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BBC Top Gear Magazine December 2018

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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United Kingdom
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English
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BBC Worldwide Limited
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

Following in the footsteps of the McLaren F1 is, let’s face it, a truly unenviable task and one that most would shy away from. But a little over a quarter-century since the F1 broke cover, McLaren, inspired by the demands of one particular customer, has returned to the iconic three-seat configuration with a limited run of 106 Speedtails to match the F1’s production run. Featuring a hybrid drivetrain delivering 1036bhp, 0–186mph in a blistering 12.8secs and with a top speed of 250mph, the Speedtail is the fastest McLaren road car of all time, or only 7mph faster than the F1, depending on which way you look at it. At 17ft long and featuring a raft of new materials including two new formulations of carbon fibre, gold (18 carat white gold…

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1 the supra will be worth the wait

Mid-engined Supra, anyone? In the planning stages, Tetsuya Tada suggested an engine behind the driver and BMW was happy to go with it, but he took the idea to the big boss, Toyoda, “and he told me off”This is the car we’ve been waiting 16 years for Toyota to pull its finger out T and build. A brand-new Supra, the fifth generation of a legend (sixth, if you want to throw the 2000GT in there as a spiritual starting point) and the car that could single-handedly revive the Max Power movement.Developed under a joint venture with the new BMW Z4, the worry here is that Toyota’s wild child might become a little too tamed, too Germanic. To allay our fears, we’re in Madrid to drive a final prototype before the…

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2 future business leaders, your limo is waiting

EZ-Ultimo – aimed squarely at small hen parties and armadillo enthusiastsThe last of Renault’s EZ-branded concepts, after the EZ-GO taxi and EZ-PRO delivery van, is this, the EZ-ULTIMO. The reason it looks more like it belongs in Blade Runner than it does trundling about west London is because it’s built for 2049, not 2019.Inspired by horse-drawn carriages of old, the Ultimo is based on the same electric architecture as the other two EZs but it has a fancier body and cabin, more suitable for its role as a luxury vehicle.Renault thinks these things will appeal to plush hotels and airlines, who can furnish the interior as they see fit to give their VIP customers a proper “point to point premium experience”.Access is via a sliding door and there’s seating for…

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3 the mazda rotary engine returns

Mazda has confirmed it will return to the configuration it made famous via the likes of the RX-7 and 787B: it will build a rotary engine! However, temper your excitement because it’s being rolled out as part of an electric drivetrain; a range extender to recharge an EV’s battery on longer runs. Mazda intends to build two battery-powered electric cars, the latter pairing up with the new engine. We’re told the new rotary – able to run on LPG – will be small, light and “exceptionally quiet”. Oh dear, this isn’t going well. Still, it’s a rotary and that makes up happy. And quite sad.…

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4 project one becomes ‘one’

The new trinity of hybrid hypercars has so far been blessed with evocative, exciting names. The Aston Martin Valkyrie. The McLaren Speedtail. Cor. We’ve been waiting tensely to see how Mercedes-AMG would complete the trio. What would the final name for its F1-engined special, codenamed Project One, turn out to be? It’s ‘One’. Yep. One. As in “Heard about that new hypercar? Yeah, the AMG One.” Still, maybe there’ll be an even lighter, track-only version called AMG Minus One. As opposed to the One for the road.…

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5 audi reinvents the hot hatch

We knew an Audi SQ2 was coming, but we didn’t think it would be this fast. It uses the VW Group’s ubiquitous 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but instead of Golf GTI tune (242bhp), it’s working at a full-fat 296bhp and 295lb ft – the same muscle as the VW Golf R. Or, indeed, Audi S3. The top speed is limited to 155mph and, being an S car, it’s got quattro drive, so 0–62mph is dusted in a claimed 4.8 seconds. That’s a tenth swifter than BMW’s fastest X2, the M35i, which actually has a couple more horsepowers. Hah! Ingolstadt one, Munich nil.…

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