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BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine June 2019

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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2 min.

Editor-in-chief @TopGearEditor editor@bbctopgearmagazine.com There’s something uniquely beguiling about Japan. Ever since I’ve been obsessed with cars and car magazines, I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time digging into its constantly shifting automotive culture. Fuelled by grey imports and WRC championships of the Nineties, I’ve spent far more time than is advisable trawling through the secondhand car websites and dreaming about GTRs, GTi-Rs, Supras, Type Rs, Evos and STIs. It’s an affliction that affects 90 per cent of the TG staff and something our guide on p74 helps to articulate. While the worst Japanese car creations are mind-bogglingly woeful – I give you the Mitsubishi Flying Pug (Google it) – there’s something about the best of the breed that makes them truly unique, builds a loyal and obsessive following globally and creates clubs and subcultures…

3 min.
aston’s vantage amr

Big news, driving geeks: the Aston Martin Vantage now comes with a manual gearbox. To grab some attention it’s being introduced with the limited-run Vantage AMR you’re staring at here, but will be offered as an option on regular Vantages from 2020. Much like the V12 Vantage S that featured a cameo-appearance stick shift in the car’s previous generation. It’s a seven-speed transmission with a quirk: it features a dog-leg first. So first gear is left and down, with gears two to seven in the H-pattern road cars more commonly use – cue much stalling at the lights because you think it’s in first when it’s actually in second. Good news is you don’t need to be a heel-and-toe master to get the most out of it – it’s equipped with auto…

1 min.
coffee break

F1: Beyond the Grid BBC & C4, F1 guru Tom Clarkson’s podcast has some cracking interviews. Hearing Kimi R trying to speak English is a delight for the ears Game of Thrones: Season 8 A must-see final season, but not all of our troops watch GoT – sex, dragons and throne wars are not to everyone’s taste Line of Duty: Series 5 Another must-see finale. It’ll already have finished by now – who’d have thought ‘H’ was ‘H’ from STEPS, eh? A playlist of colours Two words – Purple Rain The Chemical Brothers – No Geography Their best album in yonks. Includes the earworm ‘We’ve Got to Try’ (watch the video… it has a dog and an F1 car)…

2 min.
diary of a test driver

People often say, “Hey Timo! Visiting exotic locations, driving supercars as fast as possible – you must have the best job in the world!” To which I reply, yes I do! If by ‘exotic locations’ you mean ‘Finland’s frozen Arctic Circle’, and by ‘supercars’ you mean ‘a ‘North Korean budget supermini’, and by ‘as fast as possible’ you mean ‘at 50mph exactly, non-stop for an entire day’! Yes, it’s been a big week in our development programme, culminating in the Cheery Bong II’s 24-hour reliability test. Normally such a test would be undertaken by a team of four drivers, but Rong Un Motors runs a lean operation. Our team comprises a) me, and b) Jari, who collects my reports twice a week and dispatches them to North Korea. Having written this…

2 min.
vive la comfy car!

You could use the Citroen 19_19 to play concept car buzzword bingo. You’d shout “House!” almost immediately, too, given just how electric, autonomous and connected it is. Far better, though, to channel our energy into excitement. Citroen is going nuts again, and we’re all for it. We’re all for its stonking 30-inch wheels, too. While a set of 22s may butcher the ride of family SUVs, those don’t possess the 19_19’s ‘suspended’ cockpit and hydraulic suspension, which is inspired by the Citroen Xantia Activa, only now with the modern addition of cameras and sensors that allow it to adapt to the terrain ahead. The Activa is one of many cars this centenary-celebrating concept pays homage to. Other references range from the obvious (the old DS) to the absurd (Citroen’s rotary-powered helicopter from…

2 min.
jeep runs wild

WHO KNEW You can lower the Gravity’s windscreen and tie it flat, for those who think it looks too claustrophobic For 53 years, Jeep has held its Easter Safari in Moab, Utah – the owners’ meet of all owners’ meets and the site of multiple unveilings. Namely Jeep’s Easter concepts. This year’s are all based on the new Gladiator pickup, and boy, has Jeep gone to town. Top left is the Flatbill, with “an unmistakable, loud and rowdy appearance”. Never before has a car been aimed so directly at the less mature end of the TG office. As well as containing a pair of motocross bikes, it has been designed to look like one, with decals you’d expect on a two-wheeled toy. Want to do proper off-roading? You won’t want ridiculous fripperies like a…