Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back with their new show The Grand Tour, and if the first reviews are anything to go by, they may have killed off Top Gear forever.
The trio’s new Amazon Prime show has picked up rave reviews after debuting at midnight last night (November 17), and fans on Twitter were completely blown away.
Viewers loved seeing Clarkson and co test out new hyper-cars in the new episode, taking the MacLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari for a spin.
Read some of the show’s reviews below:
“A stunningly beautiful show… If The Grand Tour is basically Top Gear with a nitros boost of Amazon finances, the difference is immediately apparent.
“Those who have never counted themselves as Jeremy Clarkson fans aren’t exactly going to be won over here – but episode one is a confident opener that leaves the BBC’s attempted Top Gear revival in the dust.”
“The Grand Tour is brave enough not only to try and be funny but to let the effort show. And at least in this first episode, it’s a welcome and hilarious change.
“If nothing else, after the damp squib of the official Top Gear reboot, The Grand Tour’s first episode shows that the format can still work. It’s not a total reinvention, yet much as half a second makes all the difference on the race track, every refinement is a breakthrough.
“Clarkson’s team may not be afraid of a fight, but until they have a worthwhile competitor, they’re happy to keep pushing themselves.”
“The Grand Tour isn’t a shameless Top Gear rip-off. But under the hood the rival franchises have a great deal in common. The new series will certainly go some way towards obliterating memories of Top Gear’s terrible Chris Evans-fronted relaunch. Petrolheads can rejoice.
“The BBC may wonder how Matt LeBlanc and whoever joins him next year can possibly compete.”
“Being sacked from the BBC was the greatest thing that ever happened to Clarkson and co – and the world of cars on TV.
“[It has] guns, explosions, super yachts, madcap stunts, the British Institute of Car Chases, dramatic crashes, a sinking ship and Hammond being dangled from a chopper.
“But the one thing that really matters is Clarkson being reunited with his two mates on screen.”
“More than format, more even than the amount of money you throw at something, what really gives a television show its personality is the personnel.
“You can pour something into a different container, but it still tastes the same. And, like it or not, this tastes of Clarkson, Hammond and May… Fans of old Top Gear are going to be happy.
“The first episode of the series saw the trio take their travelling studio tent to Dry Rabbit Lake in the Mojave Desert in California.”
“Clarkson, Hammond and May’s reunion is silly but worth the wait (and money). It’s precisely all the things we loved about their old show, but bigger, brighter and more blow-upier.
“They’ve sort of somehow come up with the world’s first scripted comedy factual show, and it works perfectly.”
The show got a great reaction on Twitter too.
The warm up montage of #TheGrandTour was better than the entire last season of Top Gear
— Jason Cumming (@BK2K) November 18, 2016
I never thought I'd get emotional watching 3 morons driving mustangs in the desert. But here I am… #TheGrandTour
— Andrew Blanchard (@AndyTheBlanch) November 18, 2016
#TheGrandTour is amazing!
— Chin Licker (@ProSyndicate) November 18, 2016
— Michael Pattinson (@MikePattinson) November 18, 2016
It's hard to explain to your fiancé while as a 32 old man you are kinda tearin up at the sight of 3 British guys in mustangs #TheGrandTour
— Lreed (@corbinwalters1) November 18, 2016
Clarkson, Hammond, and May are back; and it's bloody brilliant!!! #grandtour
— Rohan De (@derohan48) November 18, 2016
— Joshua Savage (@kingofsavages) November 18, 2016