Aired a year ago - Apr 23, 2017
Matt LeBlanc drives an eight-wheeled rescue vehicle from Russia, Rory Reid turns the world's ugliest car into a luxury yacht and Chris Harris reviews the new Porsche Cayman. Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay is the studio guest.
six-cylinder engine for a new,
turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.
'build up the speed gently.'
This new version, turbocharger,
no intake noise, four cylinders -
Down there to the first corner.
Let's have a look at this,
You're a fan of those.
that it's at number one worldwide,
There's a template for the
and the guy went to stick it
on the car transporter.
♪ She's just a cosmic girl... ♪
- All right, let's take a look.
- Yeah, OK.
you've got a lot of options.
And there's a
central driving position.
It encourages you to relax.
Right, back to business.
hundreds of miles from the nearest
road - deepest, darkest Russia -
That is the fastest-accelerating
car ever made.
But I don't think they will.
Who was the best one, in your view?
Trying hard. Trying hard.
You know he takes it seriously,
though. Look at his shoes -
- Using all the circuit there.
- Come on!
You're looking up there, with the
Hoy and the Noble and the Whitlock.
- above all others. Feast your eyes on
this. - This is the SsangYong Rodius,
Who was head of vehicle design at
London's Royal College of Arts,
- What's the biggest hurdle?
- Capsizing. Very worst - death.
Oh, hot, hot, hot!
- Oh, my God. - Look at that!
Right in there somewhere...
- Whoa! - Flatscreen TV!
Oh, we've got the jump on him!
'..our expert set us straight.'
'and show him the SsangYacht's
HE PLAYS THE EASTENDERS THEME BADLY
Oh! Must have been one in
Aired a year ago - Apr 16, 2017
Chris Harris and Rory Reid take a road trip across Cuba in a pair of second-hand sports cars, Matt LeBlanc test drives the Mercedes-AMG GT R supercar, and Ross Noble takes to the track as this week's Star in a Reasonably Fast Car.
And to be honest, this is the bit
I'm kind of nervous about.
..and my favourite bit, rear-wheel
And I've got to say, I think that's
Yeah? AMG comes along,
builds a front engine,
A tight line so he can get it opened
up and get on the gas.
Now, the new AMG GT R did it in
motorbikes and heavy machinery,
You've gone for the
fully murdered-out look -
There's just no room in it.
Yeah, cos I had this instance...
"No, no, I really have to...
we're literally sat there,
Well, we will find out.
Let's go. Come on.
Give it some gas. Over the line.
and headed out to hunt down
the Cuban classics.
- Oh, that's Italian.
Maybe it's just because it's got
a Maserati badge,
Quick question - is anyone gathered
around your car having a look?
This is more like it.
I don't share my car with anyone.
'Back on the road, before long,
we reached Varadero.
the Maserati name really means.
drive with my top down
and have a laugh.
This is the Terex Fuchs MHL360,
All right, I've got a bathtub now.
- All right, let's take a look.
- Let's have a look.
Down to the follow-through.
you never know.
Well, that one's a Ford,
that black thing.
'had decided to start calling
his car the 'Maro.'
it was a time of danger, of glamour,
a national obsession.
'Yes, with a few scattered tyres
making up an oval track,
Fangio, Moss, Reid,
Oh, Harris is right behind me!
Aired a year ago - Apr 02, 2017
Matt LeBlanc is the first to test America's explosive new supercar, the Ford GT. Presenters Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz go head to head in one of motorsport's toughest events - a buggy race across the wild Californian desert.
the departments get involved.
In this one, you're on your own.
It's just got such a balanced feel.
So well sorted. It's just...
you drove the Bugatti Chiron,
you drove the Volvo Estate
- Watch this. This is great.
- You would, wouldn't you!
and his legs make more torque
than a Ferrari F12.
Yeah, well, you need them,
don't you? You need them.
seeing the corner, still flat,
and I thought, "Uh-oh."
Why would you do that?
What do you say we take a look at
your training lap with Chris Harris?
So you've taught me everything
you know? All the local knowledge?
All we needed was a place to race.
What?! I'm not going to lose.
- I'm not afraid.
- For you maybe, not for me.
- Given what you know about
our driving background... - Yes.
but I'm not so sure about this.
- He's nervous, isn't he?
- Guys. Here we go.
Way to go,
right around that hard section.
Big wrecks. I mean, full-on...
World Championship-winning car
There's something fundamental
missing, dude - the driver!
But there's a new Nissan that
I think could change their minds
Well, electric cars in general,
We have it on tape.
You want to see it?
OK, off the line.
You're not lacking in the,
um...trouser department there.
Hopes are high.
Thank you. Thank you, mate.
of Top Gear's Fastest Driver
Apart From The Stig.
Don't talk to me. Don't talk to me.
After a brutal uphill scramble,
a perilous ledge,
Yeah. So just do it.
So really, this was a race
within a race.
- So much - BLEEP - in my face.
'..they weren't just battling
the other racers.'
I've got a transmission issue, now.
Aired a year ago - Mar 26, 2017
Chris Harris and the £2m Bugatti Chiron attempt to cross the Arabian peninsula faster than Matt LeBlanc and a roster of money-no-object transport solutions.
Back in Britain, Rory Reid constructs a life-size arcade game to test the Renault Twingo GT
and its city car rivals, while rap star Tinie Tempah tackles the Top Gear track in the Reasonably Fast Toyota GT86.
236 and that's the limit to there.
Drink in, Mr Chiron!
Get it down you!
You see, it was admired,
but never really adored.
- this is a billionaire's game.
- Yeah! - Let me give you some stats.
of any Top Gear film ever
and that's not all, because,
- Yeah, yeah. This isn't your first
time here. - No, it isn't, actually.
I've been working
on it for two years.
I don't know, we spent a week
together and I realised that you was
"This is probably all
because of Chris, somehow."
- Understeer, understeer, understeer.
- There we go. Am I within the line?
the GT has bigger alloys,
Your Ford Focus RSes
and your Golf Rs and the like,
Because there's no oily,
petrolly, motory stuff jammed in
the Top Gear arcade-based
maze re-creation challenge.
Or were you part of
the stick and hoop generation?
This is the best
city car, bar none.
I am on a dot spree now, baby.
And off the line, the Twingo,
Oh, that's rude! That's rude!
- I told you. - All right, now...
they invited me down
to be factory.
I think it's time to take a look
at Tinie's lap around the track.
Oi, oi! It's all about
the smoothness, T.
You watch it back and you're like...
the 1,500 horsepower Bugatti Chiron.
It's not possible to get anywhere
faster than in this car.
One of us is currently winning...
Once we get out on the
open water, we can pin it.
'Fast as you like.'
Well, since he asked, it was time
for the second stage of my commute.
to 500 kilometres per hour.
I, my friend,
am sitting in the back of
Ah. The border.
- Hashtag - can I please get on
with it? - How are you, sir?
Oh, that's a steep climb.
You know when your brain tells you
you just have to keep moving
Hey, Chris, I don't know where
you are or what you're doing,
Come on, push, push!
Aired a year ago - Mar 19, 2017
Matt LeBlanc's review of the Aston Martin DB11 is thwarted by Chris Harris and a very evil Mercedes. Elsewhere, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz go supercar-hunting on Germany's fearsome Nurburgring race circuit with the help of the VW Golf Clubsport S, while actress Tamsin Greig takes to the Top Gear track in the new Reasonably Fast Car.
Then, yeah, it'll do that too.
No, there's a switch here
that does that for you.
and for some reason I have Swarovski
crystals in the headlights.
OK, look, pretend Mercedes, real
Mercedes, more talk and let's
Yeah, yeah, it's not overstated,
and you say you really like it.
Here he is then, on the line in the DB11.
Now left into Gambon and over the line.
This is a comfort game.
- I vomited on you.
And there was a house
there, a couple there,
I kind of feel like we've told our story.
I mean, I stood there for a long time.
And it's also named after a toilet cleaner.
But I'm feeling a kind of...
Now over to the left but
avoid the cameraman,
No, ever. Ever?
And in the mid-1980s, with
the rest of the world
in the UK, to this - the
Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport S.
It feels like 40 years of
perfecting the hot hatch formula.
I'd argue this isn't
really a hot hatch at all.
to see if the Clubsport S can
keep up with the locals, who,
Now I was keen to really
drill down into the merits
Now past the half million pound mark.
It was touch-and-go.
What, so I have to follow that?
Everybody knows that.
There's a lot of leg room in that car now!
in the combine harvester.
Slick gear up into third.
Fantastic. Calm down.
It had a sparkling twin cam
engine, a cutting edge
brilliantly back to basics.
with your torque vectoring and
your magnetic adaptive damping
production line as the MX-5.
Aired a year ago - Mar 12, 2017
Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris embark on an all-season US road trip in the latest convertible supercars from Lamborghini and Porsche, journeying from broiling desert to snowy mountain. Back at the test track, Rory Reid sets the toughest of driving
challenges for Chris and the Alfa Romeo Giulia, while actor David Tennant takes a spin in the new Reasonably Fast Car.
it has 1,050 horsepower.
It's not like a normal car experience of acceleration.
Fortunately, changing them is easy,
And this ultimate Ferrari thoroughbred is so extreme,
Unbelievable. I'll never get to do that again.
and made me feel like a drug dealer.
- I guarantee it.
- Yeah, so do I. From experience I can guarantee it.
a little bit later. But first, here's a question...
Withnail is set in 1969, OK?
"New cars can't be reliable. They're new.
Some kind of mental issue.
- CHRIS LAUGHS
- He's got it!
"which is home to the Soviet Union's space programme.
you think, right, time to get a new one, that's pretty much worn out.
Look at it, it's just acres and acres of nothing.
Oh, that's hopeless. I've just been overtaken by a bloody London taxi!
Coming up the hill, the transmission kind of let go.
I removed a quarter of the front of the car
The Kazakhs were also the first people to domesticate the horse,
"If you get tagged, you're out.
Yeah, I think so. We'll get there. We'll get the old girl to Baikonur.
that you once owned Idi Amin's Mercedes SL?
'The grip levels there are terrible.
- A fine effort.
- I'm the only one in the wet.
and just trying to preserve the rear end of this Mercedes.
Like a fine wine.
It says, "Tomorrow you drive to Baikonur.
Meanwhile, in Harris's Volvo...
'Now, while the others wasted valuable time
but she's got heart, she really does.
Aired a year ago - Mar 05, 2017
Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid return for the 24th series of Top Gear. This week features the astonishing, ultra-exclusive Ferrari FXXK, tested to the max by Chris Harris at the Daytona circuit in Florida. Matt, Chris and Rory then race
across Kazakhstan in three high-mileage cars: a Mercedes saloon, a Volvo estate and a London taxi, all of which have done at least 480,000 miles, the equivalent distance of going to the moon and back. Actor James McAvoy guest stars in the studio and on the famous Top Gear test track.
You must be invited.
That's 87 more than the LaFerrari road car.
..I'm 100 yards further than I thought.
But, unlike a modern Formula One car,
its hunger for downforce crushes the tyres into the tarmac.
So, as a car, the FXXK doesn't really make sense.
But we'll try to coax it back again for a lap later in the series
This is the weird thing. I played a car thief in Shameless
And after all those Lianas and Lacettis and Cee'ds...
Welcome to the Toyota GT86.
So it's a pressure washer for £150,000 Sterling.
- You know Mad Max Fury Road?
Look, I know, it's not going to set any pulses racing,
So that's had the hardest life imaginable.
But before he could get in and show us, a man appeared in an old Lada.
all were launched from this 3,000 square mile
The sun's out, Rory. Think positive, think warm.
79 horsepower! 0-60 in 21 seconds.
Your Volvo looks like the Terminator near the end of the film.
so the apple was invented here.
"in a simple game of tag.
They're surprisingly quick, these Ladas, these local hands.
Yeah, I think so. We'll get there. We'll get the old girl to Baikonur.
- JAMES LAUGHS
'Blending left, turning right into Chicago.
- It really was treacherous.
because you just can't control it
But since we had the place to ourselves,
I've got terrible aero and no power cos my airbox has moved
3mph more than the manufacturer's quoted top speed.
..we were told to head to our last overnight stop...
"The two losing cars will be sentenced to hard labour."
I don't know, and maybe the taxi finally packed it in.
Rickard Rydell debuted the Volvo 850 Estate.
'And at last...'
He must be checking the mileage.
'on the Kazakh Steppe...'