Can The Grand Tour please stop smashing helpless little Renaults?
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We get it, truly we do. Shows like The Grand Tour don't make their money and attract their viewers through finessed discussions and detail, but instead through destruction and debauchery.
But, would someone — anyone — please think about the Renaults?
The show's latest string of promotional clips center around their chase for a replacement to 'The American'.
This was their spiritual replacement for 'The Stig'; a concept that was among many that the BBC stated could not be replicated on this new show.
The subsequent shtick was to implement 'The American' — played by former NASCAR driver Mike Skinner, who would spend every lap shouting and complaining in a very 'stereotypically American' manner.
It quickly became one of the least popular segments on the show, with The Grand Tour's production team taking the opportunity to make some 'hilarious' clips showing their progress finding a new driver.
The latest two clips are a return to what I'd term 'Top Gear's dark days'. Forget the chemistry and the writing... this is all about blowing up stuff.
Which is fine! There's nothing wrong with enjoying stuff getting blown up! But, we're all car fans here, and seeing two of Renault's finest hot hatches (a Clio RS and a Megane RS) getting wrecked for a couple of cheap laughs is tough to watch.
Though, it's worth noting that a simple search of the two car's license plates on the UK's Vehicle Enquiry website shows that things aren't quite what they seem.
Searching the Clio's plate reveals that it appears to be a genuine RS. However, the Megane's plate shows that it's actually a diesel-powered variant... and it's blue. Clearly, Top Ge... I mean The Grand Tour tuned it up to make it look like an RS for the crash.
Still, the world is short of at least one great hot hatch. Sad times these are.