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Ten Things We Learned This Week

  1. 1. THE SLS MAY BE DEAD, BUT IT’S STILL CHEAPER THAN A BLACK CAB

    MB says goodbye to its V8 gullwing with a
    ‘Final Edition’ this month
    .

    We’re not quite sure why the SLS has died
    so soon, but it can’t be running costs. According to CAP data, the SLS costs a
    piffling £3.32 per mile*, which is £2.28 less than a London taxi – a black
    cab’s cheapest average mileage rate is £5.60.

    A Top Gear Top Tip, then: if you’re a
    seasonal visitor from the Gulf states wishing to demonstrate the girth of your
    wallet, be seen in the back of a LTI TX1 next summer.  

    [*based on 36 month/36,000 mile period.
    Price includes fuel, insurance, servicing, VED, and assumes driver won’t smear
    it up a dry-stone wall] 

  2. 2. JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME IS GLAD VOLVO TRUCKS CAN DRIVE IN A STRAIGHT LINE

    Belgium’s favourite action hero
    demonstrates the accuracy of Volvo’s ‘Dynamic Steering’ tech in an eye-watering
    new advert
    . We’re told there’s no CGI trickery at play here. Not bad for a
    53-year-old. Not bad for a lorry.

  3. 3. YOU CAN’T BUY A MCLAREN P1. SORRY

    All 375 units of Woking’s million quid,
    903bhp hypercar are sold out ahead of schedule, and it’s Top Gear’s fault.

    “A combination of the first feedback from
    customers and Top Gear’s review has seen us cross the line a little sooner than
    we had planned,” a McLaren spokesman told Top Gear.

    If you were saving up for a P1 for
    Christmas, sorry. Best console yourself by heading to our world exclusive
    review of Britain’s greatest hypercar
    and discovering exactly what you missed
    out on…

  4. 4. IF YOU’RE GOING TO DRIVE TO OCKTOBERFEST, MAKE A NOTE OF WHERE YOU LEFT YOUR CAR

    Italian man drives his VW Golf to
    Munich’s massive beer festival. Gets drunk. Can’t remember where he parked. FOR
    FIVE WEEKS.

    The 40-year-old, known only as ‘Andreas
    O’, hung posters around the city and offered a 200 Euro reward to anyone who
    could reunite him with his car. But it wasn’t until a Munich paper launched an
    appeal on his behalf that the Golf was located.

    “I didn’t come to drink,” Andreas said.
    “I came for the rides.”

    “We get this sort of thing all the time,”
    said Munich police spokesman Christoph Reichenbach.

    SOURCE: The Local 

  5. 5. KEN BLOCK HASN’T FORGOTTEN HOW TO
    DO THE WHOLE ‘DRIFTING’ THING

    James May’s favourite hoonmeister this
    week released Gymkhana 6
    , the latest in his epic series of sideways, smoky
    silliness. And he told Top Gear he’s already working on the seventh…

  6. 6. THE BENTLEY FLYING SPUR HAS LOST A BIT OF ITS BRITISHNESS

    It might represent the very best of
    British, but such is the appetite for the Flying Spur that Bentley has been
    forced to temporarily move production of its four-door luxobarge to VW’s
    Dresden factory in a bid to meet global demand.

    “The new Flying Spur shows a significant
    increase in volume,” a Bentley spokesman told Top Gear. “We have therefore
    decided to assemble a limited number of Flying Spurs – around 100 – in November
    and December in Dresden.”

    Bentley says the Dresden plant will work
    only on final assembly of the cars, with their interiors and powertrain work
    remaining in Crewe.

    Read Top Gear’s review of the new Flying
     Spur

  7. 7. ALL OLD FIGHTER JETS SHOULD BE PAINTED IN RETRO F1 LIVERIES

    You thought modern-F1-cars-wearing-old-F1-paintjobs
    was good? Check out what happened when DeviantArt whizz Bill Clave decided to
    do the same thing to planes…

  8. 8. THE LEXUS CT200H HAS A NEW ‘PREDATOR’ FACE

    Facelifted version of Toyota’s posh
    little hybrid gets Lexus’s new spindle grille and, erm, that’s about all
    they’re telling us. The revised CT200h will be officially shown at China’s
    prestigious Guangzhou Motor Show next week. You’d still have the BMW 1-Series
    or Merc A45 AMG instead, wouldn’t you?

  9. 9. A BUNCH OF GERMAN DRIVERS MAY HAVE SAVED THE NURBURGRING

    Germany’s Nurburgring has been in
    financial peril for years, with the state government putting the iconic track
    up for sale earlier this year.

    New reports in the German media this week
    suggest the ADAC – the country’s biggest automobile club, and one of the
    largest in the world – could be the new owners of James May’s most hated
     circuit.

    The club, it is reported, has submitted
    an offer to purchase the Nurburgring, an offer expected to cover both the
    Nordschleife and Grand Prix track but not the much-maligned amusement arcade.

    Which is Good News, we think. Here’s
    hoping the ADAC will allow the Ring to dole out punishment like this for many
    years to come…

  10. 10. F1’S GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS HAS REACHED FEVER PITCH

    McLaren have ditched Perez and brought in
    rookie Kevin Magnussen. Massa’s off to Williams. Kovaleinen’s standing in for
    Kimi for the last two races of the season. Here’s our round-up of a frantic
    week of seat-shuffling in F1…

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