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post #121 of 221
What's with this back-to-back truck episodes? I would have thought they would at least slip in the obligatory 5-7 min "fast car" segment + Stig race in there.
post #122 of 221
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

What's with this back-to-back truck episodes? I would have thought they would at least slip in the obligatory 5-7 min "fast car" segment + Stig race in there.

Sounds like I made the right decision in deleting the series from my DVR...
post #123 of 221
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

What's with this back-to-back truck episodes? I would have thought they would at least slip in the obligatory 5-7 min "fast car" segment + Stig race in there.

That's the American car market (and audience) for you. If it wasn't for trucks they would run out of test vehicles.

UK Top Gear has access to all the European brands in the UK market, USA? Well ...

USA doesn't even get the engine variation that Europe does so even import vehicles that make it here only come in one or two flavors versus the ten or so that appear in the UK.
post #124 of 221
Compeletely shut off my brain as if I was watching Final Destination 5 and it wasn't bad...
post #125 of 221
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

UK Top Gear has access to all the European brands in the UK market, USA? Well ...

What brands (that are WORTHY) are in Europe that can't be had here?
I'm not talking about the little diesel commuter cars.
post #126 of 221
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Originally Posted by oink View Post
What brands (that are WORTHY) are in Europe that can't be had here?
I'm not talking about the little diesel commuter cars.
It's irrelevant what you think are "worthy" because if that were the case there are plenty of US brands that I don't think rise above mediocre either.

In the context of the show UK Top Gear can pull models from far more places to talk about - Citroen, Fiat, Renault, Peugeot, Lancia etc. ... even one time industry joke Skoda got Jeremy Clarkson's seal of approval.

The diesel variants of the same model get a different look on the UK show too like the Jag at the Nurburgring, which thanks to the lack of diesel-interest here means that can't be covered or compared either.

Even Euro models which make it to these shores are sold below Euro spec like the new Golf R so you can't even see those at the same potential as the original versions.
post #127 of 221
I think the UK show would have succeeded to be just as boring with the example of makers you provided, there. The cars that made the show interesting can and should be just as available as it is there. Sweet performance cars are just available as a matter as where money is available. It's totally unnecessary to bring automotive jingoism into this.
post #128 of 221
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post
I think the UK show would have succeeded to be just as boring with the example of makers you provided, there.
The Diesel Jag at the Nurburgring was a great episode and it was just a typical Jaguar with an alternative engine. Same with the Fiat 500 episode - which is going to be released here soon. More choice, more possibility to be creative. Alfa Romeo is on almost every season in some feature or another.

UKTG has made episodes with all those brands and they made mostly fun episodes with them. They have to because you cannot get a supercar every week and the audience doesn't just want to see cars they could never possibly afford. What's the point of a car show which reviews cars all the time that you can't get?
post #129 of 221
In the same logic, there's only so many examples of more "mundane" cars that can make for a somewhat interesting episode. The show cannot survive on those, either. Basically, we tolerate those fillers in hopes the next episode brings a worthwhile car feature.

It just seems like American TG is already scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, having not even tried a "Prius vs Volt vs TDI Jetta racing around a road course" episode (if that's what it is really what we are down to).
post #130 of 221
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

It just seems like American TG is already scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, having not even tried a "Prius vs Volt vs TDI Jetta racing around a road course" episode (if that's what it is really what we are down to).

That's the problem though. For UKTG there are more manufacturers leading to more releases leading to more potentially interesting or new vehicles to pull from with more interesting features and engines. If they can't obtain a Volt for an episode then they have a bigger pool to find other marginally interesting vehicles to work with.

USTG also has the problem that it's not as big a show either so I imagine their requests don't have as much weight. Which means they'll have to use whatever they can get and going back to the OP comments ... that means trucks. And probably more in the future too because trucks are everywhere and in huge numbers and an easy fallback.
post #131 of 221
I guess "interesting" is in the eye of the beholder. I think I would still be complaining if UK TG was doing eleventy-million variations of the show with some sort of quirky Fiat 500-like car. People come to watch TG for coverage of fast and powerful cars, and there are plenty in the US as there are in the UK. If there is nowhere to source these cars, then there is nowhere to source'em. I guess they don't have a show w/o it. If they are stuck with trucks in the meantime, where is the F150 ecoboost shootout, already?
post #132 of 221
What I meant by "worthy" cars is cars that excite the emotions...cars we can dream about driving, dream about owning.
Fiat 500?
Not so much.
Fiat's Alpha Romeo 8C Competizione?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_8C_Competizione
Uh, yes please.
post #133 of 221
I dont have a preference for unobtainable cars. Just any auto I have not heard of old, new, weird interest me. It does not have to be fast. As long as they are interesting, fun or just mediocre. as long as they are not boring.
post #134 of 221
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

If there is nowhere to source these cars, then there is nowhere to source'em. I guess they don't have a show w/o it.

If you want to see what that's like watch The Car Show on Speed.

That's mostly four guys talking to people in front of a picture of a car interrupted by a couple of five minute driving sequences where they tell you nothing about the vehicle they are in.
post #135 of 221
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Originally Posted by tkmedia2 View Post

I dont have a preference for unobtainable cars. Just any auto I have not heard of old, new, weird interest me. It does not have to be fast. As long as they are interesting, fun or just mediocre. as long as they are not boring.

Same here. The Fiat 500 Albarth is an interesting little car ... or it would be if TGUK hadn't already covered it.

Which unfortunately is another problem. TGUK version 2.0 has been on air so long now that they've already hit up most of the cool and weird vehicles out there so even if TGUS visited Rinspeed people who know this show have already seen it.

TGUK has been up a volcano, across the Antarctic (or was it Arctic?), through the jungle and even to US locations, so it's going to be hard to beat those kind of settings and trials with a History Channel budget.
post #136 of 221
Just keep corolla and chuck everyone else, or at least chuck Sally...
post #137 of 221
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

If you want to see what that's like watch The Car Show on Speed.

That's mostly four guys talking to people in front of a picture of a car interrupted by a couple of five minute driving sequences where they tell you nothing about the vehicle they are in.

True, that.

However, at least they are more entertaining than this show...
post #138 of 221
Lol, oops this is the tg us thread.
post #139 of 221
some silly ideas maybe not so interesting.
since they have been doing truck challenges... maybe AWD cars, eagle, subaru, audi? coupe ute (el camino, ranchero, brat) vs trad pickup truck? gullwing challenge delorean, Bricklin! TGuk did police cars, they should do it on the america version since there is a lot going on in that atm bc the death of the crownvic.
post #140 of 221
Thread Starter 
Used Cars Luxury Challenge

Adam - 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

Ruttledge - Ferrari 308 based on 1988 Pontiac Fiero (Kit-Car)

Tanner - 1982 Jaguar XJS

Car Feature

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Big Star/Small Car

Arlene Tur - 1:42.4
post #141 of 221
Thread Starter 
The $500 Dollar Challenge

Ruttledge - Ford Festiva

Tanner - 1989 Mercedes Benz 190E

Adam - 1994 Ford Crown Victoria

Car Spotlight

Ruttledge - 2011 Cadillac CTS-V

Car Appearances in Spotlight/Time on Track

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe 2 Door/1:27.4

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4 Door

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon 4 Door/1:27.2

Ferrari California (Drag Race with Wagon)

Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Big Star/Small Car

Adam Levine - 1:49.2
post #142 of 221
Keeping my standards non-existent this show is ok... The Car Show is ahead.
post #143 of 221
This week's show was pretty well packed with good stuff (I still think the Big Star-Small Car segment is pointless, though)!
post #144 of 221
Thread Starter 
Beating Tanner

Challenge 1: Infineon Raceway (Forza 4 vs Real)

Car Choice: Lexus LFA

Ruttledge: 1:52.5 on Forza 4

Adam: 1:57 (Crashed) on Forza 4

Tanner: 1:44 on Real Infineon Raceway

Challenge 2: Indoor Speed World Record - 82mph

Car Choice #1: Corvette ZR1 - 77mph

Car Choice #2: Audi R8 V10 - 83mph

Car Choice #3: Ford Fiesta X-Games Rally Car - 87mph/Track: 1:19.5

Challenge 3: Drifting

Limo: Worked

Food Truck: Worked

RV:Worked

City Bus: Failed

Big Stars/Small Car

Bridget Marquardt: 2:06.9
post #145 of 221
Absolutely horrible episode... so much f$#%ing fail...
post #146 of 221
Thread Starter 
Hollywood Adaptations Challenge

Tanner - Back To The Future

Ruttledge - Knight Rider

Adam - Dukes Of Hazard

Big Stars Small Car

Steve Schirripa - 1:55.2
post #147 of 221
That's gotta be a wrap for this show, no? I just cannot imagine why it would get re-signed.
post #148 of 221
Why not? It's way better than the Car Show, but not near as good as Top Gear UK. Very short season though, so maybe it is toast.
post #149 of 221
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

That's gotta be a wrap for this show, no? I just cannot imagine why it would get re-signed.

I sure hope so.... Hell, I'd take TG Australia over this douche filled @#$%ing trainwreck....
post #150 of 221
So it actually has been getting worse?
Oh my.....

Watched The Car Show tonite....seems to be getting better.
Or I have been getting drunker.
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