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TopGear Malaysia

September 2019

Malaysia's number one motoring magazine, licensed by the BBC, home to the most entertaining and exciting car reviews and feature stories you can find on the newsstands. Look no further if cars are your thing.

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editor@topgear-malaysia.com When Geely took on a sizeable stake in Proton, the national carmaker gained its first SUV in the form of the Proton X70. But when the Chinese corporation roped Lotus into the deal by acquiring a 51 percent controlling share from then owner DRB-Hicom, there wasn’t exactly anything interesting to report from Hethel… until now. The Lotus Evija on page 68 is a warning shot directed at every brand that wants to play the hypercar game. Lotus’s insistence on wanting to build the world’s most powerful production car means that even Bugatti isn’t exempted. And at a time when young firms like Rimac and designer-turned-manufacturer Pininfarina think they can reinvent the segment with electric motors good for 1,900 or so horses, Lotus is showing everyone it can do an all-electric diet…

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BIG ROAD MEDIA PTE LTD (201105195M) 220, Tagore Lane, #03-01, Singapore 787600 (TopGear Licensee for Malaysia & Singapore) PUBLISHER Louis Foo • louis@topgear-malaysia.com PUBLISHING PARTNER Big Road Media (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd GROUP MANAGING EDITOR Tony Francis EDITOR Daryl Loy EDITOR, TOPGEAR.COM Ahmad Zulizwan SENIOR WRITER Thoriq Azmi CONTRIBUTORS Eric Chin, David Khoo CREATIVE & PRODUCTION CONSULTANT Kok Yuen Ming SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER John Tan Boon Chuan PHOTOGRAPHER Ying Ching Heng SALES & MARKETING MANAGER Dave Shawn • dave@topgear-malaysia.com SALES MANAGER Treas Lo SALES & MARKETING EXECUTIVE Brandon Lau • brandon@topgear-malaysia.com FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE Ishamudin Berahim, Tan Yee Chin BBC TOP GEAR (UK) EDITOR IN CHIE Charlie Turner DEPUTY EDITOR Jack Rix BRAND MANAGINGE DITOR Esther Neve HEAD OF COMMERCIAL CONTENT Chris Mooney ASSOCIATE EDITOR Tom Ford CONSULTANT EDITOR Paul Horrell EDITOR AT LARGE Jason Barlow SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR Ollie Kew STAFF WRITER Tom Harrison SUB - EDITOR Tom Cobbe CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Mike Channell, Chris…

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making it happen

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bmw’s gone all tron

If we invited you to a magical world where the BMW M8 and i8 were mashed together, you’d surely come along with us. Imagine the i8’s planet-saving disposition, and its exotic looks, construction and layout. And the M8’s thundering performance. Meet the Vision M Next. It was unveiled strictly as a concept car, but someone who knows told TopGear something like it will go on sale as a standalone M car in a few years. “It won’t be exactly like this. But remember how the Vision EfficientDynamics turned into the i8.” It’s a mid-engined wedge, futuristic as you like. But at the same time it’s slyly looking in its rearview: we’re seeing the 1978 M1 and, come to that, the 1972 Turbo concept, as well as the i8. When it’s in full angry mode,…

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coffee break

What we’re watching/listening/doing, while we should be working 13 Minutes to The Moon podcast Amazing insights of how NASA got Apollo 11 to the Moon. It really is sooo much more than Stretch Armstrong and his mate Buzz Lightyear. Listen on BBC Sounds Happy place Stay calm. Look at dogs Stanley Kubrick Take a trip to the Design Museum in London with your droogs. The exhibition is great. Note: there is no vellocet at the bar. On until September Stranger Things: Season 3 It’s here! The kids are back, older and wiser but, Eleven is still…well, Eleven? Office playlist – yacht rock The Doobie Brothers top our smooth-sailing, soft-rock playlist. Some open front floral print shirts and boat shoes will be worn…

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diary of a test driver

Did you know that, in the first 10 years of a new car’s life, its driver’s seat will be sat upon 25,000 times? I do, because that’s what I was ordered to do in the Cheery Bong II this week. Did you know that, in the first 10 years of a new car’s life, its driver’s seat will be sat upon 25,000 times? I do, because that’s what I was ordered to do in the Cheery Bong II this week. You might imagine – as I did when I took this job – that the life of an automotive tester is all ‘skidding supercars around the Nürburgring’ and ‘being seduced by uninhibited ladies’. But there’s far more to it than that. Before it goes on sale, a new car’s every component…