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At TopGear we’re al­ways striv­ing to do things a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently. We push for bet­ter ac­cess, drive a lit­tle fur­ther, chal­lenge the norm… to en­sure we are al­ways in a bet­ter place to de­liver the best to you, our au­di­ence. So, as the rest of the au­to­mo­tive world headed to a desert in Utah to test the all-new Dis­cov­ery we saved on the plane ticket and set out across Europe to test this fifth gen­er­a­tion in the real world. While I’m sure Utah would elicit some stun­ning scenic back­drops and much op­por­tu­nity to test the Disco’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties on sand, what we wanted to know was how a car with a global rep­u­ta­tion for go-any­where diver­sity could cut it in the more ex­treme va­ri­ety of sur­faces it’s more likely to meet in Europe.

Af­ter three days, 1,750 miles, six coun­tries and hav­ing tack­led mud, snow, sand, rivers and ev­ery kind of road from mo­tor­way cruises to switch­back Alpine passes, we had our ver­dict. As Bri­tish global ex­ports go, it’s fair to say that this new-gen­er­a­tion Disco con­tin­ues to be a touch­point for the qual­ity of Bri­tish en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign we can be proud of.

Talk­ing of do­ing things dif­fer­ently and push­ing the bound­aries, down at the telly end of the of­fice the sense of en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm as we ap­proach se­ries 24 is pal­pa­ble. While ex­pec­ta­tion lev­els are clearly high, there’s a sense of op­ti­mism run­ning through the team – if cars are the lifeblood of any

TopGear se­ries for us fans, then se­ries 24 has a ros­ter of head­line acts that is as strong, ar­guably stronger, than any that has gone be­fore in this show’s 40-year his­tory. With the Fer­rari FXXK, Ford GT, Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia, Lam­borgini Huracán Spy­der, Porsche 911 Turbo S and a num­ber of oth­ers too se­cret to talk about yet (come back next month for more de­tails) it’s a strong start. But TopGear has al­ways been about more than just the cars – it’s that sense of am­bi­tion and ad­ven­ture, of bound­aries pushed and friend­ships made that makes it unique, and se­ries 24 has that by the buck­et­load. Our ex­clu­sive be­hind-the-scenes preview starts on page 77...

En­joy the is­sue, and en­joy the show.

ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF Char­lie Turner

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