Top Gear kicked off their 20th season in the United Kingdom two weeks ago, and with it came the announcement of a new Reasonably Priced Car. For those that don’t know — but should know — the RPC is what the show’s celebrity guests drive on the Top Gear Test Track, with their results posted on the leader board.
For the last few seasons the Kia Cee’d (cee-apostrophe-dee) was the RPC, which retired the Chevrolet (Daewoo) Lacetti. Now, a British-made Vauxhall Astra replaces the Cee’d.
As was the case when introducing the Cee’d, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May hosted an open track day, inviting loads of famous people, but getting only a few to actually turn out. The car took a fair share of abuse that day, puncturing the front tire, and ripping off the front air dam. But because Top Gear seemly has no ceiling for its budget, the Vauxhall was mended straight away, and continued to be thrashed.