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BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine April 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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BBC Worldwide Limited
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2 minutos
welcome

Editor-in-chief @TopGearEditor editor@bbctopgearmagazine.com Defender: a word that encapsulates a million stories. The hyperbole tends to get turned up a notch when writing about the icon that is Land Rover’s most legendary product, but few cars command such affection, or have been part of so many people’s stories. Its position in the nation’s psyche brings an unimaginable pressure and the weight of expectation for the replacement is huge. Some products occupy such a deep-rooted place in the fabric of society that it could be argued they should be left alone to age gracefully, for fear that any replacement could never deliver. Imagine, then, the pressure felt by Nick Rogers (executive director, project engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, or, more prosaically, the man responsible for delivering against that tidal wave of expectation) as a handful of journalists…

3 minutos
bmw’s big gamble

Boring though it is to start every electric-car story with a mention of the Tesla Model 3, it’d be neglectful to do otherwise in this case. Because, like the massive-selling Tesla, this BMW is a compact saloon with superb range and gutspinning acceleration. OK, this exact BMW won’t be selling, massively or otherwise. It’s a show car. Specifically, it’s the BMW Concept i4. The concept version of next year’s production BMW i4. And BMW is being unusually frank about that fact. Vital stats then: there’s 523bhp in full performance mode, from a single rear motor, for 0–62mph in “approx four seconds”. The WLTP range is about 600km, or just over 370 miles. The battery has a capacity of 80kWh. To get that sort of range-versus-capacity, the i4 depends on efficient motors. BMW has…

1 minutos
coffee break

What we’re watching/listening/doing, while we should be working Sunderland Till I Die Season 2, Netflix Our resident Mackem Stephen has considered the investment in the second series to be a key money-stream that will strengthen the Black Cats squad come 2021 Andy Warhol exhibition The Tate Modern’s first Warhol retrospective in 20 years. Expect to see all your faves under one roof, just like Toys’R’Us. Kicks off 12 March, runs until September Baxter Dury, The Night Chancers Baxter’s sixth album is “about being caught out in your attempt at being free”. Tipping this album for great things Formula One is back March sees the return of F1. I’ve got a tenner on Latifi to stop Lewis equaling Schuey’s title record. Easy money, right? Ready Steady Cook, BBC One Stuck at home for two weeks? Weekdays at 16:30 have just got…

1 minutos
hunt, lauda and peterson on their bikes

James Hunt is the YNBACA apogee. Even at your maximal cool, you’ll never be as cool as James Hunt tackling even the most menial of activities. Clearing the fluff from his tumble drier. Treating a nasty bout of athlete’s foot. Re-grouting his bathroom tiling. So, sure, obviously James Hunt was always going to look cool riding a bike. Even while wearing kneesocks apparently borrowed from a Victorian schoolchild, and a helmet offering slightly less cranial protection than an empty crisp packet. But even ignoring Mr Hunt, there’s no denying that the rest of the 1977 F1 grid are smashing this scene – a bike race around Brazil’s Interlagos circuit, literally no idea why – with way more style than it deserves. You might assume ordering a bunch of F1 drivers to slip…

2 minutos
go-faster golfs

Typical. You wait years for a new, fast Golf, then three come along all at once. Spoiler alert: none is revolutionary nor the teensiest bit surprising, but we’re glad they’re back all the same. Star of the trio is undoubtedly the Golf GTI. After all, the other two probably wouldn’t exist without it. Like its predecessor, you get a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 242bhp and 273lb ft – expect 0–62mph in the low sixes, and a top speed north of 150mph. Drive is sent only to the front axle (wait for the 300+bhp Golf R for all-wheel drive) via either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG. The GTD and GTE’s powertrains are more interesting on a technical level. The former has one of the cleanest diesel engines in the world,…

1 minutos
believe the hype

WHO KNEW An 1,850kg kerbweight is mighty impressive given all three of those motors, a 15kWh battery and an engine. God bless carbon fibre This is the new Koenigsegg Gemera, and it is a family car. We know this because it has four seats, hot and cold cupholders, front and rear seat infotainment and space for four adults’ carry-on luggage. Also, it is mind-blowingly nuts. It has 1,700bhp, 2,580lb ft of torque, the ability to go from 0–62mph in 1.9secs and up to 250mph. It features three electric motors – one on each rear wheel, and one on the crankshaft – that alone deliver 1,100bhp. In EV-only, rear-drive mode, the Gemera can hit 186mph and travel up to 31 miles. To this is added a three-cylinder, twin-turbo 2.0-litre Freevalve combustion engine that drives the…