Everyone loves Top Gear.
We love the way the Hamster is like a small puppy and Captain Slow is like, well, like all of us in some sort of way. And then there’s Clarkson himself with his quick wit, his disregard for all things PC and of course, his…….
With the production values they’ve developed for the show and the excellent scripts it’s no wonder that it’s become one the highest rating prime time entertainments shows of all time. Even my wife watches it, and I’m sure I’m not the only husband who can say that.
That’s the TV show. Now on to that piece of rancid offal that is the Top Gear website………
Of course, I don’t think the website is actually made from a piece of rancid offal. Nor do I think it’s the internet equivalent of a piece of rancid offal. I just meant to imply that I don’t read the website very often and have a preference for the TV show that’s somewhat like my preference for Saabs over Yugos. Why didn’t I just say that? Well, the colorful language makes it more entertaining, right?
Top Gear – the magazine/website – drove the Turbo X recently and it’s fair to say they didn’t like it. They called the gearbox joyless and stated that the engine “has little of the lively response or revving enthusiasm required to actually enjoy driving swiftly”. They also manage to pull the words ‘lifeless’, ‘glutinous’ and ‘stodgy’ out of their thesaurus.
It’s kinda funny, though, as I got an email just this morning from TedJS, out resident GM tech guy who has a V6 Saab 9-3 SportCombi of his own, with marginally less grunt than this one, and he said “that car goes from 40 to 80mph (64 to 128 kilometer/hour to you) like it is possessed. Love that turbo V6.” And despite all our hand-wringing about that 280hp figure when we heard it, there’s been nary a complaint from the press that have driven it so far.
But I guess it makes for good entertainment.
Click through and have a read of it for yourself, but I doubt that we’re ever going to hear any of those words from people like Ted – i.e. those that pay their own hard-earned for their Saab.