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now available, while on the outside there are a couple of new exterior paint colours on offer.

The new Competition version of the M2 – which is the new M2 – is better in every way, and is worth every penny of its modest price increase. Yes, really. By Georg Kacher

WHERE’S THE CATCH? A seriously upgraded M2 at a barely increased price sounds too good to be true, and yet here it is in the howling, screeching, thrilling metal.

The new M2 Competition isn’t a special version of the M2 – it replaces the M2. BMW needed to do some work on the M2 to satisfy the latest emissions

And then you try to charge it, relying on infrastructure that is far from adequate, and you start to think again. But maybe that won’t be a problem by the time the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo goes into production, likely to be three years from now.

A bit Macan, a bit Panamera, all electric. As the Mission E nears production as the Taycan, we drive the prototype SUV-style Cross Turismo. By Georg Kacher  

FLOORING THE THROTTLE flattens every climb. Give it stick and it feels like a winch-powered glider just before it lets go of the tow hook or a monorail thundering through the esses.

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