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BBC Top Gear Magazine June 2017

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

When, in 2010, Ron Dennis proudly revealed the MP4-12C at Woking and proclaimed that he could scientifically prove that it was better than the competition in every parameter, it not only articulated McLaren’s approach to engineering, but created a stick with which to beat its first home-grown supercar since the F1. Supercars have to be about more than just science, they have to appeal to your other senses – they have to tug on your heartstrings and spike your adrenal glands. In short, they have to have soul, and, while impressive, the 12C always struggled with its science-over-emotions approach. With the mid-life refresh in 2014 which gave us the 650S, the science was still present but the emotional element had been dialled up. However, for many, the 650S was still too…

3 minutos
1 the mini has been remastered

WHO IS DAVID BROWN? I’m standing next to David Brown admiring his Mini Remastered and sipping a delicious ale. His delicious ale, actually. When he’s not sprucing up Minis, he also runs the Bad Co. Brewery. “The key is to keep the two separate, I can’t indulge both my passions on the same day.” Wise words. Other interests? Rally driving (he once won the historic Mintex championship in a Subaru) and singing in a rock band. Anyone’s else’s CV feeling a little sparse all of a sudden? Remember the 2011 Mini Rocketman concept? Course you do. That was BMW firting with the idea of building a Mini-branded city car, comparable in size to the Issigonis-designed original. But whether it was the fnancial case or crash regulations that killed it, it’s gone awfully…

3 minutos
2 america’s actually lost it

HENNESSEY EXORCIST vs DODGE DEMON Meet ‘The Exorcist’. John Hennessey’s 1,000bhp Camaro ZL1 that’s out to rid the Dodge Demon. Using Chevrolet’s potty Camaro ZL1 , John and his bhp monkeys have gone to work on the s’charged, 6.2-litre LT4 engine (that normally produces 640bhp and 640lb ft of torque) and turned it all the way up to four figures. When equipped with the optional drag radial tyres, it’ll see off 0–60mph in under three seconds and tramp the quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds. Let the drag racing games begin! It’s ofcial: America is goddamn drunk on horsepower. Just a month after unveiling the deranged, wheeliepopping 840bhp Dodge Demon, the FCA group has now decided to drop Dodge’s wondrous 707bhp, supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 from the Hellcat into something unusual. Everybody,…

1 minutos
3 bmw is one letter from perfection

So nearly, but no, not a successor to the E46 M3 CSL. This is the BMW M4 CS, sent to plug the gap between the M4 Comp Package and the M4 GTS. The standard M4’s 3.0-litre turbo-six has been wound up to 454bhp, a rise of around 30bhp over standard (or 10bhp over the Competition). Mated exclusively to the 7spd paddleshift ’box, you’ll be completing 0–62mph in a scant 3.9secs. The CS borrows aluminium suspension components from the Competition Package, and gets standard Adaptive M Suspension, with its own, more focused tune. The result is a 7m 38s Nürburging lap time – as quick as a Lexus LFA. There are exclusive M4 CS tunes for the steering and stability control systems, you get super-sticky Michelin Cup tyres as standard, a GTS-inspired carbon bonnet…

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4 suvs don’t have to look dull

The Citroen C5 Aircross is the latest model in something Citroen calls its “SUV ofensive”. Bigger, obviously, than the forthcoming C3 Aircross crossover (previewed at the Geneva motor show by the C-Aircross concept), it’s set to launch in China this year, before European sales begin in 2018, the Aircross is based on the same EMP2 platform as the DS 7 Crossback, Peugeot 3008 and Vauxhall Grandland X. Not that you’d know, because like all good Citroens it distinguishes itself from the pack with Airbump-infused side sills, a trademark double-decker grille and many other design cues that most manufacturers would leave on the concept studio’s cutting-room foor. Like the DS and Peugeot, the C5 will eventually get a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 300bhp, all-wheel drive and a near-40 mile electric-only range. In Europe,…

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5 we get it, vw group... you’re a fan of electric suvs

There’s a pattern going on here, we just can’t quite put our fnger on it. Oh yes, crossovers are in, fossil fuels are out, or so says the VW Group, which revealed three EV SUVs simultaneously at the recent Shanghai motor show. “If it was ever possible to make a 100 per cent certain prediction of what the future will look like, it is achieved here,” says VW design boss Klaus Bischof of the I.D. Crozz Concept. All three are based on the new scalable MEB electric-car platform. It’s a kind-of skateboard that contains the motors and batteries, freeing up passenger space and enabling VW to stick basically any body it likes on top of it – it just so happens that it chose to do the same BMW X6-style coupe-SUV silhouette…