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Season 18  "Saab Tribute"  18x5

Aired 7 years ago - Feb 26, 2012

Jeremy Clarkson and James May pay tribute to quirky and recently deceased Swedish car maker Saab. Richard Hammond races a rocket-powered flying man against a rally-spec Skoda and Jeremy smokes around the track in the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale and the tyre shredding Mercedes C63 Black. Current Doctor Who Matt Smith is the star in the reasonably priced car.

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Eight miles of prime Welsh rally stage.
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with an air rifle with strict orders to shoot him down if he sees any infringement.
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Oh, my God.
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Was that a bit scary? Yes! Very. It's so fast.
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who stop on a journey at a motorway services to play a fruit machine.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 9
The other day, we heard they'd shut getting on for half their outlets,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 10
A year or so ago they did a Mini, but at the back,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 11
We should go to Germany with mullets and leather shorts
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 12
Yes, we could stop Brits on the last tolls before Calais,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 13
part blocking the door of the honest working men
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 14
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Right, no moving on to this - it is a Maserati GranTurismo
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 16
So theoretically, it's become a proper no-nonsense road racer.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 17
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It's the latest plunge into the world of insanity
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 19
and you think, yes, this IS a full-on racing car.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 20
But it's slower.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 21
it sits down there, in the bowels of the car thinking,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 22
much like Lincolnshire, so it is easier to park
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 23
So, there we are.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 24
before the rear tyres went down to the cambers? There's a very pretty girl there. Have you seen?
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 25
Obviously we are not going to find out here because, look,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 26
Now the Maserati... Yes.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 27
He is!
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 28
Do you reckon you could've been a footballist
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 29
But now, even my youngest plays Call Of Duty and plays the Nazi zombies with dogs that explode.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 30
Presumably a lot goes with being Doctor Who that's not just playing Doctor Who.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 31
freeze my BLEEP off, come out,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 32
Was it much bigger on the inside than on the outside? Sadly not. What do you dream of owning?
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 33
See, that's quite angry. Oh, dear, now...
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Former assistant. Yeah, I've driven with Billie. She's quick.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 36
And you go right up there. I'll take that.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 37
Saab began as an aeroplane maker.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 38
So, a green car with no boot you could use,
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 39
Then you'll arrive at the bottom of the hill with your brakes completely boiled over
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 40
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No, it doesn't have reverse, as such. It has reverse thrust.
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 42
Saab, pure driving pleasure.
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Did you? Well, I didn't because I don't wear aftershave
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It doesn't say. It just says extra. Try it. Ready? Yes.
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and a car coming up the road didn't stop and T-boned us here.
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Research has shown that Saab drivers are the best educated people on the roads.
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Because, to save costs, it was designed in tandem
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So, in 1989, Saab was bailed out by General Motors.
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to see why Saab was costing them so much money.

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with an air rifle with strict orders to shoot him down if he sees any infringement.
#2
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Oh, my God.
#6
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Was that a bit scary? Yes! Very. It's so fast.
#7
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who stop on a journey at a motorway services to play a fruit machine.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 9
The other day, we heard they'd shut getting on for half their outlets,
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 10
A year or so ago they did a Mini, but at the back,
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 11
We should go to Germany with mullets and leather shorts
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 12
Yes, we could stop Brits on the last tolls before Calais,
#12
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part blocking the door of the honest working men
#13
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Right, no moving on to this - it is a Maserati GranTurismo
#15
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So theoretically, it's become a proper no-nonsense road racer.
#16
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It's the latest plunge into the world of insanity
#18
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and you think, yes, this IS a full-on racing car.
#19
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But it's slower.
#20
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it sits down there, in the bowels of the car thinking,
#21
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much like Lincolnshire, so it is easier to park
#22
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So, there we are.
#23
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before the rear tyres went down to the cambers? There's a very pretty girl there. Have you seen?
#24
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Obviously we are not going to find out here because, look,
#25
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Now the Maserati... Yes.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 27
He is!
#27
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Do you reckon you could've been a footballist
#28
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But now, even my youngest plays Call Of Duty and plays the Nazi zombies with dogs that explode.
#29
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Presumably a lot goes with being Doctor Who that's not just playing Doctor Who.
#30
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freeze my BLEEP off, come out,
#31
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Was it much bigger on the inside than on the outside? Sadly not. What do you dream of owning?
#32
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See, that's quite angry. Oh, dear, now...
#33
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Former assistant. Yeah, I've driven with Billie. She's quick.
#35
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And you go right up there. I'll take that.
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 37
Saab began as an aeroplane maker.
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 38
So, a green car with no boot you could use,
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 39
Then you'll arrive at the bottom of the hill with your brakes completely boiled over
#39
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No, it doesn't have reverse, as such. It has reverse thrust.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 42
Saab, pure driving pleasure.
#42
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Did you? Well, I didn't because I don't wear aftershave
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 44
It doesn't say. It just says extra. Try it. Ready? Yes.
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 18 Episode 5 (S18E05) - 45
and a car coming up the road didn't stop and T-boned us here.
#45
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Research has shown that Saab drivers are the best educated people on the roads.
#46
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Because, to save costs, it was designed in tandem
#48
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So, in 1989, Saab was bailed out by General Motors.
#49
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to see why Saab was costing them so much money.
#50