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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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Would You Pay $70,000 For a WRX Used In “Baby Driver”?

If you’ve been looking to acquire a bit of film and automotive history, now is your chance. Up for sale on Ebay today is the WRX used in the recent film Baby Driver. The film was a hit, earning itself a “Certified Fresh” 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Baby Driver  featured some great driving scenes, excellent tunes, and all together entertaining story line, especially in light of recent automotive tragedies like the The Fate of the Furious (which earned a 66%, if you were wondering).

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The car, being sold by “lostboy3.5”  posted the listing, describing the vehicle by saying, “The WRX being sold was used as a stunt car in the movie “Baby Driver”.  This vehicle was converted to rear wheel drive and received an upgraded rear differentials as well as a 2004 STI turbo.  It was tuned by Doug Wilkes at DBW Motorsport.  This vehicle was also used in the music video for ‘Chase Me” by Danger Mouse, Big Boi & Run The Jewels.   It was also used by Subaru and Sony for the LA Premiere Red Carpet event. This is a running and driving car. It does have some dings and scratches from the filming of the movie. The overall condition is good. Email with questions.”

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So is $70,000 a reasonable price for a modded and dinged up WRX with a lot of miles but a good bit of history too?

Let us know in the comments!