It seems Top Gear the magazine and Top Gear the TV show have split their Car of the Year decisions. The magazine chose the the Dodge Challenger as its COTY (CORRECTION:Muscle Car of the Year), while the Clarkson, Hammond and May are sticking by the Caterham Superlight R500. The two cars are alike in that they are both retro fun, but accomplish it in two very different ways.

The Challenger is brute fun (you’ll see in our upcoming review.) Shortcomings that arise from a muscle car built on a full-size car chassis are made up for with a huge engine and badass personality.

The Caterham is the never-say-die spirit of the Lotus 7. Where the Challenger uses a big Hemi V8 to get its speed, the Superlight R500 stays true to its name and uses its svelte 1100 lbs weight (500kg) to give it speed. It also helps that its 2.0-liter Ford-sourced engine is rated at 263 hp. 0 to 60 times are in the sub-three second range.


What do you think?
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  (367) posted on 11.7.2010

Clearly unaware of the significance or history of the Super 7.

  (831) posted on 10.22.2010

haha, muscle car of the year. what a odd name.

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 12.16.2008

You are absolutely right, of course. My fault for reading only Michael Harvey’s column and skipping the Scirocco review’s article (I can only read "the car is made of mostly Golf/Rabbit parts, but it’s really not like a Golf/Rabbit" so many times.) I just assumed TG had more cojones and gave the Challenger more than the "Muscle Car of the Year" title.

Myles_Kornblatt  (13) posted on 12.16.2008

The the Dodge Challenger did not win the Mgazine COTY. It was the VW Scirocco you noobs.

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