7 – “BMW 5 Series: why do all interiors have to look the same?” – Steve Huntingford - 12 October 2016
“The only real reason to choose a 7 Series over a 5 Series now is because you want the prestige that comes from having the higher number” says Steve Huntingford, frustrated by the evolution over revolution approach taken by many car makers, especially in their interiors.
So which team are you on? Are you bored by samey cars, or should evolutionary design lead the way?
8 – “Opinion: Max Verstappen’s performance in Brazil was legendary” – Sam Sheehan - 14 November 2016
Sam Sheehan makes a daring comparison between Formula 1 upstart Max Verstappen and the late great Ayrton Senna.
The comment raised eyebrows in the Autocar office and sparked debate among our readers, who again, picked a side and defended it.
“Of course, everybody remembers Ayrton Senna’s magical opening lap at the 1993 European Grand Prix, where he battled his way from fifth to first place in one lap of a rain-affected Donington. Yes, that was an iconic performance, but what Verstappen did yesterday, as cars flew off the track left, right and centre around him, was nothing short of legendary.”
9 – “Opinion: The Grand Tour episode one – a strong, albeit familiar, start” – Sam Sheehan - 18 November 2016
“It’s been a very, very long time coming, but The Grand Tour is finally here. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have returned to our TV screens for episode one, but has their new show lived up to all that hype?”
We’re not picking a side, especially with quite radical changes in the presenter lineup of new Top Gear, but it could easily be argued that the Grand Tour got off to a cleaner start, in terms of audience reception than Clarkson, Hammond and May’s former BBC show.