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BBC Top Gear Magazine March 2021

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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BBC Worldwide Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
welcome

@jack_rix editor@bbctopgearmagazine.com What’s that thing they say? Never work with small children, animals or Seventies Lamborghinis, even if they are insured for £1.2m and have recently undergone a thorough bolt-up restoration and look cosmetically perfect from the outside. Might get that printed on a T-shirt. But the opportunity to drive an immaculate 1974 Countach LP400 Periscopo – aka the original, aka the one without wings and arches and with those funny narrow 14-inch rims – around the TopGear track in hot pursuit of an 800bhp+ Sián, was too good to miss. It started with a small oil leak after ticking the engine over for five minutes. “Nothing too much to worry about,” said the car’s handler. “Although it is dripping quite close to the exhaust… better shove a fire extinguisher in the passenger…

3 min
a taycan or this?

A Porsche Taycan too sporty for you? An RS7 too petrol-y? Well, the new Audi e-tron GT is right up your street. This isn’t the first pure-electric Audi of course, that title goes to its ever-growing line-up of e-tron SUVs, but the first based on the J1 platform shared with TopGear’s 2019 Car of the Year, the Taycan. Let’s get the salient numbers out the way first. There will be two flavours of e-tron GT initially – e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT. That’s right, this is also the first electric Audi to wear the RS badge. No pressure. Both have a motor at either end for fourwheel drive, both have the same two-speed gearbox as the Taycan on the rear axle to elevate efficiency at higher speeds and both…

1 min
coffee break

Accomplice, Netflix Do you like mud? Do you like going fast? Do you like mountain biking? Yes? Then this beautifully shot homage to the bicycle will melt even the coldest hearts The Great Pottery Throw Down, All 4 Do you like clay? Do you like the film Ghost? Have you ever cried at the process of naked raku? Yes? Then get behind the wheel for this series of pottery challenges TopGear magazine fix You can download the latest edition and back issues direct to your phone or tablet from the App Store. Because when life gives you lemons… settle in and read TG Blown Away, Netflix Do you like glass? Do you like blowing? Do you like double entendres? Yes? Then this series will fire you right up. “I’ve never seen so many glory holes in one…

1 min
nissan pulsar

Here at TopGear, we consider ourselves eagle-eyed observers of Britain’s roads, able to spot, say, a pre-spoiler MkI Audi TT at a thousand paces. Yet, weirdly, no one at TopGear can ever recall having seen a Nissan Pulsar in the wild. This seems statistically improbable, as there are apparently 21,000 Pulsars on British roads today. But still, to the best of our collective recollection, no, nada, nothing, not a sausage. Of course, it is quite possible we all pass many Nissan Pulsars (Pulsum?) on a daily basis, but entirely fail to clock them. Because that was the problem with the Pulsar, which went on sale in 2014 to great fanfare (OK, medium fanfare) before being quietly withdrawn from the UK market four years later. It was beyond bland. Boring. Duller than…

2 min
touchdown

Big news, space fans! There’s a new six-wheeled, one-tonne exploratory rover the size of a Mini Cooper parked on Mars. Perseverance is the largest, most advanced rover NASA has ever sent to another world, and getting it to land on the Martian planet was no mean feat. Seriously, if the thought of parallel parking into a tight space gives you sweaty palms, you’ve got to give props to the parking job NASA just pulled off. Perseverance left Earth seven months ago and has since travelled 293 million miles to Elon Musk’s future home. It punctured the Martian atmosphere at a pretty brisk 12,000mph, and then began its approach to touchdown on the dusty red surface. The spacecraft’s self-guided descent included using a heatshield to slow it down to a still pretty brisk…

1 min
high five for hyundai

Hyundais are cars we admire but don’t necessarily desire. Until now. The Ioniq 5 is the first to use the brand’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform, so it’s hugely significant. It also references the Seventies Pony, the hatch (designed by Giugiaro) that first gave the brand traction outside South Korea. Not sure how many really remember it, but somehow that little nostalgia kick really works. The result is a sharply surfaced example of the perfect post-modern BEV. Hyundai has thrown everything and then a bit more at it. Choose between a single-motor rear-drive version or all-wheel-drive dual-motor one, with a 58kWh or 72.6kWh battery. There’s a multi-link rear suspension too, promising genuine handling smarts. The Ioniq 5 uses 800V battery tech so it can rapid charge from 10 to 80 per cent…