For a car enthusiast, the beloved car magazines are dying and there are just not enough places to get that automobile fix. In came Jay Leno's Garage in 2015, a show that runs on CNBC, which is a business channel.
In this automotive extravaganza, Leno, who was previously a late-night talk show host from 1992-2014, displays his love for extremely hot rides and even gets to drive them at the end of the show. His exploits have gone from the Batmobile from The Dark Knight to the most lavish Lamborghinis and Porsches. Here are the top ten events from the show Jay Leno's Garage.
10 Leno Gets To Drive A 2003 Ferrari Enzo
Ferrari is known for its iconic red cars and is one of the upper echelon car manufactures in the world, known worldwide for producing top-quality sports cars. Leno got to drive one of these cars in one of the episodes of the show.
The car that he was able to drive was a 2003 Enzo with 650 horsepower. David Lee is the owner of the car and he had a gift for Leno. He gave Leno a denim tie and Leno gave him some dress socks. In the end, Leno took the car for a test drive. He was able to drive swiftly along the highway and was able to display the beauty of the car in some suburban areas.
9 Leno Drives A Twin-Turbocharged Porsche
In this episode, Leno was able to drive a custom made 1975 Porsche 911. The owner Bisi Ezerioha was able to take a regular 911 and supercharge it to make it a supercar. During the test drive, he said it was the first Porsche engine that he ever built.
The car has 850 horsepower, custom optics headlights and a special mirror from the 550 Spyder. Ezerioha's love for the Iroc Porsches is displayed in the wing of the car. The turbos are twin 57-milliliter billet turbos and the wing is an Iroc Porsche wing. In the test drive, Leno loved how the car felt and it sped through the street easily.
8 Leno Drives A 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo
The Lamborghini is another one of the top-end cars in the world. The Italian made car defines luxury. If you wanted to get one then it would set you back anywhere between $114,845 to $181,193. Leno was able to drive one of these six-figure cars in an episode of the show.
Leno talked about how the car was one of his favorites because it was small and stealthy. During the test drive, Leno said the car had three different modes: automatic, sport and Corsa for racing. Leno was pleased with how the car ran. He also commented about how reliable it was. The car proved it was built for speed during the test drive.
7 The Tesla Episode
Nikola Tesla was known for his innovative inventions like the radio, the Tesla Coil, the Tesla Turbine and neon lamps. In this episode, Leno decided to look at Tesla's electric cars.
He looked at three cars: the 2008 Tesla Roadster, 2018 Tesla Model 3 and the brand new 2020 Roadster. The 2008 Tesla Roadster is $109,000, Model 3 is more affordable and at 35,000 and the Next Generation Roadster is $200,000.
The Model 3 was a quiet car that showed the ability to perform efficiently and economically. Then he moved on to the Next Generation Roadster which took it to a whole other level. The top speed on that car is 250 MPH. This episode truly showed the innovations that Tesla Motors is producing.
6 Leno Gets To Drive A Million-Dollar Car
The Bugatti is known as the world's most expensive car, priced at a million dollars. This car is a dream car that most people won't ever get to drive. Leno was however lucky that he was able to get the chance to do just that.
The Bugatti that he drove was a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The car can get up to 1,200 horsepower which solidifies the expensive price tag. In the car, there's less resistance to the fuel exhaust which allows for more fuel efficiency. Leno said that the car "just goes" and that all he had to do was "touch the gas."
5 Leno Builds An EcoJet
In this episode, Leno built a car that was faster than a jet. The car is not for sale and it runs on 100 percent biodiesel which is made from soybean oil. There are no animals used in the interior and the paint doesn't pollute the atmosphere. The body is 100 percent carbon fiber while the engine is a Honeywell LT 101 and has 650 horsepower. It runs on anything that will burn.
The car showed its power during the test drive. Leno described it as loud inside but on the outside, the car sounds like it's floating on air. Leno introduced the future during this episode.
4 Leno Gets To Drive A James Bond Car
Everybody wants to be James Bond. He's the super-cool spy who gets to fight crime with futuristic gadgets and cars that are swiss army knives on wheels. In this episode of Jay Leno's Garage Leno was able to drive a James Bond car.
The car was a 2017 Aston Martin DB11. The car was so exclusive that it was behind a door that required fingerprint ID and cost $211,995. The car is made out of aluminum and the engine is a V12 with 5.2 liters. It has 600 horsepower. The car also includes the name of the person who built your engine which is an Aston Martin feature.
3 The Knight Rider Car
In the eighties, kids would flock to their TVs when Knight Rider would come on. The car was what made the man in the show. The KITT was able to think for itself and it was collision-proof. Also, it was able to talk. This car was the definition of cool.
Leno was able to drive the actual car that was in the show. There are only five replicas left. In the show, the car went a fictional 300 MPH but actually, the top speed that the car went during the show is about 90 miles. Leno was able to drive this car also and he enjoyed it.
2 Doc Brown's DeLorean
The DeLorean isn't a car that is very special or popular. Well, it wouldn't be if it wasn't for the movie Back to the Future. When you talk about cool cars you have to talk about the Back to the Future DeLorean. Everybody wanted to be Marty McFly the boy that could travel through time.
Jay Leno was able to drive a copy of the car from the movie. While in real life you can't travel through time with this car (due to the fact that there's no such thing as a flux capacitator) it would still be a cool experience to drive this car.
1 The Batmobile Episode
When you were growing up superhero cartoons were what you watched on Saturday mornings or when you got home from school. The Batmobile was one of the cars you would dream to have in your driveway one day.
While this isn't a reality, Leno got to live all our dreams when he was able to drive the batmobile from the movie The Dark Knight. While Leno didn't crush through cars as Batman does it was still a great experience to see the batmobile in the hands of a regular person.