Top Gear (magazine)

Top Gear (stylised in magazine as TopGear) is an automobile magazine owned by BBC Worldwide and published under contract by Immediate Media Company. It is named after the BBC's Top Gear television show. It was first published in October 1993 and is published monthly at a price of £4.35. As of March 2019 there have been a total of 320 issues published in the UK.

Top Gear
CategoriesAutomobile magazine
Circulation150,884 (ABC July - December 2013)[1]
Print and digital editions.
First issueOctober 1993 (1993-10)
CompanyImmediate Media Company
CountryUnited Kingdom

The major presenters of the television series — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — were regular contributors, along with the series' production staff. "Tame racing driver" The Stig also regularly features in their car tests, though only communicates his thoughts and feelings through the articles of others.

It is Britain's leading general interest car magazine in sales terms, with over 150,000 copies distributed each month in 2012, a drop of 50,000 from 2007.[1] Previous columnists have included former Top Gear presenters Quentin Willson, Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson.

Licensed editions are also published in China, the Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Middle East (with localized versions for each of the Arab countries), Indonesia, South Korea, South Africa, Russia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Belgium, Romania, Finland, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore. On September 2004, the Philippine edition was released.

On 7 May 2007, it was released in Bulgaria, on 16 November 2007 in Italy, on 14 February 2008 in Poland. An Australian edition was brought out in June 2008. A Hong Kong Chinese edition was released in October 2008. A Turkish edition which name is TopGear Turkey was released in May 2011.

More recently, Portuguese was released in June 2011. A German edition was released on 25 April 2013. After a year, the Polish edition is the third largest market, after the British and Russian editions. In January 2010, Top Gear magazine released its 200th edition, and a free 'best of TopGear magazine' supplement was included. In April 2014 the first issue of the Croatian edition was released, and in May 2015, a French edition was launched. In April 2016, the Spanish version was launched, edited by Axel Springer SE.

In May 2017 a Sri Lankan edition of the magazine was launched at an event held at the Taj Sumudra Hotel, Colombo. The English-language magazine is published by Capital Media Pvt (Ltd).

In July 2019 TopGear India ceased publication, with the agreement between Worldwide Media Pvt. (WWM) ending.


Current regular features include:

  • Drives (one large group test, plus tests of new vehicles)
  • Trending (new car news, faces and automotive culture)
  • Columns (by Chris Harris, Paul Horrell and Sam Phillip)
  • Features (Larger, experiential stories)
  • Retro (Features of older and "youngtimer" cars and culture)
  • Garage (Lifer reports, longterm tests of cars run by the TopGear Magazine Staff)
  • Data (A collection of specs and prices of most cars on sale in the UK)


Top Gear Magazine has been known to give away a number of items free with the purchase of the magazine, including a number of promotional DVDs, books and CDs. The following is a comprehensive list of all of the items given away.


  • Back in the Fast Lane: Highlights from Series 1 and 2 – Highlights of the DVD Back in the Fast Lane
  • The Best of Series Three and Four – Clips of challenges and reviews featured during series three and four
  • Aston Martin V8 and Jaguar XK at the Ring – Richard Hammond and Sabine Schmitz race at the Nurburgring
  • The Best of Top Gear: Revved Up – Highlights of the DVD Revved Up
  • 007: The Car Chases – Clarkson, Hammond and May pick their favourite James Bond car chases of all time
  • The Races – Three classic races broadcast during the first seven series of the show
  • The Best of the Challenges – Highlights of the DVD Top Gear: The Challenges
  • The Greatest Movie Chases Ever – Clarkson, Hammond and May pick eight of their favourite all time movie chases
  • Planes, Rockets and Automobiles – Highlights of the DVD Top Gear: The Challenges 2
  • The Best of the Stig – Challenges, power laps and reviews that feature The Stig
  • Duel: Behind the Scenes – Behind the scenes of Clarkson's latest Christmas DVD, Duel
  • Supercars – Challenges, power laps and reviews featuring some of the world's finest supercars
  • Cars With Soul – Challenges, power laps and reviews featuring cars that are special to Clarkson, Hammond and May
  • Senna – A DVD containing the show's tribute to Ayrton Senna, as well clips of the official Senna film


  • The Collected Thoughts of Clarkson – A collection of Clarkson's newspaper column writings
  • Never Played Golf – A second collection of Clarkson's newspaper column writings
  • The World's Worst 50 Cars – Clarkson's list of the world's worst fifty cars of all time
  • Clarkson on Cars – A sample from Clarkson's book first published in 1996
  • Clarkson on Cars – A free copy of Clarkson's book published in 2004
  • May on Motors – A free copy of May's book first published in 2006
  • The Best of the Columns – A selection of editorials by Clarkson, Hammond and May from the magazine
  • 100 Top Supercars – Clarkson, Hammond and May's comprehensive list of the best supercars


  • The Jam Packed Top Gear Magazine CD-ROM – A CD rom containing Top Gear related content
  • Clarkson Rocks! – A compilation of ten top driving tracks, also given away free with The Sun in 2004

Car of the Year

Car of the decade

Supercar of the Year

Men of the Year

See also

  • Top Gear India, the Indian edition (ceased publication in July 2019)
  • TopGear Sri Lanka
  • Top Gear Australia, the Australian edition (ceased publication when the October 2015 issue arrives in stores on September 28, 2015)
  • Top Gear: Turbo Challenge A children's partwork based on Top Gear.


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