• Sep 22, 2008
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Not long after we learned that the famous Top Gear trio was in the U.S., a fan managed to snap some shots of Clarkson, Hammond and Mays testing their favorite examples of American muscle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The hosts made their way to salt flats by way of Reno, Nevada where they had a few modifications done to each vehicle in the name of high speed safety, namely driveshaft loops and fire extinguishers. If you saw our previous post on the subject, you already know that Clarkson is driving a Corvette ZR1, Hamster a Challenger SRT8 and May the super-fast but still luxurious Cadillac CTS-V, a car that shares much of its supercharged V8 architecture with the new force-fed mill in the 'Vette. We can already surmise that the ZR1 easily took top honors at Bonneville thanks to its slippery shape and abundance of power. Now, which car wins the comparison test? We look forward to next season to find out. Check out the gallery below for more pics of the action going down, or click here and follow the photostream. Thanks for the tips, AkulaX1 and Andi!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Stupid Idiots. Taking a Corvette (one of the best handling cars in the world) to the salt flats for a test. I guess it plays well to the home crowd's perceptions of American cars. Oh well, Bonneville is a beautiful place in it's own way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "...luxury sleeper saloon light up an American muscle car"

        You say that like the Cadillac isn't a muscle car, American, and doesn't have 125 more horsepower and 125 more torques.
        Derek
        • 6 Years Ago
        Call me crazy, but most people do top speed tests on the flats. I've never heard anyone mention the handling of any machine on the flats.

        Sure, they'll be power-sliding loonies out there, but if you had a ZR-1 and that much open space...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe because they want to do 205 mph in an American car .. and that is without question the safest place.

        I kinda hope they line up the CTS-V and the Challenger next to each other and drag them .. that would be sweet to see this luxury sleeper saloon light up an American muscle car :)

        This is going to be an awesome episode .. I can't wait.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clarkson actually makes the Challenger look small!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm getting a woody just thinking about this episode!
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should gotten a Viper ACR instead of the Challenger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A member over at LS1TECH ran into them in Belmont CA.

      "We caught them at Twin Peaks, and they tried to sell the Challenger to a co-worker because Dodge would not provide one so they bought one. Got a couple shots on the cell phone of the cars, and Clarkson stated he actually really likes the Corvettes; and seemed dismayed that he is portrayed as disliking them. Of course that could be to mollify the two that were there and own Corvettes... heheh... Seemed like a pretty cool guy though!"

      Just because Jeremy makes fun of a car doesn't mean he hates it. Think of all the times they made jokes about cars they love. It's their sense of humor that makes the show as good as it is.

      Their trip in these muscle cars should make for a very good episode.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So, Clarkson destroying a Malaysian POS was all in jest?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So many of you are blind to entertainment. Its sooo beautiful
        • 6 Years Ago
        And alot of people like to watch cars go around in circles for 4 freaking hours. Your Point?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That you're dumb
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I was in Wendover Nevada Friday night and saw all of them around midnight, now I know why!
      • 6 Years Ago
      FOR SALE: 3 freshly sand-blasted examples of American ingenuity!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only weird part about this is that when Top Gear does these "each picks a car" tests, they invariably end up arguing about which of their cars is the best. So that would presume the Top Gear guys are going to argue for American cars? I can see Hammond doing it, but that's about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hammond also expressed interest in the Challenger on Top Gear when it was still in the concept stages.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He also owns a '69 Charger. He did a Top Gear segment on them. I remember it from when they had Top Gear on the Discovery channel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Someone always picks an american vehicle for one reason or another. Remember when clarkson picked a sebering convertable over the 350z and I forget what the other car was but it was european IIRC.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jezza also owns (or at least used to) a Ford GT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think Hammond will. Remember he likes the new Camaro. He owns a 60's Mustang, too
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Challenger is sooo outclassed in this group.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea it does seem outclassed. A Viper would have been a more logical rival to the other cars with over 550hp each.
        • 6 Years Ago
        shoulda brought both, but they have 3 guys so they need 3 cars. they should have given and acr viper to the stig!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great :-) We've got a "fat American" near the filming of TG in pic 5 of 8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope this episode airs early next season.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i want top gear now!!! arghghhgghhhhh
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