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Top Gear South Africa

February 2019

Top Gear South Africa: the world’s most entertaining motoring magazine provides entertainment, excitement and information for anyone with a passion for cars and motoring. It appeals to motoring enthusiasts and fans of Top Gear TV alike.

South Africa
DHS Media Group
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12 Issues


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“The best way to predict the future is to invent it”. Alan Kay.At TopGear we’ve tried our level best for the year ahead but in retrospect some of 2019’s Most Wanted cars pursue an interest to reinvent.Take the Toyota Supra, a stalwart among the giant killing underdogs stuck to our bedroom walls with yellowing blobs of Prestik. Even today I believe our Supra-loving nation could claim to be one of the largest outposts for the virtually unbreakable, infinitelytuneable 2JZ engine - although now retrofitted under the hood of myriad brands. Lurk around Tarlton’s or Killarney’s drag strips and you’ll find them in their interminable ranks of horsepower.The year 2019 sees the Supra’s defiant return and just to be clear, despite two decades having passed between them, the new…

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making it happen

What: Koenigsegg memento Where: Manama, BahrainWhen you don’t get to do the record run, a signed plaque’s the next best thing What: Porsche wing mirror Where: Somewhere, BahrainRough translation: ‘Objects in the mirror may have access to vastly cheaper fuel’ What: Porsche’s track app Where: Valencia, SpainErr, bit awkward that Killarney beat Kyalami to the punch Who: Lance Branquinho Where: Cape TownLance’s preparations for Valentine’s day were off to a good start Who: Andrew Leopold Where: Valencia, SpainDone with Porsche’s Wet Mode, let’s try Track Mode. Who: Francisco Nwamba Where: Barcelona, SpainThis jersey did fit loosely before the festive season. ■…

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1 tradition and evolution

Innovation throughout Porsche’s 911 history doesn’t always receive the credit owed but in the seven generations leading up to this Porsche 992 the narrative is peppered with all sorts of brilliant, albeit sometimes nuanced, triumphs. Rewind to the first set of lightweight forged wheels from Fuchs as early as 1965, or the fact that the Targa became the first cabriolet to navigate through the latest set of safety laws for a convertible in the US. The ducktail was the genesis of the now ubiquitous rear spoiler (and arguably still the prettiest) while in 1974 Porsche took its first foray into turbo charging – and never looked back. Generation after generation moved the goalposts, each time the new 911 becoming the most benchmarked sportscar of all. Features like…

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porsche 911: a spotter’s guide

911 1963 Successor to the 356, the original. Spawned 2.7 RS in ’72 G MODEL 1973 First big makeover gave birth to Turbo, Cab and Speedster 964 1988 Introduced 4WD and latterly the basis for SInger’s creations 993 1993 The pretty one, and last 911 with an air-cooled engine 996 1997 The one you’re most likely to afford. GT2 bit of a beast 997 2004 The return to oval headlights. Breadth of choice remarkable 991 2011 When the 911 went all turbo in 2015, bar the GT models ■…

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what to expect from 992 turbo

Little fact that nearly slipped unnoticed under the waves of technical data bombarding me; the new 8-speed PDK gearbox can handle 800Nm – an extra 50Nm compared to the outgoing 911 Turbo. The gearbox and MMB platform are conduits to a hybridised future in a similar marriage to what has been done with the Panamera Turbo SE-hybrid.Porsche freely admits a hybrid 911 is on the way, due circa 2022 when the current version is facelifted. By that time the Taycan will have been with us for three years so we’ll be very comfortable with the notion of electrified Porsches in all varied states of tune. ■…

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3 the mazda 3 is more than a pretty face

OK, it doesn’t have the stance of Mazda’s exceptionally handsome Kai concept but the new Mazda 3 is still a looker. Is it just us, or is there a whiff of Alfa to it? Anyway, let’s talk about Mazda’s new Spark Controlled Compression Ignition SkyActiv-X engine. Utilising spark plugs for conventional petrol engine-style combustion, it can then switch to diesel-style compression ignition if needs be. Meaning you should get the performance of a petrol but the economy of a diesel. Turns out it’s not just EVs that can move the game on. ■…