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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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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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Can An Audi Wagon Beat The Mighty GT-R In A Drag Race?

Of course, most people’s first reaction to a question like this would be a resounding “no”. They would be wrong.  Another set of people may have said “yes”, but wit ha caveat of reasons such as “it must be highly modified”, or “the conditions weren’t right” , but they too would be proven wrong in this case.

The Audi, in this case, is no standard family hauler. No, this Audi is the RS6. As it is currently unavailable here in the states, here’s how the Audi stacks up on paper. The RS6 boasts 533 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, pumped out of a magnificent turbo V8.  To remind you of the GT-R’s more than reputable rap sheet, the latest iteration of Godzilla is currently putting out something in the neighborhood of 562 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque.

Anyways, on to the good stuff. Check out the video below from the boys over the pond at Carfection and let us know what you think? Would you rather have the wagon, or the almighty, but occasionally defeated, Godzilla?

 

The New Ford Raptor Absolutely Eats The Old Raptor Alive: 2017 vs. 2014!

There has been a LOT of hate for the decision by Ford to change the Raptor over to a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 rather than sticking with a V8 engine. Comments have been made with typically uneducated nonsense like, “it’s not a real truck without a V8”, or “there’s no replacement for displacement bro!”, but like it or not, boost is better, at least when it comes to a drag race between factory versions of the 2017 and 2014 Ford Raptors, anyways.

Still in disbelief? Check out this video from our friends over at The Fast Lane Truck, on their YouTube channel and see for yourself!

So what do you think? The result really shouldn’t be a surprise with the new Raptor being down hundreds of pounds in weight as well as having a notable increase in both horsepower and torque, but no doubt there will be those who still naysay. What about you?Have you been swayed, or should Ford still have kept the V8?

Let us know in the comments!