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Not TopGear - but that is why you should buy it
on 30 October 2013
(Er, yes. This DVD may have been released two years ago, but whatever. I stumbled upon Clarkson's earlier film Thriller on YouTube and decided to dig this out.)
I'll make this short; if you are buying this expecting content you'd see on TopGear, then you're looking at the wrong DVD - go get one of the ACTUAL TopGear films in that case. Here, you'll find no exploding cars, falling over or tortured metaphors. Instead it's an hour-and-a-bit of Clarkson waxing lyrical about the latest and hottest cars, all set in the confines of the ultra-modern Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in the south of France. Petrolhead pr0n, if you will. A grown-up TopGear, without the other two.
Some of the content is recycled from TopGear - the three hot hatches that were used in the Riveria road trip make an appearance, and are thrashed around the track by F1 driver Karun Chandhok to see which one is really fastest, for example - but if you're interested in cars at whatever level, it really doesn't matter. The Brutus in all its plane-engined glory also returns (this time squaring up against a BMW 1-series M Coupe), and the Eagle Speedster is taken for a cruise around some picturesque French mountain roads alongside a Corvette-powered Jensen Interceptor.
All his work on TopGear has forced Clarkson to adopt an oafish, child-like persona that panders to the masses, whereas this is an outlet for the real man, making Powered Up a wise purchase if you're a real car person. Especially considering that you've got examples here selling for literally pence.
Go on. Get it.