Dumb Flight at the O.K. Coral.
Welcome back to the 10th episode of The Grand Tour: Dumb Fight at the O.K. Coral is released last Friday the 13th of January on Amazon Prime. This week, the show comes from Nashville. The tent is set up in Tennessee facing the Cumberland River. Here is a list of all the cars in the tenth episode of The Grand Tour that are for sale on JamesEdition:
James May and Richard Hammond have been having a bit of a debate.
You don’t need to buy a BMW M3 (listed on JamesEdition here) because for less money you can have a Jaguar XE S (listed here on JamesEdition). “The Jaguar is nicer to drive, more comfortable and just as fast. It isn’t just as fast. Yes, it is. No, it isn’t. They both do 155mph. Yes, because the BMW has been electronically limited to 155. The Jag is just… limited.” Obviously, this was going nowhere…
Alfa Romeo 1600 Giulia
Clarkson: “It’s just that both my colleagues are wrong. Because if you want a small, fast saloon car, what you absolutely have to have is an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Now, for this to be a proper Alfa Romeo, there must be… something wrong with it. Think about it; A person who is kind to his mother, punctual, sober and well-dressed; he’s an Audi. And nobody wants a friend like that. If you’re going to form a relationship with a car, if you’re going to develop a bond, it’s got to have human qualities. And if it’s going to have human qualities, it’s got to have faults. And this car, I’m delighted to say, has his faults.” See this 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia listed on JamesEdition, here.
Clarkson: “Alfas have had their faults and then no good bits to compensate. They’ve just been wrong-wheel-drive Fiats with the word ‘Fiat’ crossed out and ‘Alfa Romeo’ written in in crayon. That, though – pointing at the Alfa – that’s a very different animal. This is a fabulous car, an epic car. Probably because it’s the love-child of the same man who engineered the Ferrari 458”, here for sale on JamesEdition.
Back to the Alfa Romeo. The Alfa is given a carbon fibre propshaft, a carbon fibre roof, a carbon fibre bonnet, a proper limited-slip differential, telepathic steering and a clever gearbox. But the most impressive bit of this car is its turbocharged 2.9L V6 engine. Ferrari, which, of course, is part of the same company as Alfa Romeo, is very keen to point out that this is not the engine they use in the California with two cylinders removed. See the California listed here on JamesEdition. They say it’s a complete coincidence that both engines have the same bore/stroke and V-angle. They’re adamant that this is all Alfa Romeo’s own work. So, there we are. It is, then.
So, while the Alfa Romeo may look like a Wolseley, it certainly doesn’t go like one. It has a top speed, in fact, of 191mph. Clarkson: “What this car is, is a Ferrari wearing four-door sensi-panties.” In race mode, everything is in a tensed-up state: the throttle response, the gearbox, the steering. And the traction control is off! Clarkson: “This has now been transformed from something that was brilliant… into something that is sensational.”
In Conversation Street, the presenters are talking about where they are, Tennessee. And this Ford, listed here on JamesEdition, is the bestselling vehicle in the state. Clarkson: “The pickup truck, I think I’m right, is very popular in this neck of the woods, yes? I’m sure you may be amazed to hear they really haven’t caught on at all in the UK. I mean, almost nobody has one.“ Hammond: “You hardly see them, which is a shame, because I love a pickup truck. I like a truck. I can say that here.” James: “That’s fine, you can say that, but they’re not actually very sensible.” Hammond again: “Look, mate, that’s not everything. Anyway, you drive around in your Ferrari, OK, and happily put up with the compromises that that imposes. So you put up with the cost, the inconvenience, and it’s not very comfortable because it’s a fast car. Same with a pickup. You put up with compromises: the weight, the size, the fuel consumption… Clarkson: “But what’s the upside?!” James: “It’s a pickup truck. You can use it!”
Further in Conversation Street, James May takes the stage and talks about the above Corvette, here for sale on JamesEdition. “ I was looking at a Corvette, a ’70s Corvette. That’s the C3 model, if you’re a Corvette nerd.” Clarkson: “This was a car that was driven by all of the astronauts, and Dirk Diggler. Hammond: “Ah, so it’s a car for porn stars and astronauts. What a strapline!” Clarkson again: “What car is there today that could be driven by porn stars and astronauts?” In which a man from the audience stands up and shouts: “An Alfa!”
By Thomas van Doorn