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Video: Jeremy Clarkson's Best And Worst Cars Of
Jeremy Clarkson has compiled a list of cars that he met in the past year and which pleased him. Or, on the contrary, they disappointed. Traditionally, this list was published in the British newspaper The Times. And here are the cars that made Clarkson's list - and why.
Cars that Clarkson liked
Audi R8 V10 perfomance quattro
“I traveled around Vietnam on a bicycle for two months and listened to the protests of eco-activists. So later, when I found myself behind the wheel of the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro, it seemed to me that such cars were a little stupid and useless. It rumbles like a volcano: you should have seen its exhaust! Some railway tunnels are even smaller. But after a couple of days everything fell into place. I began to realize that a V10 is better than a bicycle, and driving at speeds under 300 km / h is more interesting than worrying about the fate of plankton. Driving this car, it’s hard not to realize that this is exactly what a supercar should be”.
"Comfort? Well no. This is clearly not the forte of the new Jimny. At low speeds, it is, of course, more comfortable than its predecessor, but the suspension was harder than stone - so it is difficult to surpass it. However, at high speeds (and high speed for Jimny is already 70 km / h), it still does not handle well. And it is also afraid of a crosswind and slows down badly. But if it snows, and you need to drive across the field to get to the broken fence and fix it, Jimny's better transport is not available. Put it in normal off-road tires and it will fit on both Land Rover paddles. I also drove it into the field, turned off the front axle and the stabilization system, and remembered what it was like to be a five-year-old child. Thanks to him for that."
Ferrari 488 Pista
“This car is unreasonably expensive, sparingly equipped, and it was made by people who hate their customers. But, nevertheless, this is the most exciting and exhilarating car in history, against which the rest of the cars seem to be made of moss and bark. Having driven it for several days, I already began to doubt the promise made to myself never to buy a mid-engined supercar, especially the Ferrari brand. Because 488 Pist isn't just good or great. She is somewhere far beyond these definitions."
Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography
“There is something about Velar that turns the rational side of your brain into mush. Partly because of the way it looks. I don't need Velar. But I want one for myself. And if I were buying a Velar, I would have opted for a 5-liter V8 with 550 horsepower. With it, you will get acceleration to hundreds in 4.5 seconds and further - in the roar of the exhaust - up to 270 kilometers per hour. In a Range Rover, damn it!"
AlfRomeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
“If anyone can make an interesting crossover, it is AlfRomeo. Under the hood, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a two-cylinder twin-turbo engine from Ferrari with a capacity of 510 horsepower. And it's not just an engine. This work of art is like Beethoven's fifth symphony or paintings by the painter William Turner. A ride on it is an event. Riding it just like that, solving some household chores, is like playing a cheap market play in the London Royal Hall of Arts."
Ford Mustang V8 GT Convertible
“I want to communicate with this car like with a puppy. She wants to scratch between the side mirrors and sit next to her by the fireplace on cold evenings. I drove in a convertible from France to England, and in 11 hours of driving, I did not get numb or sick. No, I don't need a Mustang, just like any other muscle car is not interesting. But I miss this car."
Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic
“This thing has 306 horsepower. Therefore, there is a four-wheel drive - without it in any way. She's tough, aggressive and addictive. This is a track rocket that can be driven on the roads, and it is made by the Germans, and you can feel it - not like some French or Korean competitors. In addition, the Mercedes-AMG A35 is one of the few cars in which you can feel the work of the all-wheel drive even on a dry flat road."
Renault Megane RS Trophy
“I've never been on a roller coaster with acid. But I took a ride in the Renault Megane RS Trophy and it feels like something close. French hot hatches have always left the impression that they were assembled from old plastic molds from chocolate candies, and the electronics were soldered from defective microcircuits from cheap Casio watches. But the last Megane is not like that. In terms of build quality and materials, it is already so good that it can be easily confused with a Golf by touch.
Peugeot Rifter GT Line
“The guys from The Grand Tour laughed at me for a long time when they saw this car, because I had to drive it for a whole week. And its name is so-so, Rifter: it seems that we are talking about some kind of contraption for the production of heroin. But even in the parking lot, I immediately noticed the surprisingly small turning radius and the ridiculously light steering wheel. And then he drove this kid through a speed bump and noticed that … he hadn't noticed anything. The Rifter is for people who are not eager to set the Nurburgring record. And this is almost the entire population of the planet."
Cars that disappointed Clarkson
BMW X5 xDrive 30d M Sport
“It seemed to me that the on-board electronics fell asleep and rebooted every few minutes, and the multimedia menu turned out to be so complex that this crossover clearly needs an autopilot: the driver will still be busy wandering through subsections and tabs, and not control. Yes, there is a display on the key, and now you can remotely see how much fuel is left in the tank. But because of this, the key is large and inconvenient, and you seem to carry telly from the seventies in your pocket. The BMW X5 left the impression of a car in which too many details and nuances were left out and thought out."
Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 quattro
“The Audi TTS Roadster turned out to be just another hot compact Audi - that is, it looks like pretty blondes who host TV shows in the evening prime time: they are cute, beautiful and professional, but they will never say anything scandalous and resonant on the air. Would I buy myself one? Not. It is too noisy at high speeds, and I'm tired of shaking it through the streets of London. And the biggest problem with this roadster is that it doesn't convince you to jump behind the wheel and race. No, I'd rather take a walk. It's good for me."
“The new Supra has an inline-six from BMW with a capacity of 340 horsepower, an automatic machine from there, as well as the front panel and most of the buttons in the cabin. And I’m not against it - it just somehow doesn’t work. She's … ordinary. And I was expecting, I don't know, a little chili and lemongrass in this cocktail. And something more exciting to the ear than the hum of tires. I liked the dynamics and handling, but you can get the same by buying the ToyotGT86 for £ 25k less. Or a much nicer looking BMW Z4."