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TopGear Malaysia November 2019

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editor@topgear-malaysia.com Driving fast and fancy cars for a living can be fun. But the most valuable experiences you can acquire as a motoring journalist don’t always involve ridiculously powerful supercars that look sharper than Salt Bae’s cleavers. In fact, they don’t necessarily come from the driver’s seat either. This was the lesson we learned after spending two full days in Proton’s Centre of Excellence in Shah Alam to interview the instrumental individuals behind the development of the 2019 Proton Saga (page 60). Granted, the recently-updated saloon is essentially the same car Proton launched three years ago, but with a few modern touches that have become rather routine since the merger with Chinese carmaker Geely. That said, no amount of foreign influence can rewrite the fact that the Saga was the nameplate that started…

1 min.
making it happen

WH0: PROTON EMPLOYEES WHERE: SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR The hardworking individuals behind the 2019 Saga stand proudly beside their pride and joy WHO: JACK RIX WHERE: TG TOWERS, UK Jack watching himself. Literally. Every hour of every day. Just like a modern reinterpretation of the Narcissus story… WHAT: CHINESE SIGN WHERE: HUAI’AN, CHINA Ladies’ parking? Which is what? Wider spaces? With extra space for PMT tantrums? In this day and age? Really? WHAT: MARK FAGELSON & DAN READ WHERE: CANCÚN, MEXICO Looks like Dan and Mark’s ultra-exclusive, super-serious ‘Defender on the Moon’ shoot turned into a bit of a stag weekend… WHO: TAX I DRIVER WHERE: M25, UK Only the best quality taxis for the TopGear team. What’s 52,300 miles between friends anyway? WH0: OLLIE KEW WHERE: STAGS HOLT WIND FARM, UK “One o’clock, two o’clock…” However much you wish it to be so, wind turbines don’t make…

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porsche’s big gamble

Slung low, wide of hip, its body melting over huge tyres and lazily slipping through the air, the Taycan has Porsche written all over it. But it’s spiced up by constituents shot from somewhere in the next decade: the floating headlamps, the huge curved instrument screen and the haptic interface. Its acceleration is quick enough to blitz nearly everything Porsche makes, with a 2.8sec thump from zero to 100kph and 0–200kph in under 10, executed with instant, uninterrupted thrust. The £115,858 Taycan Turbo and £138,826 Turbo S (see, normal Porsche names for not-normal Porsches) both kick out the equivalent of 625bhp from their front and rear motors combined. The Turbo S, in its Sport mode, gets ‘overboost’ via a more powerful front inverter, taking it to 761bhp Off-the-line oomph comes via a…

2 min.
diary of a test driver

Over the centuries, all creative industries have seen a battle between the artists and the financiers. And so it is with North Korean budget superminis. Back at Rong Un Motors’s Pyongyang HQ sit the money men, pinching every won*, especially when it comes to signing off the necessary living expenses** of their test drivers. But out here, in the Nevada desert, stands a man with a grand dream. That man is me, and his dream is to make the Cheery Bong II the best-handling North Korean supermini bar none. All that stands between this dream and reality is the limit of my own imagination, and in a much more real and threatening sense, the Rong Un Motors management. Sure, some may see test drivers as nothing more than walking crash test…

3 min.
lambo goes ’leccy

Say hello to Siån (pronounced ‘Shh-ahnn’), the fastest and most powerful car to ever come out of Sant’Agata Bolognese. Yep, Lambo has gone hybrid. But not as you’d imagine… it’s juicing its beloved V12 with supercapacitor technology rather than lithium-ion batteries. Their main advantage is the ability to accept and deliver charge much faster and to tolerate many more charge and discharge cycles. Crucially, they’re also lighter and more energy-dense. The Siån uses a supercapacitor that is three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight, or three times lighter than a battery producing the same power, feeding a 48-volt e-motor, delivering 33bhp. Like other mild hybrid systems, it has been incorporated into the gearbox, meaning the e-motor can take the strain during low-speed manoeuvres. More importantly, it helps feed…

2 min.
arch nemesis

Welcome to the new Audi RS6 Avant. Power by turbo V8. Interior by Star Wars. Bodywork by The Incredible Hulk. The old 552bhp Audi RS6 was hardly a Q-car, but this new version is a whopper, 80mm wider overall than your manager’s A6 Avant. Those wheels? A huge 22 inches, to fit the biggest Audi brakes ever. A 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 delivers 592bhp, and torque’s up by 99Nm to 800Nm, because the new RS6’s gearbox can handle the twist. It has an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive, of course. You’ll go from rest to 100kph in just 3.6 seconds, and on to 304kph. Along the way, the body is automatically lowered thanks to intelligent air suspension, which also works to keep the RS6 level in corners. It’s a system shared…