Top Gear America Episode 2: Movie Magic [Review]

This weeks episode of Top Gear America is all about famous cars, what makes the “coolest” car, and look at some amazing movie tricks.

The first scene features one of the most iconic movie cars of all time. The classic 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt.   The segment, done by William Fichtner, much like in the first episode, is fantastic. Fichtner seems like the most natural person to pair with a vehicle like the Bullitt Mustang and the entire film is just that, natural, authentic, and a pleasure to watch.

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The special guest for this week’s episode is one of the stars of The Blacklist, Ryan Eggold. The show continues the awkward guest drive in by The Stig, but the interview itself is quick, to the point, and a huge improvement over Top Gears of the past.

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The second segment of the show features an Italian beast and the America drag racer, Antron Brown. Antron has chosen to showcase the beautiful Lamborghini Huracan Spyder. With the amazing sound and stunning good looks of the Huracan there’s very little not to like about this film. While Antron is still not the greatest presenter, always coming across as trying just a little too hard, the segment itself is still very good. With little in the way of scenery to distract away from the Lamborghini, it’s all eyes on the bull.

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As the segment progresses we’re introduced to an even more amazing machine, a $250,000 camera which is placed on a crane, which is then attached to a blacked-out, 580 horsepower, Cadillac  CTS-V wagon called the Ultimate Arm. The film rig is exceptionally high end and able to capture the highest quality video in almost any condition.

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filmrig12 But wait! That’s not all that’s in this segment. There’s an even cooler Ultimate Arm! This one, an off-roader with a 650 horsepower motor, allows for the same amazing film capabilities in rough and uneven terrain without breaking a sweat.

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What? Two amazing film cars and a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder aren’t enough for you? Well how about a professional dirt bike rider as well!  Top Gear piles on the action with the film buggy chasing down and filming this pro rider and of course, it looks amazing.

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The show isn’t done with the Huracan though, The Stig takes the Huracan (albeit the all-wheel drive model) around the all new Top Gear test track. So is it faster than the NSX from Episode 1? Any bets? Spoiler alert! The Huracan manages to set a blistering lap time of 1:10:47! Nearly three seconds slower than the Acura NSX,! Ok, so night quite blistering, but still pretty quick. Are you surprised?

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Fichtner is back in another segment following The Stig’s lap. This time he shows us an American classic, the 1955 Cadillac Convertible. Will does an amazing job of taking us down memory road. He gives us a bit of personal backstory, some American history, and as is quickly becoming tradition, an amazing narrative overall. The segment is a must see for anyone who’s a fan of classic cars, Americana, and beautifully restored Cadillacs.

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Carrying over from the initial interview, the show continues with the rest of Ryan Eggold’s interview before his lap in the Top Gear Honda Civic. Ryan gives an excellent interview and we’re sure all fans of Top Gear and The Grand Tour are really going to appreciate the new interview format that Top Gear America has decided to go with. It’s the direction the BBC (and lets be honest, Amazon) should both have gone long ago.

Ryan’s lap starts off pretty rough, but comical, and he doesn’t improve much through the rest of the lap. He does deserve praise for keeping a smile on his face the whole time, but a racecar driver he is not. While there isn’t much to learn from his technique, his segment is a must see for a good laugh.

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Picking up with the next scene, we have all three hosts in a classic Top Gear challenge segment learning to become 70’s stunt drivers. It’s a bit odd not seeing or hearing about the producers forcing the hosts to complete the channel, but new fans of the show won’t know any better.

Their first challenge? Complete a bootlegger turn. A bootlegger turn is one where you drive straight, pull the e-brake to lock up the rear tires, turn 180 degrees, and power out back the way you came. All three hosts manage to get this one done. This segment is great thanks to some humor, a lack of that “overly-scripted” feeling, and obviously, car stunts.

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Moving on to the second stunt, the boys now have to complete a reverse 180 flick. This stunt is when you put the car in reverse, drive at speed, crank the wheel from 3 to 6, and turn it around putting the car into gear and drive away.

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The final stunt of the segment calls for the hosts to drive down the street and perfectly slide into a parallel parking spot without crashing into the barriers on either side which are of course, baskets of fruit. While this may sound like a good premise, unfortunately the stunt is underwhelming which makes for a rather disappointing end to an otherwise solid episode.

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Top Gear America is still up and running strong and it looks like the first episode may not have been a fluke after all.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let us know in the comments!

Rude Porsche Dealer Proves Why You Should Never Judge a Book By Its Cover

In an article posted on Jalopnik, Tom McParland covers how a young man, Cody, was treated poorly recently while looking at a Porsche GT3RS ( Cody, by the way, could easily afford one) at a California Porsche dealership. The story was detailed on Cody’s Facebook page. While Tom was far too lenient about going after the dealership for it’s terrible customer service practices, it’s still a story that needs to be told.

Having been in the same exact situation before, I can totally relate to the man in the story. I’ve also had the exact opposite experience. In the end, it just helps narrow down where to spend your money.

Check out the story below and let us know your thoughts!

http://jalopnik.com/rude-porsche-dealer-story-proves-why-you-always-make-an-1797375660

 

Photo Credit: Porsche of South Bay

Can An Acura NSX Take Down An Aventador In a Drag Race?

The Aventador is often considered the king of the Lamborghini’s, and many supercars. While it first debuted over 5 years ago, with its striking looks, amazing V12 sound and a nothing to scoff at 691+ horsepower, it has certainly earned a place at the top.

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The new Acura NSX on the other hand, has received mix reviews. Honda’s decision to move forward with the departure from its classic NSX roots, going heavy and hybrid, to the high price tag and relatively slow sales numbers, the NSX has faced an uphill battle for respect from day one.

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You may be wondering, who would even question whether or not the might V12 Lambo could crush the NSX.

The crew over at The Exotic Revolution wondered the same thing and has posted a video to their YouTube channel that pits these two cars against each other in a “definitely filmed in Mexico” drag race. The results may just surprise you! We won’t spoil the fun, so check out the video. (Skip to about 1:20 to get to the action)

Did it end the way you thought it would? Are you surprised? Let us know in the comments!

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Is the 2017 Civic Type R Doomed to The Same Fate as The Focus RS?

Recently, a blog post by a writer known as LJ909, on OppositeLock, surfaced in which they completed some local research on the Ford Focus RS at local dealerships. According to their research:

“…A quick search within 100 miles of me shows there are 55 Ford dealers. Of those 55 I would say over half have more than 2 RS’ on their lots. Some have more than 5: Caruso Ford in Long Beach has 8, San Bernardino Ford has 7, Galpin (of course) has 12, Ken Grody has 15.”

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The writer goes on to hypothesize on why these cars are just sitting at the dealership, saying:

“Some dealers wouldn’t even let you touch the car. If you were under 40 or even looked like you were a boy racer type it was a no before you could even ask. Some dealers I heard wanted deposits and commitments to buy before test drives.”

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“They all have 150-210 days on the lot. What are dealers going to do? Some are stubborn and still asking 10-20k over sticker. Some will budge, but not by much.”

So what did this have to do with the Civic Type R? Honda dealers are doing exactly the same thing. According to an article published by Car and Driver, while many Honda dealers are advertising the Type R at MSRP, few, if any, are actually willing to sell it to you at that price.

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Car and Driver went so far as to call five random dealerships across the country about their Type R’s, and not one was willing to sell it at the advertised price, with markups ranging from $5,000 to $17,000 above MSRP.

So with Honda dealers greedily marking these cars up, far above their actual value, is the Type R doomed to sit and collect dust on the showroom? Will these dealers treat the Type R with the same “halo car” sense that should only be reserved for something like an NSX or GT-R, refusing to let possible buyers sit in, let alone drive the Type R?

Most likely.

Either way, enjoy this amazing video of the 2017 Civic Type R’s hot lap at the ring.

Let us know what you think in the comments, or if you’ve had an experience with the new Type R at any local dealership, let us know how it went.

 

Sources:

The Focus RS has been sitting on dealer lots and dealers can only blame themselves

Honda Dealers Are More Evil Than We Knew: Type R Markups Are Hidden

 

 

The Grand Tour Season 2: Sneak Peak Trailer

Debuting on Amazon Prime Day, the sneak peak trailer for The Grand Tour: Season 2, is here! The trailer which describes the show as;

the world’s greatest show about three middle-aged men rampaging around the world having unusual adventures, driving amazing cars, and engaging in a constant argument about which of them is the biggest idiot.”

showcases some very exciting looking clips which leaves the automotive community around the world with a lot to look forward too.

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Examining the trailer we see a bit of something for everyone. From some sort of tank crashing through walls, to the already infamous Rimac that Richard Hammond had his recent crash in during a hill climb event, which ended in a fiery blaze, to a few other high level exotics such as the AMG GT, Mclaren 720S, and Bugatti Chiron.

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While the last season of Top Gear (U.K.) received abysmal ratings, per IMDB, with an average of just over 2 out of 10, the premier season of The Grand Tour soared to the number one spot for auto and comedy enthusiasts, with nearly a 9 out of 10 rating, on the same scale.*

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If the trailer is any indication, would seem that the Amazon and the trio is aiming to hold on to their top spot this season as well. There’s obviously going to be a wide variety of classic hi-jinks, wacky adventures, and awesome cars which, undoubtedly, will leave most people happy.

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If there’s anything we can hope to see a lack of this season, it’s “The American”, some of the over-scripted segments, and the love-it-or-hate-it, celebrity segments.

What do you think of the trailer? Check it out below, and let us know in the comments!

 

 

*As of the time of publishing

Photo/Video Credit: Amazon, The Grand Tour

Want a 10-Second Mustang? Lebanon Ford Has You Covered. (For $60,000)

There’s a laundry list of crazy fast cars coming from the factory nowadays. The Dodge Demon, ZL1, GTR, and Z06 just to name a few. You may be getting the itch for a new car, and a fast one that can compete, but maybe a Mustang is more your style or more in the range of your pocketbook. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. The crazy dealership responsible for a host of other ridiculously fast, and brand new, Mustangs, Lebanon Ford, is at it again, this time with a 10-second quarter mile Mustang GT named the LPF 10.

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Far from stock (and a drive train warranty), the LPF 10 boasts a Stage 2 Roush Supercharger, upgraded, larger fuel injectors, a high-flow air intake, a re-tuned ECU, and a larger oil pump increasing cooling capacity. According to Lebanon Ford, the LPF 10 setup is built to output up to 700 wheel horsepower on 93 octane pump gas.

In addition to the power adders, you also get drag tuned Viking shocks with BMR springs, Mickey Thompson tires mounted onto 17×5-inch front wheels and 17×10.5-inch rear wheels along with a NHRA legal bolt-in roll cage and upgraded drive and half-shafts.

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Lebanon Ford says the LPF 10 will run consistent 10.5 second quarter mile times, depending on usual variables including weather, altitude, and driver skill. The asking price for the performance? $59,995, sans the Premium Package, which you can upgrade to for the normal cost.

Is it better than a Demon or a Hellcat? Maybe, maybe not. That warranty is pretty attractive, but then again, so is an extra $20,000.

 

Source: Road and Track

Porsche 911 GT2RS: The Most Powerful 911, Ever.

Porsche describes the new 911 GT2RS as ” A perfect vehicle that combines power, precision, agility, speed, and endurance with maximum performance. The same qualities that a parkour runner – a so-called traceur – also uses to move around.” and we couldn’t agree more.

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The new 911 GT2RS  is the most powerful 911 to ever come out of Germany with 700HP at its disposal. That power is enough to rocket the Porsche for 0-60mph in 2.8 flat, and if we know anything about Porsche’s amazing PDK system, it will do it consistently, time after time.

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The car makes a point to shed weight from its already extremely capable chassis. The engineers at Porsche utilized titanium, magnesium, and carbon fiber (oh my), to lower the weight of the car to a mere 3,240 pounds. If you want even more lightweight goodies, the Weissach package adds carbon anti-roll bars and magnesium wheels, cutting weight by another 66 pounds.

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How did Porsche manage to reach 700 horsepower in the famous flat-six? Well, they started by adding to large turbochargers alongside a water cooling system which sprays the cooling system to reduce air temperatures allowing increased boost levels.

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While the new GT2RS forgoes a manual option, it’s hard to see anyone being disappointed by this “unyielding”, as Porsche describes it, machine. What may hurt buyers is the approximate $300,000 price tag, but if you’re shopping at this price level, perhaps it’s not an issue.

Check out the video below.

What do you think of the new GT2RS? Did Porsche hit it out of the park? Let us know in the comments!

 

Video and Image Credit: Porsche

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