Do you know why the American one is so bad? I tried to figure it out, and then was reading something Clarkson said that made so much sense. BBC is publicly funded, so they don't have to cow-tow to any car makers. That is why certain manufacturers won't loan them a car, such as when James had to sneak in disguised and test drive that rover made in India. They knew it would get blasted.
So they are pretty unbiased (to a point). They of course have their favorites, but they can rip a car or a company to shreds. I think brutal honesty is great, and it has given me a great respect for many car companies who have made modifications and ECM updates for vehicles based directly on feedback from Top Gear. In the US... the car companies run the show. So it is working under an entirely different set of rules, and it just does not work.
The closest thing we ever had to a car show in the US was "Auto Week" and even then... they were very in the car company's pocket, but that was about as close as you could get to seeing a review. Thank goodness real people started making honest Youtube reviews of different vehicles. It has helped a lot in my search for vehicles.
I also can't wait for the review of the Subaru BRZ smurf. I was pretty surprised at how little they liked the Lexus supercar, but they made terrific points about its cost to value ratio. It is a Lexus and priced accordingly compared to I guess your average Lexus considered what they spent on R&D, but cars just can't cost that much and be viable at all. I mean literally you'd probably sell 10.
Overall... I actually wish we had more public channels that were like the BBC stations and had comedy and info programs. Like Discovery channel, but they don't answer to anybody. I think it would be great. Instead we get PBS, PBS kids, and C-Span (who all have their merits, but are mostly just boring).
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08