Top Gear (UK) - - CONTENTS - Char­lie Turner ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF @TopGearEdi­tor / ed­i­[email protected]­topgear­magazine.com

Wel­come to Speed Week 2018, our an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the great­est per­for­mance cars of the year. With an eye-wa­ter­ing to­tal value of £4,052,991 and a com­bined 48,312cc of dis­place­ment de­liv­er­ing a to­tal out­put of 7,640bhp to 36 driven wheels, our 14 con­tenders rep­re­sent the most com­pet­i­tive group we have ever as­sem­bled for our an­nual fes­ti­val of fast and are a tes­ta­ment to the di­ver­sity of per­for­mance cars the au­to­mo­tive world has de­liv­ered in the past 12 months. They range from the sub­lime in the form of the £2.5m Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron (there on am­bas­sado­rial du­ties in its home na­tion as our, erm, pace car) to the con­tro­ver­sial but ridicu­lously ca­pa­ble 641bhp Lam­borgh­ini Urus and ev­ery­thing else in between.

But such is the breadth of the field this year and the di­ver­sity of their ap­proach to speed that it could ren­der com­par­i­son ir­rel­e­vant. How can you com­pare a 488 Pista with a Fi­esta ST, or a G63 with an Alpine? If you take the em­pir­i­cal ap­proach as many other car magazines do, cover the cars with data log­ging equip­ment and trun­dle wheels and bury your­self in num­bers and lap times you’ll get a re­sult, but by our reck­on­ing you’ll miss the point.

At TopGear we be­lieve that a true per­for­mance car isn’t just about lap times; it has to stir the soul, to en­gage and en­ter­tain on ev­ery jour­ney rather than just oblit­er­ate your lo­cal track. Which is why our con­tenders ar­rived from their home na­tions of France, Ger­many, Italy and the UK at the Cir­cuit de Cha­rade hav­ing driven thou­sands of miles via the great­est roads their cho­sen route of­fered. The jour­neys re­vealed as much about the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the cars as our two days at the truly at­ten­tion-grab­bing cir­cuit did.

Forty-eight hours and sur­pris­ingly lit­tle ar­gu­ing later we had our fi­nal five. A set of cars that of­fer more than pure speed, that pos­sess a unique qual­ity to make ev­ery jour­ney a spe­cial event, cars that are defini­tively more than a set of data and lap times.

En­joy the is­sue,

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