Imagine you were one of the 150 buyers lucky enough to have a £2.5m Aston Martin Valkyrie on order. Aston invited us along to their purpose-built customisation chamber for a game of make-believe, and to experience the exact steps every customer will go through when deciding the spec on their 1,100bhp hypercar. They even let us to create a design of our very own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Watch the full video on TopGear.com. Link in bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TopGear#AstonMartin#Valkyrie#CustomCars#Hypercar#CarsOfInstagram#TopGearMagazine
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Let’s start with some surfonomics. Did you know that there are half a million surfers in Britain? And that nearly a fifth of those are in Cornwall, pumping about £153 million into the local economy every year? That’s twice as much as in 2004. Neither did we, until we looked it up. But several things are obvious: surfing is a big, frothy business, Cornwall is riding the crest of a financial wave, and therefore there has never been a better time to go there in a £250k Rolls-Royce Ghost with a gold-plated surfboard on top…” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In terms of cars, the Cornish coastline is synonymous with the VW Camper. At least, it was until Top Gear magazine decided to take a Rolls-Royce Ghost for a day trip to the seaside replete with a £30k gold-plated surfboard strapped to the roof. If you’re going to do it, you may as well do it in style… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To find out what the locals thought of our outlandish experiment, click the link in the bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @rowan_topgear Words: @thedanread ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TopGear#RollsRoyce#Ghost#Cornwall#Surf#VWCamper#CarsOfInstagram#TopGearMagazine
“While we don’t know how you celebrated new year, we’d wager it wasn’t as spectacular as this. Every January, when the Tokyo Auto Salon is held, car meets permeate the city. Among the very best sees the whole colour spectrum of RWB Porsches descend on Roppongi to see in the new year in the most boisterous way imaginable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “RWB stands for Rauh-Welt Begriff, and it’s a wonderfully Japanese tuner that takes Porsches and applies an outlandishly wide body kit and the kind of wing that makes you avoid low bridges. RWBs covering numerous eras of 911 were on show in Roppongi this year, from the earliest 901 to a curious flat-nose 996, via a lot of 993s.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See them in all their glory on TopGear.com. Link in bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @mark_scenemedia Words: @stephendobie ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TopGear#TopGearMagazine#Porsche#TokyoAutoSalon#Roppongi#CarsOfInstagram#RWB#japan
“Back in 1933, a farmer’s wife from Gippsland, Australia, wrote to the Head of the Ford Motor Company’s outpost in Melbourne with a quandary. “My husband and I can’t afford a car and a truck,” she said, “so can you build a vehicle that we can use to go to church on Sunday and that my husband can use to take the pigs to market on Monday?” Ford Australia agreed. They created the utility vehicle, known at the ‘Ute’ for short.
Just like Vegemite, the Ute has become a part of Australia’s cultural fabric. Actually, it goes further than that. The adoration for the iconic tradies’ wagon of choice has reached religious status. @rowan_topgear went to Australia, to raise a boot to the ute at the Deni Ute Muster. Read the full story in Top Gear’s January issue, on sale now.
“Yep, you’re correct – it doesn’t look much different from the last one. Which itself was quite clearly related to the one before it and, now you come to mention it, wasn’t dissimilar to the one before that. ”There were a couple before that one which bore an uncanny resemblance to the new 2019 992’s lozenge silhouette too, because, and this might come as a shock, if you take a rear-engined coupe, give it a pair of small rear seats and a low bonnet line, you’ll end up with something that looks like a 911 pretty much every time...” @harrismonkey delivers his verdict on the new (992) Porsche 911 – but, think again if you thought he’d indulge the complaints about the 911’s ‘new’ appearance… 📷 @richardpardon Read the review on TopGear.com. Link in bio.
Doorhandles that pop out? Cupholders that bump your elbows? Pinky fingers getting trapped? @harrismonkey delivers some genuine consumer advice - and then does some sideways - in the latest Chris Harris Drives. Watch his verdict on the new Porsche 911 on TopGear.com or on the Top Gear @youtube channel now. Link in bio.
We took TG’s ‘long-termer’ Hyundai i30N on an arduous European road trip in January’s issue of Top Gear magazine, where it eagerly embraced its very own Three Peaks challenge. The adventure began on the winding mountain roads of Austria, before traversing onto the tight, twisty tracks of the Col de la Bonette in France and onto the sun-drenched paving of southern Spain’s Pico del Veleta. Could Hyundai’s nifty hot hatch compare with the breath-taking views and the thrill that comes hand-in-hand with driving such treacherous territory? Discover whether it rose to the challenge in the latest issue of Top Gear magazine: on sale now. Link in bio. 📷 @leebrimble #TopGear#TopGearMagazine#Hyundai#i30N#ThreePeaksChallenge#Europe#ÖtzalGlacierRoad#Austria#ColDeLaBonette#France#PicoDelVeleta#Spain#Altitude#RoadTrip
Top Gear puts two nippy little hatchbacks to the test to see which car was the best in practice AND on paper. Would it be TG’s long-termer Suzuki Swift or the Ford Fiesta ST-line? That’s ST-line (sporty-looking) X (with posh kit) Ecoboost 140 (fastest one before you get to the Fiesta ST). It was a bitter battle, but only one triumphed... 📷 @rowan_topgear Words: @olliekew Discover the victor on TopGear.com now. Link in bio.