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Top Gear South Africa September 2018

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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I admit, I don’t have vivid memories of watching Bullitt growing up. Possibly because I wasn’t on this earth when the movie established the precedent for car chases in 1968 – and the many years of movie making that would follow. So I recently devoted ten minutes and clicked one of the many links uploaded to YouTube. You should too, it’s a rite of passage, even if the effects are lacking in specialness, the chase is dogged by a number of continuity errors and the speeds seem comparatively slow. But it broke new ground for the placement of cameras. Engine noises were authentic and the risk was so real you experienced the same sense of relief for the drivers’ safety even after the fifth watch.For me it was Nicolas…

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making it happen

What: Reveal of A-Class Where: JohannesburgEmbargo rules did not extend to the benchmarks. What: Car wash Where: Isle of Man, UKPamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff’s new business in deepest, darkest IoM. Who: Francisco Nwamba Where: Malaga, SpainChecking M5’s new camber settings with millennial nonchalance… What: X3 roadtrip Where: Durban harbourBe free X3, Europe is waiting for you. Lump in throat, farewell. Who: Francisco Nwamba Where: Durban harbourHave you watched that episode with Ken Block in a shipping yard… Who: Lance Branquinho Where: Cape TownUruserious I can take these home and hang as new poster cars?…

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1 this is the best 30 million you’ll ever spend

Rob Dickinson, former musician and genius behind Singer Vehicle Design, is walking towards me in an enormous, empty warehouse, sparking a fag. He’s wearing khaki shorts and cap, a wrinkled white T-shirt and dog-eared trainers. He stretches out his right hand, we exchange pleasantries, then it’s straight to it, discussing the car that he’s been obsessing over for the last four years, and the passion starts flowing out of him.We’ve managed to intercept both Rob and the first example of his most ambitious project to date, on their way to Goodwood. The car you’re currently gawping at is the product of a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the ultimate, no-expense-spared, air-cooled 911 – resulting from the duo’s snappily named Dynamics and Lightweighting Study. Renderings were released months…

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2 bugatti is building a new hypercar

2015 Vision Gran Turismo concept was a glimpse at how a more brutal Chiron could look There is a new Bugatti on the horizon... prepare yourselves for the upcoming Bugatti Divo: a limited-edition hypercar with a very specific focus.Corners. Yep, the Divo pays homage to Albert Divo; the driver who, in the Twenties, twice won the Targo Florio for Bugatti. To honour his feats on that mountain course, Bugatti’s Divo has lasered in on driving dynamics.We’re told the car – using the Chiron’s chassis and 1102kW powertrain – will “be light and nimble and will boast enormous downforce”. Bug promises “outstanding” handling properties.Though the powertrain is established, the bodywork will be new, harking back to Bugatti’s coachbuilding heritage. Indeed, Bugatti reminds us that in its early days, it…

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4 bonneville bullet

VW has taken its base trim a little too far This is no ordinary Volkswagen Jetta. It is a Volkswagen Jetta built in collaboration with THR Manufacturing, producing over 370kW and – VW is hoping – the ability top 335kph. That top speed is important. It’s the current BGC/C class record at Bonneville (335kph to be exact), which VW wants to claim when it runs this four-door saloon at the iconic salt flats in Utah later this month. “With this attempt at the record we want to underline the sporting potential of the new Jetta,” explains VW America boss Hinrich J Woebcken. It will showcase both the potential performance that the engine can achieve with modifications, and the all-new Jetta’s exceptionally aerodynamic shape, which…

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5 lambo sets a new ’ring record

It took Marco Mapelli 6m44.97s to get the Jota around the ’Ring, 2.27secs faster than the 515kW Porsche 911 GT2 RS. “The target was to do better than the SV”, said Lambo’s R&D chief, Maurizio Reggiani, “but for us to say better means to be the best” Time for a fanfare. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has announced its arrival by becoming the fastest production car ever around the Nordschleife: 6m44.97s, almost 15secs faster than the plain-jane Aventador SV. We still don’t know exactly what it looks like, because Lambo isn’t revealing what’s beneath the origami-offcuts disguise until the end of August. Presumably some sort of origami-offcuts bodywork. There will be slats.But we do now know its vitals. And we have driven it. The very car that set the lap…