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Welcome Action from the first page to the last. A Porsche 718 GT4 shooting forward to its next target on three wheels, not so much clipping the apex as smacking it straight on spurred by the full force of a 4.0-litre straight six. Yes, the 718 range-topper, (due in SA early 2020) returns to the glorious normally aspirated flat six, treating our ears to that 8,000rpm redline with some of the latest GT3 components doing the steering. This could be the next must-have sportscar, or will that revered position fall the way of the sleeker 718 Spyder? We drive both on the international launch so that you can start your own GT4 configuration ahead of time. Can you believe it has been 50 years of Nissan GT-R? That’s older than everyone at TopGearSA, but we love our history all the same especially when that culminates in a joint project with the eccentric boffins at Italdesign. The Golden Godzilla takes on New York City, followed by a racetrack and peppered by several life-affirming moments along the way. It’s a perfect tribute for not one but two brilliant companies. Exploring brilliance, we chat to Gordon Murray on his latest T50 supercar which in his own words ‘inherits the title of the F1’s successor.’ While he has no outward intention of chasing top speeds but would rather focus on lightness and purity, we meet a carmaker who absolutely does want to be the first production car to 480kph with a first drive of the SSC Tuatara. July was a particularly busy month for local launches including our drives of the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, Polestar 1, BMW X2 35i, Nissan Navara Stealth, and Toyota Hilux GR Sport. A thorough mix of cars looking to break new ground. We trust the new issue of TopGearSA whether in print or in digital provides that welcome reprieve just as school holidays begin and madness descends in the household. Thank you for reading, while engaging with our social media channels. Regards Andrew Leopold Editor

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