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    [02x02] May 18th, 2009

    Episode 2 of 8:

    With car owners forced to suffer high petrol prices and the environmental impact of cars now more a concern, Australians have responded to these issues the best way they could – by buying more V8s in 2008 than ever before.

    So for those happy to sell their first-born to pay for petrol and think the greenhouse effect is the latest diet craze out of the States, Top Gear Australia has the car for you – the HSV Clubsport R8.

    “Basically it’s an SS Commodore that’s been to HSV boot camp and come back with a bigger engine, bigger brakes and a Schwarzenegger body pack,” said Steve Pizzati.

    Want something better? Top Gear Australia has uncovered Australia’s best kept performance car secret. The Holden Special Vehicle’s Clubsport R8 by Walkinshaw Performance or affectionately known around the Top Gear Australia office. The Superclubby.

    “Buying a superclubby is like ordering a pizza. You choose the toppings you like and you can get them to hold the anchovies,” said Steve.

    While Australians have to wait another 12 months before the first electric car is unleashed on our shores, Top Gear Australia decide to build their own low cost electric car from existing petrol powered ones. Armed with $3000 each, Warren and Steve take their iconic Australian car of choice into the garage for a power make-over before they battle it out on the track in true Top Gear Australia fashion.

    Legendary Australian rocker, Ian Moss (Cold Chisel) is the Star in the Bog Standard Car and Warren and James race in reverse around the track – for science of course.





    I'm not that interested in seeing a Clubsport R8. But a supercharged Walkinshaw V8....hells yeah

    #2
    Ian Moss!!!


    Originally posted by Gman333Xferrari
    Rob Smedley has the sexiest voice over radio, gives me a stiffy everytime I hear it...

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      #3
      that Walkinshaw is gonna be kickass

      470kw and 770Nm Torque


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        #4
        I'm guessing the Walkinshaw car is the same thing as the VXR8 Bathurst version. (Still peeved about them getting extra supercharge than us)

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          #5
          So wait they are reviewing two HSV R8s? Depending on how they deliver that this could be classic TG or be horribly boring.

          Can't wait to see the Electric Car challenge and SIARPC

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            #6
            no i think itll just be the walkinshaw version, because the walkinshaw version is just a 45k option that you tick when buying a normal clubby, besides theyve already tested the normal one.


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              #7
              HSV should supercharge the Sportswagon....just for the hell of it. And then fit black rims with red walls

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                #8
                im sure they will eventually,


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                  #9
                  I suspect the clubby vs clubby will be more of a "watch this" momment than a side by side
                  My car is dark grey not black!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SL65 View Post
                    HSV should supercharge the Sportswagon....just for the hell of it. And then fit black rims with red walls
                    I'd probably buy one of those... There's something about the styling of the Sportswagon that I like...
                    I'm worse at what I do best, and for this gift I feel blessed, I found it hard, it was hard to find, oh well, whatever, nevermind

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by gti138 View Post
                      I'd probably buy one of those... There's something about the styling of the Sportswagon that I like...
                      The arse. Its gotta be the arse.

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                        #12
                        http://au.transmission.blogs.topgear...a-episode-two/
                        My Cars: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 convertible (summer weekend car), 2001 Ford Mustang GT coupe (winter car & grocery getter)
                        There is no replacement for displacement.
                        - Wolfgang Bernhard, then Chief Operating Officer, Chrysler Group talking about the Dodge Viper SRT-10
                        ... I ask Herb Helbig, vehicle synthesis manager for SRT and a member of the original Team Viper development group since day one, if they'd ever thought of adding traction control. "It comes with two," he says, pointing at my feet. "Learn to use them." Got it.
                        - Motor Trend on the 2006 Dodge Viper Coupe, November 2005

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                          #13
                          Went to the studio recording of episode six on Friday night. It was quite different to what I thought it'd be like. Is there a place where one can post info about episodes a fair bit away?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by lockstops View Post
                            Went to the studio recording of episode six on Friday night. It was quite different to what I thought it'd be like. Is there a place where one can post info about episodes a fair bit away?
                            http://forums.finalgear.com/top-gear-australia/

                            in there should suffice. just make it a general studio audience thread without giving too much away


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                              #15
                              God dammit, I hate SBS. Refuses to work on Foxtel Digital and I don't have an antenna plugged in..
                              2003 Urabus Impreza WRX stage one - 3" TBE Exhaust, Custom Dyno tune 210kW/440Nm 5 sp manual
                              1997 Ford EL Falcon Wagon - 163kW/366Nm 4sp FraudSlushOMatic

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                                #16
                                ^ really? I have the foxtel IQ and I use it to record TGA (and a few other SBS shows) every week, never had a problem with the reception....although my free to air SBS HD is shite.


                                Originally posted by Gman333Xferrari
                                Rob Smedley has the sexiest voice over radio, gives me a stiffy everytime I hear it...

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                                  #17
                                  http://forums.finalgear.com/tg-aus-s...-2009-a-35963/
                                  My Cars: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 convertible (summer weekend car), 2001 Ford Mustang GT coupe (winter car & grocery getter)
                                  There is no replacement for displacement.
                                  - Wolfgang Bernhard, then Chief Operating Officer, Chrysler Group talking about the Dodge Viper SRT-10
                                  ... I ask Herb Helbig, vehicle synthesis manager for SRT and a member of the original Team Viper development group since day one, if they'd ever thought of adding traction control. "It comes with two," he says, pointing at my feet. "Learn to use them." Got it.
                                  - Motor Trend on the 2006 Dodge Viper Coupe, November 2005

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