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TopGear Malaysia March 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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February was more fun than anticipated. With Chinese New Year wedged in between the 28-day month, we didn’t expect to get much done. But an impromptu dash up Genting Highlands proved pretty entertaining, especially when it was done on a tiny Honda Monkey that struggled at times to keep up with the similarly diminutive Kia Picanto we drove alongside it. With a combined output of 92bhp, this month’s feature motorcycle and our yellow chase car aren’t what you’d typically call TopGear material. But the Monkey’s retro styling drew more curious stares than we’d get in a brand new hot hatch. Its struggle at the foggy summit was almost TGTV material too. We hope the feature on page 136 does some justice to our little escapade. Not everything we’ve curated for you this month…

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making it happen

What: Aston Martin Vantage and DB11 Where: Kuala Kubu Bharu British supercar duo snubs our request for a group photo What: Volvo 940 S Where: Bakewell, UK The main reason Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray turned down Ghostbusters 2019 What: a boat Where: Dungeness, UK If Dungeness is the UK’s only desert, what is a boat doing there? Answers on a postcard Who: Chris Harris Where: Geneva, Switzerland Good to see Chris found appropriate clothes in his wardrobe for the Eighties shoot What: snacks Where: Autobahn, Germany Delicious reformed meat product followed by immense sugar rush. Standard TG lunch, then What: what indeed Where: Rachel, NV, USA Evidence, if that were actually necessary, that America is a very strange place indeed… What: the great wall of china Where: TG Towers, UK Wondering what fuels the internet? The answer is… A LOT of coffee…

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1 the shelby gt500 is maximum mustang

“A takedown artist.” That’s how Ford describes the gobby-looking new Mustang Shelby GT500. We presume that’s Murican for ‘giant killer’. That’s backed up by Ford’s bullish claim that “the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger”. Sounds punchy, until you look at the spec and discover the Shelby is every inch the musclebound supercar botherer. Behind the slightly Audi-esque megagrille (supposedly inspired by modern stealth fighter jets), there’s a 5.2-litre supercharged V8 engine. It develops “a projected 700 horsepower” and promises 0–100kph in the mid-threes, and a quarter-mile times below 11secs. Stopping it after the finish line are the largest brake discs ever fitted to an American sports coupe. The upgrades for the new GT500, which goes on sale this autumn, are…

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2 tesla just got out-screened

Oh dear. This is the Byton M-Byte, a fully electric SUV from a Chinese start-up that’s full of tech (AI, 5G) and will be available before the year is out. It also has a 48in screen stretching from A-pillar to A-pillar. But that’s not all… it has a seven-inch touchscreen in the steering wheel. Placed just above the airbag, this display doesn’t rotate with inputs – it remains orientated correctly the whole time, just like in an old Citroen C4. So, in the past few months, the Chinese have managed to land on the far side on the Moon and make a tablet on wheels. Where do they go from here?…

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3 someone has made a half-size hoonitruck

A bloke called Alex Saint has taken a look at Kenny B’s Hoonitruck from Gymkhana 10 and thought “I want one of those.” Just smaller. So instead of using a 1977 Ford F-150, he went for a 1971 Honda N600 pickup and lobbed a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 bike engine in the back to give the 487kg mini truck a power-to-weight ratio of 390bhp per tonne. A keen drag racer, Alex has managed to get the pocket-sized pickup down the quarter-mile in 12.4secs at 167kph. Next up, fitting a turbo to take it to 400bhp, and hit the low 10s. We think Alex may need some medication.…

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4 your future uber isn’t a lightly soiled prius

On-demand flying taxis that will cost no more than folding yourself into a grubby Prius are creeping closer to reality. This is the Nexus, from Bell Helicopter, shown as an actual model at the CES show in Las Vegas in January. Capable of carrying a pilot and four passengers (plus their kebabs) it uses eight articulated eight-foot fans to take off vertically, and can fly 241 km between charges at up to 241kph. Uber is working with several manufacturers on eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, and plans to launch in 2023. Who wants first go?…