Opinion – Season 23 ‘New’ Top Gear and Extra Gear

So, after months of speculation and hype, the latest version of Top Gear finally arrived. The reaction across social media and wider has been almost universally poor. ESM’s editor explores why it missed the mark. I’ll admit that I’d grown tired of the previous incarnation of Top Gear. The format had become stale, Clarkson had disappeared even…

Editorial | What road for Top Gear now?

Clarkson and Top Gear have dominated the news this week. EngageSportMode’s editor gives his opinion on what this latest controversy means for the future of the world’s most popular motoring media brand. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or in an area without 02 signal, for the past week you’ve probably heard a little story about…

Review – Top Gear Live 2015 at Metro Radio Arena

Turning an immensely popular global television success story into an arena show – how hard can it be? The short answer is not particularly difficult. The longer answer is whether or not such relative ease truly adds anything to the Top Gear brand, other than around 90 minutes of fireworks, flames and digs at the Argentinians. It’s…

Top Gear Series 21 – Not A Review

The 21st Series of Top Gear started the other night, Sunday 2nd February 2014, here in the UK. EngageSportMode had planned to review each episode like we did previously but, quite frankly, the whole thing left us feeling completely apathetic. Series 20 had its good and bad points – that Hovervan thing being an obvious low…

Top Gear Review – Series 20, Episode 6

Although it seems like it has only just begun, series 20 of Top Gear concluded with the 6th episode on Sunday night. Like all five reviews previous, contains spoilers below. Top Gear Series 20, Episode 6 – UK Air Date 4th August 2013  After just six short weeks, Top Gear pulled out something quite dramatic for…

Top Gear Review – Series 20, Episode 5

After the mixed up message from the previous week’s episode, including the media fallout from parts of the Hover Van segment being staged, what would number five bring? As usual, contains spoilers (of the pop-up kind too). Top Gear Series 20, Episode 5 – UK Air Date 28th July 2013  Some people have already labelled…

Top Gear Review – Series 20, Episode 4

We are now two-thirds of the way into this season of Top Gear. So, how did episode four shape up? Like an old copy of Max Power magazine, this post contains spoilers. Top Gear Series 20, Episode 4 – UK Air Date 21st July 2013  This episode turned out to be somewhat of a mixed-bag…

Top Gear Review – Series 20, Episode 3

Currently this season of Top Gear is averaging a C grade from EngageSportMode’s reviews. Could a supercar themed third instalment help bump up the marks to something worthy of putting on the fridge door? As ever, contains spoilers (but no donkeys). Top Gear Series 20, Episode 3 – UK Air Date 14th July 2013 We’re…

Top Gear Review – Series 20, Episode 2

So after the initial hurrah of a new series, we’re now at that awkward second episode stage for this season of Top Gear. Check out what EngageSportMode made of it below. Warning, contains spoilers, but is gluten-free. Top Gear Series 20, Episode 2 – UK Air Date 7th July 2013 EngageSportMode wasn’t hugely complimentary of…