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BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine

December 2020

Top Gear is the worlds most exciting Car magazine bringing you up to date news, the latest drives and stunning features.

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2 min.
welcome

Editor @jack_rix editor@bbctopgearmagazine.com For my sins, I own a fairly scabby, 15-year-old Audi A3 Sportback. I say it’s an Audi, but by weight it’s actually more crumbs, wellies and toddler paraphernalia than German hatch. We treat it like a mobile boot room, an overflow tank for our overstretched lives. It’s unloved, rarely washed, smells a bit cheesy and has all the glamour of Polyfilla. In a bid to capture my attention, it likes to rotate through engine lights – two or more at a time – and drinks fuel like a 3.0-litre despite being a 1.6. It also has a filler cap so mouldy it may contain the COVID-19 vaccine, but I’m not brave enough to find out. Current value: £1,000, although we’re open to offers. This month, however, I had no choice but…

1 min.
top gear

JACK RIX EDITOR HEAD OF CAR TESTING Oliver Marriage ASSOCIATE EDITOR Tom Ford CONSULTANT EDITOR Paul Horrell EDITOR AT LARGE Jason Barlow US EDITOR AT LARGE Pat Devereux SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR Ollie Kew STAFF WRITER Tom Harrison EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Greg Potts BRAND MANAGING EDITOR Esther Neve HEAD OF COMMERCIAL CONTENT Chris Mooney EDITOR, TOPGEAR.COM Vijay Pattni DEPUTY EDITOR, TOPGEAR.COM Stephen Dobie DIGITAL EDITOR AT LARGE Rowan Horncastle SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM Simon Bond, Olivia Morton SUB-EDITORS Sam Burnett, Peter Rawlins EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, TOPGEAR PUBLISHING Charlie Turner ART TEAM CREATIVE DIRECTOR Andy Franklin ART EDITOR Elliott Webb CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Mike Channell, Chris Harris, Richard Holt, Sam Philip CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Lee Brimble, Mark Fagelson, Jonny Fleetwood, Wilson Hennessy, Rowan Horncastle, Alex Howe, Jamie Lipman, Richard Pardon, Mark Riccioni, Philipp Rupprecht, John Wycherley ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Jason Elson HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS Phil Holland GROUP TRADING HEAD Dan Hellens BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Liam Kennedy SENIOR X-MEDIA SALES EXECUTIVES Kit Brough, Lindsey Dobson REGIONAL BUSINESS…

3 min.
lotus’ lightbulb moment

It accelerates differently from any other car I’ve been in. Because rather than the acceleration tailing off as you go faster, in the Lotus Evija it just keeps ramping up. The more speed you add, the more you’re pinned back into the seat. At some stage, physics dictates, it must let up. But when? At 160mph down Goodwood’s back straight, the force multiplier still appears fully engaged. Trying to get your head around what this must feel like? Put your internal combustion car in third at 20mph and floor it. Not much to start with then a growing crescendo of acceleration, right? If it’s turbocharged you’ll get the big push at around 3,000rpm. Weirdly then, the all-electric, four-motor Evija is more like a naturally aspirated car – progressive delivery all the…

1 min.
coffee break

What we’re watching/listening/doing, while we should be working Travel Man: 48 Hours in… Amazon Prime Video has all of Richard Ayoade’s hilarious whistle-stop jaunts. Provides a quick fix for anyone who’s missing their minibreak Ratched, Netflix This dark and gruesome series is gripping and stylish (1947 stylish that is). Follow the exploits of Mildred Ratched as she sews her way to becoming a nurse at a California psych hospital TopGear magazine fix You can download the latest edition and back issues direct to your phone or tablet from the App Store. Because when life gives you lemons… settle in and read TG The History of a Dream Michael Jordan’s favourite team-mate Scottie Pippen, narrates his personal journey through the history of basketball. The best voice to fall asleep to is available as a sleep story on the Calm…

1 min.
mitsubishi mirage

The Mirage was everything a cheap and cheerful city car should be, save for two tiny details. One, it wasn’t cheap. And two, it wasn’t cheerful. At all. Arriving in 2012, apparently unaware things had moved on in the city car game since the late Eighties, the Mirage married a bleak interior to a driving experience that was, if anything, even gloomier. The steering wheel and front wheels were on strictly non-speaking terms, while the suspension offered all the cosseting comfort of a nasty fall down a flight of concrete steps. In fairness, the Mirage was not without merit. It wouldn’t cost you much in fuel, mostly because, after driving it once, most owners chose to leave it parked on the driveway and took the bus instead. And it came, as standard,…

1 min.
mein gott, bmw’s done a gti

Don’t get too excited. The new Golf GTI Clubsport is not the follow-up to 2016’s Nürburgring FWD record holder, the Clubsport S. It’s not a limited edition and no effort has been made to save weight. While VW claims it’s 13secs quicker around the Green Hell than the standard MkVIII GTI (7:54 vs 8:07), mainly thanks to almost 300bhp and tweaked suspension, it’s hardly what you’d call hardcore. In reality it’s a replacement for the old Golf GTI TCR – a normal GTI with added focus, but not so much that day-to-day usability is compromised. Classic GTI. And while the TCR arrived towards the end of the Golf MkVII’s life, the new Clubsport has made its debut mere weeks after we experienced the standard MkVIII GTI for the first time. VW,…