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Season 2  "Richard Becomes a Driving God"  2x1

Aired 16 years ago - May 11, 2003

REVIEWS: Smart Roadster • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet • Bowler Wildcat • Bentley T2 CHALLENGE: Drag racer jet engine incinerates Nissan Sunny In the seemingly never-ending quest to destroy as many caravans as possible, Richard uses a drag racer to rid the roads of Britain of yet another one. A Nissan Sunny - the car Richard hates more than any other is also destroyed in the same manner. James May makes his first appearance on 'new' top Gear: he shows us his Bentley T2 and tells us why it’s a nightmare to own. Richard Drives the Bowler Wildcat and declares himself: “a driving god!” The Smart Roadster and the McLaren F1 are also featured.Vinnie Jones in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

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Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 1
If it's to have any street cred, it has to work out here.
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I like the styling, the interior, the traction control, the CD player.
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to replace those plastic body panels if you crash.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 7
It's OK if you've got a handful of roast potatoes to carry around,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 8
It's made in France!
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 9
That still has Hugh Grant as a gearbox.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 10
Seriously! Look, there's a man in the car,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 11
Anyway, he said 80% of these are going to be sold to women.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 12
It is very much not a car for a bloke. But it is a cool car.
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Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 14
It's this, the Top Gear Love & Hate board. The Love section's full.
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thing - I hesitate even to call it an abomination.
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The men were men and in the wall they stood like that.
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It is five seconds, isn't it? Yeah. I ran on and it was like a minute.
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We'll look out for him. You're over in America a lot these days.
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him up the motorway.
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Do the garden, mate! Yes!
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It is a Suzuki Liana. It's not a fast car.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 27
Three! 53! You're in there faster than Ross Kemp.
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One day, probably in the dentist, you'll leaf idly through the small ads in the back of a classic car magazine.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 29
This is a good'un. It cost ?14,000, the parts are genuine,
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I'd expect the wipers to be here but it's the gear stick.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 31
Right then, a Bentley for Mondeo money.
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Servicing only costs the same as it does for a mid-size BMW,
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Well... Which doesn't do this.
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It's a 206, it's a GTi, it's 138bhp, slightly less powerful,
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If you already have a small car, get a small dog like one of those mutants that come third at Crufts.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 38
I quite like those cars, actually.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 39
so it will be competing with the Ferrari 360.
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They want to prove this is their shape so they can copyright it.
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This is our cheap thrills show - this isn't a Ferrari.
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Wanted by the Italians, he still survives as a soldier of fortune.
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An Aston Martin DB7 will go from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds.
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Instead of a heavy chassis, they use a raised-car style space frame that takes three weeks to weld.
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But think about it - a lot of manufacturers claim to have
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What does it do to your insides? I dislodged a lung in Italy.
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More than that, it's a supercar that's virtually indestructible.
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But I do know someone who is a driving god.

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I like the styling, the interior, the traction control, the CD player.
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to replace those plastic body panels if you crash.
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 7
It's OK if you've got a handful of roast potatoes to carry around,
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 8
It's made in France!
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 9
That still has Hugh Grant as a gearbox.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 10
Seriously! Look, there's a man in the car,
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 11
Anyway, he said 80% of these are going to be sold to women.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 12
It is very much not a car for a bloke. But it is a cool car.
#12
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It's this, the Top Gear Love & Hate board. The Love section's full.
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thing - I hesitate even to call it an abomination.
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The men were men and in the wall they stood like that.
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It is five seconds, isn't it? Yeah. I ran on and it was like a minute.
#20
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We'll look out for him. You're over in America a lot these days.
#22
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him up the motorway.
#23
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Do the garden, mate! Yes!
#25
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It is a Suzuki Liana. It's not a fast car.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 27
Three! 53! You're in there faster than Ross Kemp.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 28
One day, probably in the dentist, you'll leaf idly through the small ads in the back of a classic car magazine.
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 29
This is a good'un. It cost ?14,000, the parts are genuine,
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 30
I'd expect the wipers to be here but it's the gear stick.
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Right then, a Bentley for Mondeo money.
#31
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Servicing only costs the same as it does for a mid-size BMW,
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Well... Which doesn't do this.
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 36
It's a 206, it's a GTi, it's 138bhp, slightly less powerful,
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 37
If you already have a small car, get a small dog like one of those mutants that come third at Crufts.
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 38
I quite like those cars, actually.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 39
so it will be competing with the Ferrari 360.
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 40
They want to prove this is their shape so they can copyright it.
#40
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This is our cheap thrills show - this isn't a Ferrari.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 42
Wanted by the Italians, he still survives as a soldier of fortune.
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 43
An Aston Martin DB7 will go from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 44
Instead of a heavy chassis, they use a raised-car style space frame that takes three weeks to weld.
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 45
But think about it - a lot of manufacturers claim to have
#45
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What does it do to your insides? I dislodged a lung in Italy.
#48
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 49
More than that, it's a supercar that's virtually indestructible.
#49
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But I do know someone who is a driving god.
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