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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
Features:
PULLING THE COVERS OFF THE AWESOME GT-R - No other mag has got this close to Nissan's phenomenal new super-coupe^ Its designer says we shot it Just as he intended it to look. Which is mean.
AT THE HELM OF THE ALL-NEW PEUGEOT 207 - After a few too many years of avoiding the ancient 206, Top Gear got early access to its replacement. But has it done enough to take on the Clio?
UP CLOSE WITH THE AUDI RIO DIESEL RACER - 2006 will be a historic year for Le Mans. The Audi works team returns, but this time it's brought a diesel. We take a closer look at the R10, the strange-but-true future of endurance racing.
DESERT ORCHID - Like hurling a girl to the tigers before the gladiatorial main event Emma Parker Bowles gets behind a growling V8 to warm up the Bahrain GP.
HIT AND RUN - Lost: one enigmatic Ferrari owner. Found: one loaded 9mm magazine. We explore the shady truth behind the most spectacular crash you'll ever see.
TO THE MAX - Bigger than the Galaxy, smaller than the Milky Way. the 5-Max is the new MPV from Ford.
WAVE MACHINE - Toyota is going back to its bleached-blonde roots with the FJ Cruiser, a car designed with beach bums in mind.
FERRARI'S F430 SPIDER IN A TUNNEL - What better way to appreciate the inimitable howl of an F430's mid-mounted V8 than by taking the Spider through the longest road tunnel in the world? OK, it's winter, the tunnel is in Norway, but it's just gotta be done.
CHAOS IN LAOS - BLAZING THE G4 TRAIL - John Arlidge attempts to find a route up the Mekong river, scouting for the Land Rover G4 Challenge. The catch? No one seems to know where the river is. or how to go about finding it.
THE BIG TEST - Anything but the Beemer...Lexus. Alfa Romeo and Volkswagen throw up some worthwhile alternatives to the ubiquitous BMW 3-Series.

Regulars:

METAL:
LAND ROVER CONCEPTS - They may look like high-tech Jellybeans but if Land Rover is to be believed, these are the future of off-road motoring.
NUMBERS GAME - We take a look at the top 10 best-selling car designs ever - it's good to know the Ford Model T's still right up there.
SPYKER GETS MUDDY - Range Rover or Porsche Cayenne Just too common for you? Then you need one of these off-road supercars from Dutch maker Spyker.
PORSCHE GT3 - This racer for the road offers even more power, than before. and adjustable everything.

FACES:
CLARKSON - Gatsos are Just the start...JC predicts a scary future.
MOISTBOURNE - Simon heads to Bournemouth to check out the 'cruiserers'.
JAMES MAY - Why do motorists get the flak for global warming? It's not fair.
PAUL HORRELL - Car criticism is an inexact science. Which is why Paul raved about the Avantime.
DC IN THE BUFF - Coulthard launches 'grooming' products. And looks silly.
JEREMY HART - Jeremy heads to Trump Towers and doesn't get fired.

DRIVES:
CAR OF THE MONTH: MERCEDES-BENZ GL - M-Class not quite big enough for you? Then try this. Mere's gigantic GL - the company's 'first-ever full-size 5UV. Wow.
Also in Drives this month:
- CADILLAC BLS
- VAUXHALL ASTRA TWINTOP
- JAGUAR XK CABRIO
- MAZDA 6 MPS
- BMW X33.0D
- LOTUS EXIGES
- PEUGEOT 407 2.7 HDI COUPE

TOP GEAR:
WATCHING THE CLOCK - Car companies and watchmakers have long been bedfellows. We check out the best and take a look at Spyker's superbicycle.
REGULARS:
OUR LEADER - Who art in a Land Rover...
LETTERS - The alphabet's full of the little critters. Use them to write in.
SUBSCRIPTIONS - Save money, buy yourself a subscription. Just do it
Q&A - Vernon Kay: the lanky Northerner reveals all. Kinda.
I WAS THERE... The nascency of Mercedes' record-beating 011 concept.
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