Chris Evans must be a happy man this week. Regardless of what he thinks of the result of the EU referendum or England’s dismal exit from Euro 2016, the news has meant rants about Top Gear have taken a back seat. For now.
Not that the undercurrent of discontent has gone away. For many fans of Top Gear, Chris Evans is about as welcome as Nigel Farage at a pro-European drinks party. Fortunately for Top Gear, Messrs LeBlanc, Harris and Reid continue to impress, although the threesome doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like Clarkson, Hammond and May.
That said, we’ve reached the final episode of the current series and despite reports to the contrary, hell hasn’t frozen over and the world hasn’t stopped spinning. In fact, it’s beginning to feel like a car show again. Wonders will never cease.
Fresh from his epic overnight drive in the Jaguar F-Type SVR, Rory Reid has the pleasure of driving Ford Mustangs old and new in Scotland. The trailer shows Reid enjoying himself at the wheel of an original, left-hand drive Mustang before his progress is halted by a slow moving truck.
We all know that feeling, Rory.
Later, he gets to have a play with the first right-hand drive Ford Mustang, which, as you’d expect, is the full-fat 5.0-litre V8. Expect plenty of sideways action and an evocative soundtrack to boot. And that’s just the tune being orchestrated by the exhausts.
Not to be outdone, Matt LeBlanc gets to enjoy the full force of the Porsche 911 R. The £137,000 Porsche has a top speed of 200mph and can sprint to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds. Will LeBlanc hit the magic 200 mark? Tune in this Sunday to find out.
Harris in a Honda NSX
Our petrolhead cup runneth over with joy with the news that Chris Harris will be testing the all-new Honda NSX. It’s been a long time coming, but petrolheads of the world are united in the hope that the second coming of the NSX is a worthy successor to the original. Is it any good? Harris is the best man to find out.
Chris Evans is left to review an MGB, but not just any old MGB. While Evans has made much of his love of old cars, this happens to be a brand new Frontline Developments MGB. Think of it like an original, remastered.
Patrick Dempsey and Greg Davies are this week’s Stars in a Rallycross Car. Or, as some people might say: Patrick Dempsey and Greg Davies are this week’s excuse to nip out to put the kettle on.
It remains to be seen what will happen next for Top Gear and Chris Evans. For now, the world’s most popular motoring programme is set to remain the centre of attention, at least until The Grand Tour hype begins in earnest. Grab your popcorn, this promises to be quite a battle.