Lots of good content in tonight’s episode, the Nissan GT-R package was the highlight for me. Shooting the dark silver car through Sydney’s city lights at night looked stunning at times. The clips driving past the Ferrari and Porsche dealerships also worked well. Kudos, too, for Steve getting access to the new stretch of Highway for the high speed runs. That would have been ‘grouse’ fun, as Steve would say. The Top Gear Australia guys also stoked the GT-R v 911 fire by setting an ultra quick lap around their test track in a Porsche GT2. Like their UK cousins the GT2 has been faster on their test track than the GT-R. Although, to be fair, the Australian crew reckon the GT-R they used in Episode 1 was speed limited. Not sure that the difference of an unlimited GT-R would make up the 2.62 second gap set by the GT2, however, that’s for another time. For now, pencil in the GT2 as being the quicker car.
Steve got all the toys this episode, also having a fair old crack in an Impreza WRX STi. He was a bit contradictory when complaining of big understeer, while complimenting the car’s ‘massive’ grip. Apart from the understeer, he reckons the car is not too bad, although a lot softer than previous STi offerings. They also set a challenge to outrun Australia’s Army, who were behind the controls of a Tiger helicopter. This segment had some great sequences, but it was not as strong as it could have been and was a bit too contrived. Still, it was entertaining viewing all the same.
Greg Murphy and James Courtney were the guests this week and they were decent enough entertainment. Their lap times in the Bog Standard Car were quite impressive too, some 3 seconds faster than James Morrison, the quickest celeb to date. You could really see where the tin top racers were pushing harder, using all the road, and showing great commitment and aggressive lines around the track.
The show closed out with a Volkswagen Golf 2.0 FSI (petrol) v 2.0 TDI (diesel) comparo with Charlie and Warren. The clip itself was fine, but, again, we were given no real quantification as to the tests they supposedly undertook. We were led to believe the concept behind the test was to see which car would use the least amount of fuel on their test route. However, all we got was a throw away line at the end that the diesel used $5 less fuel, without actually being told how many litres each car used. Oh well…
TOP GEAR AUSTRALIA
Episode Seven, Monday 10 November at 7:30pm
This week on Top Gear Australia two Bathurst 1000 placegetters go head-to-head on the Top Gear Australia test track, we play hide and seek with the Armyâ€™s front line attack asset, itâ€™s Volkswagen Golf – diesel versus petrol and Steve checks out the Nissan GTR R-35.
V8 Supercars drivers and Bathurst 1000 podium place winners, Greg Murphy in second and James Courtney in third, take their super fierce competitiveness from Mount Panorama to the Top Gear Australia test track. This time itâ€™s not Holden versus Ford, itâ€™s man versus man as they race the â€œBog Standard Carâ€ like itâ€™s never been driven before. Who will be crowned King of the Proton?
In a secret location, under the close scrutiny of the Australian Army, Steve test drives the new Subaru WRX STI, but itâ€™s a review with a difference. Known for excelling at â€œgoing about as fast as they can from point to point cross countryâ€ Steve has asked the Army to help out pitting their secret weapon against Subaruâ€™s latest weapon. In a search and destroy mission, the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter hunts down the wily WRX STI with Steve behind the wheel and Warren in the passenger seat.
Is diesel a better, more efficient fuel than petrol? With skyrocketing petrol prices affecting the pockets of drivers countrywide, Top Gear Australia gave Charlie and Warren identical Volkswagen Golfs with only one difference, one is powered by diesel the other petrol. Itâ€™s diesel versus petrol, and every man for themself, as they take to the roads to find out which is more economical and which is faster.
And Steve falls in love with the Nissan GTR R-35 supercar. â€œI just love it!â€
â€œIt might be as polite as a Japanese waiter but press the right button and sheâ€™s a samurai.â€
Top Gear Australia on SBS, Mondays at 7:30pm.