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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:43 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Yes, I thought that was an excellent episode.
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How have Honda got away with fly by wire brakes? I for one would not trust something so vitally important as stopping to electronics without any mechanical backup.

I don't know how Peugeot got away with it on the 405 Mi16x4 back in the 90s. Although, that was a mechanical system powered by a pump - when the pump failed (as it did on mine on the M62) you had no brakes. None whatsoever.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many episodes in are they now? Despite the mixed/poor reviews, I'll take my months free trial soon, although I imagine having to binge, to a degree, will increase any frustration with it/them.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday's was Episode 9, 3 more to go I believe.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've enjoyed it overall ,it's less car orientated than tg was,and it's still very scripted in parts but it's made me laugh .
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've enjoyed it overall ,it's less car orientated than tg was,and it's still very scripted in parts but it's made me laugh .


Overall I've been pleasantly surprised. I thought the last Top Gear series they did was getting tired and, while not a triumphant re-birth, they've managed to keep the standard up over the series.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's got better as it has gone on.  It feels less scripted (though clearly still is), and as though they've relaxed into the job after time off and the gargantuan weight of expectation.

I wonder how Evans is feeling about it.
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Didn't like the Loch Ness episode
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Didn't like the Loch Ness episode


Bit of a rubbish ending which wasn't helped by a rubbish middle bit. The 124 Spyder part was ok but I wasn't won over.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must have much different tastes than you lot. I actually liked the latest one a bit more, because there were actually cars in it, and it had a feel of older TG when it was them doing car challenges. The preceding two episodes before that I thought were just overwrought with nonsense.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked episode 11. Not keen on the 124 to be honest, I'd rather have the MX5 and a supercharger kit. And what was Hammond on about it sounding like a big car? No, it sounded like a small engined car with a big exhaust system.

Always liked the looks of the Maser Biturbo, especially the 2 door. Clarkson's looked the bollocks with the Compomotive alloys and NACA ducts. The interiors were always horrible, mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maserati bit was a reasonable idea that they seemed to lose the plot with very quickly.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mediocre episode this week.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

franki68 wrote:
A mediocre episode this week.


My thoughts too.
I didn't really like any of the suv's they tested. I'd probably pick the Range Rover because it's the least pretentious. Then again, I'd prefer to buy an older one and pocket the change.
Tired of the same jokes though.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A mediocre episode this week.


My thoughts too.
I didn't really like any of the suv's they tested. I'd probably pick the Range Rover because it's the least pretentious. Then again, I'd prefer to buy an older one and pocket the change.
Tired of the same jokes though.


I'd be tempted by the X5M they had in the drag race! The Bentayga isn't looking any less clumsy the more I look at it and I just can't help feeling that BMW and Audi are bit ahead of JLR when it comes to infortainment. That said I do like the look of the F-Pace, I think the Jaguar styling works surprisingly well on an SUV.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Jag was nice apart from the stupid, fake crackly exhaust note. I also laughed like a drain at the place names, because I'm male and therefore a MASSIVE child.

£212k for the BentTiger! †

I don't see what it offers over a Flying Spur, not like any owner is ever going to take it off road.

Rangeys are like fag packets in the wind round here - you stop noticing them after a while.

Bit of a shit end to the series, to be honest. I was expecting more explosions.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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£212k for the BentTiger! †

I don't see what it offers over a Flying Spur, not like any owner is ever going to take it off road.



When they developed it the reason was that they'd had customers of the Conti GT's moaning that they could only spend 100 grand on a Range Rover and couldn't they help them by producing a 200 grand SUV? Of course Rolls Royce have had THEIR customers complaining that the peasants who shop at Bentley are going round in 200 grand SUV's so Rolls are putting together the 300+ grand Cullinan to put the Bentayga driving ruffians back in their place!
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Bit of a hit end to the series, to be honest.


Is there an s missing in that sentence?
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There actually is a missing s.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, are RR making a posh roader?

Shitting hell. It'll be like a stately home on wheels. A four wheeled Fortnum and Mason hamper.
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Also, are RR making a posh roader?

Shitting hell. It'll be like a stately home on wheels. A four wheeled Fortnum and Mason hamper.


This is what you get when you put four wheels onto Blenheim Palace.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...n-suv-spotted-production-bodywork
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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so Rolls are putting together the 300+ grand Cullinan to put the Bentayga driving ruffians back in their place!


Googled it and some of the photoshops are brilliant!
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I quite enjoyed it.  I think that there is still one more in the series.
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gooner wrote:
Blarno wrote:
Also, are RR making a posh roader?

Shitting hell. It'll be like a stately home on wheels. A four wheeled Fortnum and Mason hamper.


This is what you get when you put four wheels onto Blenheim Palace.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...n-suv-spotted-production-bodywork


I'm keen to see this. There is an massive amount of disguise on that particularly on the rear end, I think it'll taper in quite considerably at the back which just might work.
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Looks like a bigger Range Rover with Rolls Royce trinketry.

Couldn't help but think that their observation that the options spend on the Bentayga was greater than the price of the Jag would be exactly the sort of thing that the target market would love hearing...
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Blarno wrote:
Also, are RR making a posh roader?

Shitting hell. It'll be like a stately home on wheels. A four wheeled Fortnum and Mason hamper.


This is what you get when you put four wheels onto Blenheim Palace.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...n-suv-spotted-production-bodywork


RR in car taken to very cold place for cold weather testing and very hot place for hot weather testing shocker:

"Unusually, Rolls-Royce has revealed details of where the car will be tested ahead of its official launch; itíll be taken to the Arctic Circle for cold-weather testing, before being shipped to the Middle East next year for the opposite."
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Mis-read the above as "... Middle East next year for the earthquake"....  I wondered if they were trying to out-do the HiLux?
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Roadsterstu wrote:
gooner wrote:
Blarno wrote:
Also, are RR making a posh roader?

Shitting hell. It'll be like a stately home on wheels. A four wheeled Fortnum and Mason hamper.


This is what you get when you put four wheels onto Blenheim Palace.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...n-suv-spotted-production-bodywork


RR in car taken to very cold place for cold weather testing and very hot place for hot weather testing shocker:

"Unusually, Rolls-Royce has revealed details of where the car will be tested ahead of its official launch; itíll be taken to the Arctic Circle for cold-weather testing, before being shipped to the Middle East next year for the opposite."


I think the unusual bit was the official reveal rather than the marketing team leaking the details!
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Finally signed up for a mo the trial and watching the first episode. The intro montage was excellent, the hyper car trio great and beautifully shot. Even the 'banter' didn't grate too much (yet!).

However, I really didn't like the unnecessary swearing. It was just incongruous and appeared to be 'just because we can'.
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gooner wrote:
Blarno wrote:
Also, are RR making a posh roader?

Shitting hell. It'll be like a stately home on wheels. A four wheeled Fortnum and Mason hamper.


This is what you get when you put four wheels onto Blenheim Palace.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news...n-suv-spotted-production-bodywork


RR in car taken to very cold place for cold weather testing and very hot place for hot weather testing shocker:

"Unusually, Rolls-Royce has revealed details of where the car will be tested ahead of its official launch; itíll be taken to the Arctic Circle for cold-weather testing, before being shipped to the Middle East next year for the opposite."


I think the unusual bit was the official reveal rather than the marketing team leaking the details!


I really don't think there are any secrets about where cars are hot and cold weather tested, are there? I mean, options must be fairly limited and car manufacturers have been going en masse to the same places for years. It's not much of surprise reveal.
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Enjoyed the latest and last of the series, the kid and the guy with no arms were amazing.
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I thought it was a great finale and wondered if Mark was a closet Wincher?
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It was somewhat disappointing that the series finale wasn't a longer show with a proper epic road trip like they used to do. I know they did one at Christmas but with the budget they had I thought something more might have been done with it, especially as they were in Dubai. A hypercar road trip of some sort would have been an appropriate way of going out on a high.

Overall I liked the content of this episode but it seemed too much like he other episodes to be a fitting finale to their first series on Amazon.
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Enjoyed the series overall.

That winching looks too much like hard work.
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Whilst the drifting was particularly skillful, it's just showing off and not a real sport, IMO.

That Patrol was something else, it looked like one of the dune racers they have out there, where you try to get as far up a loose sand dune as is physically possible before the turbo inhales enough sand to solidy and turn to glass.
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That was a nice end to what I thought was a hit and miss series. Room for improvement methinks but decent effort.

Drifting may just be showing off but my word were they impressive.

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