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The Grand Tour: S2E4 – Unscripted [Review]

What show other than The Grand Tour has made an entire episode in direct response to audience feedback? Well, TGT’s entire second season has actually be just that, but they dive even deeper this episode.

Episode 4 starts out with another great review. This time we get to see the amazing Mclaren 720S reviewed by Richard Hammond. The best part, he doesn’t crash it!

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The review is thorough enough, and while I don’t totally agree with Hammonds opinions on the car, it makes for a great automotive film.

The show’s new test driver, Abbie Eaton, has her way with another 720S on The Grand Tour’s track. She and the car manages an impressive lap. Abbie can definitely drive and is still a marked improvement over last seasons driver.

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Conversation Street this episode takes an interesting turn with the shows annual awards being given out. They are, of course, nonsensical and ridiculous, but great and a lot of fun.

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The main feature of Episode 4 is the title inspiring portion. The boys go on a “totally unscripted” trip to Croatia to do, well, whatever they can come up with. There wasn’t a script after all.

You may recall that one of the largest criticisms of Season 1 was the feeling that some episodes were over-scripted, this is The Grand Tour’s rebuttal to that criticism.

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With no location scouts, no preplanned destinations, and no real goals, the segment definitely feels unscripted. Mostly. We’re treated to some great bits covering the new Audi TTRS, the Ariel Nomad, and a an old clunker, no not James May, his car.

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While the film takes a while to get going, it does end up being a pretty solid film. There are some good laughs,  great driving, and epic backdrops. It’s nice to see The Grand Tour continuing to experiment as the show evolves.

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I would be remiss not to mention Episode 4’s Celebrity Faceoff. This segment, as you would expect, is heavily dependant on the guests and there being a certain level of charisma to make it watchable, and this episode’s guests had it by the truckload. Great stories, tons of laughs, and some entertaining laps made this faceoff on of the better ones.

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I won’t give you any spoilers for the rest of the show, but I will say this; it was pretty great to see someone other than Richard Hammond go down in flames for a change.

We give Episode 4, four stars out of five.

 

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The Grand Tour: S2E3 – Bah humbug-atti [Review]

To say The Grand Tour has hit its stride would be putting it lightly.  Where-as in Season 1 TGT stumbled like a toddler, in Season 2 they’ve certainly grown and come into their own as full-fledged adults, or as close to adults as Richard Hammond, James May, and Jeremy Clarson possibly can be.

While I strive not to come across as a so-called “fan-boy” of any one automotive show, I can’t say enough good things about Episode 3 of TGT.

The episode starts with James May giving us a superb review of the somewhat new Kia Stinger. The review is so far the best and most “traditional” car review that we’ve seen so far from The Grand Tour this season. I would bet that there will not likely be any others that are more in-depth or more classicly done as this, as the show continues.

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The segment features an entertaining challenge, beautiful backdrops, and left me rather impressed with Kia’s first foray into the sporty sedan market.

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Conversation Street in this episode was an absolute gem. The comedic banter we all love to see from the trio was reminiscent of the glory days of Top Gear UK, mostly at Hammond’s expense, and is sure to make you “lol” at least a few times.

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One of the most entertaining segments in the episode, and what will surely become a highlight of the season overall, was the next bit, business park racing. The boys decide the best way to perk employees up during their mundane lunch breaks is to create a racetrack inside of a business park with two companies going toe-to-toe in their own vehicles.

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The whole concept was fresh, fun, and had some surprising automotive cameos. This is the kind of content I hope to see more of in the future from The Grand Tour.

The crown jewel of episode 3 is certainly fitting of that title. Jeremy Clarkson shows off the amazing Bugatti Chiron while attempting to prove that you no longer need a jet to be a “jet-setter”, although with the shockingly large price of the Chiron, really, you might as well have the jet and save a few dollars.

Bugatti Chiron The segment has everything you want from a Clarkson film. Humor, loud boisterous noises, (both from Clarkson and the car), beautiful scenery, and a healthy dose of car specs.

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The other segments of the film including Celebrity Faceoff, the in-between banter, and everything else, was top notch. Episode 3 was a shining example of the potential The Grand Tour has to be not only a highly entertaining show but one automotive enthusiasts as well as those who are not so petrol-minded can both enjoy.

We give Episode 3 five stars.

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The Grand Tour: S2E2- The Falls Guys [Review]

With the smashing start to Season 2 of The Grand Tour the question on everyone’s mind is, can they keep it going?  The answer to that question is simply……

You didn’t think we’d actually make it that easy did you?

Episode 2 starts off with a bang and a big American one at that. Jeremy Clarkson takes us to one of the most iconic cities in the world, New York City, to drive one of the most controversial new supercars in the world, the Ford GT. Clarkson, as you may remember is a previous owner of the last iteration of the Ford GT ( which he owned for approximately one whole month), so it is no surprise to see that he chose to be behind the wheel of the newest evolution of the legendary supercar.

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Jeremy gives us the type of clever, and smart-ass overview of the car that only he could. In exceptional fashion, Clarkson reveals several flaws of the car in an unbiased style that has been missing from the majority of other reviews of the GT (paid reviews anyone?).

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As it is with all episodes of The Grand Tour, this isn’t simply a review, it’s the main film, the theme of which is, which is a faster method of getting to Canada from New York City, the Ford GT by road, or using public transport (planes trains, and buses), which is the route James May and a somewhat physically inhibited ( see our review of S2E1 to find out why) Richard Hammond take.

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We won’t give any spoilers as to who wins this competition but it makes for a seriously funny film, and to the boy’s credit, they are still going exceptionally strong this episode.

Episode 2 continues carrying the torch of improved segments this season by including the refreshed Conversation Street and the newest segment, Celebrity Face Off.

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Conversation street keeps us happy in Episode 2 by including the classic back-and-forth banter that we’ve come to know and love for years now. It’s a solid bet that until the trio retires, no one will tire of it, and as such, it’s not going anywhere.

Episode 2 also includes an excellent review of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, by Jeremy Clarkson. The review is done in brilliant fashion with beautiful cinematography, great info, and brilliant sound. Clarkson really shines.

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The GTR also completes the first timed lap of the Grand Tour track for Season 2. You might be wondering who drove this green machine, and the answer is the newest driver and replacement (thankfully) for the American, Abbie Eaton.

Abbie Eaton Driving

Abigail, or Abbie for short, is, according to her Wikipedia page, “… a racing driver from the East Riding of Yorkshire, England…” She’s had an impressive racing career for only being 25, with 21 wins to her name, and certainly is a breath of fresh air and a welcome addition to the show.

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The guests for Celebrity Face Off this time are cricket star Kevin Pieterson and professional baseball player and former relief pitcher for the Giants and Dodger, Brian Wilson.

Kevin Pieterson and Brian Wilson on Celebrity Face Off

The guests, and especially the driving, this episode are quite a bit more exciting than the first episode & the segment as a whole is still a wildly big improvement from the often maligned Celebrity Brain Crash. In reality though, whether its Top Gear in it’s various iterations or The Grand Tour, the celebrity guest segments, except in rare occurrences, have always been a dull spot but The Grand Tour is working hard to change that.

So what did we think overall of the episode? The boys are clearly still going strong. Abbie Eaton is a great new addition, the new and refreshed segments still feel solid, and the quality of the show continues to soar. The only downside, we really would have liked to see the Ford GT do a hot lap.

We give Episode 2 of The Grand Tour Season 2, 4.5 stars.

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The Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 1: Past, Present, or Future [REVIEW]

The boys are back in town. Well, actually, they’re not in town at all, unless you live near Oxfordshire, UK, anyways. As you most likely have heard, The Grand Tour is no longer touring. But that’s not the point. Let’s get into what’s most important, how the premiere episode of the newest season did.

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The episode starts out with a similar preview segment that we saw last season, showcasing what we can expect over the coming weeks. This is quickly followed by the main film of the series, a fantastic comparison between three amazing supercars; the Lamborghini Aventador, Acura NSX, and Rimac Concept One. The film is set in the jaw-droppingly beautiful, Swiss mountains, as if we’d expect anything less.

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Clarkson, Hammond, and May debate throughout the film over which of the vehicles is best. Harkening back to the episode’s title, Past, Present, or Future, the cars each represent one of those aspects, Aventador being the past, NSX being the future, and the Rimac taking up the position of future. The boys never really come up with a solid decision, not that you’d expect them to, but the beauty of the cars and the scenery and the comedy musings we’ve come to expect from the trio result in a great start for the season.

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Conversation Street is back this season. The segment really just consists of the three hosts harassing each other and making fun of random subjects. If there’s one thing the Grand Tour hosts have fantastic chemistry, and the segment shines because of it. It’s nothing new, but we like that.

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As is the tradition with Hammond, Clarkson, and May, in the following portion of the Past, Present, or Future film, our hosts end up taking very nice, very expensive cars off-roading.

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It’s hard not to grimace at the sight of such high end driving machines scraping over rocks and rubbing into walls, but it does make for entertaining television.

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I know you’re probably wondering, do they ever end up racing these amazing cars? Well, yes. But no spoilers here. You’ll have to watch the episode to see who wins, but we do have a few gorgeous screenshots for you.

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The film then continues with some proper supercar hooning and Clarkson running into a bit of trouble with his Lamborghini.

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Continuing on, we see a welcome change to The Grand Tour, the replacement for Celebrity Brain Crash. From now on we will be seeing the new and amazing segment, Celebrity Face Off, or Celebrity F-Off for short, in which two celebrities from the same fields will face off in a Jaguar F-Type for the fastest lap times. No doubt this will do much better with audiences this season.

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The Grand Tour also has an all-new track for this season and, taking a bit of style from Top Gear UK, it’s got tarmac and gravel bits, which should create some excitement.

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The guests in the first ever Celebrity F-Off are a man who really needs no introduction, David Hasselhoff, aka the Hoff, and Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and former judge on the Voice UK.

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While there’s no Stig (obviously), and no American (thankfully), the interview, the laps, and the segment as a whole are a breath of fresh air for The Grand Tour.

The premiere episode wraps up with an already infamous bit of film.  The boys take off to a hill climb event in Hemberg to see who’s car is the king of the hill.

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The course, which covers 1.09 miles, contains 11 corners, puts all three hosts and their cars to the test, but none so much as Hammond and the Rimac…

In a bizarre series of events, Hammond careened off of a turn and the Rimac was up in flames in next to no time at all.

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Luckily, and with a great sigh of relief, we can all be happy that while the car is no more, Hammond is alive and well.

The same can also be said of The Grand Tour. Gone are many of the gimmicks and forced humor, back is the fantastic chemistry, beautiful films, and amazing cars. I can easily say that The Grand Tour is off to a fantastic start and here’s to season 2.

We give this episode, 5 stars.

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Tesla Unveils the World’s Quickest Production Car: 2020 Tesla Roadster

With the bold claim that it will deliver a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline-powered cars, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, unveiled the all-new Tesla Roadster. In an amazing evolution from the original Roadster, the new roadster is truly awe-inspiring.

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Musk claims unheard of performance figures for a street-legal performance vehicle, boasting a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds, a quarter mile time of 8.9 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 250 mph. These figures, Musk also noted, are only for the prototype and may very well increase by the time of production, in early 2020.

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Even more impressive perhaps, is the cars notably increased driving range, now 620 miles, due to its large 200 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which is twice the capacity of the currently largest available in any Tesla.

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Gear-heads will quickly note, and most likely love, the gorgeous targa top roof, racing style bucket seats, and sleek, NSX-esque styling.

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Pricing will start at $200,000 with a $50,000 deposit, and $250,000 to acquire one of the first 1,000 “Founder’s Series” that will be first off of the production lines.

What do you think? Will it live up to the hype? Will it be outpaced by other hypercar manufactures by the time it reaches production?

Let us know what you think in the comments!

McLaren to unveil their most extreme hypercar on December 10th

McLaren has announced that on December 10th at 12:01 a.m. they will unveil their newest, and most extreme hypercar, codenamed the P15. The car has been described by McLaren as the ultimate example of a road-legal track car. Teaser images have been coming from McLaren for a few days now, and show the rear taillights, rear grille, and other elements of the car (pictured below).

The car is rumored to have at least 800hp and be even lighter in weight than the P1 or 720S.McLaren claims it’s a “road-legal track car unlike anything we’ve built before,” so we can be sure it will be the new halo of the McLaren lineup.

Stay tuned and follow AutoMoguls for more news from McLaren.

[Video] Offically Unveiled: 2018 Corvette ZR1. The ultimate Corvette

If you were lucky enough to be in Dubai today, you may have seen it in person, but for the rest of us, video and pictures will have to do until the Detroit Auto Show.

The following specifications are official and incredible, so prepare to drool a bit.

New aluminum V8, officially named the LT5. The engine producing 755hp and tq

A 52% larger displacement supercharger than the Z06

4 additional radiators over the Z06, bringing the grand total to 13

Two aero kits including a ZTK performance pack ( the high wing pack) which creates an estimated 950lbs of downforce at speed, 60% more than the Z06. 

The same package includes a front splitter, chassis specific tuning, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Sales will begin in spring of 2018 with orders being taken now, so if you want to avoid massive dealer price gouging, order quickly. Only 3,000 are estimated to be built in 2018.

Check out the video below, from Car Guide, for a full video of the debut of the amazing new ZR1, as well as a gallery of official images after the video.