COMPARE and contrast: Top Gear trailer – 2.8million views on YouTube in six months, 16,148 likes, 81,920 dislikes. The Grand Tour – 5million views in five days, 149,350 likes, 830 dislikes (mostly BBC execs and Piers Morgan).
Take my money now, Amazon Prime. Take it. Clarkson tweeted: “And if you think the trailer is good, which I hope you do, wait ’til you see the opening sequence . . . ” Roll on November 18.
£70,000 for 30hp
MEET three real-life superheroes.
These three (pictured above with their mate).
They’re called “Takumi” and they’re the master craftsmen who build the bonkers 196mph Nissan GT-R.
Nissan has just confirmed the ultimate GT-R, the GT-R Nismo, will be 600hp and cost £149,995.
That’s 30hp more for another £70,000. Sounds perfectly reasonable.
MOTORHOME & CARAVAN SHOW – Birmingham NEC, now until Sunday. Tickets £12, kids free.
RALLY GB RALLYFEST – Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire, Oct 29. Live WRC speed test, Group B parade, mini tanks and funfair. Tickets £20 (includes parking and programme), under-16s get in free.
THIS is the Rinspeed Oasis – a self-driving city car that spins on the spot and has a garden on the dashboard for “growing flowers and radishes”. I kid you not. The nutty concept will be revealed in LA in January.
CITROEN will sell cars online at fixed, no-haggle prices from next year. Boss Linda Jackson said: “It removes the concern from customers who don’t want to negotiate on price.”
FUEL prices “fall like a feather but jump like a rocket,” says Tory MP Charlie Elphicke, head of the all-party parliamentary group on fuel. Sort it, then.
BMW has built a self-balancing electric motorbike with smart glasses that show data in the rider’s field of vision. Tron, anyone? The Motorrad Vision, pictured, is part of BMW’s “Next 100” birthday celebrations. We’ve already seen a colour-changing Mini and a wild self-driving Roller.
JERSEY Post has bought 15 all-electric Nissan vans to deliver mail. Or is it e-mail?
BLOODHOUND update: Locals have hand-cleared 16,000 tons of stone from the South African desert for 2017’s 1,000mph record attempt.
COMMON sense from Dr Z, the head honcho at Mercedes, on the uptake of electric cars.
He says range, charge time and price need to match today’s petrol cars before drivers will switch.
Dieter Zetsche added: “The tipping point will not be defined by regulation or incentives.
“The customer doesn’t want to do it for planet earth, nor because they can’t drive in certain areas, but because it’s the better choice.” Merc has set up an all-electric sub-brand called EQ and will be launching this sporty SUV in 2019.
It will have a 310-mile range with a 60-mile fast charge in five minutes. Price? Around £40,000. Expect TEN EQ models by 2025.
VW has loaned The Apprentice five executive Caravelles for this year’s candidates. Free publicity on the Beeb for 12 weeks. Now that’s good business.
HAYNES has launched four manuals covering Babies, Teenagers, Marriage and Pensioners. Sounds like a decent stocking filler (£6.99, WHSmith, Amazon).
CAR insurance is up ten per cent at an average £434. Here’s three golden rules: 1. Choose the right car. Low insurance rating = low cost; 2. Avoid policy add-ons; 3. Don’t stay loyal to your insurer.
MORE than ten million Brits will swap cars this year. We’ll buy a record 7.6million used and 2.7million new motors.
EARN up to £1,400 a year by renting a space on your drive – especially near train stations and stadiums. Go to yourparkingspace. co.uk