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Season 12  "40th Birthday Ferrari Daytona"  12x5

Aired 11 years ago - Nov 30, 2008

Richard celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Ferrari Daytona by taking one back to its spiritual home - the Italian Riviera - before trying to beat James and a powerboat in a race from Portofino to St Tropez. Jeremy tests the new BMW M3 saloon and compares it with the Lexus IS-F. Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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So let's see how the two of them get on in a drag race.
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So what about price?
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There's more.
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Gone in a biblical ball of smoke
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And across the line!
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Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 10
180 countries you could go to and saying, "Yes, Germany."
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which is called the Panamera, which sounds like a hat.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 12
You see?
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 13
Along with the manhole covers and signposts!
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 14
using the ultimate crucible of excellence, motorsport.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 15
we have the Mercedes 0305G.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 16
To be honest, they're not that good on passenger usage per mile.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 17
True to their word, the touring car racers avoided body contact,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 18
No low floor means poor disabled access.
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which didn't do too well in the "I'm a bus driver
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 20
Just tell the mayor that was a crash test or something.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 21
- Go on. - Have a seat.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 22
The blades need a bit of work
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 23
in as much as you bought a new shiny object
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 24
I know you're not an architect but design is the same sort of thing.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 25
A Toyota Prius with its nickel batteries
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(Jeremy) That doesn't look quite as tame as you're making out.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 27
Normally, people cut the corner or go too far and run wide.
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 28
And, actually... We actually have...
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 29
There's loads of technical reasons why it's so clever and brilliant
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You're American? Welcome.
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And when you open up the handbook does it go, "Hear ye, hear ye"?
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What?! Whoa, hang on! What, you're saying that's?
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It's just a blue turtleneck jumper.
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The Ferrari Daytona.
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and me in the greatest grand tourer ever made.
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and, for that reason, I couldn't drive it on my own.
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(Paul) About 45 knots so 50mph.
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it just sounds right.
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(Richard) When it was launched in 1968,
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 43
The technique, apparently, is to relax.
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Situation report: It's becoming very, very choppy
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(Richard) I was, indeed, ahead and as I neared the French border,
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But because the police had stopped Hammond for much longer,
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but, you know, modern world.

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So let's see how the two of them get on in a drag race.
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So what about price?
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There's more.
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Gone in a biblical ball of smoke
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And across the line!
#8
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180 countries you could go to and saying, "Yes, Germany."
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 11
which is called the Panamera, which sounds like a hat.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 12
You see?
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 13
Along with the manhole covers and signposts!
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 14
using the ultimate crucible of excellence, motorsport.
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 15
we have the Mercedes 0305G.
#15
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 16
To be honest, they're not that good on passenger usage per mile.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 17
True to their word, the touring car racers avoided body contact,
#17
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 18
No low floor means poor disabled access.
#18
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which didn't do too well in the "I'm a bus driver
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 20
Just tell the mayor that was a crash test or something.
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 21
- Go on. - Have a seat.
#21
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The blades need a bit of work
#22
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in as much as you bought a new shiny object
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 24
I know you're not an architect but design is the same sort of thing.
#24
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A Toyota Prius with its nickel batteries
#25
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(Jeremy) That doesn't look quite as tame as you're making out.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 27
Normally, people cut the corner or go too far and run wide.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 28
And, actually... We actually have...
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 29
There's loads of technical reasons why it's so clever and brilliant
#29
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You're American? Welcome.
#31
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And when you open up the handbook does it go, "Hear ye, hear ye"?
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 33
What?! Whoa, hang on! What, you're saying that's?
#33
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It's just a blue turtleneck jumper.
#34
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The Ferrari Daytona.
#36
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and me in the greatest grand tourer ever made.
#38
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and, for that reason, I couldn't drive it on my own.
#39
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(Paul) About 45 knots so 50mph.
#40
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it just sounds right.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 42
(Richard) When it was launched in 1968,
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 43
The technique, apparently, is to relax.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 12 Episode 5 (S12E05) - 44
Situation report: It's becoming very, very choppy
#44
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(Richard) I was, indeed, ahead and as I neared the French border,
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But because the police had stopped Hammond for much longer,
#48
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but, you know, modern world.
#50