New 2020 Tesla Roadster

Motoring Research week in review: 18 November 2017

New 2020 Tesla Roadster

In the modern age, rare is it that a car manufacturer can reveal a new product that nobody had predicted or leaked information about. With most concept cars already known before motor shows, and the internet a hive of activity about possible rumours, Tesla should be commended for keeping the new Roadster under wraps.

Cynics would argue that the Roadster is little more than a smokescreen from Elon Musk, intended to deflect attention from ongoing ‘production hell’ issues with the entry-level Tesla Model 3. It’s certainly true that the firm has given itself a lot of work to do, with introducing a new Semi Truck along with the performance Roadster as well. Only time will tell if the company can manage to resolve all its issues and deliver on the sizeable promises made by these latest two announcements from Tesla. 

This week we’ve also tested an all-new Subaru Impreza, driven the most hardcore Lotus Exige to date, and fallen in love with a gigantic pick-up truck. Don’t forget to visit Retro MR for all the best content about the modern classic cars you love.

Car News

New 2020 Tesla Roadster

With the promise of performance to beat even the greatest of hypercars, the shock new Tesla Roadster is writing some very large cheques. Will it be able to cash them?


2018 Subaru Impreza

2018 Subaru Impreza – First drive
Forget any ideas of fire-breathing WRC machinery right now. The new Impreza is all about the future of the brand, not the past. Can it do enough to win over buyers?

Lotus Exige Cup 430

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 430 – First drive
This is as good as it gets for the Exige, according to Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. At almost £100,000 it needs to be rather impressive to live up to the sizeable price tag

Features and opinion

Isuzu D-Max Arctic Truck AT35

Opinion – This Artic Truck is the best thing I’ve driven this year
Andrew has fallen deeply for the unstoppable Artic Trucks AT35. The only thing bigger than the huge 35-inch tyres it wears is the feel good’ factor driving it brings.

2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Veteran ‘Vette
Chevrolet’s new ZR1 Corvette packs a hefty V8 punch. However, it might be the last in the line for this classic American icon.

2017 Console Gaming Guide

Push start to play
Motorsport is expensive but games consoles offer the chance to race for less. Which one should pick to live out your racing dreams?

Seat Ateca FR

All adrift at Sea(t)
The new Seat Ateca might look impressive, but is it fun? And, more importantly, what does it actually say about the brand?

Retro MR

Retro MR – a celebration of French luxury cars
Gav has a passion for the largest and most luxurious of French cars. This is his definitive list of which Gallic barges really cut the (French) mustard for him.

Retro MR – Auction Fever at the NEC
Last weekend’s Silverstone Auction at the NEC Classic Motor Show saw retro favourites make big money. This a rundown of what pulled in the most bids of all.

Retro MR – Tesla Roadster review from the archive
The surprise Tesla Roadster might be drawing attention, but we’ve tracked down a review of the original from the MR archives. What eight years can do for progress…

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