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Season 14  "Most Expensive Road Tests"  14x7

Aired 9 years ago - Jan 03, 2010

Jeremy Clarkson makes a film about the BMW X6 and ends up conducting one of the most expensive road tests in Top Gear history. James May drives the new Vauxhall Insignia VXR, accompanied by Margaret Calvert, the designer of Britain's road signs and Richard Hammond tests the 340,000 pound Lexus supercar on the Top Gear track. The star in a Reasonably Priced Car is blues musician Seasick Steve.

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Stop.
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only the size of a V8, and as light as a V6.
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so it was scrapped and they began all over again, using carbon fibre.
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Lexus won't make any money on each one they sell.
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No. But it costs six times more?
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which is strange because his knees are on his face.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 9
That next one is Lambo Gallardo. The Gallardo, there. Look at that!
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 10
and we've had to use it even though we know you're in 2010.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 11
Don't be fooled, people. James?
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 12
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I won't be able to sell it in a couple of years,
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Who says it was?
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The thing I love about it most of all is that it's the first Ferrari
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 16
Have I got to build it? Would you like me to give you a hand with it?
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Top speed is 15mph.
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Sorry.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 19
Inside it's all typical BMW,
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 20
Then there's the gear lever.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 21
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You see that skyscraper, the one Batman jumped off?
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 25
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 26
Now, because of the budget issues this week, we did have a bit of a problem.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 27
I've got some that have got one string but that's just a plank of wood with a string nailed on it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 28
Drinking? Drinking.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 29
So I'd buy it for 50 and drive it for two or three weeks until it died
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 30
Seasick Steve's arrived.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 31
He asked me if I wanted to buy it. I said, yeah. Punch him, punch him!
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 32
You would be the last person ever to go on the board.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 33
This is embarrassing. No, it isn't. This gear change was.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 34
I know that. It wasn't a slow one. What it was was, ready?
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 35
Right, here we go. A lengthy yet hopefully interesting
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 36
to keep everything nice and calm and civilised and under control.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 37
And the prize for all this VXR-ishness?
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 38
And now I really have run out of things to say.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 39
and the Government, alarmed at the clogged-up roads, decided to build the first motorways.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 40
And that's to do with word recognition.
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with a satchel and the girl behind him.
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And that annoyed you and you wished you'd done it slightly differently?
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 43
Oh my gosh!
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 44
Oh yes, should she have a burka, a turban?
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 45
Ah!
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 46
Ow! BLEEP It really hurts. Agh!
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 47
Thanks, everybody. Bye-bye.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 48
and its stripe.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 49
Unbelievable... Credit where it's due. A fine effort.
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 50
Well, four minutes before the train was due to leave, that's four minutes before the race was due to begin,

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only the size of a V8, and as light as a V6.
#2
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so it was scrapped and they began all over again, using carbon fibre.
#3
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Lexus won't make any money on each one they sell.
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 7
No. But it costs six times more?
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 8
which is strange because his knees are on his face.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 9
That next one is Lambo Gallardo. The Gallardo, there. Look at that!
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 10
and we've had to use it even though we know you're in 2010.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 11
Don't be fooled, people. James?
#11
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I won't be able to sell it in a couple of years,
#13
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Who says it was?
#14
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The thing I love about it most of all is that it's the first Ferrari
#15
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Have I got to build it? Would you like me to give you a hand with it?
#16
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Top speed is 15mph.
#17
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Sorry.
#18
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Inside it's all typical BMW,
#19
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Then there's the gear lever.
#20
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You see that skyscraper, the one Batman jumped off?
#24
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Now, because of the budget issues this week, we did have a bit of a problem.
#26
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I've got some that have got one string but that's just a plank of wood with a string nailed on it.
#27
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Drinking? Drinking.
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 29
So I'd buy it for 50 and drive it for two or three weeks until it died
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 30
Seasick Steve's arrived.
#30
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He asked me if I wanted to buy it. I said, yeah. Punch him, punch him!
#31
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You would be the last person ever to go on the board.
#32
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This is embarrassing. No, it isn't. This gear change was.
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 34
I know that. It wasn't a slow one. What it was was, ready?
#34
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 35
Right, here we go. A lengthy yet hopefully interesting
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 36
to keep everything nice and calm and civilised and under control.
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 37
And the prize for all this VXR-ishness?
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 38
And now I really have run out of things to say.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 39
and the Government, alarmed at the clogged-up roads, decided to build the first motorways.
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 40
And that's to do with word recognition.
#40
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with a satchel and the girl behind him.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 42
And that annoyed you and you wished you'd done it slightly differently?
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 43
Oh my gosh!
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 44
Oh yes, should she have a burka, a turban?
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 45
Ah!
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 46
Ow! BLEEP It really hurts. Agh!
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 47
Thanks, everybody. Bye-bye.
#47
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and its stripe.
#48
Recap of Top Gear Season 14 Episode 7 (S14E07) - 49
Unbelievable... Credit where it's due. A fine effort.
#49
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Well, four minutes before the train was due to leave, that's four minutes before the race was due to begin,
#50