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Season 12  "Muscle Cars"  12x2

Aired 11 years ago - Nov 09, 2008

Jeremy, Richard and James travel to the US to take a road trip from San Francisco to the heart of Utah in three new-generation muscle cars, hoping this time to avoid a mob of angry locals pelting them with rocks. The Fiat 500 Abarth gets a test drive and Will Young is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 1
It's got air-conditioning. It's got MP3 connectivity. It's got a CD player.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 2
And then they found the only way of keeping it cool was to run with the boot lid open.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 3
And if you try to drive it with the bonnet open, it doesn't work at all.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 4
It corners well too.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 5
there might have been one photograph of him without his father gurning in the back of shot.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 6
This really is the kind of car you'd imagine would try to make love to your leg.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 7
Now, that's 0-60, 8.7 seconds, 125mph.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 8
You would have to have literally no penis at all to buy a car like that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 9
and she's the one from the Pussycat Dolls, "You're going to get it tonight."
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 10
"He's holding them up!" No, Richard, that's the parade lap.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 11
Erm... I am very sorry that I didn't put the GT2's time on the board.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 12
three brand-new American muscle cars have arrived.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 13
But immediately we ran into another problem.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 14
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 15
We burbled out of San Francisco,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 16
...has been round the Nürburgring,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 17
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 18
I wasn't expecting to hear that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 19
- It's hideous, and what's the point... - Why do they have that?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 20
It's ridiculous.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 21
It's a town with some light bulbs on it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 22
(Jeremy) Two revving V8s and the alarms went berserk.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 23
- Are you... John Lennon or, uh... - Might be.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 24
I get that, I get... 'cause I do have quite a wide jaw. So I get...
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 25
And I... and I was born in 1979.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 26
My grandmother had an Alfa Spider. They always had 'em.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 27
I always think of it like Lego. You could just, you know...
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 28
Jeremy and Will do up Surrey houses.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 29
But some things the Stig, er... was saying to me, and I just sort of didn't quite get...
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 30
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 31
- We've got to do that show. It'll be brilliant. - Yeah...
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 32
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 33
But to cheer James up, Hammond and I decided not to use it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 34
Look at that road. Look at it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 35
This is what this car's for.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 36
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 37
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 38
- (Jeremy) Did you leave it there? - No, of course I didn't leave it in the road.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 39
But despite that, this car has been round the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 40
How can a car, as docile as this one is most of the time, be this exciting?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 41
(Jeremy) Meanwhile, back at the front, something amazing was happening.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 42
(Richard) Jeremy's sincerity wasn't convincing, and his hand gestures didn't help either.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 43
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 44
and we immediately bought some hats so we'd blend in.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 45
(Man) It's slicker. The surface responds differently to the tires.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 46
Coast is clear.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 47
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 48
While Richard had found an expert who said he should let some air out.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 49
- 159. - Oh, God.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 50

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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 2
And then they found the only way of keeping it cool was to run with the boot lid open.
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 3
And if you try to drive it with the bonnet open, it doesn't work at all.
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 4
It corners well too.
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 5
there might have been one photograph of him without his father gurning in the back of shot.
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 6
This really is the kind of car you'd imagine would try to make love to your leg.
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 7
Now, that's 0-60, 8.7 seconds, 125mph.
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 8
You would have to have literally no penis at all to buy a car like that.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 9
and she's the one from the Pussycat Dolls, "You're going to get it tonight."
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 10
"He's holding them up!" No, Richard, that's the parade lap.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 11
Erm... I am very sorry that I didn't put the GT2's time on the board.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 12
three brand-new American muscle cars have arrived.
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 13
But immediately we ran into another problem.
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 14 #14 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 15
We burbled out of San Francisco,
#15
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 16
...has been round the Nürburgring,
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 17 #17 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 18
I wasn't expecting to hear that.
#18
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 19
- It's hideous, and what's the point... - Why do they have that?
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 20
It's ridiculous.
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 21
It's a town with some light bulbs on it.
#21
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 22
(Jeremy) Two revving V8s and the alarms went berserk.
#22
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 23
- Are you... John Lennon or, uh... - Might be.
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 24
I get that, I get... 'cause I do have quite a wide jaw. So I get...
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 25
And I... and I was born in 1979.
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 26
My grandmother had an Alfa Spider. They always had 'em.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 27
I always think of it like Lego. You could just, you know...
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 28
Jeremy and Will do up Surrey houses.
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 29
But some things the Stig, er... was saying to me, and I just sort of didn't quite get...
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 30 #30 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 31
- We've got to do that show. It'll be brilliant. - Yeah...
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 32 #32 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 33
But to cheer James up, Hammond and I decided not to use it.
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 34
Look at that road. Look at it.
#34
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 35
This is what this car's for.
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 36 #36 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 37 #37 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 38
- (Jeremy) Did you leave it there? - No, of course I didn't leave it in the road.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 39
But despite that, this car has been round the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes.
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 40
How can a car, as docile as this one is most of the time, be this exciting?
#40
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 41
(Jeremy) Meanwhile, back at the front, something amazing was happening.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 42
(Richard) Jeremy's sincerity wasn't convincing, and his hand gestures didn't help either.
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 43 #43 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 44
and we immediately bought some hats so we'd blend in.
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 45
(Man) It's slicker. The surface responds differently to the tires.
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 46
Coast is clear.
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 47 #47 Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 48
While Richard had found an expert who said he should let some air out.
#48
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 2 (S12E02) - 49
- 159. - Oh, God.
#49
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