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  TopGear is the most qualitative tv show we have been blessed to see on TV. If you do not know about it yet, you have a lot to catch up with.

There is the rare occasion that TopGear UK manages to grab my attention and keep me entertained, and its review of the Zenvo ST1 happened to be one of those times. No, it is not because Jeremy Clarkson was just so witty that I couldn’t turn away. No, it was more like the Zenvo was such a train wreck that I couldn’t drag myself away.

The ST1 is a 1,106-horsepower, £800,000 beast that looks to have all of the goods — on paper that is. To hit this monster output, it uses a 7.0-liter V-8 that is both supercharged and turbocharged, which is rather impressive I must say. However, when TopGear got its hands on one of these supercars , the whole thing went downhill almost immediately.

It started well by Jeremy finding that it was a blur in a straight line, and was capable of hitting a insane 230-plus mph. This is the last of the good things, as from there Jeremy found that the car was literally undrivable in "Race" or "Sport" mode and he must have spun it out a dozen times. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the ST1’s rear brakes then failed and the clutch wasn’t far behind. So, back to Denmark the car goes.

In act II, the ST1 arrived with a new clutch and rear brakes, but before the guys can really take a crack at it, the cooling fan fails and the car does its best Fisker Karma impersonation. Back to Denmark it goes for more repairs...

In act III the ST1 returns yet again, and looks to be in perfect working order. So, the Stig finally gets his crack at it on the TopGear track. Well, the ST1 lays down a crap-tastic 1:29.9, which is one second slower than the Ford Focus ST, folks...

According to Zenvo, the roads were not suitable for driving the ST1 and that is why it turned in such a time, but for my money, it had better beat a Focus in the rain.

Check out the video above to see the full video of TopGear testing the Zenvo ST1.

For a lot of sports fans, late-January and early-February is always a time to look forward to because of the NFL playoffs Super Bowl.

But another January tradition that has people waiting with baited breath is the return of Top Gear, considered by many as the preeminent automotive series on television. So, with the days winding down before the debut of the 21st season on January 23, a lot of gearheads are counting down the days to get a new look at the new Top Gear season, featuring the lovable and controversial, trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

To give us a small sample size (a really small one, at that) of what to expect for the coming season’s worth of episodes, BBC released a short preview of one of the episodes with Clarkson driving aimlessly while counting all the lories that pass his way. Those are called trucks on this side of the Atlantic, by the way.

It’s nothing to go by, to be honest, and the look on Clarkson’s face seems to suggest that he’s having a not-so-enjoyable time behind the wheel of what looks like a compact hatch . Still and all, Top Gear’s back and that’s great news for everyone who has waited a while for these fellas to return.

Click past the jump to read about Top Gear

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Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

"Lairy" is defined as cunning or conceited; ostentatiously attractive or flashy; or aggressive or rowdy. Is this how you would define the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Edition ? Well, this is exactly how the fellas over at TopGear feel about it...

According to TopGear magazine, the last iteration of the SLS AMG GT Black Series is more manageable than its predecessors and Jeremy Clarkson loved it for its power and tire life. However, for the rest of the world, it’s an inconvenience. And this put the ’Black Series’ in the top position as TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year."

It is lairy, but in a good way, they say. It lets you have all the fun and still assists you if you get slightly overboard. “It looks like it wants to bite your leg off, but actually it bear hugs you and covers your back like a best mate. It is lairy but not scary.” We’re willing to bet that those convoluted, yet genius, words came from Clarkson’s own mouth.

Tom Ford (@tomwookieford) quoted Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes AMG GmbH, as responding to the award with "Thanks - that’s pretty much what we were aiming for with the car." Ah, a tongue0in-cheek response to a even more tongue-in-cheek award — isn’t the world of automotive journalism such a wonderful world!

Anyway, so there you have it. TopGear’s "2013 Lairy Car of the Year" is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.

Click past the jump to read more about the SLS AMG Black Series

It’s not often that you find somebody that is given a license to throw a supercar around a race track. But Top Gear seems to be an exception most of the time.

Recently, the benevolent McLaren P1 was spotted at the Spa-Francorchamps and with it was the Top Gear crew, fully dressed and looking like they’re ready to do something serious on the McLaren supercar.

The ensuing video proceeds to give us an idea of what we can expect when season 21 of Top Gear comes around. For now, we can enjoy this video and see who we assume to be The Stig giving the P1 all it can handle, including one powerslide attempt at left a lot to be desired.

We doubt that’s the one that’s going to be in the future episode, but we can certainly appreciate the fact that The Stig is running the P1 to its limit. Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised when it comes The Stig and Top Gear, right?

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren P1

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The upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 driving game is set to feature the legendary TopGear driver himself.

Some say, he is even faster in the dark...
The Stig!

That’s right, Forza Motorsport 5 will offer you the chance to race against The Stig.

The Stig’s Digital Cousin will only be available for those players planning to get both the new Xbox One and Forza 5 next month. So, if you are really good on racing games, the virtual Stig is waiting for you.

You will be able to race against him on the famous Top Gear test track that was rendered in meticulous detail, including the follow-through and Gambon sections. The game will also offer lots of in-game commentary from Jeremy, Richard and James on the career modes, and races inspired by Top Gear events, amongst other things.

The new Forza Motorsport 5 will be released on November 22nd, 2013.

Be warned, though, The Stig’s Digital Cousin doesn’t take defeat lightly.

Cruise over here for even more Forza 5 action.

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Car television shows have come a long way in the last five years. From the previous drought of anything car-related but entertaining on American television, there are now at least 10 incredible automotive-themed television shows.

Some focus on road and track testing, some on adventures and some on the popular resto-mod template. Finding which of these shows is the best for real car enthusiasts can be tricky. They take a long time to film, are expensive to make and edit, and generally are nowhere near as popular as TMZ and other garbage.

To help car guys to find the best way to see all the latest cars being driven to the max, these 10 television programs are our favorites right now. The best part? The new seasons of Top Gear USA and Fifth Gear UK are airing, so there is some new car content to devour.

So sit back, relax, and never have to suffer through MotorWeek again.

Please click past the jump to see the full details of the Top Ten Best Car TV Shows.

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Top Gear USA is finally back for its Season 4 premiere this Tuesday, September 3rd at 8pm on History Channel. The season looks outstanding, starting off with a bang via a top speed run through the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado in a McLaren , Lamborghini and SRT Viper .

The show is, of course, the American version of the legendary BBC TopGear formula, which finally took the dull and nap-inducing American car show equivalents (like MotorWeek), and sent them to the crusher.

This high-budget thrill-ride of a television show maintains the production values, incredible locations/filming methods, and finally the creativity to successfully re-launch the series with American tastes in mind. This season: out goes the boring Big Star Small Car and studio shoots - and in goes even more awesome driving action.

Central to this humorous and personality-oriented approach to cars, part of what makes Top Gear USA such a must-watch television show is the manly camaraderie and mischief of these three car guys.

Rutledge, Tanner and Adam almost could not be more different, but over the first three seasons, a real bond is forming among them that is funny and entertaining to enjoy. Watching the show makes you feel like one of the gang, and the guys are all very social in reality on Twitter and in the blogs.

Each Top Gear USA host brings a special verve and energy to the show’s sometimes-difficult driving challenges, which is pretty easy considering these gents are a cool 20 years younger than Clarkson, Hammond and May.

The adventures are many, and Top Gear USA should be on the DVR of all car guys in America and abroad. This series really gets the magic formula right, with enough laughs and stunning cars to make every hour event television.

Click past the jump for the Top Gear USA Season 4 Sneak Peek, ahead of the season’s estimated 8-episode run starting Tuesday September 3rd on History Channel.

It’s very rare that you see The Stig lose control of a car, let alone one with the sheer power of a Lamborghini . If we’ve come to know anything about Top Gear’s tame racing driver, it’s that he rarely makes any mistakes when it he sits behind the wheel of any car.

But the improbable happened in a recent episode of Top Gear. Not only did he spin out on a car, he did it on one of the rarest exotics in the world, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento .

People eventually found out that the world was round and now, we also found out that The Stig is human after all.

The Stig spinning out rarely happens. In fact, before doing it on the Sesto Elemento, the only time the masked driver did it was with a Koenigsegg CCX some years back, an episode that infamously led to the Swedish automaker installing a rear wing to add downforce to the CCX.

In this case, downforce wasn’t the issue that resulted in the Sesto Elemento spinning off the track. A high-speed left turn just caused The Stig to lose control, sending the ultra-limited Lambo into the grass, damaging the underside.

It’s tough seeing The Stig lose control of a car like the Sesto Elemento. It’s like watching Jay-Z mix up his lyrics during a live concert.

But even the best fall down sometimes and we’ve no doubts that The Stig can bounce back from this like nothing ever happened.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

The (New) Stig returns to Top Gear

Ever since Ben Collins outed himself as The Stig a few years ago, the producers of Top Gear have been extra cautious in protecting the identity of Collins’ replacement .

It’s one of the shows most important traditions; to keep the Stig’s identity confidential under all circumstances. That’s precisely the reason why you see this man barely register an emotion on the show, opting to stick to his go-to-move of crossing his arms to tell you what he thinks about you.

Very stoic, The Stig is.

But a recent report by the Daily Record may have Top Gear execs fidgeting in their seats after the British daily pretty much took the mystery out of the box and splashed it all over the news.

According to the Daily Record, The Stig is none other than Scottish racecar driver Gordon Shedden. Rumors that Shedden was The Stig took on a new life after the Scot demonstrated the Honda Mean Mower, a lawn mower that can do an incredible 135 mph. But demonstrating a garden vehicle didn’t register too much of a blip on the radar. What did, though, was a recent episode of Top Gear that showed The Stig giving the Mean Mower a run. The unfolding of events eventually gave way to rumors that Shedden was the man under the white racing suit.

The man didn’t even try to squash the rumors when he was asked about it, opting only to say"I don’t think anyone can say that. At the end of the day, it is just a person in a white suit. It’s more about the myth of Stig than who it is."

While no confirmation was made, this is one of those times where the adage "where there’s smoke, there’s fire" can be aptly used.

Click past the jump to learn more about Gordon Shedden

Source: Daily Record

The day when Top Gear returns to television is a cause for joy for a lot of us.

Our three favorite TV hosts are returning to BBC2 this Sunday, June 30th for their 20th season, a remarkable achievement for Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, and yes, we’re counting The Stig in there, too.

So what exactly are we all in store for with season 20? Judging by the photos and the trailer for the season that were both recently released, we’re expecting nothing less than the usual doses of witty zaniness mixed with some high-powered vehicles and the occasional lemon thrown into the mix.

Supercars galore are also expected to be headlined, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series , the Jaguar F-Type , and of course, the Ferrari F12berlinetta .

In other words, we’re expecting Top Gear to be, well, Top Gear.

Click past the jump to watch the first official trailer of Top Gear’s 20th season

Source: Top Gear

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