Best BMW Top Gear Episodes

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Well, several months after Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer in the face, which ultimately got him sacked, Top Gear as we know it is coming …

Well, several months after Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer in the face, which ultimately got him sacked, Top Gear as we know it is coming to an end. Who knows what lays ahead for Top Gear with BBC Radio host, Chris Evans at the helm. We won’t get into whether or not Clarkson’s punishment is fair because like it or not, this is Evans’ show now. But to say goodbye, the final episode will be airing tonight on BBC2, for all of the lovely folks in the UK.

I think it’s fitting, on the night of the final Clarkson, Hammond and May Top Gear episode, to talk a bit about the fact that it inspired so many of us to get into this goofy world of car enthusiasm. We’re a weird bunch, there’s no doubt about that. But watching Top Gear every Sunday made us feel like we were apart of such a big group. It made car enthusiasm seem less weird. It also brought people in from outside of our little world. I know of several people who say “I’m not really into cars, but Top Gear is a great show” or something similar. It made cars seem cool and fun and important.

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As BMW fans, we know that there have been several episodes that give our Bavarian-colored hearts a great deal of happiness. As one of the premier performance and luxury brands for the last century, BMW has always been a big part of Top Gear. There’s at least one big BMW episode in every season. Some are hilarious, some awesome and some kind of insulting to the brand, like Clarkson’s X6 test. Yikes. But there has always something to bring us Bimmer fans back to the boys over in England.

One of my favorite BMW episodes didn’t even start off as one. All three presenters were tasked with buying bargain convertibles for under £1,500 and each one of them ended up with a E30 325i convertible of some sort. All of the cars were beat up and odd in their own way, with two being far worse than one of them. It was a genuinely hilarious episode.

Another great one was the E46 M3 CSL test by Clarkson on the Isle of Man. That was one of Clarkson’s best, showing how incredible the CSL can be given the right circumstances. It was funny, had awesome driving, great scenery and an incredible car. Simply one of the best road tests of a BMW ever, and the kind of road test that will be missed when these guys are gone.

BMW M3 CSL from BMW CSL on Vimeo.

So, to celebrate the best car show in history, tell us your favorite BMW-featured episode of Top Gear.

9 responses to “Best BMW Top Gear Episodes”

  1. Billy The Hillbilly says:

    Ohh yes, all of the reviews are golden… the latest of the i8 and the M4, the 135i or the 760i were perfect also, the X5 M, F10 M5 and I could name all of them..

    … but there’s one that just stands out for me for a number of reasons – the one of the e60 M5 – hilarious all the way!

    • kj marway says:

      I couldn’t agree more, the E60 M5 episode is without a doubt one of my all time favourites too!

      A brilliant review with some delectable sounds and views of the incredible V10 legend.

  2. Russell says:

    Surely the M6 Gran Coupe through the Northern Territory rounding up cattle has to be at the top of the list!
    What an epic episode, and how much did he love that car!

  3. Giorgio says:

    For me, the E60 M5 review (at the touch of a button) and the 1M review .. Epicness … :)

  4. Desmond Cronin says:

    You forgot to mention that in the same episode as the E46 M3 CSL (S3E02) there is also a tribute to BMW M cars where they drive an E30 M3, an E34 M5 and an M1 on the Isle of Man, then there is trio of convertibles compared which includes Hammond driving a BMW Z4!

  5. Giorgio says:

    Also the Z4 review of Clarkson was funny. “Today I’d buy a Z4 over an SLK in heartbeat, it is THAT good. (Season 13 episode 6)

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