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Season 2  "Jeremy Drives From the Backseat"  2x9

Aired 16 years ago - Jul 13, 2003

REVIEWS: Vandenbrink Carver • Volvo S60 R • GM HyWire • Vauxhall Signum James drives the Hy-Wire, a hydrogen-powered concept car and Jeremy tries the new Volvo S60 R - claimed by Volvo to be a rival for the BMW M3. He also drives the new Vauxhall Signum, from the back seat using a hoe and string. Richard drives/rides the Carver, a three-wheeled tilting bike from Holland. Graeme Le Saux argues the case for the Audi Quattro as the greatest car of all time and Patrick Stewart is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 1
I can just sit here, listening to the excellent stereo,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 2
you can put the suspension into comfort - bison - mode,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 3
I have the brochure. I've never seen so many stupid acronyms for driver control.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 4
The suspension is in advanced mode, which Volvo says makes it like
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 5
The time was 1 min 35 secs dead. Whorr! So that goes...
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 6
You're looking and thinking, "Very nice. "
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 7
But let's be honest - it's never really changed.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 8
It's replaced with this - a computer cable.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 9
Squeeze them, and we brake. That's fantastic.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 10
but I am concentrating very hard here.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 11
There are no batteries to recharge anywhere.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 12
It'll only take half an hour. Or better, get him to bring one round.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 13
Remember this moment. That is the car of the future.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 14
TINNY ENGINE WHINE At seven in the morning!
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 15
and the first thing you thought of to do with it was swear. Genius!
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 16
Anyone who nicked it would go, "No!" Like those who want drum 'n' bass.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 17
Go and try it on. We want to see if it works. Seriously?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 18
They're made in America, of course,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 19
and 1,000 lamps, and I'm wearing this! Yes, I am hot! Does it work?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 20
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 21
It's rare to have an opportunity to take up an argument with a celebrity such as yourself.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 22
She's talking on her cellphone. She's steering with her left elbow,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 23
I'm bored! Driving's boring! I think, "Look at him! What sort of geography does he teach?"
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 24
and a brilliant young actress, less than a year out of drama school called Lisa Dillon,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 25
That was the early stages of his career. So he went on...?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 26
who is at the emotional point of implosion when the play begins.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 27
We were quite poor when we grew up. My parents never owned a car and didn't drive.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 28
We would make out in the back of the SS Jaguar, so it wasn't just...
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 29
It's British racing green. It has wire wheels which are a nightmare. To clean.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 30
Can you have fun driving in America? I find it tricky, ignoring the phone malarky.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 31
There are these three banked corners on Sunset - "Dead Man's Curve".
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 32
No traction control on your XJS?
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 33
but I would like to see him eat my dust.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 34
and you're across the line! CHEERING
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 35
LAUGHTER You've just made me very happy.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 36
And 0 to 60 takes eight seconds, which in bike terms is a week.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 37
It uses hydraulic rams that allow it to go over at ridiculous angles.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 38
so at slow speeds, you can turn it for a full lock and it stays level.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 39
Now, the bad news is...
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 40
My favourite Dutch story is they had an explorer years ago
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 41
And I don't think I'd tire of it.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 42
The great thing was I went to a party... What, in this? Yeah.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 43
This is a country where a gay marriage is legal. He is my partner and also my lover.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 44
The Audi TT, the 225bhp version, £2,500 off. This gets better.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 45
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 46
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 47
In every other car I've driven, the celery rolls around,
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 48
In the more expensive models which go up to £25,000, what you get here is a fridge and a DVD player.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 49
No, no, no. Vectra. Still no.
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 50
And all these people had one thing in common - they were all men.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 2
you can put the suspension into comfort - bison - mode,
#2
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 3
I have the brochure. I've never seen so many stupid acronyms for driver control.
#3
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 4
The suspension is in advanced mode, which Volvo says makes it like
#4
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 5
The time was 1 min 35 secs dead. Whorr! So that goes...
#5
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 6
You're looking and thinking, "Very nice. "
#6
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 7
But let's be honest - it's never really changed.
#7
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 8
It's replaced with this - a computer cable.
#8
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 9
Squeeze them, and we brake. That's fantastic.
#9
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 10
but I am concentrating very hard here.
#10
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 11
There are no batteries to recharge anywhere.
#11
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 12
It'll only take half an hour. Or better, get him to bring one round.
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 13
Remember this moment. That is the car of the future.
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 14
TINNY ENGINE WHINE At seven in the morning!
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 15
and the first thing you thought of to do with it was swear. Genius!
#15
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 16
Anyone who nicked it would go, "No!" Like those who want drum 'n' bass.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 17
Go and try it on. We want to see if it works. Seriously?
#17
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 18
They're made in America, of course,
#18
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 19
and 1,000 lamps, and I'm wearing this! Yes, I am hot! Does it work?
#19
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 20 #20 Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 21
It's rare to have an opportunity to take up an argument with a celebrity such as yourself.
#21
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 22
She's talking on her cellphone. She's steering with her left elbow,
#22
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 23
I'm bored! Driving's boring! I think, "Look at him! What sort of geography does he teach?"
#23
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 24
and a brilliant young actress, less than a year out of drama school called Lisa Dillon,
#24
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 25
That was the early stages of his career. So he went on...?
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 26
who is at the emotional point of implosion when the play begins.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 27
We were quite poor when we grew up. My parents never owned a car and didn't drive.
#27
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 28
We would make out in the back of the SS Jaguar, so it wasn't just...
#28
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 29
It's British racing green. It has wire wheels which are a nightmare. To clean.
#29
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 30
Can you have fun driving in America? I find it tricky, ignoring the phone malarky.
#30
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 31
There are these three banked corners on Sunset - "Dead Man's Curve".
#31
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 32
No traction control on your XJS?
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 33
but I would like to see him eat my dust.
#33
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 34
and you're across the line! CHEERING
#34
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 35
LAUGHTER You've just made me very happy.
#35
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 36
And 0 to 60 takes eight seconds, which in bike terms is a week.
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 37
It uses hydraulic rams that allow it to go over at ridiculous angles.
#37
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 38
so at slow speeds, you can turn it for a full lock and it stays level.
#38
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 39
Now, the bad news is...
#39
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 40
My favourite Dutch story is they had an explorer years ago
#40
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 41
And I don't think I'd tire of it.
#41
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 42
The great thing was I went to a party... What, in this? Yeah.
#42
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 43
This is a country where a gay marriage is legal. He is my partner and also my lover.
#43
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 44
The Audi TT, the 225bhp version, £2,500 off. This gets better.
#44
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 45 #45 Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 46 #46 Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 47
In every other car I've driven, the celery rolls around,
#47
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 48
In the more expensive models which go up to £25,000, what you get here is a fridge and a DVD player.
#48
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 49
No, no, no. Vectra. Still no.
#49
Recap of Top Gear Season 2 Episode 9 (S02E09) - 50
And all these people had one thing in common - they were all men.
#50