Top Gear Vs. Grand Tour - Which is better?
This is largely based on the entire run of Top Gear before the original host's departure
Title of Show: Top Gear | Grand Tour: Even
Top Gear name has been around a long time but Grand Tour brings a fresh start while relating directly to the new format motoring show of Grand Touring.
Theme song: √ Top Gear | Grand Tour
TG's revamped version of Jessica still has that big event feel at the opening and would be difficult to beat, Grand Tour needs something because their current theme isn't good. Maybe something from The Who?
Music: √Top Gear | Grand Tour
This is where broadcasting has its advantages. From what I understand, they can use music for broadcasting as they want. The DVD releases always removed the licensed tracks and replaced with royalty free which changed the feel of the scenes. Grand Tour would likely have to license the tracks up front so higher cost.
Test Track: √Top Gear | Grand Tour
I mainly chose the TG track because of the history, so many cars, so many stars...However, the new GT track looks much better with more contrasting background and scenery.
Lap Board: Top Gear | Grand Tour: Even
I love the new look of the digital board but as some have mentioned, the old lap board was more hands on and unique so I'll call this one a toss up, but personally, I like the GT better. However, it may get hard to see all the cars on the list on the screen unless they scroll it down or make the text smaller. There's also the absence of the Star's board for obvious reasons but that's a one up for TG as they'll continue that trend.
Test Driver: √Top Gear | Grand Tour
The Stig, what else is there to say?
Studio: Top Gear | Grand Tour: Even
I love the traveling studio idea but like the test track so much history in the old studio. The new traveling tent is a fresh look and I think over the next season or two it will prove to be the focus point of the show.
Hosts: Top Gear | √Grand Tour
A hard act to follow, but they should at least try. TG has Matt Le Blanc, which is fine but they need a trio as there was before. Time to bring in two more stars. Le Blanc was the top rated guest star according to one poll, coming in second was Rowan Atkinson and I think he would be really awesome for TG. I don't know if it's possible but BBC should scoop him up if they can. And then what the show is missing and something Grand Tour doesn't have is a female host which would round out the show.
In-Studio bits: √Top Gear | Grand Tour
Historically, TG a little better. The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is like a trademark to TG so they had to ditch that but they respond with an empty Celebrity Death-repeating-joke routine that's agreeably awful. They either need something unique they haven't come up with yet or make room for longer filmed segments.
Car Reviews: Top Gear | √Grand Tour
There's a wealth of good filmed segments in TG but since they were done with Clarkson and company I put it with GT since the good times continue on GT and not the new TG.
Races and Films: Top Gear | √Grand Tour
Same as reviews, 22 seasons of good races and films but with the crew of GT. GT's first 3 episodes proves they're continuing the trend of a exciting motoring show.
Film Quality: Top Gear | √Grand Tour
GT: 4K streaming with HDR vs TG: 1080i60.
Final Score: Top Gear 5 | Grand Tour 4
GT still needs to work in some areas like filling the void of Star in a Reasonably Priced Car from TG, but they're off to a good start and it's early. Does anyone remember the first season of the revamped TG? They don't even air it. They were still finding their footing in the first season and it was before James May joined.
However, if TG doesn't make some changes to the host lineup and improve the writing segments, it's game over. They need a new trio.