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BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards 2018

Top Gear is the worlds most exciting Car magazine bringing you up to date news, the latest drives and stunning features.

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13 Issues

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2 min.
welcome

Welcome to the 2018 TopGear Magazine Awards, a celebration of the very best from another year on planet car. Unlike others, we refuse to shoehorn the year’s finest cars into a set of predefined categories, repeated on an annual basis, leaving us struggling to find worthy winners for seven different SUV sub-genres and, if we’re honest, a load of unworthy winners. This isn’t sports day and there are no prizes for effort – we reward results. A TopGear award winner represents the best of the best, a car that delivers more than just transport, a car that will improve every journey, make you smile every morning and possess a fitness for purpose that elevates it above the competition. While the past 12 months has seen every manufacturer struggle to present a…

6 min.
1 if in doubt, smooth it out

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief creative officer, introduces the new Evoque punchily. “The acid test is this. Does the new car make the old car look old? Not different, but old.” He’s right that it isn’t conceptually different: the bloodline from 2008 LRX concept to 2011 first-gen Evoque to this new one could hardly be clearer. But given that the old one served Land Rover mightily well, is it a noble aim to make it look like yesterday’s chip-paper? Isn’t that an insult to his own back catalogue, and a slight on the existing owners? McGovern seldom displays the symptoms of low self-esteem, but his reply to my question is uncharacteristically hesitant: “I guess… I could have phrased that differently.” Then he’s back on track. “I might be wrong, but I don’t…

1 min.
2 volkswagen goes juke hunting

Please welcome to the stage, the VW T-Cross – a crossover supermini baby SUV-thing. See, if we’re being honest, we’re getting a bit lost in the increasingly rising tide of slightly-bigger-than-this but only-a-bit-smaller-than-that crossovers. But the car-buying public seems to be lapping them up like free chocolate on a hotel pillow. So here’s another one for ya. Go on, lap it up. Lap. It. Up. Bigger than a Polo, but smaller than VW’s Audi Q2 and Toyota C-HR rival, the T-Roc (see what we mean?), prices should start at around £17k, so see it as a rival for the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke – just with a plusher interior and that typical VW quality control. We Brits will have two three-cylinder petrol engines to choose from: a 93bhp 1.0-litre TSI 95…

1 min.
3 cancel that discovery order immediately

This is the Technoimpulse Rocket Z. It is a mid-engined nine-seater diesel 4x4 from Russia. And at a whisker under five metres, it’s the length of a Land Rover Discovery, but it’ll house more passengers and go further off road. While the £65,000 Rocket Z costs about the same as an Alfa Stelvio QV, it has a mere 82bhp from its mid-mounted, Hyundai diesel engine. You can upgrade to 99bhp if you’re worried about getting places quickly, but in the places this’ll traverse, you won’t need speed. There’ll be no one else there to keep up with.…

1 min.
4 the harley livewire is silent but deadly

We don’t normally do motorcycles, but the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a bit special… the brand’s first all-electric bike. On sale next year, Harley promises “incredible acceleration” from the permanent magnet motor, mounted low and drawing power from a lithium-ion battery which can be recharged from a standard household plug socket, or a fast charger. The styling follows Harley’s tradition of drawing attention to the engine – only here the engine is an electric motor, not a V-Twin. We await the Hell’s Angels reaction with interest.…

1 min.
5 tesla has actually made some money!

For the first time in two years, and just the third time in its 15-year history, Tesla has posted a quarterly profit. In the three months to 30 September, the company made $312 million from $6.8 billion in total revenue, largely thanks to 56,065 Model 3s being delivered. Not to be sniffed at, that. That said, in Q2 of this year, Tesla posted a loss of $718million. Which is also not to be sniffed at, for the wrong reasons. Still, as ever, the boss was chipper. In a call with investors, its CEO, who you might have heard of, said he also expected to post a profit in “all quarters going forwards”.…