Top gear 14.7
The last episode of this series has now come and gone. And with it we learned about the new Lexus LFA, the BMW X6, the Vauxhall Insignia VRX as well as a musician called Seasick Steve.
As with most Top Gears, the main test was for a supercar. But this is not just any supercar. In fact, it was a test of the new Lexus LFA; the supercar from the automaker who knows nothing about them. The facts are these: it has a 553 horsepower V10, does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 202 mph. It is also made mostly of carbon fiber and the engine is a technological marvel. Not only is it as compact as a V8, it weighs about what a V6 would. This means that Lexus has figured out a way to improve performance while limiting weight and making a very exciting car in the process. That process, however, has its drawbacks. The major one is price. With this car being produced in numbers not exceeding 150 in total, the price is about $500,000+. This is way too much money for something even wearing a Ferrari or Lamborghini badge, let alone a Lexus one. But if you are serious about getting a car that is impeccably made, undeniably fast (having set the fastest wet lap ever around the Top Gear track) and will be ultra rare, then this is the car for you.
A car that should never be for anyone, as Jeremy Clarkson explained, is the BMW X6. Personally, I don’t understand this car, and neither does Clarkson. It is big, heavy, ugly, uncomfortable and thirsty. Oh yeah, and it costs a bunch of money and can only seat four people. There really isn’t a good reason for this vehicle to exist. If you are looking for a vehicle that can do both the on road and the off road respectably well, then go for the Range Rover. Hell, even and X5 will be better. The X6 is only for people who want to show off that they have a BMW badge and are good at wasting money. Avoid this land cow at all costs please.
The star of the day was a man named Seasick Steve. He is a phenomenon in Britain and plays Southern-style Blues. How he does it though is what is amazing. He plays by himself and uses a box as a drum and a three-stringed guitar to play his songs on. The stuff that comes out of his guitar is astounding to be honest and you should check him out if you haven’t ever heard of him. His lap time, though slow, was still respectable for someone who doesn’t normally drive on that side of the car and drove a wet lap. It was a 1:51 something, which was faster than Tom Jones in the dry… which he was damn happy with.
The final segment involved James driving around in the new Vauxhall Insignia VRX. The car has a great turbo V6 and four wheel drive that can propel it to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The car is actually a bargain for all the performance that you get from it stock and would be a good pick up if you were in the market for something a little outside of the box.
They also held their annual Top Gear award ceremony on this show and they could do an actual Car of the Decade. Their choice? None other than the Bugatti Veyron. This shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone who knows anything about cars though. There will probably never be anything quite like this ever again. Not only is the price astronomical and the power astounding, but the vehicle includes so much technical innovation that it is insane to even think that they were able to put it into production in the first place.
So there you have it. The final Top Gear of this series. Now everyone will just have to wait until the spring for the show to return. I can’t wait for them to finally drive the 458 Italia and all of the hot new cars that will be coming out next year. It should be another quality run that sees the boys get in a ton of trouble and put cars to the test.