Top Gear South Africa3 min de lectureAutomotive
Chris Harris
We live in a world of blurred boundaries and confusing overlap. No one knows what a thing is supposed to be any more; because everything wants to be everything. And by that I mean every sports car wants to comfortable and usable, and every off-roader
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
Ford Ranger Raptor
PRICE R819 400 DRIVER Avon Middleton If the words ‘new’ and ‘bakkie’ or ‘truck’ were in your list of Google Alerts, I’d imagine that your mailbox would have been chockers over the past two years or so. This bakkie market has been rife with compet
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lecturePsychology
Future Proof
Don’t run before you can walk. Do the easy thing first, then tackle the harder task when you’re good and ready. It’s what we do, and most new gadgetry follows the same path, beginning with the basics and moving onwards only when the hardware and soft
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
Bentley Continental GT
PRICE R3 395 000 DRIVER Ollie Marriage I’D GONE IN THINKING BLUE. THREE HOURS LATER I’M STILL UNDECIDED: should it be Verdant or Light Grey Satin? I’m quite proud of myself for having whittled it down to two shades from the 150 painted sculptural
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lecture
The Middle Lane
I blame the Australians. It was the Aussies, in the Eighties, who coined the term ‘petrolhead’. (“From ‘petrol’ + ‘head’”, notes the dictionary sagely. Cheers for that, lads.) Man, I hate ‘petrolhead’. Probably my least favourite word in the English
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
BMW Z4 M40i
PRICE R1 036 699 DRIVER Stephen Dobie This feels like a pretty route-one comparison. It’s unavoidable, though. For over 20 years, Porsche has made the best roadster on sale, and it’d be obtuse of me to miss the chance to compare our BMW to one. Y
Top Gear South Africa3 min de lectureAutomotive
S’Charged Thunder
FOR It’s a lovely object to look at and be in AGAINST All that weight and heavy nose taint the dynamics Let’s start with the name: Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic, or SVAD for short. This tells us a lot about the car’s positioning which I’ll now at
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
Different Strokes
FOR Uniqueness and space. Solid and modern drivetrain AGAINST Won’t scratch your driving itch. Price First you had to know that in 2016 Citroen left South Africa. According to surveys not many did which is fortunate if you’ve got new product waiti
Top Gear South Africa3 min de lectureAutomotive
Pleasure Ride
FOR Slightly calmer McLaren is amazingly good for long trips, yet loses little in recreational blasts AGAINST You can take a lot of stuff with you, but packing isn’t easy I’m suspicious of the idea of a GT, at least as they mostly are these days.
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lecture
Welcome
First the manufacturers raise the proverbial bar by tweaking last year’s performance benchmarks, then at TopGear we raise our own game. Last year’s Speed Week becomes TG24 Hours – the reason will become very clear in a few pages. Big and better ideas
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lecture
Welcome To Portimão
Like Saharan sand being deposited across the Alps, dust clouds raised here drifted over the circuit. The WRC version of smoke signals Hard to see how much drop there is through Galp, which can encourage cars to oversteer on entry. At almost 160kph.
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
A V12 Without A Roof
Ferrari couldn’t resist. It’s watched the likes of the Aston Martin DBS, Lamborghini Aventador and Bentley Continental GT running away with the ‘ultra-quick, mega-pricey suntanmobile’ market and decided enough is enough. The 812 Superfast has lost it
Top Gear South Africa7 min de lectureAutomotive
Variety Show
3PM I’m two laps in, ratcheted into the Atom, concentrating hard and sweating liberally when I feel it. Weight on the outside corner of my eyelid, then the drip as sunblock-infused perspiration makes contact with cornea. Dull warmth builds quickly to
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
Diary Of A Test Driver
Over the centuries, all creative industries have seen a battle between the artists and the financiers. And so it is with North Korean budget superminis. Back at Rong Un Motors’s Pyongyang HQ sit the money men, pinching every won*, especially when it
Top Gear South Africa5 min de lectureAutomotive
Heat Seekers
MY HAIR IS A SOURCE OF MUCH JEALOUSY AT TG TOWERS. Chiefly because I have some, while many of my colleagues do not. I am therefore much better at testing roadsters. Sure, I may not be able to get a McLaren 720S Spider as heroically sideways as Olli
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
The New Luxury
This is the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Essentially, the fully electric S-Class of the future. Don’t believe us? Mercedes calls it “a trailblazer for the entire Mercedes-Benz EQ family,” meaning it does for Merc’s electric range what the S-Class has tradition
Top Gear South Africa4 min de lectureAutomotive
Hot Wings
Theidea of unlimited motorsport has been an avenue of fascination denied us since the death of the Can-Am series in the mid-Seventies. But as a way of marketing a new technology, especially one perceived to lack both speed and excitement, Volkswage
Top Gear South Africa1 min de lecture
Full ’haus
Le Mans 2021 just got even more interesting. We’ve already heard Aston and Toyota say they’ll compete in the WEC’s new top-tier ‘hypercar’ class, and now Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has thrown its hat in the ring too. SCG says it’ll field a pair o
Top Gear South Africa5 min de lectureAutomotive
Circuit Breaker
High above Portimão’s main straight, a handful of glow worms try their best to cast light over proceedings. The plan had been for the racers to run deep into the night, to have the full Le Mans experience. But the VW ID.R has even less illumination t
Top Gear South Africa1 min de lectureAutomotive
Mike Flewitt
1 It’s often said your cars are too similar to one another. Rivals make both front- and mid-engined cars. Before you ask, McLaren will not make an SUV. But I get really pissed off the people say we’re making the same car again and again. Look at the
Top Gear South Africa6 min de lectureAutomotive
Stage Craft
The six hours from 5am on 15 August 2019. I’d like to tell you about them, although my reasoning is hardly honourable. You see, I chiefly want to tell myself about them, so when I get older and more decrepit I can pick up my copy of the magazine you
Top Gear South Africa3 min de lectureAutomotive
Karun Chandhok
I grew up in a household surrounded by cars and motorsport. Both of my grandparents raced in the Seventies, and my dad started rallying around then too. Family businesses are a big thing in India and I suppose this was ours. My grandfather actually h
Top Gear South Africa6 min de lectureAutomotive
Bargain Hunt
Hot hatchbacks normally arrive at Speed Week as the underdogs. The worthy ones with the big boots where we keep the melted chocolate bars. This year, the shopping trolleys are out for blood. A juiced-up fast Ford, a Mercedes A-Class that’s more power
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
Aston’s Red Rose
To get your hands on one of Aston’s tremendous DB4 GT Zagato continuations, you had to sign up to buy something called the ‘DBZ Centenary Collection’ – a two-car multipack featuring said DB4, plus a mystery Zagato-bodied DBS. The two cars were only o
Top Gear South Africa3 min de lectureAutomotive
The Podium
Ferrari 1965, Ford 1966, Porsche 1982, Audi 2010. None of them did it as well as us. The formation finish. Yes, the Renault’s lagging slightly, but give us a break, we were dead on our feet. And, if we’re honest, slightly surprised with our top three
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
Future.
Some EVs come in several battery sizes. In the case of the VW ID.3, the three packs will have a choice of two power outputs to go with them. So the shorter-range version, being lighter, will be quicker as well as cheaper. Other EVs – e-tron, Kona, Le
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
It Wouldn’t Have Been Possible Without...
It’s all very well deciding to do the TG24 in a far corner of Europe, but making it a reality was a titanic effort. Cars had to be taken there from all over Europe, with half the grid sent out on transporters from the UK (big shout out to emrogerstra
Top Gear South Africa1 min de lectureAutomotive
Hero Zero
BMW M boss Markus Flasch is on a roll, confirming the next M3/M4 will get a manual gearbox, and a more hardcore M2 CS is coming down the pipe, too. Somebody get that man a beer. It’ll never make production, but pays homage to the first ever Mercede
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lectureAutomotive
Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet 4Matic
PRICE R1 441 226 DRIVER Andrew Leopold There it is again, that jaundiced ‘lifestyle’ remark I loathe with similar passion to Sam Phillip’s ire over the word petrolhead (P31). Never understood the merit of the world lifestyle, except as a cop-out
Top Gear South Africa2 min de lecture
Future Proof
As we drive into the future, think about how we’ll look back. I’m not being metaphorical here. I’m talking about mirrors. Or rather, lipstick rear-view cameras, mounted to car doors because they’re small and present marginally lower drag than glass m
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