Here's What Jeremy Clarkson Thinks Of Tesla, Nine Years Later
In 2008, TopGear aired a a now-infamous review of the Tesla Roadster, in which Clarkson was shocked by the car's straight-line speed and electric range, but criticized its cornering, price and recharge time. Both test cars were shown in the review to have either broken down mid-filming or prematurely run out of charge, which prompted a nearly-instantaneous lawsuit from Tesla claiming that TopGear had rigged the cars to break or simply lied outright about the problems.
Tesla eventually lost the lawsuit, and then appealed, and then lost again, despite having diagnostic records of neither car dropping under 20% battery and claiming that one car's brake failure was instead a less severe blown fuse. All in all, the episode left a sour taste in both parties' mouths, and TopGear never reviewed another Tesla until Rory Reid tested the Model X after the former presenters' unceremonious departure, despite the Model S having been released during their tenure.
Now though, nearly ten years have passed, and both Tesla and electric cars in general have come a long way. In the interview with Mashable above, Clarkson admits to liking the Model X quite a lot while testing it for the upcoming series of The Grand Tour. It carries the classic trait of appealing to the petrolhead's inner 9-year-old, with its ludicrous acceleration and the Easter eggs peppered throughout the car's software.
The new series of The Grand Tour drops on December 8th, so we'll have to wait until then for more detailed thoughts on the Tesla; but I have to hope that Tesla won't sue them for this one.