With a series of videos longer than a lap of the Ring, choosing Harris’ top five videos was no easy task.
Ever since Chris Harris left Evo magazine, swapping his written skills in favor of producing videos on behalf of Drive, we have been inundated with high quality productions of the man aka Monkey getting behind the wheel of the most powerful and interesting cars on the planet. Combining driving prowess with meaningful insight and a balanced perspective, Harris is one of our all-time favorite video hosts and we always look forward to hitting the play button whenever a new episode is released. While we await the next one, here's a look at five of his best.
When Harris reviewed the 2012 SL63 AMG, he sensibly decided St. Tropez would be the ideal testing ground and that the performance pack model, which boasts 564hp and a ludicrous 663lb-ft of torque, would better aid him discover the car's schizophrenic personality; from an old man's cruiser to an animal with a flick of a couple of switches.
Here, Harris drives the new Morgan Plus 8 from his home in Wales to the Geneva Motor Show where it was officially unveiled. That's a 12-hour drive in a seriously cramped cabin through the pouring rain, something the experimental hood doesn't cope overly well with, and into the epic Swiss mountain landscape.
Harris was one of the first automotive journalists to get his hands on the Pagani Huayra. It's unlikely those that can afford to buy this car will attempt to drift it around a narrow Mountain pass, but Harris can't resist. That's just what he does.
Pirelli invited Harris to a tire launch in northern Italy, so he could test out their new historic rally car tires. They brought along a Lancia Delta S4, 037, and Stratos as well as two legendary rally drivers in the form of Juha Kankkunen and Markku Alen to pilot these epic rally cars with Harris riding shotgun. The "best day of my working life" ensued.
Harris simply loves his 1986 E28 M5 Sedan. At launch in 1984, claimed performance was 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds and 0-100mph in 14.5 seconds, which at the time was matched only by a Porsche Carrera. A comfortable saloon with a 286-hp 3.5-liter straight-six good was simply a "brilliant recipe for a car [and] still feels genuinely quick." Who are we to argue?