Based on the popular British version of Top Gear, Top Gear Australia looks to give a unique Aussie spin on the car scene while still having all thrills and spills that we all love. Plus there is the Stig's Australian cousin. What more could we ask for!In 2010 the show moved from SBS to the Nine Network.
In the first episode of Top Gear Australia, Charlie, Warren and Steve go all-wheel driving on the sand and snow. We get a glimpse at Lamborghini's new supercar, the LP560 and Charlie tests the latest Porsche 911. Warren gets up-close and personal with Great White Sharks off the coast of Port Lincoln using himself as bait and Vince Colosimo is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
It just wouldn't be Australian if the lads did not delve into the great debate that has divided the nation for decades - Holden or Ford? So Charlie and Steve take the HSV Clubsport and Ford FPV F6 to Wakefield Park for the ultimate test drive to settle the argument once and for all. Then Top Gear Australia shuts down the biggest open pit gold mine in the country, the Kalgoorlie Super Pit, to get its hands dirty. In the toughest ute challenge, Charlie, Warren and Steve test their ute of choice in a race against time and The Stig. After surviving his stint as human shark bait in episode one, Warren "Why is it every episode of Top Gear I nearly get killed?" Brown, in preparation for his next outlandish idea, convinces Steve to convert a Smart Car into a hearse for under $200. While the two load a coffin into their new budget Smart Hearse and take it for a test drive, Charlie spends his time slipping into something a lot faster and much cooler - the Ford GT Supercar. As the studio guest, Australian actor, Steve Bisley (Mad Max, Water Rats), will attempt to knock Vince Colosimo off the celebrity Lap Time leader board.
Whose car is the best? Fastest? Coolest? Strongest? Well there's only one way to settle this - a Top Gear Australia challenge. The lads and their precious motoring masterpieces assemble at Oran Park for a race showdown. By the end of the day - a star will be born, and egos bruised. Then the world's first Sports Activity Coupé, the revolutionary BMW X6 Coupé 4WD, is put through its paces. Is it a visionary triumph or an impressive blunder? Warren takes a drive to find out. Steve Pizzati reviews the F1-inspired Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series coupe and SBS's own delightfully hilarious hostess, Julia Zemiro (RocKwiz), is the "Celebrity in a Bog Standard Car".
The Audi R8 is claimed to be the 'practical supercar'. "It looks like a nuclear powered supercar but it's really practical," said Charlie. "It's like a non-threatening scud missile, safe explosives, or user friendly hand grenade." His 'Top Gun' moment blasting down the tar mac leaves little debate on the issue. While in town the lads also enter their DIY style amphibious masterpiece in Hamilton Island's prestigious Audi Race Week. Getting into the spirit of the week-long sailing event, the lads get busy converting their own Audi into a road and seafaring machine. Enter the NautiCar or as the lads dubbed it - the Audi H2O. But will it sink or swim? Warren and Steve stretch the 'Toorak Tractor' phenomenon to its limit. 4WDs are meant for the bush but they're so common in affluent suburbs they've become known as 'Toorak Tractors'. How will Toorak react to a real tractor as a shopping and commuting vehicle? Steve also checks out the sporty BMW 135 Coupé. And Australia's favourite Idol, Shannon Noll (What About Me, Drive, Loud), is the "Celebrity in a Bog Standard Car".
Top Gear Australia welcomes their new co-Host James Morrison and for his first order of business he test drives the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Evolution X. Steve tries to take him down a peg by racing against him in the BMW 135i. The Long Weekend Challenge takes the Top Gear Team to Melbourne where they will race to Portsea. Steve takes a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 across land where Warren and James take a Supercharged Jet Ski across Port Phillip Bay. Mark Skafie becomes the new leader of the Stars in the bog standard car.
Steve takes the Holden HSV Clubsport R8 around the Top Gear test track putting it up against it’s big brother, the Superclubby. Steve and Warren take two cheap petrol cars turning them into Electric cars; Steve takes a Suzuki Mighty Boy gluing in 4 battery powered drills and Warren takes a V8 HZ Holden Kingswood installing 300kgs worth of batteries and an electric motor. Warren teaches Steve how to drive a Ford Model T and Ian Moss is our star in the bog standard car.
We celebrate the 75th birthday of the UTE in natural Top Gear style, by taking hammers and an angle grinder to two cars; a Honda Prelude and Toyota Tarago. Warren takes the Maserati GTS around the Top Gear Australia test track, James is sent to Stunt driving school and Ahh Doh is the Star in a bog standard car.