Wel­come

Top Gear (UK) - - WELCOME - Char­lie Turner EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @TopGearEdi­tor / editor@bbc­topgear­magazine.com

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.

Thank you, en­joy the is­sue... please send cake.

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