Aired 12 years ago - Dec 23, 2007
Jeremy James and Richard take three cars to Spain: the new BMW M3, Mercedes C63 AMG and Audi RS4. James drives the new Jaguar XF; Richard looks at beach buggies and Jeremy turns a G-Wiz into a radio-controlled car. David Tennant is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
The engines are also pretty old hat.
You've still got V6 diesel, the V6 petrol
But, interestingly, this isn't the most powerful
version they're going to make.
For years the sleek and modern Germans
were having it easy
It's not a very pretty car. I don't like the way
Merc has copied BMW's iDrive system.
Jeremy, there's more to life
It's quiet, it's discreet,
it's got absolutely nothing to prove.
- Yes, that's history and tradition.
- It's lying.
I'm actually, for the first time in one
of our drag races, genuinely tense about this.
I'm just measuring the steering wheel
to see whose is fattest.
- (Jeremy) Yeah, look at the blue line!
- It's not that simple. Look at the... Yeah, I...
Go wherever you like. You wanted
to be, you wanted to be the Doctor?
You must be the only Scottish person
who's never been in Taggart.
- You wouldn't understand.
- Try me.
- It's a good car.
- They are good cars.
- To be fair, Jeremy, I've seen it.
- Yeah. Yeah.
is that you did have a bit
of a problem with third gear.
What am I looking in my wing mirror for?
There's naebody behind me.
(David) That's slow. That's very slow.
(Jeremy) Quite pedestrian, there.
here in the glittering West End...
and value added tax on that fuel duty tax
For this experiment
we've come here, to Swindon.
Basically, it's got ten times more battery power.
And now the award for the worst dressed
presenter on Top Gear.
but we've flown him 9,000 miles
to be here tonight.
Er, right, so that's that one done with
and it means we can move on to the big one,
- You go to Italy or France.
- Lacking something.
- I can't, actually, no.
- It does.
Some say that, as we speak, he is actually
relaxing in the resort's pool and... he is.
(Jeremy) The Merc has more power
than the Lotus F1 car
The RS 4 did it in two minutes 43.9.
It's quietly aggressive. It looks menacing
and purposeful but not overstated.
Whoa! That's canvas showing there. So, hang,
hang on, your rear tires lasted how long?
Aired 12 years ago - Dec 09, 2007
Jeremy, James and Richard take part in Britcar 24, a 24-endurance race at Silverstone. James travels to Budapest to race the new Fiat 500 against boys on BMXs and Stig takes the Ascari A10 around the Top Gear track for a Power Lap. Keith Allen is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
These switches here, they don't work.
and the engine is where
you'd expect to find the back seats.
Even if you're really gentle, you'll still...
And that because our producer
rigged a phone vote,
Winding it up,
here he comes now through the tires.
Yep. Now, it's unlikely to be here,
because everyone just flies.
Obviously, you can't go looking
for the best driving road in the world
It's a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera,
Till we arrived.
but today, here now, on this road...
They're so smug about their fancy-boy
versions of lightweight cars.
There's something about
stringing together a load of hairpins.
- (Car whistling)
- Here he comes.
Italy would be quite entertaining.
We should probably look at Italy.
Audi, who own Lamborghini,
they've built all of the car
That's interior design.
It's a scatter cushion to look pretty.
They're going to shout at me.
much like James May,
although, of course, he lives alone.
- They have heard of it.
- And did you throw food?
Cos you're not really a big car fan.
- Yeah. I came out, it was like this hulk.
- (Tires screech)
- (Jeremy) That's an aggressive start.
Now we're really picking up speed.
(Jeremy) Ray Winstone. Kristin Scott Thomas.
in these three lightweight supercars.
had put the chaps in quite a bad mood.
Jeremy, we're keeping
everybody on the boat now.
Meanwhile in the Aston...
Probably why Hammond has brought us here.
Right, so this, theoretically, is the start
of the greatest driving road in the world.
We'd been through three countries
and only found one good bit of road.
An ideal place, then, to reflect on the cars
we'd brought on our motoring holiday.
The Stelvio Pass.
The drops! It's impossible!
Aired 12 years ago - Dec 02, 2007
Richard drives Renault's 2006 F1 car around Silverstone. The Vauxhall VXR8 is tested on the track and there's a BMW which can drive itself.
James Blunt is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. Oh, there's some bloke called Lewis Hamilton, too.
Well, first of all,
the BMW comes with a BMW badge,
In an M5, there are seven different settings for
the gearbox. There are two for the differential.
as feminine as a burst sausage.
The Benz Patent Motorwagen from 1896.
(Jeremy) Three years later,
the British came up with this.
have had their wrists broken by this very car.
I can understand why this is better
than going around looking at a horse's bottom,
(Jeremy) So, France hadn't got it right,
and nor had America.
would be laid out in the same way.
The only way round this
is to change into top gear.
This was the first car to come with one of these.
This car cost just L125,
Please! Isn't it time you put
a star in our reasonably priced car?
but yours... You've only owned, is it one car?
They're working incredibly hard, doing a really
tough job and not under great circumstances.
"I name this chairlift James Blunt.
God bless her and all who ride me."
I think if I sang and inhaled helium, it would be
beyond the human ear's register, wouldn't it?
- I'm going for the number one or two spot.
- Climb it up.
as "A damsel in distress needs a knight
in shining armor. What can you do?"
I really had fun. Stig is great.
So you did it in one minute...
just for sitting down behind a steering wheel.
Specifically, two laps around Stowe Circuit
- It's very simple, really.
- It looks like a Formula One car to me.
and I now realized the size of the mountain
I had to climb.
I've just grappled with 500 brake horsepower
in a 500-kilo car, and I'm halfway there.
Let's talk about the money,
'cause we can all understand that.
They do that by constantly pumping warm water
round it when it's in the pits, at 80 degrees.
I'm going to try the throttle and see...
And to make things worse, the man
with my telemetry was hardly a bag of laughs.
To mark the occasion, the technicians
let the engine play its party piece.
Give him his due, he did use full throttle...
- Are you as amazed as we all are?
- I am, absolutely.
Singing Sham 69 songs.
- The initial part. The initial part is quite...
It'd be embarrassing. That first race, you'd be
like, "Oh, the fat bloke's gonna be useless,"
- Sorry, a GL420.
- Why didn't you get the 5? What?
Obviously, The Stig heads the board,
Ladies and gentlemen, Lewis Hamilton!
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 25, 2007
To celebrate 40 years of British Leyland, Jeremy, James and Richard find three cars made by B.L. that weren't that bad after all. There's a look at some beach buggies and for people who like cars - the new Aston Martin DBS. Jennifer Saunders is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
only the size of a V8, and as light
as a V6.
Which is why they took their
sweet time over this one.
is buried somewhere deep down there,
next to the petrol tank, to try and
There we are. What a turn-up
from the librarian of the car world.
Hammond, does this car,
does it do 1158 mph?
All we know is,
he's called The Stig.
Right, now he can
really mash his paw down.
and tells us to go away
and make 14 programmes.
and we've had to use it even
though we know you're in 2010.
Yes. You see what they've done here,
this is organic tofu,
You can or could get three engines,
maybe you could get three engines.
Soon you'll be growing your hair,
whitening your teeth...
It looks fantastic. I think that's one of the
best-looking cars that will be coming out next year.
You remember, you were here.
The fact of the matter is this. This has got a lot
more tech than a 430. It's a lot lighter than a 430.
Not the Gocycle, you idiot. That
Are you really going to ride that?Yes, I am.
3, 2, 1- go. I've got
wheelspin, a lot of wheelspin.
Unfortunately, Richard Hammond, who
has just broken our Christmas tree,
But those in the back will be awfully
cramped due to the sloping roof line.
The fact is this - it would be more
comfortable if it weren't so tall.
It doesn't take long for those
omissions to have an effect.
To explain what I'm on about
I went in search of a metaphor.
The X6 is too cramped, too complicated
and, with prices starting at L42,000,
Bonio out of U2 wanted
175 quid to come over here.
I don't play the guitar but I know
they have six strings. Yours doesn't.
# Sing the dog house
I went on a ferry boat from Norway to
Denmark and threw up all night long.
It's just a complete beat-up car butit runs good. Where is that now?
So, you've not called
the eco-bug then? What's that?
I met this guy who had, I think a '55 split window. An early one.
My biggest problem is the shifter'son the wrong side. Correct side.
A lot of under steer there.
One minute and, bearing
in mind it was moist, 51.8.
it's about a medium-sized
Vauxhall and a nice old lady.
an electronic speed limiter,
it would do 170 miles an hour.
The insignia, however, has
another one that goes up to 11.
I have to keep going.
A lady called Margaret Calvert.
and the Government, alarmed at the clogged-up
roads, decided to build the first motorways.
was carefully designed to make words
and numbers as clear as possible
So you designed
a new type-face... Yes.
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 18, 2007
Jeremy compares the AMG Mercedes E Class estate with the BMW M5 Touring. Richard and James try their hands at Motorhome Racing. Jeremy has a £750,000 motor home called the Performance which comes with its own car, a Wiesman MF3. Stig tests the Honda
Civic Type R and James drives the Alfa Romeo 159. Lawrence Dallaglio is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Equip a Golf GTI to the same level
and it would be a whopping L5,000 more.
It feels like a big car with a small engine.
Still, let's see how this new car
gets on in a race against its dad.
Off the track there -
that's just the understeer killing the fun,
You pull up, you want to get something
from the back seat,
I like hot hatchbacks.
I always have done, but this one...
what we're talking about here is like a bad
sequel, isn't it? Because this is Die Hard 1,
Some say that he thought Star Wars
was a documentary...
so, it's a little bit faster than a Golf GTI
but a lot worse.
where you get two points
if you're only just over the limit.
No, I think the man with horses
is onto something.
I honestly believe, genuinely, that the country,
- and you can implement that.
- Oh, there's a rosy future for us all!
I was talking to a girl the other day
who got one,
Try out my captain's chair and tell me
if that's good and you'd like that in your car.
carpets, radio, and that saves 40 pounds,
which in America is lunch, isn't it?
turn it into petrol, ship it to a garage,
put it in a flame-proof tank
Now it's chasing me!
I don't want it any more.
or any bit of fake Italiano to describe this car,
I've gotta put a pound in it.
Stuff that doesn't fall apart.
the alternator will work, the headlights
will come on when you turn the switch,
You see, the easiest and quickest way
across the mile-wide river,
- and it will only just be above the water.
everybody decided that what they
really wanted was a big 4x4 of some sort.
Both will take five people in comfort,
it would be able to get in and out
It's where the Manchester branch
of Greenpeace meets
but even I can get this one to work
without hitting it with a hammer.
So, if you... If you get stuck in a field,
these cars are not ideal.
0nly now, because this is an estate,
your dog can come too.
doesn't look like it could hold a candle
to the BMW, but don't be fooled.
easier to use
and it sounds like amplified thunder.
You've still got something to get there in,
something to sleep in,
that you must prepare your motorhome
for racing the night before the race.
Finally, everything was ready...
I've just seen the door of the kitchen unit
on the track,
Well, I think the "no contact" rule
needs a bit of a tweak,
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 11, 2007
The guys race each other using a bike, a boat and a car, to find the fastest way across London. The Stig drives the Caparo T1 in an attempt to beat the long-standing fastest time set by the Koenigsegg. Richard regains the will to live by racing an
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster against a man with rockets strapped to his back. Simon Cowell is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Not much in it and nothing you I mean, look at that
God above, I thought that was one of the teachers!
'All we needed was a challenge.'
With my budget of £0, I'd fitted a girl-enticing water bed in the back.
'While he went for a wee, Richard and I decided to improve his car
MUSIC CONTINUES TO THUD
"all their camping equipment and stuff into their car
'Happily, I wasn't the only one who'd be in trouble.
Here we go!
they won't pay out.
We were going along and all of a sudden, he hit the dashboard
surrounded by sheep that were no longer alive and bits of what used to be my mum's Audi.
the other is a totalitarian regime,- allegedly making weapons of mass destruction.
Everyone had said it's superbike fast and I thought, "Oh, come on, don't be ridic...argh!"
You know Vauxhall? Yes. Canadian company now.
made by any car is my Mercedes - which is now only 19 days away from- its first service,
I'm sorry, but this sort of gutter press claptrap gets so far up my nose.
'the brand-new Lamborghini Murcielago.'
Whoa. You've just met the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV,
'So, LP670-4 SV.'
'They've also taken away the radio,- but that's fine by me.'
"a distinctive 12-cylinder sound from the two trapezoidal tailpipes."
but it's so light and nimble on its feet. Sand!
'in a race between the lights.'
That is a truly ridiculous game.
Thing is though, you've always said- that your favourite supercar is the Zonda F, OK?
because, as Richard said, the lightweight SV has no stereo
OK. Here we go.
For example, I've just had Tim Robbins in my ear
I finished the American thing last year
If he'd tried that in Australia! Oh, yes!
you'll see it on your way home,
where you can play it as a reco... Have you got that?
And of course you came down here to do a lap.
My word! It's hot too and I can't even claim it's wet
That means that you've beaten Jimmy- Carr, you've beaten Brian Cox.
LAUGHTER He'll never know.
and get up the drive at three o'clock in the morning...
50.4 decibels, that's like custard rustling, absolutely soundless.
I might get in trouble.
'Then it was my turn.'
Can you smell smoke on my fingers? THEY LAUGH
Well, hopefully... This had better be good.
'With the roof done, I now have to sort the bonnet.'
There were no fires in Surrey -
Aired 12 years ago - Nov 04, 2007
The boys travel to Africa with a mission: they must each buy a car – but not a 4x4 – for no more than £1,500. They must then drive the cars they buy across fairly unforgiving terrain in Botswana. Also, Stig’s African cousin makes an appearance.
"The people of Surrey think
they need four-wheel drive cars
Which is where, I should point out,
the BBC is not allowed.
is that three of the most rugged and
successful rally cars ever made were Lancias -
Apart from that everything that's actually
important to the car works perfectly.
Hornbill, Southern Yellow-billed.
Engine isn't working. It's cut out.
(Jeremy) If you don't
have a piece of cardboard.
The bad news came
in the shape of another challenge.
That doesn't work.
we thought we'd come under attack
from a Bond villain.
I think, in a way, that it's more frightening
than the Pole. There's absolutely nothing.
What are you gonna do? It's sinking.
Now, this is light.
Lancia Beta Coupé Superleggera!
0nly the 0pel remained trouble-free,
(Jeremy) The gunk was so sticky it had
completely jammed the Lancia's rear wheels.
(Richard) Where are we?
(Jeremy) It's called Kubu Island.
in my unmodified Kadett...
It is a good job they canted this engine
over by 20 degrees cos that means
(Jeremy) Not a Beetle!
A fully-functioning Lancia Beta Coupé!
Can I just say, you look like a gay cowboy
and you look like a gay terrorist.
(Jeremy) Widow Twankey may have been
glad to see the back of the salt pans
There you are.
(Jeremy) He's protected the important bits.
(Richard) It is having a... Come on,
joggle it, Stig's cousin. He's enjoying that.
(Jeremy) That's a big slide!
I think he was in a hurry
- It does not!
- Why's it called a honey badger?
Look what I've got.
It's a gull-wing,
so I can get in and out, obviously.
For the worse.
You're gonna have to go fast when I hit you.
If we ever do a program called The Back End
Of An Animal, these are the boys to hire.
There's a man over there with the best
combover I have ever seen in my life.
Quick, come here. Come here.
Erm, hang on. That's my bag in James'...
This is my tent!
would say this was tough-going.
(Richard) Meanwhile, using patience,
I'd found a proper crossing point.
It now won't start because the starter
solenoid's chosen this moment to pack up,
Carburetor's gone. Even if we can
get that fixed, the starter motor is gone.
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 28, 2007
Richard takes on a Typhoon jet fighter in a Bugatti Veyron. In the studio the self-parking Lexus LS600h and the new Lamborghini Reventon. James drives the new Rolls Royce convertible and Jeremy gets to play with the new Ferrari 599 Fiorano. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Oh yeah, "any more convertible at all?"
I'd want mine...
- 7-0, yep...
Had to go into a shop, buy a car charger,
you can't smoke anything
slows you down to speed it's going,
never bought anything in Marks&Spencer,
Anyway, pray silence now,
it's clever inside, too.
they used to build their racing cars with a lot of passion.
and the clutch re-engages,
Then you take your foot off the brake...
The onboard computer's just got me
with this little switch.
The air-conditioning system had a mind of its own
This may be a V12 Pentium Processor, but God, it can dance!
an amazing record.
Can't see the Pope singing Satisfaction,
Honestly, we would be even better than you at destroying them.
into the back...
Yeah, and he pitched a tent
And then there was also, not only the danger, obviously,
Reading the book I was thinking, OK, you lived through that,
I love the idea of being him,
We gotta think lap times here.
It's the last corner again...
Well, that has just been the best fun having you on,
Here goes! This is gonna go well.
And, er, right.
- No, I can't touch it!
- Turn it the other way!
down here by my right knee,
The Peel, then, is not only a handy way of getting TO work,
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 14, 2007
James, Richard and Jeremy attempt to cross the Channel to France in their amphibious vehicles from series 8. Jeremy drives the rather sexy Audi R8 on the track, while Richard prefers the Porsche Carrera 2S. Jools Holland is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Naught to 60 takes 4.6 seconds.
and then on the straights his miserable Flat 6
is no match for this V8 tower of power.
No, that is one of the defining
characteristics of that car.
I've got the engine on the rear wheel
so I've got the advantage in traction.
- I didn't see.
- Neither did I but we're gonna find out.
I'm gonna put it to the audience. I'm gonna
hold a general election right here, right now.
Hope that won't hurt the time
as he powers down to the first corner,
Dances through the tire wall. 0K,
two corners left. Staying level and focused.
- 1 minute 24.4 seconds.
right up to the moment
when it, um... rolled over.
There we are.
- No, you see, Hammond...
(Jeremy) Some time much later,
James arrived in a flurry of déja vu.
(Richard) Before we could set off, James
had to take down his new collapsible mast.
and it looks like a man with a pick-up who's
stolen an outboard motor and two oil drums
Then Jeremy arrived.
we pressed on.
and beyond the safety of its walls
22 miles of English Channel,
- A three-knot tide. It's a mile an hour.
"I'm gonna end up today with hypothermia,
attached to a stomach pump."
- Now, you're the size of Richard Hammond.
Because it was youth television, I suppose,
the beginning of youth television,
"That's a good question."
So we did that and then once they'd had
the beer, they chucked the empty tins back.
And do you know,
he rather lost interest in what I was saying?
- Now cars.
- Motors. Now you're talking.
- That's right, yes. It matters little.
- Cos that would be an amazing thing to do.
Let's have a look at this. Here we go.
Squeeze and The Tube
and music and cars as well.
0utside the harbor, though...
- You started again?
- Yeah, I lost count. I want to get it right.
Will you admit
it's a brilliant piece of design?
I'm actually using my weight
to counter the roll of the craft.
- (Sounding horn)
- I can't get in!
Mate, my engine is letting go.
It's dying. There's no doubt about it.
We're hoping to capitalize on that and make
good progress before the waves build up,
It's an average speed of 10.8 knots.
Because we were blasting along
at a steady 125 miles an hour
(Jeremy) Boldly going further
than any pick-up had gone before,
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 07, 2007
To celebrate 30 years of the Golf GTI, Volkswagen presents the 640bhp Golf GTI W12. A road trip to find to best driving roads in Europe sees the boys driving some serious automotive exotica. Dame Helen Mirren is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Satnav does work
but thinks it's in Germany.
and the engine is where
you'd expect to find the back seats.
Even if you're really gentle, you'll still...
Yes, classic stuff.
- All we know is he's called Cuddles.
0h, yeah. Looking good... ish.
It's not gonna be here
because everyone's on drugs.
So what we thought we'd do
is bring along a selection
and the V10 engine is a bit more powerful.
It's better than that. His windows don't open.
I was loving the Lamborghini
When you drive
a really, really stripped out car like this,
...is L15,000 more...
(Jeremy) 0nce we'd regrouped, we joined
the motorway along the Italian Riviera.
At no point have I lacked in power
to keep up with this thing.
(Richard) Tell me we've stopped here...
That hotel had no bar, no restaurant,
no air conditioning in the rooms.
You're looking so lovely.
- Um... is it what?
- Normal in Los Angeles.
that I remind you of Paris Hilton?
- But didn't you have a Golf GTI?
- Yes, I did, I did.
and when you go on public transport,
which are like buses and tubes and trains,
He's not a pillock. He's... he's a nice guy.
So I'm sorry, Richard.
And round there. And there we are,
ladies and gentlemen, across the line.
- Not bad.
- Which puts you right...
we were driving hundreds
and hundreds of boring motorway miles
Why did you think this would be good,
you big daft (Bleep)?
- If they're...
- Want to lower your suspension?
Your country makes supercars. You can't honk
when somebody goes out and buys one.
The San Bernardino Pass was something else.
- Are we allowed to drive on it?
Sounds like a racing driver's name.
God, this thing just tracks so perfectly.
It's not like PlayStation, this. You can't just
press the reset button when you get it wrong.