The Perfect Road Trip’s Priciest Rides

The cars featured in Top Gear’s The Perfect Road Trip special are a sight to see, but do you ever wonder how much it would cost to take them for a joyride?
Let’s countdown the priciest rides Richard and Jeremy take on their whirlwind tour of Europe.
12) Model T Ford

The model T Ford was the best-selling car in it’s hay day (the car reached mass production in 1908). Jeremy and Richard have some trouble maneuvering this piece of vehicular history but they sure look good doing it. In the 1900s, it would only cost you $825, but to get this showroom trophy on the road today it’d be about $18,000.
11) Ford Fiesta ST


For about $22,000 you can take on steep inclines and curvy roads like Richard did in the Ford Fiesta ST. This push-to-start hatchback can reach 197 horsepower, boasts aluminum pedals, and comes equipped with SYNC (a voice-activated entertainment system from MyFord Touch).
10) VW Golf GTI


On their way from Bra, Italy to the French Riviera, Jeremy and Richard trade in their luxury cars for more economical modes of transport. Jeremy cruises down the switchback roads in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The MSRP going rate for this car is $24,995.

You can continue reading the rest of the article over here and watch Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip tonight, July 14th at 9/8c on BBC America.

The Perfect Road Trip’s Priciest Rides

The cars featured in Top Gear’s The Perfect Road Trip special are a sight to see, but do you ever wonder how much it would cost to take them for a joyride?

Let’s countdown the priciest rides Richard and Jeremy take on their whirlwind tour of Europe.

12) Model T Ford

The model T Ford was the best-selling car in it’s hay day (the car reached mass production in 1908). Jeremy and Richard have some trouble maneuvering this piece of vehicular history but they sure look good doing it. In the 1900s, it would only cost you $825, but to get this showroom trophy on the road today it’d be about $18,000.

11) Ford Fiesta ST

For about $22,000 you can take on steep inclines and curvy roads like Richard did in the Ford Fiesta ST. This push-to-start hatchback can reach 197 horsepower, boasts aluminum pedals, and comes equipped with SYNC (a voice-activated entertainment system from MyFord Touch).

10) VW Golf GTI

On their way from Bra, Italy to the French Riviera, Jeremy and Richard trade in their luxury cars for more economical modes of transport. Jeremy cruises down the switchback roads in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The MSRP going rate for this car is $24,995.

You can continue reading the rest of the article over here and watch Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip tonight, July 14th at 9/8c on BBC America.

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Driving the BMW i8 around California

Is this the most important car of 2014? Paul Horrell reports from Venice Beach and beyond.
Surely Venice Beach – California’s longtime centre of the humous-fed and the countercultural – shouldn’t go quite so big on a £100,000 German sports car. But by 8am, as the place blinks itself awake, the i8 is already driving people berserk. “Woo, that’s sick, man,” offers an early-rising surfer. “Is it a 2014 or a 2015? It’s a hybrid? Runs on energy an’ all that? Tesla ain’t got s**t on this, man.” OK, he might not be entirely up to speed on the physics of the topic, but round here alternative-propulsion cars are hot, and one that looks like the i8 is hot squared.
Which is all very fine if you commute on a skateboard, but Venice Beach can’t expose whether the i8 passes muster to the Top Gear mindset. We need to be clear of traffic and onlookers. Twenty miles away, the Santa Monica mountains rise from the coast. So I fold myself inelegantly up, scramble over the i8’s high sill, pull down the wing door, strap in and touch the e-drive button. Silently the i8 glides off in the direction of some of California’s best roads. [x]

Driving the BMW i8 around California

Is this the most important car of 2014? Paul Horrell reports from Venice Beach and beyond.

Surely Venice Beach – California’s longtime centre of the humous-fed and the countercultural – shouldn’t go quite so big on a £100,000 German sports car. But by 8am, as the place blinks itself awake, the i8 is already driving people berserk. “Woo, that’s sick, man,” offers an early-rising surfer. “Is it a 2014 or a 2015? It’s a hybrid? Runs on energy an’ all that? Tesla ain’t got s**t on this, man.” OK, he might not be entirely up to speed on the physics of the topic, but round here alternative-propulsion cars are hot, and one that looks like the i8 is hot squared.

Which is all very fine if you commute on a skateboard, but Venice Beach can’t expose whether the i8 passes muster to the Top Gear mindset. We need to be clear of traffic and onlookers. Twenty miles away, the Santa Monica mountains rise from the coast. So I fold myself inelegantly up, scramble over the i8’s high sill, pull down the wing door, strap in and touch the e-drive button. Silently the i8 glides off in the direction of some of California’s best roads. [x]

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Meet the McLaren 650S GT3 racer


With 71 podiums, 51 race wins and three championship titles to date, the McLaren 12C GT3 has some pretty big boots to fill.


And here’s the car that must fill them. This is the new 650S GT3, and is McLaren’s track-only GT racer that’s set to compete in races from the 2015 season onwards.And, as you can see, it’s based on the new 650S road car that takes over from the 12C. Underneath sits the same MonoCell chassis, while up top is a rather angry incarnation of the new 650S’s body: wider, squatter, larger air intakes, more aggressive splitter, carbon fibre bodywork and a huge fixed rear wing.Then there’s the FIA-approved rollcage, a digital dash, a new McLaren GT-developed race seat with moulded seat inserts - said to increase driver comfort for endurance racing - itself bolted directly to the chassis, along with better ventilation and driver cooling. Remember, it gets hot in there. [x]

Meet the McLaren 650S GT3 racer

With 71 podiums, 51 race wins and three championship titles to date, the McLaren 12C GT3 has some pretty big boots to fill.

And here’s the car that must fill them. This is the new 650S GT3, and is McLaren’s track-only GT racer that’s set to compete in races from the 2015 season onwards.

And, as you can see, it’s based on the new 650S road car that takes over from the 12C. Underneath sits the same MonoCell chassis, while up top is a rather angry incarnation of the new 650S’s body: wider, squatter, larger air intakes, more aggressive splitter, carbon fibre bodywork and a huge fixed rear wing.

Then there’s the FIA-approved rollcage, a digital dash, a new McLaren GT-developed race seat with moulded seat inserts - said to increase driver comfort for endurance racing - itself bolted directly to the chassis, along with better ventilation and driver cooling. Remember, it gets hot in there. [x]

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520bhp Audi A3 meets the Ur Quattro

As days go, today was a good one. Right up to the first braking zone, at least.

Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980, the problem dawned on me just a little too late, going a little too fast. Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980 meant using brakes from an original Audi Quattro from 1980. There was very little run off into some concrete. Brakes were applied. Little happened. Thoughts quickly degenerated from ‘wow, today is excellent,’ to ‘wow, I wonder how they’ll identify me when I’ve been smeared across a wall’.Thankfully, whatever cosmic forces are at work upstairs appeared to be in a good mood, and enough speed was scrubbed from the Audi to turn into the hairpin - tyres squealing - without understeering out of shot and into concrete. Phew. Embarassing phonecall to Audi AG avoided, I pulled over to take stock.It’s a blinder, this original Quattro. Built in 1980 as a showpiece, it’s a snapshot of a company on the cusp of building a legacy as a technological innovator. And it all spawned from a German military-spec off-roader, the 4WD VW Iltis. Audi chassis engineer at the time, Jörg Bensinger, clearly had a Top Gear moment: why not use such a four-wheel-drive system in a road-going car? [x]

520bhp Audi A3 meets the Ur Quattro

As days go, today was a good one. Right up to the first braking zone, at least.

Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980, the problem dawned on me just a little too late, going a little too fast. Alone in an original Audi Quattro from 1980 meant using brakes from an original Audi Quattro from 1980. There was very little run off into some concrete. Brakes were applied. Little happened. Thoughts quickly degenerated from ‘wow, today is excellent,’ to ‘wow, I wonder how they’ll identify me when I’ve been smeared across a wall’.

Thankfully, whatever cosmic forces are at work upstairs appeared to be in a good mood, and enough speed was scrubbed from the Audi to turn into the hairpin - tyres squealing - without understeering out of shot and into concrete. Phew. Embarassing phonecall to Audi AG avoided, I pulled over to take stock.

It’s a blinder, this original Quattro. Built in 1980 as a showpiece, it’s a snapshot of a company on the cusp of building a legacy as a technological innovator. And it all spawned from a German military-spec off-roader, the 4WD VW Iltis. Audi chassis engineer at the time, Jörg Bensinger, clearly had a Top Gear moment: why not use such a four-wheel-drive system in a road-going car? [x]

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mrbrightside191:

just watching topgear eating some pie and look what I found

mrbrightside191:

just watching topgear eating some pie and look what I found

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Meet the 544bhp VW Beetle


This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it’s sprouted some 544bhp. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.

Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name suggests, the team is run by Michael Andretti.
So, what are we looking at? Underneath sits a 1.6-litre very turbocharged and very intercooled four cylinder engine producing that headline grabbing 544bhp. There’s also a six-speed sequential gearbox thrown in for good measure, as well as a fixed ratio all-wheel-drive system featuring multiplate limited slip diffs front and back. [x]

Meet the 544bhp VW Beetle

This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it’s sprouted some 544bhp. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.

Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name suggests, the team is run by Michael Andretti.

So, what are we looking at? Underneath sits a 1.6-litre very turbocharged and very intercooled four cylinder engine producing that headline grabbing 544bhp. There’s also a six-speed sequential gearbox thrown in for good measure, as well as a fixed ratio all-wheel-drive system featuring multiplate limited slip diffs front and back. [x]

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metapoodle:

I have now watched so much “Top Gear” that I’ve actually formed an emotional attachment to James May’s purple rugby shirt.

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First drive: the Citroen C4 Cactus


A Cactus. Can it survive hostile environments thanks to its soft waxy skin?
Yup, the C4 Cactus has a unique solution to the biffs of hard urban life. The outside is bubble-wrapped. Or more precisely it has ‘Airbumps’, oval pads of air embedded in sheets of a soft but high-tech and durable plastic. If an errant supermarket trolley or the door of the adjacent car nerfs the side of the Cactus, it will simply bounce off.
And a Cactus can survive on very little fluid? 
Indeed. There’s a diesel that rates at better than 90mpg. Even this handy turbo petrol one manages better than 60, for 105g/km. That’s partly because of newly developed engines, but also because it’s sensationally light – some models under a tonne. And the turbo I’m driving only 1020kg. It weighs less than a Fiesta, but is the size of a Focus.

Very admirable I’m sure. But this isn’t the Consumers’ Association site. You’re not making it sound like much of a Top Gear kinda car.
Then look at it. This is a beautiful piece of true design, wrapping function and desirability into a distinctive form. It cannily marries straight lines with pure curves in a modern but probably dateless way. It’s instantly recognisable from a distance, but it bears close inspection too. And refreshingly, it’s not at all aggressive. Not sure why they sell this My First Caterpillar shade of toy yellow, because that’s the wrong colour. You can get the Airbumps in four shades too, so you’ll seldom see two the same. [x]

First drive: the Citroen C4 Cactus

A Cactus. Can it survive hostile environments thanks to its soft waxy skin?

Yup, the C4 Cactus has a unique solution to the biffs of hard urban life. The outside is bubble-wrapped. Or more precisely it has ‘Airbumps’, oval pads of air embedded in sheets of a soft but high-tech and durable plastic. If an errant supermarket trolley or the door of the adjacent car nerfs the side of the Cactus, it will simply bounce off.

And a Cactus can survive on very little fluid? 

Indeed. There’s a diesel that rates at better than 90mpg. Even this handy turbo petrol one manages better than 60, for 105g/km. That’s partly because of newly developed engines, but also because it’s sensationally light – some models under a tonne. And the turbo I’m driving only 1020kg. It weighs less than a Fiesta, but is the size of a Focus.

Very admirable I’m sure. But this isn’t the Consumers’ Association site. You’re not making it sound like much of a Top Gear kinda car.

Then look at it. This is a beautiful piece of true design, wrapping function and desirability into a distinctive form. It cannily marries straight lines with pure curves in a modern but probably dateless way. It’s instantly recognisable from a distance, but it bears close inspection too. And refreshingly, it’s not at all aggressive. Not sure why they sell this My First Caterpillar shade of toy yellow, because that’s the wrong colour. You can get the Airbumps in four shades too, so you’ll seldom see two the same. [x]

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