Top Gear Season 23 Finale Review; Episode 6

The Season Finale

Chris Evans may be gone but this season of Top Gear continues, and therefor so do our reviews. The show opens with a review of the all new Acura/Honda NSX. The segment is headed by Chris Harris. Chris travels to the USA to test drive #0000. Unfortunately the car is tested in less than ideal conditions, but the segment is still exciting due to the subject at hand, which is lucky for us because as usual Harris is anything but. It will be a bit of good news for car lovers, that the NSX receives overall positive feedback. To quote Harris,  ” If you want it fast and brilliantly engineered, at last, you can go back to Honda.”

Moving on the Stig is given the NSX to take around the track following the now routinely brutal Stig intros. The car makes an admirable time, but you’ll have to watch to see it, no spoilers here folks.

The next segment features Rory Reid taking both a classic and the new Mustang GT and Ecoboost for a drive. The scenery is breathtaking which it’s Top Gear, so of course it is. The review focuses on the fact that for the first time in five decades Europe gets a right hand drive Mustang. He gets a few facts about Mustangs incorrect, such as saying it’s the first Mustang with an independent rear suspension, but overall he does a decent job of it. It is however, towards the bottom of the list if you were rating his segments thus far.

 

The star in a rally car segment features Patrick Dempsey and Greg Davis. The stars are some of the better stars to appear thus far, with a good bit of comedy between the two, but the terrible structure of the segment since the reboot does its best to ruin it. While the comparison of each driver is admittedly very one sided, they both put forth a good showing on the track even on a very wet, very muddy day.

The stars are followed up by Matt taking his turn at the Porsche 911 R. The car is unsurprisingly brilliant, but what else would it be? The car is taken around the Top Gear test track and Matt falls in love with it more than he was before he drove it.

There is an unexpected surprise though. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

While Matt decides it’s best not to race the RS ( driven by the Stig ) he attempts to make the point that the RS is somehow not a driver’s car and the R is. There is more than a few people I know who would argue otherwise. The segment is Matt’s best so far even if his opinions may be misguided ( or downright wrong ) . There’s also a bit of an Easter egg for fans of Matt in Friends.

*Side note: it is brilliant watching the GT3 RS hoon around the track.

Going into the next segment, Chris Evans takes us through a bit of history on British cars before introducing us to a classic Aston Martin which has been thoroughly “blueprinted” or updated, much like Singer does to Porsche classics.  He then introduces a similar vehicle in a new Jaguar E-Type. Both cars, he points out are outrageously expensive.

Chris then showcases the modern MGB Roadster for the economical price of $100,000. The segment is, much like Leblanc’s, perhaps Evan’s best thus far is the series. He does seem to be more in his element. Perhaps it is the cars and subject matter in general, perhaps just a lucky strike. Either way, with Chris out the Top Gear door, we will probably never know.

 

The show ends with all six ( yes, don’t forget there are six ) hosts competing in a long jump challenge using the shows Mini.

The typical cheating and underhandedness one would expect is of course ever present, but what isn’t are the jumps… at least at first. The terrible jokes and setups, those are also here. Much like Top Gear itself, the the segment basically falls flat on its face from the very start, and the following picture pretty much sums everything up perfectly…

Naturally,

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