BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine April 2019


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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Pinpointing the precise moment that a movement shifts from alternative subculture to the mainstream is challenging, but arguably this month’s cover could mark that moment in the rise of the EV. That may be attributing far too great an importance to a cover featuring only electric vehicles. But a features run devoted solely to them? That is significant. What used to be a market led by early-adopter curiosity has developed into the most vibrant, diverse, creative and fast-moving side of planet car. This issue takes a deep dive into the full breadth of the EV offering – the EV future is now. A recent survey of our readers revealed that only 2 per cent of you own an electric vehicle, but 45 per cent think you’ll own one in the next five…

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1 tesla is bringing sexy back

“This will probably sell more than the Model S and Model 3 combined.” Not our words, the words of his holiness Elon Musk, high priest of the EV evangelists, speaking at the reveal of the Model Y SUV at Tesla’s LA design studio. I’m in the bear pit, surrounded by doting customers who can’t stop screaming. “We love you Elon!”, “I’ll take two!”, “Thank you for bringing sexy back, Elon!”. The latter referring to his naming structure (Models S, 3, X and Y), not his smasual attire. It would be easy to sneer at the superfans, but listening to Musk recap the journey from exactly 10 years ago, when there was only the Roadster in existence (Musk owns this black Roadster, and points this out as it drives on stage to…

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better late than never

Yep, the base Tesla Model 3 is now available for order… in the US. European sales will be rolled out in the next six months, and Asian orders will have to wait until the new Shanghai gigafactory starts churning out enough batteries. Until now, Tesla has concentrated on selling Model 3s with long-range batteries and more equipment, meaning the average price paid was around $50,000 (£38,000). The new Model 3 Standard Range will go 220 miles between recharges, get from zero to 62mph in 5.6 seconds and top out at 130mph. Its $35k price converts to around £26,000 at current exchange rates, but there’s no word on a confirmed UK price for the right-hand drive version just yet. Inside, you still get the megascreen interface, but the seats are cloth instead of leather,…

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2 aston’s ev suv looks like this

Lagonda appears to have gone for the scatter-gun approach when it comes to naming design influences for its All-Terrain Concept, with everything from super yachts to Mars exploration via the “planetary forces of gravity fields” all attributed to the car’s aesthetics. But it’s going to get made, and it will look more like this concept than you’d expect, even that elongated tail. An SUV will be the first production car from new-age Lagonda (because what else do you launch a brand with these days?) though little is divulged about what powers the All-Terrain at the moment, save for it being fully electric.…

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3 the buggy is back, and greener than ever

Over half a century ago, Bruce Meyers decided to re-body a VW Beetle with a lightweight plastic body and steel rollover bars. Now VW wants to bring it all back, although instead of a four-cylinder boxer engine out the back, it features a 62kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor that’s good for 155 miles on a single charge. The new-age drivetrain is all integrated in Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which has now spawned five ID concepts – hatch, saloon, SUV, microbus and this. The Buggy might be the least sensible for Blighty, but it’s the one we want the most.…

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4 you’re looking at the new, all-electric fiat panda

The Centoventi concept is a boxy city car that explores what the new Fiat Panda could be. Electric, cheap, spartan, nononsense but desirable electric transport. The car would only be produced in one colour, with a choice of four body colour wraps, four roof colours, four wheel trims and, you guessed it, four bumpers. The flexibility extends to the batteries. Fiat starts you off with one, giving you 62 miles of range. Then you can buy or lease up to four more, each one giving the same amount of range, up to the full-fat 310 miles. Clever, no?…