These are the star cars of Top Gear TV in 2022
From microcars to the mighty Rimac Nevera and more, here’s TGTV’s starring metal
Chris Harris: “I suppose I have to ask myself; do I think it was worth it? Because it’s not the best driving nor the fastest or best handling supercar I’ve ever driven, let alone hypercar. But there’s just something so appealing about it. When it’s up and running – when it’s up and running – it’s unlike any other driving experience I’ve had.
“And at the end of it all, this is an engine from a Formula One car. And that… that’s probably enough for me.”Advertisement - Page continues below
CH: “Would I have this MC20 over a McLaren or a Ferrari? You know what? I think I would. I love the simplicity. It’s not trying to be a clever hybrid. I love the way it looks. I love the way it drives. It’s unlike anything else on sale.
“Will it provide a prosperous and stable financial future for Maserati? Probably not, but I’m so glad it exists anyway.”
Honda Civic Type R
CH: “This is the new Honda Civic Type R, and in a break with tradition, it doesn’t look like it should be wearing an ankle-tag. In fact, the world’s most thuggish hot hatch, looks like it’s gone… a bit grown-up.
“But fear not, because under that sensible new suit, the Civic Type R is still an absolute delinquent.”Advertisement - Page continues below
Ford Puma Rally1
CH: “It costs about three quarters of a million quid, which I know is quite steep, but right now, I can’t think of anything I’d rather spend the same amount of money on more than this.”
CH: “This is bold new territory for Lotus. Yes, on the road it’s bigger than an Elise, but frankly there are pencil cases that are bigger than an Elise. But I’m on a damp Welsh road, and this is Lotus territory. This car is sublime in these conditions. It just glides over the surface. It breathes with the road. Lotus is better at making cars for bumpy British roads than any other sports car company.”
Ferrari 296 GTB, Pagani Huayra BC Roadster, Porsche Cayman GT4 RS
Freddie Flintoff: “Supercars. Because here’s the thing. Whenever we talk about supercars, it always tends to be about those big numbers. Power. Speed. Price.”
Paddy McGuinness: “But we got to thinking. Surely the real point in supercars is how they make you feel? Giving the lucky so-and-so behind the wheel, the time of their life. And for that, does bigger really mean better?”
CH: “To find out, we picked three cars from different points on the supercar scale, and set out to do some proper testing. In Germany…”
Citroen Ami, Carver Electric, City Transformer
“Now, these are microcars. Cheap to run, cheap to buy little pods designed for busy cities, they were pretty big news back in the Fifties and Sixties, but never really caught on.
"But now, with all-electric, economical motoring very much the order of the day, microcars are back, in a big way. Well, a small way. So, we decided it was time to take a look at the very latest of these battery-powered wonders…”Advertisement - Page continues below
PM: “Introducing the all-new Range Rover. And straight away, you’ll notice it looks… like a Range Rover. But they reckon this Range Rover now has more luxury and more refinement than ever before. This is a car then, with plenty to shout about. Thing is though, it doesn’t…”
CH: “In case all that straight-line fun wears off, Rimac says they’ve been to town on the handling too. Each wheels’ motor is independently controlled, so the way the Nevera drives can be transformed at the flick of a switch. A switch that includes… Drift Mode.”Advertisement - Page continues below
FF: “Your traditional pick-up truck, well they’re generally a bit rough and ready inside. Not this one. This is business class. It’s all big screens, recycled, sustainable materials and because it’s electric, it’s quiet, it’s effortless to drive. It’s classy. This is a good start.”
BMW M cars
PM: “You see, back in the late Sixties and early Seventies, Ford was dominating world motorsport. Its GT40 was a four-time Le Mans winner. And in the European Touring Car Championship, its gorgeous Capri was busy trashing rivals… like BMW. Hell bent on getting their own back, in 1972, BMW poached Ford’s motorsport boss, Jochen Neerpasch. His brief was to build world-beating cars for the racetrack and road. His department would become… the M-Division...”
Pickups in Thailand
“We figured it was about time to dig a little deeper into the mysterious world of pick-up-ology. So we hopped on a flight to the spiritual home of the pick-up truck. Which, as it turned out, wasn’t America…”
TV cop cars
PM: “Slip on the leather jacket and the aviator shades, it’s time to rewind to the TV cop show golden age. A time when screen coppers played by their own rules and drove proper cars. Cars that were as recognisable, as famous, as the actors behind the wheel. But to really show how special they were, we’d been given the chance to have a little nosey round some of the all-time greats.”
PM: “Welcome to the sun-soaked, seaside playground that is Miami. Oh yes, for a mission to find a motorsport we were actually good at, there were definitely worse places to kick off from…”
FF: “Here’s a question. What would Top Gear have looked like back in those early days of the Beeb? Well, we’ve had a trawl through the archives to find out...”