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Season 11  "Bullet Train"  11x4

Aired 11 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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Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 1
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.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 4
and it is hopelessly impractical.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 5
And he's off. Global warming means it's superwet out there today.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 6
He's going through, all over the shop. And across the line!
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 7
If you're driving along, see a speed camera, no chance of slowing down, leap out.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 8
I think apologies where apologies are necessary, I'm very sorry.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 9
I went on the internet this week, and I found this.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 10
Some bloke nailed that to the post, stood back and said, "Yes. I don't see anything wrong with that."
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 11
That's sorted that one out. Good. Hey, Audi's bought a photocopier.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 12
Mostly angry because they haven't got Ferraris.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 13
It's not coming to Britain till next year but the follow-up to this, I couldn't wait.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 14
redefines the way we think about automotive speed.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 15
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 16
I daren't touch it in case at all just goes off and then I'd be doomed.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 17
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 18
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 19
saying "It's in 300 metres, 200 metres, 100 metres, there it is."
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 20
It might be rude to use the telephone in the train.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 21
There we are.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 22
For Jeremy, however, things weren't going so smoothly.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 23
Mmm... These are crabs. Can you see that?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 24
I won't like those.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 25
SAT NAV SPEAKS IN JAPANESE
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 26
OK, "Plemium." Premium. "Plemium."
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 27
I was loving Japan. I was loving the race.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 28
Hello?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 29
I don't like the way it looks.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 30
A lot of people thought I said you had a nice bottom.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 31
Do you think anyone would believe you? LAUGHTER
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 32
I got mortared and dived for cover on air. Typical BBC!
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 33
"it would have been worth £1,000 but because of something YOU'VE done,
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 34
It's really good. I love it. It switches the headlights on for you,
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 35
I have no idea
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 36
'And that's beautiful line through there. You're being modest.'
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 37
'Right, here we go. That's very smooth through there.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 38
We could take seven or eight seconds off that because of that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 39
It's between Jeremy in the new GT-R, which is billed as a sort of spaceship,
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 40
If it was really bad, all of Bill Oddie's speeding tickets would have been for nothing.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 41
We had less than ten minutes to catch our next connection.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 42
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I am in Tokyo, and I'm going brilliantly well, I shall look on my sat nav.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 44
TRANSLATOR SPEAKS JAPANESE Sorry, I just asked for the wine list.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 45
James? No, it's not James, it's me... Why would James be ringing you up?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 46
Erm... Kurihama?
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 47
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 48
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 49
Frankly, what I'm going to need to win this now is a divine wind, and I've got just the thing.
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 50

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Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 2 #2 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 3
I don't care, either, that it has a ridiculous boot.
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 4
and it is hopelessly impractical.
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 5
And he's off. Global warming means it's superwet out there today.
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 6
He's going through, all over the shop. And across the line!
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 7
If you're driving along, see a speed camera, no chance of slowing down, leap out.
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 8
I think apologies where apologies are necessary, I'm very sorry.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 9
I went on the internet this week, and I found this.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 10
Some bloke nailed that to the post, stood back and said, "Yes. I don't see anything wrong with that."
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 11
That's sorted that one out. Good. Hey, Audi's bought a photocopier.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 12
Mostly angry because they haven't got Ferraris.
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 13
It's not coming to Britain till next year but the follow-up to this, I couldn't wait.
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 14
redefines the way we think about automotive speed.
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 15 #15 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 16
I daren't touch it in case at all just goes off and then I'd be doomed.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 17 #17 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 18 #18 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 19
saying "It's in 300 metres, 200 metres, 100 metres, there it is."
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 20
It might be rude to use the telephone in the train.
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 21
There we are.
#21
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 22
For Jeremy, however, things weren't going so smoothly.
#22
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 23
Mmm... These are crabs. Can you see that?
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 24
I won't like those.
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 25
SAT NAV SPEAKS IN JAPANESE
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 26
OK, "Plemium." Premium. "Plemium."
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 27
I was loving Japan. I was loving the race.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 28
Hello?
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 29
I don't like the way it looks.
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 30
A lot of people thought I said you had a nice bottom.
#30
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 31
Do you think anyone would believe you? LAUGHTER
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 32
I got mortared and dived for cover on air. Typical BBC!
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 33
"it would have been worth £1,000 but because of something YOU'VE done,
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 34
It's really good. I love it. It switches the headlights on for you,
#34
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 35
I have no idea
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 36
'And that's beautiful line through there. You're being modest.'
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 37
'Right, here we go. That's very smooth through there.
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 38
We could take seven or eight seconds off that because of that.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 39
It's between Jeremy in the new GT-R, which is billed as a sort of spaceship,
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 40
If it was really bad, all of Bill Oddie's speeding tickets would have been for nothing.
#40
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 41
We had less than ten minutes to catch our next connection.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 42 #42 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 43
I am in Tokyo, and I'm going brilliantly well, I shall look on my sat nav.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 44
TRANSLATOR SPEAKS JAPANESE Sorry, I just asked for the wine list.
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 45
James? No, it's not James, it's me... Why would James be ringing you up?
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 46
Erm... Kurihama?
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 47 #47 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 48 #48 Recap of Top Gear Season 11 Episode 4 (S11E04) - 49
Frankly, what I'm going to need to win this now is a divine wind, and I've got just the thing.
#49
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