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TopGear Malaysia September 2019

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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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en aquest número

2 min.

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…

1 min.
making it happen

3 min.
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,…

1 min.
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…

2 min.
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…

2 min.
return of the jedi

This is the new Porsche Cayman GT4. Of course, it’s now got ‘718’ in its name, because when Porsche facelifted its mid-engined two-seater and dropped in a four-cylinder turbo engine, it added the ‘718’ bit to pay homage to a classic four-pot Porsche of ye olden days. But fear not. The turbo engine has been banished from the GT4. This thing’s packing a 4.0-litre, 8,000rpm, 414bhp flat-six. That ought to make a jolly nice noise. Power is up 35bhp from the last GT4, which never really wanted for poke. We loved it. Won our 2016 Sports Car of the Year Award, in fact. But we’ll take the extra horses. Torque matches the old 3.8-litre version’s 420Nm. And it’s actually no quicker: the GT4 does 0-100kph in 4.4sec. Just like before. Top…