For 25 years, 313 issues, hundreds of thousands of pages featuring over three million images and nearly a billion words,* TopGear magazine has strived to deliver the most diverse, entertaining and exclusive access to the automotive world. A promise that I hope you’ll agree this, our 25th anniversary special issue, delivers on.
Our birthday celebration starts with our exclusive access to the Bugatti Divo on page 84, a €5m piece of money-no-object automotive excess. For us mere mortals, the financial metrics of cars like this are hard to compute, especially when you add into the equation the prerequisite to be a Chiron owner to even be considered worthy of entry to this exclusive club. What is easier to understand is the thinking behind its creation. Limited to 40 cars and sold out before it had even seen the light of day, the Divo delivers profit, while offering a much-needed injection of brand visibility as the team in Molsheim busies itself with creating and delivering Chirons and negotiating with their owners, the VW Group, about investment in the next model. Sadly Bugatti couldn’t be persuaded to give us one as a 25th anniversary present.
Back in ’93, when our journey started, few would have predicted the rise of SUVs, but their dominance shows no signs of slowing. While purists rail against their ascendence, it could be argued that they have inadvertently saved the sports car. The arrival and profitability of the Cayenne helped fuel the GT division of Porsche, and that pattern has been repeated across most of our favourite performance brands. Because we’re not wired correctly, we felt this offered the perfect excuse to gather together the greatest tow and track car combinations at Dunsfold for a showdown on page 64. What we discovered is younger members of the TG team can’t reverse a trailer and if SUV dominance is the penalty we have to pay for cars like the GT3 RS, AMG GT R and Huracán Performante, then it’s OK with us.
Elsewhere in the issue, Ollie Marriage finds a Velociraptor while dinosaur hunting in Mongolia, Rowan Horncastle visits the home of one of the world’s most eclectic car collectors and takes the stunning $40m P4/5 for a drive around Manhattan, and Ollie Kew tests the US Army’s newest wheels, the Oshkosh JLTV. It’s a features list you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the world, and one I hope you’ll enjoy reading as much as we did creating it for you .
Who knows what the next 25 years will bring? But on behalf of the whole TopGear team, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
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