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Default Top Gear celebrates 20th anniversary with Top 50 greatest cars of past 20 years

This month, Top Gear Magazine turns 20 and to celebrate, this month's bumper collectors' edition Top Gear has published the list of Top 50 greatest cars of the last two decades.

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The list is compiled based on over 100,000 of public votes in TG poll.

10. The Lexus LFA of 2010 came 10th overall. It's a mad, F1-engined coupe that Clarkson adored

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9. The Renault Clio Williams of 1993 is renowned as one of the best handling front-wheel drive cars ever, helping it to ninth place

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8. The Porsche 911 is 50 years old. In eighth place in the TG assessment of the greatest cars since then is the 993-series of the Nineties, the last of the aircooled 911s

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7. Humble it might be, but remember that the original Ford Focus set new standards for handling when it appeared in 1998. It still looks good 15 years later, too

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6. Why is BMW's 3-series everywhere? Because it's so good, that's why. TG readers certainly appreciate the blend of driving dynamics and remarkable fuel economy provided by the 320d, which first appeared in 1999

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5. At number five is the Porsche Boxster, which attracted plaudits for its sublime handling and agility at a relatively bargain price

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4. At number four it's the Ferrari 458 Italia - amazing looks, screaming V8 and Italian pedigree all wrapped up in an intoxicating package. Hard to believe it's almost four years old already

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3. A surprise, perhaps, but the Rolls-Royce Phantom pipped the Ferrari to a place on the podium. Top Gear magazine staffers described it as 'sublime' when it came out in 2003 - some things never change

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2. The VW Golf GTI is simply 'the finest hot hatch of the last 20 years' according to Top Gear magazine and its readers

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1. 'Following heated discussion and a staggering response online, the Bugatti Veyron emerged as a worthy winner,' said Charlie Turner, editor of BBC Top Gear magazine. 'In its latest iteration, the world's fastest car costs two million euros, makes 1,187bhp and 1,107lb ft from its 8.0-litre engine, will hit 267mph and burn eight litres of fuel every minute while doing so. But it is more than just a sledgehammer of physics. The Veyron is the distilled essence of the Volkswagen empire: as luxurious as a Bentley, with the build quality to put an Audi A8 to shame. Whether we will see its like again is open to question. However we do know the car industry’s desire to improve itself, its technology and its products continues to gain momentum, and the gathering pace of change is set to make the next two decades an even greater adventure'

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Read the complete list at: http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/20y...uGHKlagvv2qg.0
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