Season 2 of The Grand Tour isn’t even over yet, and we’re already itching for what Season 3 will bring! Following Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May on social media and the like has revealed some tantalizing ideas of what we might expect to see as Season 3 starts later this year. Of course, we’re particularly interested in what cars the trio is going to put through the paces, and even these gleanings are guaranteed not to disappoint.
Heading to Arjeplog, Sweden, is a logical choice for a rigorous off-road test of the first superpower SUV from Italian carmaker Lamborghini, the Lamborghini Urus. Featuring 650 hp of twin-turbo V8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission, this full-time four-wheel drive also has active torque vectoring, for anytime-anywhere performance.
Scotland’s North Coast 500 is the Highland’s equivalent of the United States’ “Route 66”, an iconic road trip of 516 miles. Taking some classic Italian cars, the trio seemed to be taking bets on which one would break down on the 516-mile trek. Would it be the Alfa Romeo GTV6, Lancia Gamma Coupe, or Fiat X1/9? Well, we hate to spoil it – who are we kidding, we love spoilers – it’s Clarkson’s Alfa that bites the dust, but at least the Fiat stayed on the road this time, we think.
Clarkson’s found a new favorite, perhaps, in the McLaren Senna, test-driving at the home of British Motor Racing, Silverstone. Dubbed “the new best supercar,” it seems to have made quite the impression. Of course, that’s got nothing on what he’s dubbed “the coolest car” he’s driven, China’s take on the posh Rolls-Royce, the Hongqi L5, which translates as “Red Flag L5.” At ¥5,000,000 or $800,000 USD, it’s China’s most expensive vehicle.
While in China, the trio put on a test of sorts of some “cheap cars,” three imports, a BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class, and Cadillac STS. Heading north from there, into Mongolia, we don’t have much information on a six-day camping and trekking trip, and we wish we could tell you what vehicles they thrashed there, but maybe someone will spill the beans in a future post.
Speaking of cross-country excursions, heading to Colombia, South America, the boys take an unlikely threesome of 4x4s out for a good thrashing. Of course, Jeep Wrangler is made for the stuff, and a lifted Chevy Silverado might be able to handle it, but what about a Fiat Panda? It’s definitely a must-watch when the episode airs sometime in Season 3.
It’s quite possible that, while at Silverstone – backtracking a little, here – the crew met up with Sebastian Vettel, four-time Formula 1 Champion driver and current Ferrari driver. Seen in posts and videos were a Ferrari 458 Speciale, one of the most extreme Ferrari ever built, and Richard Hammond’ Opel Cadet, but which one is “better” and how do you judge such a thing?
Detroit is all about American Muscle cars, and the abandoned Packard Plant, once America’s most-advanced automobile factory, is the perfect backdrop for three of Detroit’s most-powerful muscle cars. We can’t wait to see these three, the Ford Mustang RTR – Ready To Rock, says professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. – a Dodge Challenger Demon, and the Hennessey Exorcist, a 1,000-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
With The Grand Tour nearing the Season 2 Finale, there’s sure a lot to look forward to in Season 3! Stick around for the latest news and reviews of the show and the cars and good old driving.