Monday, August 3, 2009

Top Gear Season 13 Episode 7: Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst and Maloo at the track; Jay Leno a Star In A Reasonably Priced Car; ending video with V12 Vantage

It's the last episode of this season at Top Gear. We know it went so quickly, but the last show, the boys at Top Gear prepared a great show for their fans. This week, Richard Hammond hits out the Top Gear test-track, with two Australian Holden imports to prove a point. Hammond thinks that true sportscars are not only cheaper and more practical, but also better to drive than the business-men sports-sedan. He got to get the 2009 Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst and the 2009 Vauxhall HSV Maloo. One is a supercharged 560 hp super-sedan, and the other is the fastest pick-up truck ever produced, or what the Australians call it a Ute. The Stig also recorded laps for the two.


- 2009 Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst: Powered by a supercharged 6.2L LS3 V8, producing 560 hp and 527 lb-ft of torque. Launch to 60 mph comes in 4.6 seconds, on-wards to a limited top-speed of 155 mph.

- 2009 Vauxhall HSV Maloo Ute: Powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.2L LS3 V8, packing 420 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph is delt in 5 seconds-flat, and top speed is limited to 155 mph. That makes it the world's fastest Ute (pick-up)

In the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car, Jeremy Clarkson usually interviews British celebrates, that mostly are only known in the UK. This episode though, the all-time-great talk-show host Jay Leno. Surprisingly, Leno is actually a #1 petrol-head, and he owns 150 cars in his garage. Leno also got to set a lap-time in the Chevrolet Lacetti. Want to know more? Just watch the embedded video below.

Finally, we come to the end of this week's Top Gear Episode feature. Top Gear ended this season with a 4-minute scenery-drive in the amazing and fabulous Aston Martin V12 Vantage, that actually felt sad to end-in the show. Personally, this was the best bit in this episode and it's really worth the watch.

Top Gear will be back for a 14th season in the winter.

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