What was once a humble motoring show on the BBC has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon, and today Top Gear is one of the best known automotive outlets in the world. Top Gear’s word carries a lot of weight, and the fact that they’ve dubbed the BMW i8 hybrid supercar their Car of the Year speaks volumes about how far green transportation tech has come.
What’s more, the i8 came up against some serious competition, and of course the petrolheads were hardly in unanimous agreement. Jeremy Clarkson for example tapped the new Corvette Stingray for it’s emphasis on “the bits that matter” and comparatively low cost. James May went ahead and choose an obvious favorite, the LaFerrari as his Car of the Year because as he puts it, “even I can handle it.” As for Richard Hammond, his chariot of choice was the Porsche 918 Spyder saying it feels “unlike anything else before or now.”
But it was the BMW i8 that the Top Gear crew reserved its highest praise for, calling it a “glorious statement for an exciting and positive future.” The motoring pros go on to say that “The i8 never places its technology in the way of simple enjoyment, and, despite the complexity of that mixed-media drivetrain, it’s all so easy to use, so natural, so right. And it has flip-up doors. Nothing says excitement like a set of beetle-wing portals.”
And there you have it, from three of the most respect car enthusiasts on the planet. The car of the year is a hybrid…and yet as Top Gear puts it “…it’s so much more than that.” Do you agree, or is there another candidate you would have dubbed car of the year (if anybody bothered to ask).