JEREMY, RICHARD and JAMES are in Africa with a simple mission: to find the definitive source of the Nile.
Over the years many explorers claim to have already done just that, but the TOP GEAR trio believe that they can do better by traveling further and faster than any exploration team in history using only grit, ingenuity… and three aging estate cars.
But you know it’s never a good sign when JEREMY is praying (even if it is for the raft to flip over with RICHARD & JAMES on-board!) and RICHARD’s already squealing in fear…
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It is in fact, a design study by a chap called Alex Imnadze, a student of the highly regarded IED Torino (who were 2005 winners of the Ferrari World Design Contest and runners up in 2011), and proud fan of Alfa and Pininfarina’s rich design heritage.
He says he cooked up this rendering - which is no way real at all, unless you’re in The Matrix - as a competitor for the new Chevrolet Corvette; “an Italian muscle car, if it’s possible to say”, he tells us.
And it certainly looks striking. Front-engined (no word, probably the 450bhp 4.7-litre V8), rear-wheel-drive and with hints of the Alfa Romeo Montreal at the front, together with snippets of the rather delectable Alfa 2uettottanta concept, the gorgeous 8C and of course, the original Alfa Romeo 6C. Shame there’s no whisper of the bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful Alfa 33 Stradale, but we’ve always got the upcoming 4C for that.
Have a click through the pictures and let us know: reckon Alfa should build something like this 6C?
And it is brand new. This new GTI sits on the spangly new Mk VII platform; a platform that consists of many Lego-spec parts that can be rearranged to make up to 10 million VW Group models in the coming years.
To this Mk VII chassis - or Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) - Volkswagen has bolted on a 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine that is such a teacher’s pet, it already conforms to the EU-6 emission standards that come into place next year. Apple polisher.
But you don’t care about emissions as much as you care about poweeerrr. To this end, the ‘standard’ new VW Golf GTI produces 217bhp and 258lb ft of torque, which is sufficient to propel the GTI’s 1,351kg heft from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds (a tenth quicker than before) and on to a top speed of 152mph.
Remember this from last night’s Top Gear? Piers Ward has got behind the wheel.
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This is a concept car built in collaboration between Alfa Romeo’s Styling Centre and the European Design Institute in Turin. It’s named after your great aunt, it has four doors, and it’s what the manufacturer says is an “international challenge”, which roughly translates as “other people, mostly the Chinese, are buying a lot of cars at the moment, and we don’t have anything to sell them.”
And this is what the students have come up with. The Gloria is 4,700mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,320mm tall, riding on a wheelbase of 2,900 mm. So it’s certainly got the dimensions to carry four in comfort. And it’s uncannily similar to the sort of proportions the company’ll be looking to when it builds the Giulia, a new model, which is planned for launch in 2015.
Of course, the first Alfa to make it to US shores will be the gorgeous 4C.
Few people ever see an original Shelby Cobra, fewer still get to drive one… must be Richard’s lucky day.
Believe it or not, that monstrously bloated Chevrolet Camaro in the picture above has been built for a children’s movie; an animated, children’s movie.
Despite sporting a front setup that looks like its pint has just been spilled all over its face, the mad Chevy is a promotional tool for an upcoming DreamWorks movie called Turbo. It follows the adventures of a snail who dreams of becoming a racing driver. Geddit? A snail! As a racing driver!
Adorable premise, you’ll agree. Sadly, the underlying premise of this Camaro - which we’re assured is “instrumental in transforming him [the snail] into a racer” - is anything but adorable. If you look closely, you’ll spot the ‘ZL1’ badges, indicating this thing sports a 6.2-litre supercharged V8; the same V8 that sits inside a Corvette ZR1.
Its almost brutal acceleration. Its terrific body control. The way it hustles into corners. The way the suspension, quite firm at town speed, starts to stretch itself and breathe as the car gathers speed, allowing the body to flow gracefully over these difficult surfaces whiles the tyres securely track the tarmac beneath. The bellowing exhaust, the cackles and pops as it shifts gears.
The F-Type has clearly got an edge and an attitude that no Jaguar has had before. It’s a punchy little thing, a proper sports car and no mistake….
As we’ve been waiting for a proper Jaguar sports car for decades, this is all terribly exciting.
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