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Top Gear South Africa October 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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We could have put together this entire magazine based on the sights from the Pebble Beach show, such was the rousing response to the calendar’s who’s who of motoring events. Unfathomable prices promising unmatched exclusivity with the Bugatti Divo scooping both these qualities by one-upping the Chiron. We picked out the highlights – a tough job let me assure you – which you can catch up on towards the front of this magazine while our full feature on the Divo is packed with astounding technical data in a special TopGear report, days before the Divo would have its open debut. How long before Bugatti feels the pressure to build an SUV? Before you answer that, turn to page 48 where performance-branded SUVs tow a sportscar of the same ilk in complete motoring…

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making it happen

Who: Andrew Leopold Where: Kyalami Amazing the exotic cars you’ll lap at Kyalami with Bernd Schneider at the helm Who: Francisco Nwamba Where: Wales Better have that red inflamed bicep checked out. Who: Avon Middleton Where: Kyalami There’s a racetrack below and no chance of sneaking this down there. Who: Fancisco Nwamba Where: Crewe, UK Bentley’s new reverse park sensor in early testing phase. Who: Lance Branquinho Where: Madrid, Spain Lance kept some of Toyota’s top secret cloth to fashion his shirt. Who: Team TG Where: Dunsfold, UK How many people does it take to load a motorcycle trailer? Many, minus these two.…

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1 audi isn’t giving up on super-evs

“If at first you don’t succeed, stop thinking logically and draw something so white-hot radical it burns a hole straight through the middle of the drawing board and lands, still smouldering, on the floor.” It’s not official, but we can assume that’s the brief at Audi’s ‘Design Loft’ in Malibu, California, which has dreamt up this electric hyper-estate inspired by Audi’s dominant decade in Le Mans racing. This 23rd-century rollerskate is the Audi PB18 e-tron. Ignore the underwhelming name with initials referring to the car’s unveiling at the Pebble Beach festival of brightly dyed corduroy and champagne pricier than liquid platinum. Concentrate instead on details like a low, mid-mounted 95kWh solid state battery, capable of accepting a 500 kilometre charge in 15 minutes, thanks to 800-volt charging. Or, if you’re less…

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2 the aventador svj is peak lambo

This is the new Aventador SVJ, the most extreme version of Lambo’s big-boy supercar yet. It’s a car we already know to some degree, having already driven a prototype (TopGear.co.za) and seen it demolish the Nürburgring production-car lap record. This, though, is our first glimpse of the SVJ without any confuddling camouflage. And doesn’t it look punchy? Lamborghini has tacitly admitted that it draws on “every inspiration from a space ship to a jet fighter”, citing them as “the most exceptional examples of super-fast, super-athletic, aerodynamic superiority”. Has Lambo relocated its design office to Area 51? We missed the memo… As is the way, much of its design has been led by aerodynamics, with a new version of Lambo’s ALA active aero tech. As a result, the SVJ hikes up downforce by…

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3 pinin’ pf0 wants in on hypercar wars

Heritage. Pininfarina has it in spades, which makes its newest venture – a separate carmaking entity called Automobili Pininfarina – something exciting to behold. Mainly as it’s planning an electric hypercar that’ll see the scary side of 400kph. Welcome to the PF0. Or at least the back of it. Underneath a full carbon-fibre body sits a powertrain capable of 0–100kph in less than two secs, 0–300kph in less than 12, and that scary top speed. AP reckons on 500 kilometres of range, less so if perchance you fall upon an empty autobahn... AP is looking to a 2020 launch date for the PF0; the year Pininfarina celebrates its 90th anniversary. No more than 90 are expected to be built, each costing in the region of £1.7m (R30 million) each. “Pininfarina’s design values of…

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4 bmw in sharp-handling 3-series shock

Yes, we’ve bagged a drive in the next BMW 3-Series before it’s been properly unveiled to the public – that’s due in October. The camouflage isn’t really fooling anyone, though – it’s fairly obvious this is a new BMW saloon car, albeit wider and longer than the car it replaces. Even so, BMW’s claiming weight savings of around 55kg. The key gain is the track width, which has grown by 30mm, the centre of gravity also lowering by 10mm. The goal here, clearly, is for BMW to reassert its best-selling model as the driver’s choice among the junior exec gang. Its new CLAR (Cluster Architecture rear-drive platform) is 50 per cent stiffer than that of the outgoing car. BMW has also invested heavily in some trick dampers with hydraulic bump stops, too,…