Top Gear Cars

Top Gear USA is a fun show to watch. Only in its second season, it has featured many serious super cars, both domestic and imported, American and foreign exotics. Some people have expressed their distaste for this show in comparison with the original Top Gear BBC series, which first started in 1977. We are not concerned about comparing the American and British versions. We are concerned with the featured cars. There are some cars absent from the power lap times, but let’s start there.

The power lap times are where the fourth member of the Top Gear USA team, The Stig, races the featured car around Top Gear’s track. Here’s a list of times:

  • 1:19.5 – Ford Fiesta Rallycross (Tanner’s)
  • 1:22.0 – Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR
  • 1:22.4 – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
  • 1:22.8 – Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
  • 1:23.3 – Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 1:23.4 – Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
  • 1:25.3 – Porsche Panamera Turbo
  • 1:26.9 – Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni
  • 1:27.2 – Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
  • 1:27.4 – Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
  • 1:27.6 – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • 1:28.2 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  • 1:28.4 – Lotus Evora (wet)
  • 1:28.5 – Ferrari California
  • 1:29.2 – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
  • 1:30.0 – BMW X6 M
  • 1:39.0 – Hennessey F-150 VelociRaptor 600

via Top Gear (U.S. TV series) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Surprised? Foust’s Fiesta was most recently raced, and it did well, as you would expect from a professional race car based on a lightweight Fiesta frame with over 600hp and all wheel drive. American techno-muscle is at the top with Viper and Corvette following the Fiesta. Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Murciélago SuperVeloce, Porsche Panamera Turbo, Lamborghini Gallardo Balboni, CTS-V, Benz SLS AMG, Lotus Evora, Ferrari California, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo have all been raced on the track. It’s not like American techno-muscle is at the top of the list for lack of competition!

Absent from the power laps are several sweet cars. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage also featured before its bigger V12 brother. The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss, while not driven, was a key focal news point, and, yes, they did start it up and give it a rev. A Morgan Aero SuperSport was tested in England but not on the Top Gear track. Last week the Porsche 911 GT2RS made a sweet appearance, dragging a Viper and a Nova and winning no less. Just last night the Lexus LFA super car was featured while lapping around Infineon Raceway, and the Audi R8 GT was used to set a short-lived indoor top speed record, which was swiftly supplanted by Tanner’s Fiesta. It would have been nice to see these cars lap around the track for comparison purposes.

What cars will soon be featured? The Mustang? Camaro? Challenger? Ford GT? Shelby Cobra? Maserati Granturismo? Bugatti Veyron 16.4?

More will be posted as the show continues on. The following list will continue to be updated as necessary.

Featured Car List

  1. Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  2. Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  3. Audi R8 GT
  4. Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
  5. Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
  6. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
  7. Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR
  8. Ferrari 458 Italia
  9. Ferrari California
  10. Ford Fiesta Rallycross (Tanner’s)
  11. Ford Mustang Boss 302
  12. Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni
  13. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
  14. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
  15. Lexus LFA
  16. Lotus Evora
  17. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  18. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
  19. Morgan Aero SuperSports
  20. Porsche 911 GT2RS
  21. Porsche Panamera Turbo