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Top Gear South Africa January 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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What a difference a couple of months can make; nearly all of our TopGear award winners arrived in the latter half of the year, thereby ensuring that 2018 ended on a high, just as 2019 is poised to begin. Of course, we could have roped in a dozen more cars had we elected to go for a lower set of inclusive guidelines divvied across a number of sub categories but that’s a quick way to blur the lines and overate mediocrity; repurposed variations on shared platforms rather than the niche-busters or record holders that passed through our fingers and made the farewells so achingly sore. And while our criteria left no room for the outliers, and in typical TopGear style didn’t placate to the usual rules (how about Apocalyptic Survival Tool…

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making it happen

Who: Francisco Nwamba Where: Dubai Autodrome Inspired by Lewis Hamilton’s wardrobe. If only he could replicate the same calibre of driving Who: Andrew Leopold Where: Portimao, Portugal Spy photographers at the ready. Early images of the 340i xDrive are ahead of the internet Who: Lance Branquinho Where: Mallorca, Spain ‘Make a left turn to test the Macan’s new aquatic abilities’ Who: Andrew Leopold Where: Hallspeed, Kyalami Giniel de Villiers arrived later that day to find someone had taken his seat Who: Avon Middleton Where: Western Cape Avon rued his decision to leave his green-brimmed glasses at home Who: Mark Riccioni Where: Seiderzell, Germany Well the website did describe the hotel as ‘boutique’ with great views…

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1 if in doubt, smooth it out

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief creative officer, introduces the new Evoque punchily. “The acid test is this. Does the new car make the old car look old? Not different, but old.” He’s right that it isn’t conceptually different: the bloodline from 2008 LRX concept to 2011 first-gen Evoque to this new one could hardly be clearer. But given that the old one served Land Rover mightily well, is it a noble aim to make it look like yesterday’s chip-paper? Isn’t that an insult to his own back catalogue, and a slight on the existing owners? McGovern seldom displays the symptoms of low self-esteem, but his reply to my question is uncharacteristically hesitant: “I guess… I could have phrased that differently.” Then he’s back on track. “I might be wrong, but I don’t…

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3 cancel that discovery order immediately

This is the Technoimpulse Rocket Z. It is a mid-engined nine-seater diesel 4x4 from Russia. And at a whisker under five metres, it’s the length of a Land Rover Discovery, but it’ll house more passengers and go further off road. While the R1.8 million Rocket Z costs about the same as an Alfa Stelvio QV, it has a mere 61kW from its mid-mounted, Hyundai diesel engine. You can upgrade to 74kW if you’re worried about getting hither and thither quickly, but in the places this’ll traverse, you won’t need speed. There’ll be no one else there to keep up with.…

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4 the harley livewire is silent but deadly

We don’t normally do motorcycles, but the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a bit special... the brand’s first all-electric bike. On sale next year, Harley promises “incredible acceleration” from the permanent magnet motor, mounted low and drawing power from a lithium-ion battery which can be recharged from a standard household plug socket, or a fast charger. The styling follows Harley’s tradition of drawing attention to the engine – only here the engine is an electric motor, not a V-Twin. We await the Hell’s Angels reaction with interest.…

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2 volkswagen goes juke hunting

Please welcome to the stage, the VW T-Cross – a crossover supermini baby SUV-thing. See, if we’re being honest, we’re getting a bit lost in the increasingly rising tide of slightly-bigger-than-this but only-a-bit-smaller-than-that crossovers. But the car-buying public seems to be lapping them up like free chocolate on a hotel pillow. So here’s another one for ya. Go on, lap it up. Lap. It. Up. Bigger than a Polo, but smaller than VW’s Audi Q2 and Toyota C-HR rival, the T-Roc (see what we mean?), prices should start at around R370 000, so see it as a rival for the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke – just with a plusher interior and that typical VW quality control. Two three-cylinder petrol engines won’t get your options crossed; a 70kW 1.0-litre TSI or a…