USA Cars at Top Gear
I really love BBC’s car show Top Gear! Jeremy and Richard are great hosts: they know the cars, love what they do, they are sharp in criticism, virtually not a single car is good enough for them, and above everything they have great sense of specific humor! They’re ruthless in their criticism, and here’s what they think about some of the US cars!
Oh gawd, look we didn’t mean what we said about the Escalade. At least it has attitude. This lame-as-luncheon meat SUV has nothing about it, not a thing.
Identical (but cheaper) twin to Vauxhall’s Antara SUV. Seats seven, but good luck finding six others willing to join in. Not exactly at the edge of fashion or reason.
Fantastically kitsch cross between something from The Sopranos and the Ant Hill Mob from the Wacky Races. It’s cheap, yet there’s a Merc underneath. Funny how?
If you see the boss of Chrysler tell him to write out a hundred times ‘I must stop exporting offensively rubbish Mondeo wannabes to the UK. Because it’s stupid.
The best part of 190mph, 62mph in 4.1 and surprisingly sharp, if frisky, handling, all for 45 grand? You have to sit on the left, true, but you sure ain’t no passenger, boy…
OK, so the ZR-1 may look like a standard Corvette, but it drives like a lunatic car… and it’s American for God’s sake! what’s going on?
Such a lame attempt at a kind of SUV-style Golf that you almost feel sorry for these guys. I mean, somebody actually has to try to sell this stuff to people like you.
Oh. My. God. You may have stood up for America over Guantanamo, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, but this is the last straw. Indefensibly awful, shoutily styled, non-Freelander.
Ridiculously good supermini still kicking the arse of rivals that were just a glint in a product planner’s eye when it first rocked up 30 years ago (oh yes).
Ford Focus RS
Here’s all you need to know: you want one. Let’s remind you of a few of the numbers here: the RS gets a revised version of the Focus ST’s 2.5-litre turbocharged five-pot, thoroughly overhauled to put out around 300bhp… through the front wheels.
Tonka Toy styling, switchgear by Lego, running gear by Meccano. All those wistfully remembered brands of our youth, eh? Lovely. Now, where’s that PlayStation?
These are basically Yank military trucks – too big, ugly and plain grubby to make any sense on UK roads. But the bling generation has taken the brand to its hearts, and now we’ve got two offspring of the mothership H1 (which even the Americans think is too much for us)to choose from here. Now they’ve gone and fitted out a whole South African factory to build the smaller model in Euro-spec with right-hand drive.