Today, with most – if not all – information online (or there at your elbow, with Alexa) it’s hard to remember a time when a magazine’s arrival at the newsstand was met with real anticipation. And this was especially true as the fall issues arrived, with new models front and center. You could count on Road & Track inevitably featuring something from Europe or Japan, while Car and Driver hyped the most recent hotness from Detroit. Motor Trend, of course, wasn’t immune, but MT’s focus was often something more family-specific; it was for Motor Trend that we have the minivan category…god bless ‘em.
In 2019 the anticipation is diminished, as we’ve probably caught this month’s headlines online. But if you’ve missed it, here’s the lineup for March and April issues on the newsstand, in your mailbox or – just as likely – at your inbox:
Automobile’s March/April issue is the publication’s Design issue. BMW’s recently announced 8 Series earns the magazine’s Design of the Year nod, while the Genesis Essentia is its Concept of the Year. Inside, learn all you need to know about the interiors of autonomous vehicles, an inside-out overview, if you will.
Car and Driver’s March cover is given over – in a big way – to the Shelby GT500 Mustang, with the headline: MUSTANG GOES APE! In that the 2+2 boasts 700+ horsepower, ‘Ape’ may have been an edited version of the full descriptive. Also of note are the pub’s overviews of BMW’s M850i and Bentley’s Continental GT.
At Motor Trend the April cover subject is more prosaic, as it features the ‘Best Small SUVs’. But in the consumer world, ‘best’, ‘small’ and ‘SUV’ are golden descriptions. And MT’s comparisons are always complete, even if you argue with its conclusions.
Road & Track’s March/April cover is given – without commercial interruption – to Porsche’s 2020 911, dubbing the new model ‘Timeless’. And this substantive redesign will be timeless, until – of course – its next redesign. Inside, there’s even more to like, including writer Maggie Stiefvater’s look at MZR Roadsport’s remanufactured – and reimagined – Datsun 240Z. Think of MZR’s work as similar to Singer’s take on Porsches, without using Porsches.