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“You’ll Always Fall Short Of The Wltp Range”
Speed change is bad when you’re powered by an engine: acceleration uses fuel, and slowing down throws it away as heat in the brake discs. So for petrol or diesel cars, you might do better than the WLTP consumption when you’re on a motorway, but you’l
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Restogods
I have a recurring dream in which the chief engineer of the latest, pointless 800bhp supercar is standing there, telling me how great his new creation is. “Zero to 150mph in seven seconds, 230mph top speed, Inconel headrests, blah blah.” My face has
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Audi e-tron Sportback
HELLO £79,185 OTR/£89,470 as tested/£1,020pcm WHY IT’S HERE Is Audi’s electric SUV the future or just a stepping stone? DRIVER Charlie Turner ACCORDING TO AUDI, FUTURE IS AN ATTITUDE. NOW THAT’S CLEAR, we are delighted to welcome the Audi e-tron Spor
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Easy-peasy Japanesy
You don’t have to be a Japfest regular to know that the Japanese are crazy about cars. They may not have invented the combustion engine, but they did invent drifting, and that’s really all you need to know. They took motorsport and turned it into tyr
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Top Gear
JACK RIX EDITOR HEAD OF CAR TESTING Oliver Marriage ASSOCIATE EDITOR Tom Ford CONSULTANT EDITOR Paul Horrell EDITOR AT LARGE Jason Barlow US EDITOR AT LARGE Pat Devereux SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR Ollie Kew STAFF WRITER Tom Harrison EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
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Ev Update
The most powerful Peugeot ever is… the 355bhp plug-in hybrid 508 PSE. Still, 26 miles on leccy only is handy Good news! The Precept concept – Polestar’s four-seat electric GT – will go into production soon(ish). Get in The Pope’s new whip is an H2-po
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Classics Rebooted
Price: £3.3m Engine: 4.0-litre straight six, 282bhp The one to enact your fantasies. As far as driving goes the experience is authentic – the DB5 is big, heavy and ponderous in this company. However, it offers several things no publicly available car
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Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
GOODBYE £85,865 OTR/£103,815 as tested/£1,086pcm WHY IT’S HERE It’s one of the world’s cleverest PHEVs. But will it stay relevant? DRIVER Charlie Turner THERE HAS ARGUABLY NEVER BEEN MORE UNCERTAINTY IN THE CAR market and as the world shifts from the
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Joe Exotic
Richard Mille RM 72-01 with platinum winding rotor, baseplate and bridges in titanium alloy, and a case in either titanium, red gold, or black and white ceramic. £POA (but if you have to ask…); richardmille.com The Panerai Submersible Goldtech has a
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Lotus’ Lightbulb Moment
It accelerates differently from any other car I’ve been in. Because rather than the acceleration tailing off as you go faster, in the Lotus Evija it just keeps ramping up. The more speed you add, the more you’re pinned back into the seat. At some sta
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Chris Harris
I had a fascinating interview with a man from National Grid the other week. I’m wary of the more evangelical corners of the electric car brigade because, like all modern keyboard extremists who represent a fundamentally worthy cause – cyclists, envir
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Is BMW Going The Wrong Way?
The internet has spoken. And the internet detests the look of the new M3. We all know why: it’s that double grille, which has swaggered over from the 4-Series. The online commentariat didn’t like it there either. Everyone knows what the front of a BM
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BMW I3S
REPORT 2 £34,720 OTR/£38,445 as tested /£409pcm WHY IT’S HERE BMW’s brilliant but forgotten EV now thinks it’s a hot hatch DRIVER Paul Horrell THE I3 WAS FIRST CONCEIVED AT BMW IN 2008/09, AND IT WAS known as the ‘megacity vehicle’. It wasn’t going t
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Coffee Break
What we’re watching/listening/doing, while we should be working Amazon Prime Video has all of Richard Ayoade’s hilarious whistle-stop jaunts. Provides a quick fix for anyone who’s missing their minibreak This dark and gruesome series is gripping and
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The Middle Lane
There’s nothing like that new car smell, and soon there could be nothing like that new car smell. According to a recent report in Autocar – no question the leading periodical for up-to-the-minute automotive olfactory information – it’s the end of the
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The Wall Of Death
Zac Assemakis, TopGear producer: We knew it couldn’t just be any old Wall of Death. We wanted to create something bigger and bolder and faster and meaner. Problem is, we sit around in a meeting room where everything is possible, then it’s the cold li
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Lr Discovery Sport
REPORT 2 £50,635/£58,990/£570 WHY IT’S HERE To prove LRs are best when they’re more ‘utility’ than ‘sport’ DRIVER Tom Ford HAVING ONLY MANAGED TO PUT a couple of thousand miles on the DiscoBall in its first month, I have to say that it’s pretty much
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Mitsubishi Mirage
The Mirage was everything a cheap and cheerful city car should be, save for two tiny details. One, it wasn’t cheap. And two, it wasn’t cheerful. At all. Arriving in 2012, apparently unaware things had moved on in the city car game since the late Eigh
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Future Proof
In yet another self-inflicted wound by the hapless Ford Motor Company, the Bronco Sport won’t be made available in British dealers. Like, huh? It’s a faux-SUV thingy that sits on the platform of a Focus, so could be easily homologated and sold and se
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Orange Is The New Black
Where does this all stop? The track car for the road schtick. I ask because I’m not sure it can go much further. Oh sure, Merc could have whipped out the aircon and CarPlay, lost the leather, but that’s all surface gloss anyway. Underneath this thing
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BMW 640d Gc
Tom Ford There was much concern over the specification, if I remember rightly. A 640d Gran Coupe with matte brown exterior paint complemented by a saddle brown and white interior. Much better than it sounds, promise. Then I put smaller wheels and win
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Mein Gott, Bmw’s Done A Gti
Don’t get too excited. The new Golf GTI Clubsport is not the follow-up to 2016’s Nürburgring FWD record holder, the Clubsport S. It’s not a limited edition and no effort has been made to save weight. While VW claims it’s 13secs quicker around the Gre
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Just Popping To The Pub, Luv
Got hairy quite quickly, this one. One minute I’m winding serenely past a loch, popping M&Ms and listening to a podcast about the birth of rave culture, the next I’m reversing down a greasy slipway and attempting to insert a VW ID.3 into an ex-MOD la
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Toyota Supra
REPORT 2 £54,340 OTR/£55,050 as tested/£504pcm WHY IT’S HERE Is the new Supra a better daily than a Porsche Cayman? DRIVER Rowan Horncastle A FRONT-ENGINE, REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE JAPANESE SPORTS CAR THAT just so happens to be built in Austria… but for roma
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Porsche 911 Turbo S
It’s said by some that all cars look better on gold wheels. The new 911 Turbo S begs to differ, though this green-grey ‘Aventurine’ hue is dripping with retro cool, we reckon. Too subtle for some?
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The Big Test: Hybrid Superminis
The all-electric small car market really has gone bonkers in the past 12 months or so, hasn’t it? Not that long ago, if you wanted something pint-sized and plug-in powered you pretty much had the choice of a Renault Zoe or the considerably more expen
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Destiny’s Child
Claire Williams is using the home computer for our Zoom call, and politely apologises as she fiddles with the screen settings. “My Williams laptop has been returned,” she says a little sadly. She loves fast road cars and gestures out the window at a
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Morgan Plus Four
HELLO £62,995 OTR/£71,245 as tested/£279pcm (Morgan finance scheme) WHY IT’S HERE They claim the Plus Four is a modern Morgan. Time to see if it’s true DRIVER Stephen Dobie MORGAN SAYS THERE ARE OVER A TRILLION WAYS OF SPECCING ITS new Plus Four. Giv
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