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Top Gear America Episode 7: The Best [Review]

At this point in the season, with only one episode left to review, it’s safe to say that the new hosts of Top Gear America are finally getting their mojo. The awkwardness of the first episodes is dissipating and you can see some real chemistry starting to develop. It’s this chemistry that made the original Top Gear trio so special to watch and if they can get even a quarter of what those three had, then TGA has got a bright future ahead of it.

This episode’s theme is “the best”. To start the show, and for its longest segment, the fellas have the challenge of finding and competing in the best car they can buy for $7,000. I’d be surprised if some car enthusiasts of the 90’s/ early 2000’s don’t get a bit of nostalgia from from this bit. I know I did!7kcars

While the choices are a bit obvious, the challenges, including a drag race, street circuit, and track lap by the Stig, not to mention some unexpected trouble, make for some solid entertainment.

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The rest of the episode is surprisingly SUV focused.  Antron and Bill debate over what makes the best SUV while making their way to a gorgeous scenic view, showcasing a classic 1951 Chevy Suburban, a Cadillac Escalade, and a 1978 Jeep Wagoneer.

It’s a classic debate of old vs new, and in this case, I think old wins. Plus, you get more of Bill’s trademark Americana speeches, which I don’t think anyone has gotten tired of.

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Episode 7 also features guest star, Xzibit, who absolutely deserves a mention for giving us this seasons most exciting guest lap, so far.

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The episode wraps up with Antron reviewing the new Maserati Levante, Maserati’s foray into SUV territory.

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While the segment ends with one of the Levante’s front tires going flat, I can say assuredly that Top Gear America hasn’t.

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We give Episode 7, four out of 5 stars.

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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