From L to R: Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood

I’m sure many of you reading this review are car enthusiasts like myself and have become accustomed to watching Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond tear up the Top Gear track in Surrey. So more or less, many of us were skeptical on how the American adaptation of Top Gear UK would pan out. Well, I’ll tell you what we think here at egmCarTech.

Personally, I didn’t know what to expect from Top Gear America. I too, was skeptical thinking that it was going to be a waste of my one-hour. However, I found that many of us who were skeptical, were maybe expecting a little too much.

Altogether as a program, we here at egmCarTech think that Top Gear America doesn’t really seem all that bad and rather walked away from our television sets impressed. Of course, it wasn’t ground breaking like the original British version. But, the budget seems high and the basics of burning rubber in expensive exotic supercars and sports cars still remains intact, naturally.

However, there were some notable drawbacks of the show that didn’t exactly twist my insides like Top Gear UK does.

Overall, there was the feeling that the producers of Top Gear America may have tried a little too hard to copy the popular, witty British humor that us Top Gear enthusiasts are used to. Additionally, any TV-goer with the slightest bit of knowledge would notice that the presenters—Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood—seemed to lack some of the chemistry and the passion that made the original Top Gear crew so famous and entertaining. And Top Gear connoisseurs know the importance of the show’s presenters. They seemed a bit nervous and lacked confidence in their roles on the show, but seeing as how popular Top Gear UK is, they have very big shoes to fill with high expectations. We have no doubt that they may get better as the season progresses. Even when Top Gear UK first debuted in 2002, the presenters didn’t exactly have the chemistry that they have now, mostly due to the fact that James May wasn’t apart of the crew until Season 2, and by season 3, the three had became the Top Gear presenters that we’ve known well for the past seven or so years.

Pacing was also slightly off. For example, a friend of mine pointed out that when hosts Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust were being chased by the Cobra attack gunship in a Dodge Viper, the scene where they pulled into the car wash had lost the suspense because Foust and Wood decided to discuss the Dodge Viper in a rather boring manner.

Visually, the camera work, editing and cinematography both in the studio and out of the studio have a ways to go before they match the masters of Top Gear UK.

Aside from these drawbacks however, the content is very much entertaining and will definitely give you a couple laughs and keep you interested.

While there are drawbacks, they can’t exactly be set in stone. They are aspects of the show that more or less need refining, a little smoothing around the edging. Keep in mind that it was only the premiere and we still have the entire season to see how things pan out. And even if it takes the entire season plus some to work out these kinks, Top Gear USA bests anything other motoring program that’s offered in the US…especially *cough*Speed Channel*cough*.

Sure, we’re used to the best and the greatest of three middle-age British men—one of them fat, balding and with a gut the size of Guinness Brewery; one who routinely gets his teeth whitened and is vertically challenged; and one who has the haircut of a cocker spaniel—knocking on each other and messing around with cars. But in my opinion, that’s not what Top Gear USA set out to do. We feel that Top Gear USA’s goal was to take the great original version, which started in Great Britainland, and give it a little American flair. And by all means, that’s not a bad thing. Australia came out with their own version of Top Gear back in 2008. And while that too received negative reviews, apparently it isn’t terrible nowadays.

The best similar example I can think of was NBC’s adaptation of the British show, The Office. While the British show wasn’t exactly well known in the US of Americaland, it was a smash hit in Great Britainland. And US, being a capitalistic society, decided to make our own American adaptation and it has since then become one of the most popular shows on television.

So does Top Gear USA have the potential to match the success of the original program? Simply put, I know I’ll be waiting to watch the next episode this Sunday.

– By: Chris Chin


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  • you just can’t remake the Mona Lisa..you know what i am saying..

  • you just can’t remake the Mona Lisa..you know what i am saying..

  • Thome216

    Give it a season, then decide. That’s what I’ll do. The British Top Gear we ecstatically love was not created in a day, but evolved over almost a full decade.

  • Thome216

    Give it a season, then decide. That’s what I’ll do. The British Top Gear we ecstatically love was not created in a day, but evolved over almost a full decade.

  • Thome216

    Give it a season, then decide. That’s what I’ll do. The British Top Gear we ecstatically love was not created in a day, but evolved over almost a full decade.

  • obese thug

    hey remi, i feel u but this is a show for americans ya know

  • obese thug

    hey remi, i feel u but this is a show for americans ya know

  • obese thug

    hey remi, i feel u but this is a show for americans ya know

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  • Jonmarion85

    i got about 10mins in to it and wanted to slit my wrists. i am a die hard top gear uk watcher and it is nothing like it. and i know ofcourse its is not but the chemistry with the host is not there they all sound like they are reading off a que card. they are just trying to hard to be something they are not and it is a absolute train wrech

  • The chemistry of the US crew is far from the UK version and does not have the same feel to the UK show too. So far it tries too hard to imitate the Brits and I wish they cast Adam Carolla as the rumors speculated. Either way I say one more season should give the show a chance to gel so lets see how it goes!

  • Tg16

    I watched the first two episodes of Top Gear America and i must say, it’s a very sad excuse for a show. The UK version is the best. Go Captain Slow !!

  • Redstwok

    These American hosts are more boring than watching paint dry. I wish the History channel was open to reviews. The BBC version is one of the top rated shows across the globe because of the entertaining hosts. How did the producers really aggree to these American Duds?

  • Redstwok

    These American hosts are more boring than watching paint dry. I wish the History channel was open to reviews. The BBC version is one of the top rated shows across the globe because of the entertaining hosts. How did the producers really aggree to these American Duds?

  • Luchanga21

    Top gear america suck, there’s no chemistry between these three idiots. They have no skills and I as an car lover do not feel the connection to anything they say. Also just about everything they say sounds like they are just reading it off a book. PLEASE TAKE THIS SHOW OUTTA HERE…
    Lastly, the stunts are boring, stupid and I dont get a laugh of any of the stupidity they show.

  • Luchanga21

    Top gear america suck, there’s no chemistry between these three idiots. They have no skills and I as an car lover do not feel the connection to anything they say. Also just about everything they say sounds like they are just reading it off a book. PLEASE TAKE THIS SHOW OUTTA HERE…
    Lastly, the stunts are boring, stupid and I dont get a laugh of any of the stupidity they show.

  • Jdwaz28

    i know that american top gear did not do so good in the first episode and a lot of people are complaining about the chemistry but you have to realize that it was the first show and you are compairing a show that had the same 3 hosts for 5 or more years. you can just put three guys in a room and say that they nee chemistry. give it at least two seasons and then we wil see if it is really good or not

  • Shavy_14

    Everyone knows that Top Gear in England is scripted, for the most part. But it hardly shows… seems natural and smooth.
    But the American version seems very forced, like a poor acted movie… just doesnt grab the viewers… and they tried to copy the English version too much, be innotive and come up with somthing new… not gonna work trying to copy a masterpiece…

  • Blink54957

    Wow, angry much? I will not say that this show is better than the UK version, but then again, the UK version wasn’t very good at the beginning. It even took a cancellation, and a complete overhaul to get the format we know today, AND many, many years to get to where UK Top Gear is right now. I would like to compare Michael Jordan and a 13 year old on their basketball skills…..that is your comparison. Give it some time.

  • Steve Austin

    I keep picturing Jeremy Clarkson making tons of jokes about Top Gear US this January for season 16. I suspect Rutledge will be picked on… a lot.

    Tanner needs to lighten up. He seems very awkward on camera.

    Heres a tip – go torrent TopGearUK season 1 episode 1. It was just as awkward and scripted as the American version. Good things get better in time. Sit back and enjoy.

    Episode 3 just aired and I noticed a huge improvement. That ‘Chemistry’ between the hosts is developing. This show will grow into its own in time and one can only hope it becomes as popular as ‘The Office’

  • Gkgkoenig

    That’s Mister Captain Slow to you. xD

  • holeo

    i love top gear

  • laura pam tonto

    i think im drunk but i loved top gear america

  • Anonymous

    It’s HeeHaw meets Motorweek. There is more to motoring in America than NASCAR fans and I am thoroughly disgusted by the lame attempt to create what is a very sterotypical US version of Top Gear…surely we can do better!

    Perhaps its too tightly scripted and certainly filled with over acting but my advice to Tanner Faust (who’s not done badly for a novice with Super Cars Exposed and Battle of the Supercars) is to lower a life boat and get off the titanic!

  • Anonymous

    Well I think you need to stop comparing the two shows, that is like saying Van Halen was the same band after David Lee Roth Left and Sammy Hagar came in. They are two different shows, and you cant compare this adaptation to Top Gear, because there is none, not because this one isn’t good, cause it is in it’s own ways, but Top Gear UK is established, I think the worst thing they could have done was try to be just like the UK version. I love both shows, watch both shows, why? Because I like cars, they could put a baby and a bald man up there for all I care if they show cool cars. Working and subscribing at DISH network I get to watch both shows in crystal clear HD that is free with any top package.

  • Anonymous

    Well I think you need to stop comparing the two shows, that is like saying Van Halen was the same band after David Lee Roth Left and Sammy Hagar came in. They are two different shows, and you cant compare this adaptation to Top Gear, because there is none, not because this one isn’t good, cause it is in it’s own ways, but Top Gear UK is established, I think the worst thing they could have done was try to be just like the UK version. I love both shows, watch both shows, why? Because I like cars, they could put a baby and a bald man up there for all I care if they show cool cars. Working and subscribing at DISH network I get to watch both shows in crystal clear HD that is free with any top package.

  • torrentblock

    looks like the never exceed 40mph?  that’s cos they’re using American cars 😉

  • Egg

    In my opinio, the British top gear is way better. Although the US stole the show and isn’t nearly as good, I still watch it because I like cars. It’s too bad though that american cars suck to be able to get enough for a show..of course there are a few good ones like the corvette zr1, Shelby cobra, ford mustang cobra..a few more, but that’s it..I’d love to see more quality american cars produced. Yeah, people say ford fusion, fiesta, f150..all those cars are good and sometimes reliable, but they aren’t worthy of being on a show..unless it’s like a gag thing or a star in a car type of thing..

    But, I can say for a fact, that American cars are way better than the cars from my country 😉 (Belarus)

  • DDT

    JasonS132 you’re an idiot. These shows are in fact comparable because the US is stealing the show from Britain, and aren’t even TRYING to change anything. Stig, star in a car, the challenges etc..Its comparing apples and apples..now, what CAN’T be compared, is something like a movie and a show. Or a show and a different type of show. Like the show Supernatural can’t be compared to Lost. Top gear can’t be compared to the sopranos. But top gear CAN be compared to an almost identical top gear. Please don’t argue, because I made a valid point, and almost everyone here would agree with me.

  • Anonymous

    No actually there DDT… They aren’t… The US show can’t hold a candle to the English show. They can steal the format all they want, its not the same show because the US version can’t even come close to it.. The same show does not mean the same caliber of show.. And next ime… don’t tell me what to do… I would tell you where to stick yourself… but you won’t listen anyway… Ane you are all entitled to your opinion even if it is wrong, you have 3 twits trying to copy the English version, the first season wasn’t great, which I thought would be jsut because they were new to it, but the second season was even worse… So the same show? Yea on paper… not in the quality or caliber of the show… oh gosh I answered you back… what ever will I do.. I didn’t listen to you…  

  • Jake49

    Thank you. Only reasOn I don’t watch the british version is 1. I don’t know any of the cars hardly/ and 2. I hate british people LOL

  • Lawrencelawless

    You guys need to chillax, top gear uk didn’t hit the ground running either, it’s going to take till at least mid season 3 for this to work, I personally am loving it( Rutledge , or fat moaney baby, as I call him) needs some work, but tanners driving skills are phenomenal ( surpassing anyone’s on the uk show, stig included) which surely is paramount to testing quick cars, its all very well watching clarkson drift it round the top gear track, but what does that tell us ? Adams timing is getting better and I genuinely think the guys are starting to gel, and to be honest clarkson fat trap is going to get himself in trouble, he’s not the be all and end all he was a few years ago, also, this is the BBC, irrespective of where it is, they have the final word, so it’s them who are deciding on what’s what, I think the locations are ( as you Americans would say ) awesome., the cars and pick ups you guys have, even though I don’t know half of them ( I’m Irish ) are fantastic, and I think genuine gear heads won’t give a toss, drag races, brake tests, reverse J turns ( rockfords as they say ) is what we watch the shows for, Ive had enough of hamster racing washing machines or playing darts with cars, go and do that shit on your brainiac show, I’m here to watch three guys ( mates ) have some tyre shredding craic

  • Rek

    Words cannot describe how much I hate the American Top Gear. Compare this one and the original side by side and it’s clear the American version is no more than a very poorly executed copy. Get it off the air. 

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