Top Gear South Africa - November 2018
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Every year TopGear dutifully raises the Speed Week stakes. More money, rarer machinery and higher output all represented by interminable diversity. How about a Ferrari 488 PISTA on a roadtrip with a Lamborghini Urus? Or a Porsche GT2 RS keeping a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG company while a BMW M2 Competition pokes a snarling kidney grille into the action? Fourteen cars, 48 312cc and 36 driven wheels head off at sunrise from different locations across the world’s best roads with the goal to rendezvous in the pitlane of an outcast Formula One Circuit thanks to its very lenient view on modern safety. With the adrenaline flowing we fill the latest TopGear with long sinuous drifts, mechanical breakages, impromptu off-roading (in the name of shortcuts), giggling hooliganism (to the finality of tyres) and lots of debating which eventually whittles the competition to five of 2018’s sought-after metal. In a perfect world you’d want them all in your garage but we at TopGear have always set ourselves the tough task of choosing one winner as our Performance Car of the Year. Despite the unanimous vote in the end, nobody in the team could have predicted the outcome… We wouldn’t blame you for paging to Speed Week first while the rest of the magazine takes a close look at Audi’s all-electric SUV due in South Africa in 2019. The antithesis to this cutting-edge technology would be our first drive in Subaru’s limited edition WRX STi – built to celebrate 30 years of Subaru Tecnica international. Or the BMW M3 CS taking on Jaguar’s Project 8. Now, over to you Chris Harris. Choose a winner from this Speed Week grid. As always thank you for reading TopGearSA. Andrew Leopold Editor.
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