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  • Sep 14, 2013
Our friends at Top Gear (the magazine, not the TV show) are currently celebrating the publication's twentieth birthday. In honor of that milestone, the BBC-owned book is naming what it thinks are the 50 greatest cars from the past 20 years. Now, this is TG's list, which means it's a bit more focused on European brands and models.

For example, the Vauxhall Ampera is listed, rather than the Chevrolet Volt, and the only American performance car is the Ford GT - there are no Vipers, no Corvettes, and no muscle cars. Of course, there's also a distinct lack of cars from Jaguar, as well, so the list isn't quite as blatantly Eurocentric as it appears on first blush.

Still, there are a number of things that are no-brainers, along with a few of the quirky choices that could only come from a magazine as irreverent as Top Gear (Dacia Duster anyone?). All told, it's an interesting look at some seriously interesting cars. But we want to know what you think. Chime in down in the Comments, and let us know which vehicles you think deserve their place, which vehicles you think should be added, and which have no business in such illustrious company.


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      Jason Krumvieda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lack of Jaguar? Wasn't #13 an F-Type? You guys should read the article.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting the 2004 Toyota Prius made that list most people in the automotive circle including Top Gear don't speak highly of it. Now hybrid is becoming the new performance, I think any stereotypes about hybrid vehicles or their owners need to die. Prius might not be loved but it did kind of get us use to the idea of fuel efficiency and the technology. If diesel stereotypes have died off with modern diesels, these modern hybrid race/sports cars should help kill off any negativity towards the technology.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      No McLaren F1?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        [blocked]
      2001Z8
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW Z8
      butlermnymkr
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as they got the Honda S2000, Acura NSX, and TVR sagaris then its a good list
      Toyota Winnipeg
      • 1 Year Ago
      That list is proof positive that you\'ll never make everyone happy, with one exception. Putting the McLaren F1 in that list woudln\'t have been criticized by anyone. I\'m actually really surprised ti\'s not there
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      And of course, they burnt the greatest concept to the ground.... Mazda Furai. But hey, who cares what the British motoring press thinks - the country doesn't even have a domestic car maker - all is now foreign owned. Mini, Rolls, Bentley are all essentially German cars assembled in Britain, even Aston is headed by a German. It's impossible to find a single issue of ANY car British car magazine that wouldn't be awash with factual mistakes. Test are rarely conducted properly - where the German magazines deploy officials from Decra or TUV, the Brits are OK with "feels fast" and "handles well". Just take the Top Gear show - it's a comedy entertainment, not a car show. Just think of it - ALL THREE Top Gear guys publicly said that winter tires are a useless sham and do no improve handling. On several occassions. In my world, whoever says that doesn't know a jack about cars. So there you go, TG, we watch for the jokes. Not for what you think about cars.
        rcavaretti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        And of course, they burnt the greatest concept to the ground. Who says they didn't pick up on Roman traditions...man they knew how to throw a party!
        timothy.wanker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        Oh yes that top rated worldwide hit of german automative tv is ...... meh! Like the Septics the Poms can't manage a car company ,but unlike the sptics they do know how to make a TV series.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know, after watching Top Gear worst car in the world, the Lexus SC430....I am not so sure. But if I have to weigh in some of the greatest cars ever produced, this would be my list BMW M3, M3 CSL GTR, M5/M6 BMW 1M BMW M1 Ferrari F40, Enzo Porsche 911 GT3 GT3 RS , RS 4.0, GT2, GT2 RS/Carrera S/Turbo S Mercedes CLK63 Black Series Acura NSX Audi R8 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (surprisingly a good car with great suspension, engine, chassis) Ascari A10 Aston Martin DBS Aston Martin Virage Bentley Continental SuperSport Ferrari F12 & FF Ferrari 355 Spider Ferrari 458 Italia Lexus LFA (yes its very expensive but it still is a good car) Ford Focus & Fiesta ST Jaguar F-Type Lamborghini Aventador Mclaren MP4-12C Pagani Zonda, Huyrai Koenigsegg Agera, CCXR Mazda RX-7, RX-8, MX-5 Nissan Skyline R34 Nissan GTR Mercedes SLR 722S Ford GT Toyota Supra (one of the best cars to mod) Porsche Carerra GT Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Mercedes S63, S65....(think about it, its a luxury rocket ship. The W221 definitely deserves this) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution FQ400 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Cosworth Fiat Abarth Noble M600 Pontiac GTO, G8 GXP Tesla Model S Porsche Cayman R Mercedes CLK GTR Honda S2000 Ford Focus RS500 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, Boss 302, GT500 (the Mustang deserves this, its been getting better with each generation) Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT86, Scion FRS Vauxhall VXR8 Volkswagen GTi, Scirocco R Cadillac CTS-V (a very good driver's car from America) Saab 9-3 Aero The cars that I mentioned above should be worthy. Top gear should take this seriously, unlike what they did with the worst car in the world. There might be more contenders out there but I can't think of them on top of my head, feel free to add more to my list. I also believe the fact that American automakers such as Chevy, Ford should be on the list considering how well they have been performing, heck even Pontiac deserves some credit for making good cars.
        1STH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        that's a good list...if you're 9 years-old and don't understand the word 'greatest'. 'greatest' doesn't mean sportiest, fastest, or performance oriented-----greatest refers to the whole package, the engineering, the pricing, the value, the performance, and the uniqueness of design and product packaging. It's the WHOLE PACKAGE.....i'm glad Top Gear is making lists like that, and not you!
          Steve
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1STH
          ......says an uneducated man living in mommy's basement.
        Black Dyanmite
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Uhhhhhh.....the BMW M1 was way more than 20 years ago (1978-1981) BD
          Steve
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Black Dyanmite
          Still was a good car
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        I forgot to mention the Dodge Viper and the SRT4
        rcavaretti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        A list of a lot of over priced stuff. A good car doesn't have to have many digits in its price tag.
          Steve
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rcavaretti
          Yes thats true, I just focused on the sports, super, hyper cars category. If its normal everyday cars, then it would have to be BMW 330 E46, E90, BMW 335, BMW 550, Acura TSX, Saab 9-3 Aero, Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Dodge Dart, Honda Fit, Honda Civic Si 8gen, Hyundai Genesis, Volkswagen CC, and some others...
        teknishn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        An absolutely sublime list. I would add a Lotus Exgie and/or Evora to the list on principle.
        quuppa70
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        saab aero hehe
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @quuppa70
          I would say that is the only car that does not belong on this otherwse excellent list of the best sports and GT car list.
      KO
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Multipla makes about as much sense as a US mag putting in the Aztek. The F550 is also a marginal choice.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KO
        Problem is, its not a bad car and its structurally indestructible. Knew some who got hit sideways at high speed and no one were injured. But it's ugly as sin.
      wdwflash
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brit xenophobe's pick Euro cars.
      Robert Calinescu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dacia Duster is the best value for money new car you can buy mind you. Cheap and reliable and can keep up (most of the time) with a Land Rover Discovery :P as seen in the Top gear test.
        Rob Gomes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Calinescu
        Both the Duster and the Sandero have been popular in Europe because they are safe, inexpensive, and reliable. They don't have a lot of toys, but it also means they have less to go wrong. In a part of the world that's under some financial distress, "cheap, safe, and works" sells pretty damn well. The reason why you don't see it in the US is because manufacturers don't want to cannibalize their existing product lines. Economy cars only make dealerships a few hundred dollars per unit as it is.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Impreza and Mitzu EVO always side by side in any car comparison.
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