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BBC Top Gear Magazine September 2017

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.
welcome

Issue 299 September 2017 072 Range Rover Velar We all knew it was coming, didn’t we? But, following the government announcement that from 2040 it will no longer be possible to buy a new diesel- or petrol-powered car, we now have a proposed date for the demise of the internal combustion engine. While the announcement raises more questions than it answers (where is all that electricity going to come from? How and where are we going to charge them? What happens to petrol stations? And pasty companies? Some of which Chris Harris tackles in his column on p31) 23 years is a long time in this industry... Back in 1994, Ferrari launched the 355 boasting 370bhp and a 0–62mph time of 4.7 seconds, the previous iteration of the Bugatti brand was producing the…

6 min.
1 this is the all new rolls-royce phantom... honest

hen you are the self-styled builder of the best car in the world, you tend to attract a certain clientele. Although Rolls-Royce has discreetly reversed away from that particular boast – more of an albatross than a job description – the task of replacing the Phantom isn’t for the faint-hearted. This isn’t just its fagship model, it’s also the car with which the BMW Group announced the brand’s gigantic reboot at one minute past midnight on 1 January 2003. They even called it “the last great automotive adventure”. Follow that, eh... Well, here’s the answer. “Every one of our customers – connoisseurs of luxury in the extreme – was asking me for something more individual to them, not less,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös says. “I was adamant that’s what they should…

3 min.
2 hyundai’s first hot hatch wants to have fun

“O ur target is to be the most fun to drive car in the segment,” says Albert Biermann, boss of Hyundai’s N division. That puts him in charge of the Korean’s performance brand, the frst product of which is the i30 N. It’s front-drive, with a 2.0-litre 4cyl petrol turbo providing the power. There’s a base 247bhp tune, or a Performance Package car, which gets 271bhp. Both produce 260lb ft. Figures which peg the i30 behind a Seat Leon Cupra or Honda Civic Type R. But the point, Hyundai tells us, is that you won’t mind. Because its car puts fun above performance. Both tunes of i30 N ofer a 155mph top speed and 0–62mph in the low sixes. But you still want the Performance Package. That’s because it also adds an…

1 min.
3 mazda should build this midengined hypercar

I ’d love to say that when the invite landed in my inbox, the guys and I debated long and hard about what car we should ask Mazda’s European design director Kevin Rice and his team to help us design. But I can’t, because it would be a lie. The aim of the exercise was to learn about Mazda’s “Kodo” design philosophy (not language, says Kevin) and, with one of its designers, design our own car. This is what we came up with. We asked a for a mid-engined, rotary hypercar that wouldn’t look out of place alongside a P1, 918, LaFerrari or Aston Valkyrie (cliche, us?). In my head it sounds a bit like a 787B. Might even be a hybrid, I haven’t decided yet, and nor will I ever have…

1 min.
4 deal with it: formula one is adopting the halo

F1’s governing body has confirmed the Halo safety device will be mandatory from 2018 Protecting drivers against head injuries has been debated a lot in recent years, and all manner of shields, screens and canopies have been drawn up, debated and tested on track. But the solution is the Halo. “Following the unanimous agreement of the Strategy Group, in July 2016, to introduce additional frontal protection for F1 and the repeated support from the drivers, the FIA confirms the introduction of the Halo for 2018,” says an FIA statement.…

2 min.
5 posh pickups are now a thing

T his is the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class. It is the company’s frst dedicated pickup, and it’s intended to bridge the gap between Merc’s vast SUV range and proper commercial vehicles. Think it looks like a bit like a Nissan Navara? Well it’s the same car underneath, but Merc has done a decent job of changing the styling. Whether it “exudes pure dynamism”, like Merc says, we’ll leave up to you to decide The X-Class will come with three styling packs. Pure is the workhorse that you won’t mind getting scrufy, Progressive is smarter with more body-coloured bits and Power is the most aggressive-looking. Mercedes has spotted the increasing trend for pickups being used as private cars, meaning the X-Class is meant to be comfort-oriented. So while it still has a ladder-frame chassis, there’s…