The new 2011 series of Top Gear started last night and, amongst a lengthy digression on the distinctly unscintillating Skoda Yeti, Clarkson found time to heap, yes, fully heap praise on the new Jensen Interceptor R - "Isn't that just a fantastic looking car" said the poodle-haired petrolhead. He then went on to say he'd love to own one just so he could say "Let's take the Interceptor."
The 40 year old design achieved its moment in the limelight thanks to its re-relaunch by the consortium that originally developed the Jensen Interceptor S. The R is effectively the S under a new, bizarrely retrograde, name following the collapse of the company that originally made them. For £105,000 the company will take your Jensen Interceptor, ditch the Chrysler engine, fit a Corvette engine and gearbox plus independent rear suspension and give you what is effectively a brand new car.
At Great Escape Classic Car Hire we're not entirely sure how we feel about the Jensen Interceptor R. We loved the idea of the Interceptor S when we first heard about it, because after all there isn't much sign of a new Jensen on the horizon so anything that injects some interest in the marque is worthwhile. But the car failed to find enough buyers first time around and so we're a little worried that the relaunch could end up further dragging the Jensen name through the mire. But these guys clearly love Jensen Interceptors as much as we do so we have to wish them the best. And anything that gets Clarkson enthusiastic is probably not a bad thing.