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

If you’re one of our val­ued sub­scribers, this is­sue should have landed on your doorstep just in time to serve as a wel­come dis­trac­tion from the loom­ing chaos of Christ­mas. What­ever form that takes in your neck of the woods, we hope this mag­a­zine pro­vides some so­lace from the on­slaught of ran­dom rel­a­tives and sprouts. For those of you buy­ing at the news stand, con­grat­u­la­tions, you sur­vived, and it’s time to start dream­ing about what ad­ven­tures lie ahead in 2019.

At TopGear we firmly be­lieve the mag­a­zine should pro­vide a healthy dose of es­capism on a monthly ba­sis and help you dream a lit­tle. So to help make 2019 a lit­tle brighter, we have ap­plied some TopGear maths and lateral think­ing to the car-buy­ing process. While other mag­a­zines will help­fully tell you how to PCP your­self into a midrange MPV, we like to look at things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently... a lit­tle more am­bi­tiously. Do you re­ally want that new R8 when for the same amount of cash (or monthly pay­ment) you could have a Lam­borgh­ini Murciélago as your daily driver? OK, so we may have taken that one a lit­tle too far, but apply the logic fur­ther down the food chain and things get in­ter­est­ing. Would you pre­fer a new diesel BMW 3-Se­ries or a V8 M5? A new Alpine A110 or a pre-loved Porsche 911? A spank­ing new Evoque or a full-fat Range Rover? See what I mean?

There’s method to our mad­ness, of course, not only does TopGear maths give you a more ex­cit­ing daily driver, but choose wisely and where modern cars will de­pre­ci­ate steeply, more am­bi­tious sec­ond­hand su­per­heroes come with the po­ten­tial of ac­tu­ally mak­ing money as your fu­ture clas­sic ap­pre­ci­ates.* If noth­ing else, our cover story hope­fully helps kick off an­other year of plan­ning and plot­ting on planet car.

Else­where in the is­sue, we head to the Ital­ian Alps in the stun­ning Italde­sign Zer­ouno, spend a race week­end with the 21-year-old look­ing to win Fer­rari’s first F1 ti­tle in over a decade, head to the Bahraini oil­fields in the search of en­light­en­ment, and try and – spoiler alert – fail to as­cend the three high­est paved roads in Europe, in the process prov­ing that some­times life is more about the jour­ney than the des­ti­na­tion.

Wher­ever your jour­ney takes you this year, on be­half of the whole team here at TopGear, thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port. May the road rise to meet you.

En­joy the is­sue.

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