Magazine Issue
November 2017
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Welcome
“AMG can build a better supercar than Ferrari,” announced a clearly very excited and animated Lewis Hamilton in our exclusive interview with him shortly after he stepped off stage from revealing the Ulti-Merc, aka the AMG Project One, to its awaiting
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1 Honda Stole the Frankfurt Show With This
The suicide doors must stay on the production version. Petition now When it’s made, RHD models will feature a three-pin logo. Non-fact If you misbehave, we’ll force you to count the pixels in the Urban EV O K, Merc’s Project One F1-powered hypercar w
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Electric Cars Appear to Be Catching On...
Prepare yourself. In the future, cars will look... well, a lot like cars, actually I f we’re not already living in the age of the electric car, then our children will be. A trend that began, terrifyingly, with the G-Wiz in 2001, has now gathered enou
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3 Jag’s Getting Creative With Its EV Strategy
Skittles – there’s a golden sponsorship opportunity right here By 2040, we’ll all be driving, or being driven by, one of these. Boo D oes the idea of owning an EV send you into a blind rage? The simple mention of a fast charger have you clawing at yo
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4 Let the 0–249mph–0 Games Begin
When you dress for a business lunch and end up doing 249mph instead Chiron’s windscreen sporting the local car auction look B ugatti will attempt to set a new production-car speed record in the Chiron at some point next year. But as a continued remin
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5 The Volvo XC40 Looks Exactly Like a Tiny XC90
T he XC40 is a Volvo of many frsts. It’s the frst Volvo based on the EV-ready modular architecture it co-developed with owner Geely, which will also underpin other “40-series” cars – like the V40 Golf rival. And it’s the frst to be ofered with the “C
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7 The Joy of SVX
The new Disco was a massive fan of cheesy Wotsits Take a wrong turn on the school run and you too could end up here O wn a new Discovery? Lack of of-road ability probably isn’t top of your list of complaints, but JLR’s SVO department doesn’t care. Of
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Hot Hatches Are in Rude Health
Delete paddles, add manual, find a decent road. Lovely I t’s the group that just keeps on giving. No sooner has the tail-happy Focus RS been deposed as the TopGear hot-hatch of choice by the magical new Honda Civic Type R, and already there’s a gaggl
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TVR Is Back in Business
Buttons, vents, a steering wheel – and this time they might work M eet the all-new, 21st-century TVR, the frst since a wealthy consortium – headed by entrepreneur Les Edgar – wrested the company away from Nikolai Smolenski in 2013. The name is famili
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Harris
Land Rover is the success story of the British motor industry. Sales have skyrocketed, proftability is better than ever, and without it, Jaguar, the other part of the JLR business, would struggle to survive. In fact, LR’s recent work has been so popu
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Reid
There’s a defnite sense of trepidation from those around me. The group is enormous – there are well over a thousand of us, but it is strangely quiet. Most fddle with their cameras, walk in silence or speak in hushed tones, questioning what might lie
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View
I remember the frst time I climbed into the cockpit of the F4 Phantom. This legendary supersonic jet fghter was simply huge. At 57 feet and 7 inches long, it was 20 tonnes of screaming aluminium beast that needed a ladder just to climb up the side to
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MY LIFE IN CARS Sir Ben Ainslie
The frst car I ever owned was an Eighties Dodge Aries. I was living in Savannah, GA for about four months, training for the 1996 Olympics, and needed a car. There was very little funding in those days, so we did a deal with the local secondhand car d
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF... Craig Callum
Wake up as the sun blasts through my old windows into my eyes. I really must install some blinds because it always wakes me up before my… ...alarm goes of. I’ll run through my messages and emails from bed. We have a few partners with American brands
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Lewis On The Grind
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PROGRESS REPORT Fiat Barchetta vs Fiat 124 Spider
Want a fascinating stat? Fiat sold 751 Barchettas during the roadster’s 10 years in the UK. In the 124 Spider’s frst year on sale, Fiat has shifted 1,194. There are no doubt numerous reasons for this – the Barchetta was a left-handdrive curio, after
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The Time I Barrelrolled an Alfa Romeo Touring Car
It’s quite a famous accident, because I rolled over maybe seven or eight times and totally destroyed the car. My memories from 1994, when it happened, are great. I went on to win the British Touring Car Championship in the Alfa 155. I’d started well,
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Design Fluff
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THE TG GUIDE TO... F1 lingo
Formula One. It’s quite literally one of the motorsports on the planet. What it frequently lacks in overtaking excitement, F1 more than makes up for in self-importance, incoherent marshalling decisions and technical lingo. But before you attempt to d
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Tech for Dummies
Petrols are smooth and quiet and have wide rev ranges It’s likely to push most cars toward auto transmissions Last August, diesels made up more than 47 per cent of the cars sold in Britain. This August, they plummeted under 40 per cent. It’s not just
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Freshly Minted
Volkswagen Polo £16,500 approx. W hen I were a lad, lazy headline writers would label any new Polo version as “Freshly minted”. Or “Sweet”. A proposition “Free of holes” but that maybe “Cost a packet”. If those lame puns were ever OK, they certainly
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European Union
Aston Martin DB11 V8 £144,900 A hooligan V8 is more involving than a refined V12. Discuss Downsized engines are all the rage. They make cars cheaper and more fuelefcient, after all. But sometimes a downsized engine ofers more than that. Sometimes it
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Cat With a Long Tin Roof
Jaguar XF 25t AWD Sportbrake £42,435 A boot fit for Afghan hounds, red setters and King Charles spaniels... Stubborn bunch, the Jaguar faithful. Thank goodness for that. When the F-Pace came along, we were told without hesitation that meant no more n
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Toute la Famille
Citroen C3 Aircross £16,200 C3 Aircross grabs the squircles of the Allegro and Panda and runs P eople-carriers are the sheep of the car world: multi-purpose (chops, wool and glove-leather) but low on star quality. Everyone wants crossovers for their
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Anger Management
Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50 £139,460 GT C sits above GT S but below GT R. Alphabet not AMG’s strong suit What does C stand for? Nothing, really. It denotes the model that sits directly beneath the rabid GT R in the AMG GT line up, but Mercedes doesn
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White Good
Nissan Leaf £21,680 (est) In a world of 300-mile Teslas, 150-mile range is OK. Just OK S ay what you like about the Nissan Leaf – we have and will – it’s still the bestselling electric car in the world. Somehow more than 238,000 units have been regis
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So, What Else Is New?
What should I know? It’s the stylish Velar with a sensible 2.0- litre 4cyl diesel, here in the more powerful of its two tunes. It ofers 237bhp and 48.7mpg, with prices starting at £53,720. Should I care? If you want a Velar for its looks and interior
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In the Beginning
Genesis G70 3.3 Turbo Sport £TBC Hyundai has watched and learnt from the European carmakers “L et there be a premium sub-brand,” said Hyundai, and lo, Hyundai begat a luxury ofshoot called Genesis. It’s been working its way down the posh-saloon size
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Mercedes-AMG A45 vs Audi RS3
Yes, a 376bhp A-Class. That’s 376bhp from two litres, after the facelift prompted by the arrival of the MkII Audi RS3, which briefly held the record for world’s most powerful hatch. A45 v1.2 also has optional Comfort/Sport suspension, a limited-slip
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Jeepers Creepers
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk $85,000 est. Y ou’ve got to love SRT. The beer-swigging, heavy-metal-listening go-faster ofshoot of the US FCA family. Over the past few years, it’s been knocking it out of the park with cars that adhere to its principle
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What Lies Beneath
All very clever, but which one of these buttons gets me Test Match Special? “This brain-fryingly complex bundle of tarmac-melting power is pretty well exactly the unit that ran in F1 in 2015” A s we reported live from the Frankfurt show on the unveil
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What Actually Lies Beneath
This isn’t the Formula One unit – those are headbanging short-life dog ’boxes. This is a road-designed eightspeed unit, with paddleshifts. Like the engine, it acts as a structural member to carry suspension loads It generates power from the spinning
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The Test Driver
Performing his signature crepcheck for the camera This is a situation that could quite feasibly occur in Lewis’s world TopGear: You said after you’d driven onto the stage tonight, that it was the frst time you’d pressed the button and fred this thing
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50 Years of AMG the Greatest Hits
Half a century ago, two engineers did an odd thing by leaving their jobs in the world’s best car engineering company, Mercedes-Benz. History justifes them. The little race-engine tuning shop they founded grew, expanded its ambitions and eventually en
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Three Tenors
Try as it might, Corvette just couldn’t master that tricksy Olympic logo The Corvette: proudly providing V8 accommodation for over 60 years Triton rocks: Maser’s V8 may not be groundbreaking, but damn it sounds good I t’s hard not to grin when you he
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Kings of the Hill
Horrell demonstrates the patented ‘Horrell Very Late Apex’ All seats are electrically operated in the Discovery. From your phone. Boo ya Sweden, Britain, Germany. The Axis of School Run Price: £51,855/ £60,655 as tested Engine: 1969cc, 4cyl TD, 235bh
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New Power Generation
i30N trawls the autobahns in search of Golf GTIs and Megane RenaultSports ÒThe firmÕs growth rate is astonishing. ItÕs gone from domestic joke to global superpower in under 40 yearsÓ An actual round steering wheel, an actual manual handbrake and an a
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Wagon Wheels
Quite simply the purplest way to traverse the wilderness The E-AT2. Singlehandedly putting the ‘eek’ into E-Class Like a bloodhound, Tom Ford sniffs out the only puddle in the area “Out in the wild, a threatened E will make itself look as tall as pos
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Adventure Ready
If you want serious overlanding or longterm expedition capability, then you need a conversion by Austrian adventuremongers Action Mobil. Two, three or even four powered axles, and anything from a luxury camper to a mobile laboratory are available, al
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Pipe Up
Hello Mini Cooper S Works Edition 210 £22,155/£29,430 OTR as tested This very much a grey-area car. It’s not entirely made by the factory, but it is a factoryadvertised model. It’s called a Cooper S Works Edition 210, and squeezes into the admittedly
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One Careful Owner...
Report 6 Aston Martin DB11 £157,900 OTR/£187,005 as tested Button pressing: what you need when the road turns twisty After six happy months and over 7,000 miles in Woking’s answer to grand touring, the 570GT, I now fnd the Aston’s hefty great keyfob
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Bridging the Gap
Report 6 McLaren 570GT £154,000 OTR/ £199,485 as tested A suit bag, but not milk carton, can fit on the back deck... It’s not a GT, this. Well, not compared to the DB11 that’s been my usual commuting companion for the past few months. That does long-
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Au Revoir, Chérie
Goodbye Renault Scenic £25,445 OTR/£28,080 as tested Most of the design is strong. The R-Link, on the other hand... Deep in Renault’s Techno Centre, design vice president Laurens van den Acker gestures to a graph. Sales last year were up 12 per cent
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Lord, Won’t You Buy Me...
Hello Mercedes S500 cabriolet £111,215 OTR/£126,520 as tested Ollie has turned into Medallion Man ever since this arrived... O ver half the Mercs sold in the UK are A-Classes. Hooray for the afordable lease. And MB is making headlines with F1-derived
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Second Opinion
Report 2 Peugeot 3008 GT Line £27,595 OTR/ 32,410 as tested I had a minor man panic while packing for the Norris family holiday when I saw the amount we were taking. Would it all fit into the CX-5? I tested the two big cases the day before, but when
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Micra vs C3
Goodbye Citroen C3 £16,825/£18,710 Nissan Micra £18,010/£18,560 “Lots of folk respond well to the C3’s buggy looks and fresh thinking” Ollie Kew: I think living with these two is a great example of why long-termers are fascinating things. Both engine
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Gene Therapy
Report 5 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV £61,000 OTR/ £73,505 as tested Race or Advanced Efficiency? Choices, choices... DNA. In human speak, it’s the carrier of genetic information that either makes you a square or bonkers. In Alfa speak, it’s a four-stage rot
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It’s a Wrap
Report 2 Ariel Nomad £36,538 OTR/£55,313 as tested Cover dries a treat over a ping pong table, but compromises visibility You have a choice if you choose to drive an Ariel Nomad every day. You can either weatherproof yourself or the car. Or, if you’r
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Racing Legends
2 014’s F1 W05 Hybrid is arguably the most successful racing car ever. It scored 16 wins from 19 races, versus the McLaren MP4/4’s 15 victories from 16 in 1988, or Ferrari’s F2002 which won 14 of the 15 races it competed in during 2002, in the midst