James May Reviews the Civic Type R in the Most James May Way

The Grand Tour co-host shows car vloggers how it's done.

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James May has long been the quiet, thoughtful heart of the Top-Gear-turned-Grand-Tour trio. Whether May is or , he approaches any subject with infectious wonder. He's also got a wicked sense of humor. We could listen to him talk about, well, anything.

But this Honda Civic Type R review is a bit different, with May applying his brand of cheeky anti-humor to the Car Vlog format. Highlights include his appraisal of the Type R's performance ("It's fast"), and a primer on the difference between a wing and a spoiler (if you can fit your head under it, it's a wing).

The video is the perfect foil for the bombastic, over-produced content overrunning YouTube these days. May riffs on Vlogger tropes like the Type R's interior controls "falling easily to hand" and the color red making the Civic sporty. But even through his tongue-in-cheek poke at the YouTuber car scene, you get a sense for the intelligence and passion that have made James May one of the 21st century's finest video presenters, whether on YouTube or elsewhere.

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