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Top Gear magazine - May issue

  1. The May issue of TopGear magazine is out in the shops and… hang on, that’s not exactly right.

    What we meant to say is that BOTH May issues of TopGear magazine are out in the shops now. Because we’re the only damn magazine in the world to get exclusive shoots with both the Ferrari 599 GTO and the Porsche 918 Spyder, we’ve celebrated with a PAIR OF COVERS. Which one will you go for? Why not both? Actually, better make it four, just to be safe.

    Click through our gallery to find out what’s lurking within the magazine this month.

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  2. Heading up May’s selection of new Metal is the mattetastic Ford Focus RS500. Can a front-wheel drive hot hatch really handle 345bhp? Can it evade enemy radar? We have all the answers.

    Also in Metal, we get up close and personal with the Citroen DS3 Racing, Lexus LFA Nurburgring edition, Koenigsegg Agera… and America’s new cop car.

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  3. As well as the usual columns from Clarkson, May and Hammond, this month we’ve got an exclusive interview with Jon Favreau. The director of soon-to-be-released Iron Man 2 discusses the arduous process of choosing cars for Tony Stark and creating carnage on the Monaco grand prix circuit.

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  4. Like big wings? Like splitters? Then you’ll love our look at the most excellent new GT3 race cars: BMW’s Z4 and the Merc SLS AMG. Keep an eye out, too, for TopGear’s exclusive and top-secret preview of 2010’s Cygnet rivals – including the Bentley Piglet GT.

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  5. Kicking off Drives this month is the Giulietta, Alfa’s long-awaited 147 replacement. Is it a match for the all-conquering Golf? Just as importantly, is it a real Alfa?

    Also in Drives, we get behind the wheels of the Merc E-Class cabriolet, new VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, Jaguar’s diesel XJ, the BMW 320ED and…

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  6. …an 800bhp Formula Off-Roader. Tom Ford straps into the world’s scariest nitrous-powered racing truck to tackle vertical cliffs and monster jumps. He returns broken. Very broken.

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  7. The Ferrari 599 GTO and Porsche 918 Spyder, together for your viewing pleasure? Oh yes, we did that.

    The 661bhp, 208mph, road-legal version of the 599XX, the fastest Ferrari ever built, right next to…

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  8. …the gorgeous hybrid Porsche supercar that’s quicker than a Carrera GT. Oh yes we did that. We put the two biggest cars of the year head-to-head… before letting James and Richard fight it out to decide which one’s better. And when we say fight it out, we really mean it…

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  9. To cool off from all that, we take a million quid’s-worth of cabriolets – including the Maserati GranCabrio, Audi R8 V10 Spyder, Morgan Aero Supersports, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and Aston DBS Volante – to North Wales and Liverpool in a distinctly soggy bid to get to the root of Britain’s convertible obsession. There is just one rule: roofs down, everywhere. Much leather is spoilt.

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  10. Entirely failing to get to the route of Britain’s convertible obsession, we hand over the little and large of our cabrio convoy – the Rolls Drophead and Mazda MX-5 – to James May for a day trip to Bognor in search of an ice cream. Further leather is spoilt, as is James’s hair.

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  11. Meanwhile in the Arizonan desert, Tom Ford gets hold of the £194,000 Spyker Aileron and heads off in hunt of dirt tracks, cacti and strippers. He finds all three.

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  12. Also meanwhile in Japan, Jason Barlow gets hold of the new Honda CR-Z and heads off in search of inner peace, strange fish and manga porn. He finds the fish.

    And there’s more, oh, so much more, in the pages of May’s TopGear magazine. What are you waiting for? Get to your local newsagents posthaste. Don’t forget to put some trousers on first.

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