Top Gear USA: Episode 4

Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st
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We are almost halfway through the first season of Top Gear USA and we are pleased to say that the show is not a complete waste of our time. In fact, we actually enjoy watching it. The clips are informative, the challenges are funny and entertaining, and the opportunity of making fun of Ferrara will never slide past us. We can’t help it; we don’t really like the guy as the "main" host.

Now that all of that is out of the way, we can move on to the actual show aired. The fourth episode of Top Gear USA takes us through a long review of the Mercedes SLS AMG with Adam Ferrara behind the wheel. Only Ferrara can ruin the Mercedes’ camera time. Top Gear UK has Captain Slow, we have Captain Boring. ’Nuff said.

The more interesting part of the show was the two challenges. The first was a race between the Ford F-150 Velociraptor and a HALO jumper while the second was a jumbled mess of two old beaters shooting out paintballs. And by two old beaters, we mean Ferrara and Wood. Just kidding.

Hit the jump to see details on the fourth episode of Top Gear USA.

Car Reviews/Car News

2010 - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
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Adam Ferrara - the lucky son of a gun - had the opportunity to review the Mercedes SLS AMG this week and just the thought of that made us twitch with jealousy. This Mercedes is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that develops 571 hp and up to 650 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, while top speed goes up to 197 mph.

We think it is safe to say that Ferrara was pretty thrilled that he got the chance to drive the Mercedes and the task of slamming on the accelerator was not wasted on him, but, for him, the downside was that the Mercedes didn’t feel as good on the road as it did on the track going 160mph.

The Stig, of course, took the Mercedes SLS AMG on the Top Gear track, ending up with a time of 1:27.6 and sliding in between the Lamborghini Balboni and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

Big Star Small Car

Top Gear USA's vehicle for "Big Star in Small Car" will be a Suzuki SX4 Exterior
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The man behind the dorky glasses in this week’s Small Car segment was none other than Kid Rock, an American singer-songwriter and rapper with a country twist. Wood was back on as the interviewer - our prayers were answered - but the interview was still lacking. Let’s face it, the star actually driving the car is the best part so the interview might as well be non-existent.

That being said, Kid Rock was able to produce the fastest lap with a time of 1:43.9. He also gets an award from us for the star that was the most entertaining while driving.

The Challenges

Challenge One

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R
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The first challenge of the week began with Tanner Foust getting down and dirty with the Ford F-150 Velociraptor. After that it was a race between the monstrous Velociraptor and a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jumper. HALO jumping is a technique used to drop items, including human beings, from high altitudes using a free-fall parachute. The jumper used in this race is so secretive that we think Top Gear would have rather unveiled the identity of the Stig than mess with the privacy of this guy.

Both racers have to travel a distance of five miles to get to the finishline, but the jumper has to get there by falling from an altitude of 25,000 feet while the Ford F-150 - driven by who other than Foust - gets to take a five miles trek on asphalt, rough trail, and open desert. It was a pretty aggressive race, but in the end, the HALO jumper walked away with the win. For a competitive guy, Foust sure isn’t walking away with many wins so far.

The Stig also took the Velociraptor around the Top Gear track because, well just because. The incredibly huge pick-up truck got around the bend with a time of 1:39.0 which is pretty impressive.

Challenge Two

In the final segment of the show, the Top Gear USA boys decided to go head to head with some old cars and paintballs. Adam Ferrara showed up in a 1977 Chevy El Camino SS and Wood strolled in with a 1997 Honda Del Sol. Foust was absent during this segment which pretty much took a lot of the fun out of it. Now it was just Dumb and Dumber riding around in two old cars strapped down with paintball guns.

The segment was short and that, along with the Foust absence, made it suffer a bit. We think that the segment could have been so much better if they would have made it longer and made sure all three hosts were there. Foust just adds more of a competitive edge to the challenges. The funniest part of the segment was when Ferrara lost and had to shoot himself in the foot with a paintball gun. Now, that was funny.

Wrapping it Up

The men of Top Gear USA
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Thankfully, the car news segment that was brought out in Episode Three was skipped this week which made this episode of Top Gear USA that much better. We can catch the news any other day of the week. We stay up on Sundays to watch fast cars and cool challenges.

Check in with us next week as we move on to Episode Five of Top Gear USA, and remember to leave some of your thoughts on this episode in the comments section below.

What do you think?
Show Comments


  (570) posted on 07.11.2011

Yeah, during the beginning of the show. I have to admit that its not really a good start from them. However, its a good thing that they have ended the last season successfully. I think they have earned six million viewers.

  (553) posted on 07.11.2011

The opening of the next season is already near. I wonder on what will happened to the audiences of this car show. Well, I have to admit that I’m impressed with them for they really work hard in order to gain audiences.

  (359) posted on 03.18.2011

ha ha. I just remember what they say in the episode three, they actually say that they are starting to like the show! Well, i think its a improvement that they finally love it! I think those guys in the TopGear USA has a good teamed up!

  (345) posted on 03.14.2011

top gear host and reviews are great.. but to be honest the fifth gear review and host are way better specially Tiff Needell.

  (765) posted on 12.21.2010

well to be honest I’m not that impressed with this review, some details are missing like the small car category. and most of the cars are from erope.

  (702) posted on 12.20.2010

yes it looks interesting to watch, but i wonder if fifth gear can follow through.

  (613) posted on 12.19.2010

well i think i have to agree on what you said about jay but he’s really on hell of a car collector does he? but does he have a GT-R also?

  (780) posted on 12.19.2010

Jay Leno might make this show worse. He doesn’t really know cars, he just likes them. Also, of the people I know, only my 86 year old grandmother thinks he’s funny.

  (340) posted on 12.16.2010

One more improvement could make it stick: The chemistry between Tanner Foust and his Speed Channel partner Paul Tracy from the Battle of the Supercars would make the US version perfect.

  (70) posted on 12.16.2010

Ford F-150 Velociraptor is a nice mean machine. I kind of started to like those guys. I mean no one is a star until it becomes one!

  (101) posted on 12.16.2010

Any ideea where I can watch this show online?

  (89) posted on 12.16.2010

Lucky for them they’ve had the SLS, that car makes a show on herself!

  (461) posted on 12.15.2010

while more car shows are always a good thing, I do not understand the need to Americanize everything. Why can’t people just accept that the UK version is better and leave it at that? Its not necessary to re-make everything for American audiences.

  (16) posted on 12.15.2010

They’ve got my attention, I’ll keep watching. It is really starting to feel like these guys are coming into their own, although the paintball bit was a bit cheesy.

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