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Season 11

Aired 9 years ago - Jul 27, 2008

It's an epic age-old rivalry: Britain versus Germany - but this time it's serious. Germany's equivalent of Top Gear - D Motor - is up against dear old Blighty's magnificent original in a series of challenges. Richard drives a new Mazda concept car and James chauffeurs two sumo wrestlers in a rather odd Japanese car.

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But at a nice, un-Rolls-Royce-ish price, because it cost an agreeable £32,000.
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Only a real expert can tell the difference.
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Like those bands, it knows it's not the real thing,
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Apparently, KTM say it is quite a handful,
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Fair enough. Every year, the Scouts make a series of awards, which are relevant to them.
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It's awkward, that. It turns out he's terrified of Scouts.
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Does anybody here think...?
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with the best ride of any car under a Rolls-Royce.
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It's a very good car, so long as you want something that's equipped like a Romanian jail.
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You're the sort of person I could show you a picture of Paris Hilton
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2.6 miles to the gallon.
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Really, no.
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Options on the Gumpert are things like this - the traction control.
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I suppose they'd call it the Popular Plus - 700 brake horsepower.
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300 kilometres an hour.
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But the Gumpert guys in their little German factory have gone down another path.
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And the tunnel? And they found a tunnel they can do it in.
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First corner now, hopefully he will be going faster to get that downforce working.
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The Gumbert did it in it 1.17.1!
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and Simon Cowell has now been at the top for the last two series, which we think is long enough.
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"When will I beat the man with the codpiece?" Oh, Simon?
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They don't have little flags and swastikas on!
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then I got into a GT2 the other day, the new GT2. The Turbo, yeah.
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When I get in it, I just cover myself in No.5.
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I have been out with the new Stig. He's in the master class, isn't he?
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"When are you going to beat Simon Cowell." They don't give a BLEEP about the music!
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You're cutting that corner, we allow that because it's slippery there.
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What was he? 145.9. 145.9.
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five...
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Thank you very much. CHEERING
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And at precisely 9.00am, our Germans arrived in their impressive German cars.
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It is called double decker racing and the idea is simple.
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James, will you promise to use the throttle and not just the brake?
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Whereas in the Metro squadron...
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This was our darkest hour.
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That is giving them something to think about.
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I did. It is brilliantly simple. A drag race.
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If the race is quarter of a mile this is still gonna be sitting here spinning its wheels. Yeah.
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James, don't forget to turn your traction control off, mate.
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So we were first. Let's just say that again, make it clear - first.
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You can't get more British than a Mini!
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lap race around the Zolder circuit, the winner would be the first one to get their towel on the sunbed.
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I'm not talking, this matters.
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But, as always, with a Bowler, it can do that anywhere on anything.
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Meanwhile, back at base...
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Cooler! Eight weeks!
Aired 9 years ago - Jul 20, 2008

A new Ford Mondeo or a used luxury car of yesteryear? Jeremy and James demonstrate which is the wisest choice. Jeremy drives the Nissan GT-R - again, around Japan's Fuji circuit. Stig drives the GT-R around the Top Gear track. Richard indulges in a spot of fox hunting - Top Gear style. Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis are the Star(s) in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

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but every crease and every angle, even on the door mirrors,
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The axels are assembled on hydraulic rigs that replicate the weight of the car,
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Ahh!
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- Yes. - D'you know why the GT-R doesn't have that?
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And he's still all over Elton John.
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That's a L53,000 four-seater saloon car,
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It's got the same 1.6 liter turbocharged engine you get in the 207 GTi and a Mini Cooper S,
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and the AMG Division now has the Black Ops Division?
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No, it's a good one - I think Citroën is the only manufacturer
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No, they're consistently ugly across their range of one car.
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Yeah, over at Fareham. It's ugly.
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A few of you are going to worship at the altar that is Lewis Hamilton. James Hunt.
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It is the Top Gear throne of gratitude.
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which was, in 1963, the most expensive car in the world.
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that's why nobody carves it up - partly because it's got the loudest horn in the world,
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He's reversing!
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God, this is painful.
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Top speed of this car in 1969 was 128.
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with mounting points for your shot glasses.
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That's it for now. More traffic news in around half an hour.
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"Pagmento"? Where's that from?
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they take your money however it comes and in return, you get spaces.
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In a normal car, this is not embarrassing. However...
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There is only one way we can settle this.
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So, really, it comes down to a simple choice -
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Why is it that you can't drive fast after all the experience you've had on that track?
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Every Sunday, Jeremy, when it comes out, I get that little text,
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Unwise, gentlemen, very, very unwise.
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So I decided... Actually, I set up a trust fund.
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So, anyway, the Alfasuds went, cos you did the Golf...
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And my car spun 360 and I ended up in a ditch.
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- No, no, flat. - Flat out through there.
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Wait for it... and turn flat out.
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One. I'm afraid I've called you Theo Pamphlet...
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tells me that Cowell came here on a cold day when engines run better.
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it's tough, it's technical and well, it's brilliant.
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Now, normally when they meet these days,
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Hopefully, they won't get a look at it until they catch you.
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and we'll have a hunt, and you'll get killed and eaten?
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Trying to think like a wily fox, I made straight for the nearest wood.
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I'm using my tracking skills, I'm not even using the hounds now. Ow, a tree!
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which, worryingly, wasn't stopping for the gate.
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Aired 9 years ago - Jul 13, 2008

In Japan, Jeremy is driving the Nissan GT R, while James and Richard travel on Japan's famous Shinkansen, or Bullet train. On the Top Gear track, the Alfa Romeo 8C is driven by Jeremy and the Stig. Fiona Bruce and Kate Silverton are the Star(s)in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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The gearbox, in true Alpha tradition, is at the back.
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I don't care, either, that it has a ridiculous boot.
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and it is hopelessly impractical.
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And he's off. Global warming means it's superwet out there today.
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He's going through, all over the shop. And across the line!
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If you're driving along, see a speed camera, no chance of slowing down, leap out.
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I think apologies where apologies are necessary, I'm very sorry.
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I went on the internet this week, and I found this.
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Some bloke nailed that to the post, stood back and said, "Yes. I don't see anything wrong with that."
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That's sorted that one out. Good. Hey, Audi's bought a photocopier.
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Mostly angry because they haven't got Ferraris.
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It's not coming to Britain till next year but the follow-up to this, I couldn't wait.
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redefines the way we think about automotive speed.
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I daren't touch it in case at all just goes off and then I'd be doomed.
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saying "It's in 300 metres, 200 metres, 100 metres, there it is."
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It might be rude to use the telephone in the train.
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There we are.
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For Jeremy, however, things weren't going so smoothly.
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Mmm... These are crabs. Can you see that?
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I won't like those.
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SAT NAV SPEAKS IN JAPANESE
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OK, "Plemium." Premium. "Plemium."
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I was loving Japan. I was loving the race.
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Hello?
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I don't like the way it looks.
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A lot of people thought I said you had a nice bottom.
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Do you think anyone would believe you? LAUGHTER
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I got mortared and dived for cover on air. Typical BBC!
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"it would have been worth £1,000 but because of something YOU'VE done,
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It's really good. I love it. It switches the headlights on for you,
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I have no idea
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'And that's beautiful line through there. You're being modest.'
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'Right, here we go. That's very smooth through there.
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We could take seven or eight seconds off that because of that.
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It's between Jeremy in the new GT-R, which is billed as a sort of spaceship,
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If it was really bad, all of Bill Oddie's speeding tickets would have been for nothing.
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We had less than ten minutes to catch our next connection.
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I am in Tokyo, and I'm going brilliantly well, I shall look on my sat nav.
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TRANSLATOR SPEAKS JAPANESE Sorry, I just asked for the wine list.
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James? No, it's not James, it's me... Why would James be ringing you up?
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Erm... Kurihama?
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Frankly, what I'm going to need to win this now is a divine wind, and I've got just the thing.
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Aired 9 years ago - Jul 06, 2008

Are you a 'proper petrolhead'? The gospel according to Clarkson says you are not if you haven't owned an Alfa Romeo. So this week the lads are each given £1,000 to buy an Alfa Romeo, which will then be put through a series of challenges. The Bentley Brooklands gets the Clarkson treatment on the track and James Corden and Rob Brydon are the Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

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But in fact, it costs getting on for L240,000.
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It doesn't work. Hello?
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was originally meant to produce no more than 200 horsepower.
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it just spins the rear tires. That's the result.
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James, the Queen is German but you don't sing
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L10,000. And, by law, there has to be a conventional sign next to them,
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They must go, "Why do we keep losing money every year?"
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The Dacia Sandero has gone on sale in the left-hand-drive market.
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where we would be given some challenges.
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Do carry on. L995.
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This is the version that only had one windscreen wiper.
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"...where you will get one point for every car you overtake
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(Jeremy) Still, driving round a track - how hard can it be?
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And there, the penny dropped.
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(Richard) And the 75 was starting to suffer from Alfa-itis.
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It's an incredibly erm... complex job to put a new one in.
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but soon they were coming thick and fast.
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No, neither have I.
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I'm gonna take the Focus.
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Come on, car, don't let me down.
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I know haystacks are popular, so I did that.
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but we had to do it ourselves so... Well, here I am doing it.
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- Naught. - Naught.
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I had nine points. I had a scooter, which only went 44 miles an hour.
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- It's a staggeringly good thing to be in. - Oh, it's fantastic.
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D'you know what? I just wish I'd stuffed my pants.
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- Why? - Because the... cocks, let's be honest,
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That means he was faster cos you're saving the faster one.
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Ooh, I'm already thinking about the end.
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I don't think it's good because that really was a very slow end,
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- You did it... - Go on.
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James, however, was loving this.
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Soon my new paint job was complete.
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Yes. James. James, something I've done works.
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They have different ones.
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No, not now! Come on.
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While Corporal May just abandoned ship.
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- Well, it's not that bad. - It's worse than it was...
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- Come on. Live. Live. Live. - (Whining)
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- Morning. - Over on the right, next to the...
Aired 9 years ago - Jun 29, 2008

Jeremy falls in love with the Mercedes CLK Black. Richard races the Audi RS6 Avant against skiers in the Alps and Top Gear Stuntman attempts to recreate a famous stunt from a James Bond film in a MG Maestro. On the track, the Mitsubishi Evo X and Subaru Impreza STi go head-to-head. Rising from the ashes like a phoenix, the Cool Wall returns. Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Firth are the Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

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both were born in the world of rallying,
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Here we go.
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What team plays in red that isn't as good as Chelsea?
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I know the entry speed for this corner in a Ferrari or a Lamborghini is 65.
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- No! - There you are, I've won the argument.
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Chicago. Neat, not that quick.
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Yes, 1:17.1, ladies and gentlemen!
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- No. - Has anyone managed to?
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Applause, sonny. That's what it is.
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and it seems to have struck a bit of a chord with the country.
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Anyway, look, I went on the internet this week and I found this.
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and then drive down the mountain, a very winding road all the way down here -
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This route has a lot of bends, twists, turns and straights,
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Nerd moment - it's got a very sophisticated suspension.
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Ten miles to go, ten miles. Come on!
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So, thanks to your incompetence, frankly,
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We're not used to that - normally it's a few seconds.
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that you're gonna be in there for a long time.
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You were disappointed that you got a Polo instead of the Hitlermobile?
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No, you don't. This is the man who runs Ml5.
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Yes, in 32nd place there's some little fridge magnet called Richard Hammond.
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I've got an R8 at the moment.
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- On guard! - It's you, Peter.
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Now, who wants to see Rupert's lap?
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Second to last corner, this catches people out. It's got you againl
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So, do you reckon you've beaten him?
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Thank you so much for coming. Best of luck with the new series.
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No, you've got this wrong.
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even before they've opened their mouths, OK?
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Cock, cock, cock...
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all Aston Martins, all of them, are now rendered uncool.
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Yes.
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and the result of all this weight saving is
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They're used to monsters and dragons in this part of Wales,
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but, I've got it here and it says, "Ensure the oil is warm before driving enthusiastically."
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Aired 9 years ago - Jun 22, 2008

The boys are each given £1,000 to buy a police car which will then be used in a dramatic chase. And they most likely will get dented. Jeremy starts the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. James introduces a new member to the Top Gear team. Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr are the Star(s) in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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That McLaren is so quick. You forget how quick it is.
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this is the supercar to buy.
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Now, nickel mining is a filthy business - a lot of sulfur and acid rain, but no matter.
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OK, so there's a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine in the Prius.
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So, what he's saying is, if you want an economical car, buy a BMW M3.
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We steal it. Put it in here, Google Earth'll never spot it.
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"Impossible" is what it should've said.
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- So, it works? - Yeah.
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Phil Collins will have to go back to the back with Chester Thomson.
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Hey, great news!
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You might think this would fit the bill.
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there's no satellite navigation,
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It has winglets at the front,
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It's not like Ferrari aftershave,
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and 510 brake horsepower is roaming around the engine bay.
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vomit in one of your flower beds,
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it is like the bastard love child of Stephen Hawking and Rambo.
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This... Compared to the normal 430, the Scuderia has new inlets, new exhaust,
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(Applause and cheering)
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That's a long way from the trackl
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and I rang up for the congestion charge and she said "What make is your car?"
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- I nearly drive inside a bin liner in a Smart car. - (Laughter)
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- If you're not lying now, we'll get way with it. - I'm not.
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He's been eating too many weeds, that's the trouble.
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- Yeah. - Are they a nightmare?
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More successful this time than you were in the warm-up laps?
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(Applause)
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"slow" is the word I'm looking for.
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You were one fifty one...
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(Sirens)
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where we'd be given a number of challenges.
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So, you've got an advert saying "Wanted, policeman to spend all day
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James and Richard then set about my Don Johnson-mobile.
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"You must meet up at the track for a series of tests to find out which one is best."
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Boadicea wheel attachments - scary.
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- Yeah. - No, wait, The Police.
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"which will look good on a police kill action program."
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But before I do, I wanna make it look good, so I brought this.
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"You will now demonstrate that it's possible to be much quicker than that."
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They wanted to demonstrate the official procedure for stopping a stolen car.
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Keep it rolling.
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- Hang on, James's plan is to deploy his paint. - Yes.
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It's Robert Duvall, mate.
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