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    Video: Fifth Gear headed to Velocity Channel in October
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    For those familiar with Fifth Gear, it's a welcomed alternative if you have burnt yourself out from watching 12 hours straight of Top Gear on torrents and BBC America reruns. The show is hosted by former TG presenters Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, along with two-time BTCC champ Jason ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear pits Renault Sport Megane 265 Trophy vs Nissan 370Z
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    Fifth Gear host Tiff Needell had such a good time throwing the Renault Sport Megane 265 Trophy around the track that it made him ask a silly question. Could the 261-horsepower, front-wheel drive, four-seat hot hatch lap quicker than the 324-hp, rear-wheel drive, two-seat Nissan 370Z? This ...

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    Video: Watch Fifth Gear drive across England in a brand-new Lada Niva
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    If you happen to have a soft spot for ugly, inexpensive four-wheel-drive machines that can outperform substantially newer and more expensive vehicles, don't watch the video after the jump. If you choose not to heed our guidance, you may just find yourself desperately searching for a way to get ...

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    Video: Vicki from Fifth Gear wrings out BMW's new M5
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    Vicki Butler-Henderson of Fifth Gear has taken the 2012 BMW M5 into her deft hands and massaged it oh-so-gently through the corners and curbing of southern France. All right, quite the opposite of "gently," instead preferring to put a billowing white chokehold on every single one of the M5's 560 ...

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    Video: Tiff Needell hoons it up in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0
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    We know, we know. We miss Top Gear, too. But it'll be another month or so before the hit BBC program comes back for another season. Fortunately, that's what Fifth Gear is for. The Channel 5 program was launched in 2002 when BBC canceled the original Top Gear. The better-known program came back ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear drives Europe's hottest hot hatch, the Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy
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    You know, we can live without the Laguna and the Scenic. We really can. But when it comes down to the hot hatches, well... we kinda wish we could get out driving gloves on some Renault models on this side of the Atlantic. Certain models in specific, like the Megane 265 Trophy. Renaultsport's ...

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    Video: VBH thrashes Ford Mustang Boss 302 at Le Mans for Fifth Gear
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    Just a few days ago, we brought you footage of Fifth Gear hostess Vicki Butler-Henderson flogging the Ferrari 458 Spider along the hills outside Maranello. Epic, to be sure, but is Ferrari the only show in town? Of course not. Many have challenged the legendary Italian marque over the years, but ...

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    Video: Vicki Butler-Henderson flogs Ferrari 458 Spider on Fifth Gear
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    A hardtop convertible Ferrari? Yeah, you're gonna want a pretty blonde to cover that one. But this isn't the California. This is the 458 Spider. Right, better make it Vicki Butler-Henderson then. VBH, you see, isn't some boulevard-cruising talk-show host. Sure, she's presented her share of ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear lines up Audi RS5 vs. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
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    The menacing Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe is slowly making its way into dealerships, ready to eat the souls of any driver willing to tame the 451-horsepower super coupe. It's a hardcore two-door with a naturally aspirated V8 powerplant under the hood, and in our recent stint behind the wheel, we ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear hot shoe Tiff Needell takes issue with Lamborghini's Aventador
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    With nearly 700 horsepower and a stunningly angular supercar skin, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is one impressive exotic. And speaking of impressive, the resume of Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell is nothing to shake a stick at either. Two titans in their respective fields, but do they go ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear pits Audi RS3 against BMW 1 Series M Coupe
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    It seems the press is bent on brewing up a rivalry brewing between the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the Audi RS3. As you may recall, AutoExpress recently pitted the pint-sized Germans against each another in a drag race. Now, Fifth Gear lined up both machines for a one-lap battle with Tiff Needell ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear crashes a Ford Focus at 120 mph
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    For the sake of this post, let's say that your average passenger car can hit a top speed of about 120 miles per hour. Ever wonder what would happen if a run-of-the-mill car – even one that's considered safe by modern passenger-car standards – crashed into an oncoming replica of ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear remembers what made the original Audi Quattro so special
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    Compiling a list of automotive legends is a task that could force all enthusiasts into a debate of epic proportions. Opinions will differ, feelings will be hurt and some deserving vehicles might wind up off the ultimate list. There is one vehicle, however, that should create little debate as to ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear tackles the Morgan 3 Wheeler
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    We'll be the first to admit that we'd perform all kinds of unseemly acts for the chance to own the new Morgan 3 Wheeler. The resurrected interpretation of the British manufacturer's very first vehicle calls to us in a way that's difficult to explain. Maybe it's the sound of that big American ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear thrashes Honda CR-Z Mugen
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    When the crew at Mugen finally got around to turning out their take on the Honda CR-Z, we all got pretty excited. With 200 horsepower from the same 1.5-liter IMA engine and motor combination, 100 pounds less weight and a buffet of aftermarket go-fast, stick-hard and brake-harder goodies, the car ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear pits McLaren MP4-12c against Ferrari 458 Italia
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    Fifth Gear's Tiff Needell and Jason Plato (lucky bums!) had a go at both the McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia, testing each car for thrills and for precision. While both may seem to be winners in the pantheon of automotive excellence, one one can come off victorious. Both drivers render ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear tracks Porsche 911 Carrera against Lotus Evora S
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    How focused do you want your sports car? While you can go out and twist the track-ready dial to 11, some folks only want a dash more punch than the next guy. A daily-drivable hoon machine is what's required, and Fifth Gear lined up two of them to battle it out at the Dutch TT Circuit Assen. The ...

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    Video: Hockenheim recreated on ice, Porsche taken out to play
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    Imagine a vast frozen plain of iced-over lakes located 50 miles from the Arctic Circle. Now imagine 500 acres of that expanse converted into a playground for cars. The region is known as Lapland, and it stretches across Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Laponie Ice Driving has turned a portion ...

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    Video: Vicki from Fifth Gear takes BMW's M3 GTS out for some fun in the rain
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    Vicki Butler-Henderson has driven her fair share of amazing cars. She started racing karts when she was a kid, has been an instructor at Silverstone and has been a TV host and automotive journalist since the mid-1990s. Suffice it to say, it takes a lot to impress Ms. Butler-Henderson. As the ...

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    Video: 27-liter, Rolls-Royce airplane-engined Rover SD1
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    Charlie Broomfield got bored of working on run-of-the-mill project cars. He always seemed to finish them to quickly, and was never quite satisfied with the results. Charlie needed a challenge to his engineering and fabrication skills. That challenge came in the form of a donated 1981 Rover ...

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