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TopGear Malaysia

TopGear Malaysia

April 2020

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 editor@topgear-malaysia.com The internet has entered the season of Malaysian politics again. The past decade has ignited a nation’s passion once stifled by the dial-up era. As a result, gone are the days when ministers truly lived large, getting from one five-star hotel to another in decked-out limousines without the pressure of public scrutiny through 101 social media platforms weighing on their necks. It’s a time we were hoping to recreate – to experience ourselves, even if only for a couple of days – when we embarked on a luxurious retreat to Penang in the BMW 740Le, Lexus LS500 and Mercedes-Benz S560e (page 62). Today’s decision makers would get hung out to dry on the internet by our keyboard warriors if they indulged like we did and ran eight pages on the ostentatious affair…

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director’s cut

Mark Riccioni “Who’d have thought a man who chain smokes Marlboro and kills tyres faster than Greta Thunberg updates her Twitter bio, could coin a nickname like Smokey” Andy Franklin “Standing around in a freezing hangar for two days is not glamourous. Luckily, I had the talent of John Wycherley to deliver on my impossible demands” Daryl Loy “Instead of taking another swipe at BMW’s oversized grille, we genuinely wanted to see where the 7 ranked among its rivals, in a special way. It didn’t disappoint”…

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making it happen

WHAT: LAMBO SVJ INTERIOR WHERE: COMO, ITALY It’s a simple choice: we either take the photographer, or the photographer’s kit. There’s not room for both WHO: JOHN TAN WHERE: PULAU TIKUS, PENANG TGM’s photo and video expert working his magic at the wet market after a spot of must-have char kway teow WHO: OLLIE MARRIAGE WHERE: BICESTER, UK Not that it’s cold on our studio shoots, but Marriage only has his laptop on for the warmth its faulty battery is providing WHO: SMOKEY NAGATA WHERE: CHIBA, JAPAN Photographer Mark fights hard through the cigarette smog not to get a soft-focus shot WHO: DAVID STUTTARD WHERE: LOS ANGELES, USA Zero Labs Director of Industrial Design gracefully exits the Bronco after a bout of Tom Ford’s flamboyant driving WHO: ERIC THE FRENCHMAN WHERE: SENLIS, FRANCE Charades at motorway speed – our favourite game. This means “I have forgotten my…

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driving the box

Normally in an Aston Martin, off-road equals end of the road. But not now. This is the DBX, and it’s just getting started. There are six driving modes and five ride heights to choose from, 95mm of total suspension rise and fall. But it’s early in Oman and I haven’t woken up, so I don’t feel the DBX lift 15mm when I engage Terrain mode. Not sure I needed it anyway. The DBX is assured as it gains altitude – no sudden lurch or crash, firmer than a Range Rover, but traction is good, it clambers calmly. This is not the finished article. You knew that by the litter of sponsor decals, more a distraction than a disguise. But with a low roof, 22s and short, plunging bonnet, it’s surprising how…

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coffee break

Meet Vincent Van Gogh This exhibition from Amsterdam promises an immersive multisensory experience. Well worth the trip to LDN and it’s not ear-cuttingly expensive either Don’t F**k With Cats This Netflix true-crime documentary is like nothing you’ve seen before. Be warned: if you like cats, it’s very disturbing. And, no, it’s NOT like 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 1917 Sir Sam Mendes’ latest film and his first written screenplay, is as epic as the reviews suggest. Not a prequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey King Gary This suburban comedy on BBC One & iPlayer is a right royal gem. Meet the new King, sooo different from the old King #AccidentallyWesAnderson Not just a hashtag, but a must-follow Insta account. WARNING! If you love your Wes, you’ll begin to spend every second of the day seeking out potential…

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mika hakkinen sitting on a mclaren, on a golf course

Great art requires no context. Thus, when Mika Hakkinen posted the below photo to his Instagram account late last year, it was captioned, simply: ‘When I go golfing it is like this.” This is irrefutably true. Nonetheless, it’s an image that raises a number of questions. Most pertinently: is there a Formula One car parked in the middle of a golf course? It’s a combination that, traditionally, screams ‘promotional event’. But there are no promotional event accoutrements to be seen here: no flags, no hoardings, just a double F1 world champ, sitting on a McLaren. The chaps in the background appear gloriously unaware there’s anything unusual going on behind them. Maybe there isn’t. Maybe this is how Mika spends every weekend. Can we therefore assume that Mika is… planning on using his…