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Season 17  "Hot Hatchbacks In Italy"  17x2

Aired 8 years ago - Jul 03, 2011

The team travel to Italy to test high-performance hatchbacks. Jeremy Clarkson is in the Citroen DS3 Racing, Richard Hammond is in the Fiat 500C Abarth and James May is in the Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup as they navigate their way round baffling Italian towns and take part in a scavenger hunt.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 1
I wonder how we can find that out.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 2
and it will go on to 186 miles an hour!
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 3
I have to address the elephant in the room.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 4
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 5
LAUGHTER
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 6
Very neat on the way out, though.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 7
You will. Because the boss of the company was quoted this week
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 8
It's not alone. What's that Kia called, from a while back? The Rooney. Not the Rooney.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 9
I'll stump him.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 10
Well, now there's another one. Here it is.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 11
Yeah. Why would you name your car after THAT? Honestly, James, I don't think they knew.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 12
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 13
But it still has back seats that fold down. It's still small.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 14
Ha-ha! Gentlemen, behold the Fiat 500 Abarth convertible.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 15
Magnificent, ridiculous... It's a bit boring, bland.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 16
I can't go left.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 17
having a bag on your head or being blind.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 18
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 19
Yes, there's no missing it, is there?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 20
That's what I said, "A dog"! What's the point of that?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 21
In all fairness, the Fiat and the Citroen are very similarly equipped.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 22
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 23
Suspension's gone down a bit. That's ten.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 24
TRANSLATION:
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 25
There you go. Off-roading.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 26
I've got to get a cube of ice. Not difficult.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 27
I like dogs and cats.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 28
What this is, it's an acrylic fur stuffed with industrial waste. That's no way to talk about a dog.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 29
I just...
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 30
You move on a bike and you look where you want to go and the bike goes.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 31
So I floored it into this bale of hay. I went, "Here we go,"
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 32
Beyond anything you could possibly imagine. Literally, it torched...
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 33
that was the area of destruction. So you've come back to live in England now?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 34
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 35
Murray Mints flying all over. Are you actually allowed to drive it on the road?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 36
Squealing like a pig, boy! Squeal like a pig.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 37
Who's another biker on there?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 38
The Northern comics are the fastest people in the world, as it turns out.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 39
A chance to drive this little thing.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 40
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 41
As we approached Monte Carlo, I heard a familiar sound.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 42
I don't know the fastest line through Rascasse! I don't know what Rascasse is!
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 43
A good run through the tunnel and then on the brakes. The left-right?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 44
A very nice man called Tim O'Glock. An Irishman...
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 45
Let's go over to the right a bit, shall we?
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 46
I am out of my depth to a degree I've never before experienced.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 47
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 48
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 49
I can see why racing drivers love this track. You are just on it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 50
It was amazing. I'm not exactly steeped in F1 folklore, but still,

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Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 2
and it will go on to 186 miles an hour!
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 3
I have to address the elephant in the room.
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 4 #4 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 5
LAUGHTER
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 6
Very neat on the way out, though.
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 7
You will. Because the boss of the company was quoted this week
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 8
It's not alone. What's that Kia called, from a while back? The Rooney. Not the Rooney.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 9
I'll stump him.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 10
Well, now there's another one. Here it is.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 11
Yeah. Why would you name your car after THAT? Honestly, James, I don't think they knew.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 12 #12 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 13
But it still has back seats that fold down. It's still small.
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 14
Ha-ha! Gentlemen, behold the Fiat 500 Abarth convertible.
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 15
Magnificent, ridiculous... It's a bit boring, bland.
#15
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 16
I can't go left.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 17
having a bag on your head or being blind.
#17
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 18 #18 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 19
Yes, there's no missing it, is there?
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 20
That's what I said, "A dog"! What's the point of that?
#20
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 21
In all fairness, the Fiat and the Citroen are very similarly equipped.
#21
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 22 #22 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 23
Suspension's gone down a bit. That's ten.
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 24
TRANSLATION:
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 25
There you go. Off-roading.
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 26
I've got to get a cube of ice. Not difficult.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 27
I like dogs and cats.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 28
What this is, it's an acrylic fur stuffed with industrial waste. That's no way to talk about a dog.
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 29
I just...
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 30
You move on a bike and you look where you want to go and the bike goes.
#30
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 31
So I floored it into this bale of hay. I went, "Here we go,"
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 32
Beyond anything you could possibly imagine. Literally, it torched...
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 33
that was the area of destruction. So you've come back to live in England now?
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 34 #34 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 35
Murray Mints flying all over. Are you actually allowed to drive it on the road?
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 36
Squealing like a pig, boy! Squeal like a pig.
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 37
Who's another biker on there?
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 38
The Northern comics are the fastest people in the world, as it turns out.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 39
A chance to drive this little thing.
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 40 #40 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 41
As we approached Monte Carlo, I heard a familiar sound.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 42
I don't know the fastest line through Rascasse! I don't know what Rascasse is!
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 43
A good run through the tunnel and then on the brakes. The left-right?
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 44
A very nice man called Tim O'Glock. An Irishman...
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 45
Let's go over to the right a bit, shall we?
#45
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 46
I am out of my depth to a degree I've never before experienced.
#46
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 47 #47 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 48 #48 Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 49
I can see why racing drivers love this track. You are just on it.
#49
Recap of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 2 (S17E02) - 50
It was amazing. I'm not exactly steeped in F1 folklore, but still,
#50