5 Cars Jeremy Clarkson was Wrong About
Jeremy Clarkson- an ever present thorn in the side of the BBC, and legend to car enthusiasts. Some say automotive journalism exists purely for Jeremy Clarkson's benefit. All we know is he's wrong about a lot of cars. That's right we said it, Clarkson is wrong about a lot of things. Some of which are forgivable and understandable like his tirades against Mitt Romney, Tesla Motors and public sector workers. His opinion on cars are, however, a different matter entirely. Here are the five cars Jeremy Clarkson got wrong and why: 5) Audi RS5 Rebuttal: As much as Audi likes to talk about their RS cars being the road going versions of their race cars, they're not. They're heavy and brimming with gadgets and flashy LED things that don't really help you go faster. So I have to agree with Jezza that the RS5 is not anywhere near as good as the current M3 on the track, or on a tight and twisty back road. As much as Audi would like the RS5 to compete with the M3 it just doesn't. But I do believe the RS5 is the perfect luxury all season grand tourer. It's fast, has Quattro, has plenty of room and now comes as a sexy drop top. PHOTOS: See more of the Audi RS5 4) Ferrari 348 GTB http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukFXf9FwDaM&feature=player_detailpage Rebuttal: It's hard to take Clarkson seriously with his hair, the leather jacket and the Tina Turner soundtrack. Nevermind the fact that the 348 was forgettable at best. It wasn't very fast, lacked power steering in 1990 and wasn't particularly good looking. It seemed as if Pininfarina stuck a Testarossa in the wash and then tried to stretch it over a 328. You can go a lot faster, for less trouble and with more style in a similar vintage Porsche 911 (Turbo). 3)BMW X5M Rebuttal: I like the X5 M, mainly because it's as close as BMW came to making a road going version of the X5 LM. I also like the idea of practical transportation that's capable of hauling five people, all their things through inclimate weather, and at the same time be lots of fun to drive once the sky and the road clear. Also the X5 M is a great SUV. It takes what's already nice about the X5 5.0i with its torquey twin turbo V8, and its ability to eat up highway like a proper grand tourer; and turns that up to 10. Besides it takes a lot of clever engineering to get the X5 M to accelerate, brake and turn like it does. Is it as good as the Range Rover in terms of off-road versatility and curb side elegance? Maybe not, but I hate how the Range Rover drives on the road. The seating position is pompous, but I guess some people really go for that. Besides I'm a lot like 90% of SUV owners, I don't go off roading. If I was into off roading or owned a farm, I'd drive a Wrangler or a Ford SVT Raptor. 2)Mclaren MP4-12C http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCPZSaHyZGQ Rebuttal: Mr. Clarkson wasn't entirely wrong about the MP4-12C. To a certain extent he's right in saying that it isn't as exciting as the Ferrari 458 Italia, and that's because the people at Mclaren's Death Star in Woking are not insane. Their lives are governed by logic and they have the Formula One Constructor's Championship trophies to prove that logic>unintended excellence via the psychiatric ward. Which is why I don't particularly love new Ferraris, or even Lamborghini's; they're too boisterous and too crazy. They're like loud mouthed attractive women, they may very well be extremely talented in many ways I wont divulge here, but do you really want to deal with all that drama? Maybe I'm missing the point of the supercar. They're supposed to be dramatic and scary, after all that's what everyone loves about the Countach, right? Sure it would be fun to party with it for a few hours or even a night, but I prefer my cars understated, and overengineered. Even if that comes at the cost of being a little unassuming, and cold. I think the Mclaren MP4-12C is great because, though it may not be as intense as the 458 Italia, it represents a change in the definition of what a supercar can be. It's no longer just about supreme levels of performance, it's about being superb at everything a modern car should be capable of doing. First of which is being a car. As for the engine noise, or the lack thereof, every car made today is too quiet for my tastes. I say bring on the straight pipes. 1) Porsche 911 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No0xDPFoMq8 Rebuttal: Clarkson hates the 911. Maybe it's just the BBC's way of throwing some work at Richard Hammond. Because every time a new 911 comes out Clarkson always manages to find big problems with it. I personally love the 911, I'd happily take any generation of it from the first 1963 model to the latest 991 with electric steering. I'd also take every single RS version and turbo version. Call me Jerry Seinfeld, but I like them. While other car manufactuerers have bounced around with various engine sizes and configurations, the 911 has remained the same. In air-cooled versions the flat-six gurgles and growls from idle growing into a magnum opus of howling cylinders, whining fans and spinning belts. These are sounds you could only find in a Lamborghini Miura, or a million dollar V12 Ferrari. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJemsVMhEhs They seem to be the only cars around with any true sense of history, that are interesting without being shouty or pedantic, and have real race pedigree (take a 993 Cup Car and put it up against a 997 GT3 RS 4.0 and see who wins). You can see the very real transfer of technology from race car to road car. And that is what is so appealing about the 911. Whether it's a 911 turbo, or the C4S poseur model, it's still faster than the louder and more shouty Italian competition. And there's a 911 for everyone starting with the entry level Boxster and Cayman (because they are essentially entry-level 911's) all the way up through the GT2 RS for superheroes. No other car can fills so many niches so well. Ultimately the 911 is an experience. You buy it only to revel in its minimalism, wondering how it achieves so much with what appears to be so little. It's easy to see how the brilliance of the 911 could be lost on a journalist like Jeremy Clarkson. If I drove the best cars in the world for a living, I'd think the best sports car in history was rubbish too. Because writing "the Porsche 911 is great" year after year with the introduction of every new model sounds like our version of hell.