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Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special

The trailer for this years Christmas Special shows the guys taking a closer look at French cars and what makes them tick

The boys are back! After their LOCHdown special, which aired back in July, this year’s next Grand Tour Special, which is also their Christmas Special dubbed Carnage A Trois, dwells a little deeper into French cars. Owing to the lockdowns which would have been in place when this film was made, the Grand Tour team really couldn’t venture far to some exotic locales like Brazil or Namibia. So instead, they had to stick within the confines of the U.K. Nevertheless, the trailer does look pretty darn exciting.

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Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special
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If we go back to the Top Gear days, we know that the Trio have traversed France on countless occasions before, be it with them checking out the Milau Viaduct with the Ford GT, a Pagani Zonda, and an F430, or when Jezza blasted past the French countryside to get to Monaco in an Aston Martin DB9, racing James and Richard who were on a TGV. But by far, one of their most noteworthy escapades was when the trio crossed the English Channel in a modified Hilux, dubbed the Toybota. But this time around, it’s not about the country, but the cars, French cars. The trailer begins with the guys looking out to their neighbors using binoculars, from atop the white cliffs of Dover in southeast England.

Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special
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France is renowned for producing some of the most quirky and interesting cars on the planet. They have incredible charm and character. Coming back to this GT special, you can see Richard trying to crank, what looks like an old vintage car with a giant fan in front of it. You also can’t dismiss the number of outstanding rally cars that France has given us over generations. They include cars like the Alpine 110, the Renault 5 Turbo, and more recently, Sébastien Loeb’s Citroën C4. They set up what looks like a mini-rally stage, which the guys take on in a couple of Renaults like the legendary Clio and the Mégane.

Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special
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You can’t talk French cars and not bring up the 2CV

You can’t talk French cars and not bring up the legendary Citroën 2CV, which they air-dropped from a helicopter. Now it wouldn’t be a Grand Tour Special unless there are explosions and cars being bashed up. Well, it looks like we’ve got this in spades. The guys take a couple of everyday French cars like the Peugeot 407, a Citroën Berlingo, and a Renault Scenic and subject them to some proper abuse, including rolling down them a hill.

Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special
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But it wouldn’t be the Grand Tour unless you have some explosions

The Berlingo was in fact one of the very first cars, that Jeremy tested on Top Gear when the show was revived back in 2002. If I recall, it was in this very color. The trailer also reveals the guys bringing an intersection or roundabout as the Brits like to call it to a complete stop. James is at the helm, of a Renault Avantime, a car also featured on Top Gear. But things calm down a bit, as they soak in some spectacular English countryside in an equally gorgeous Citroën SM. To sum it up, the trailer sure has gotten me excited. Carnage A Trois, December 17th. Save the date.

Watch the trailer here


Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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