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Season 20  "Budget Supercar Convertibles"  20x3

Aired 6 years ago - Jul 14, 2013

The three motoring enthusiasts head to Spain on a mission to help its struggling economy - but the convertible supercars they take are very expensive and anything but discreet. With Jeremy Clarkson in a McLaren MP4-12C, Richard Hammond driving a Ferrari 458 and James May behind the wheel of an Audi R8 V10, the trio encounter mountain passes, empty towns and an abandoned airport before creating their own street circuit in a deserted Madrid development. Plus, Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch sets a lap time in the Reasonably Priced Car.

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Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 1
It is the perfect car for a cash-strapped economy.
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James set off, confident his grey Audi would be like a ghost.
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Oh, this is astonishing.
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'we saw just how badly hit Spain has been by the financial crisis.'
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because he's got two more cylinders than we have. Yes.
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What's my score? 105.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 8
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 9
This is what the McLaren was always meant to be - open top.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 10
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is just how fast that McLaren is. Yes.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 13
have fun in a nice car, I took a Ferrari to this road, and I said
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 14
You're driving along, don't have to take your hands off the wheel.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 15
By the time you've got in your car, your dog had seen its opportunity
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 16
I've got some serious news.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 17
I love that very much. Not sure about the car, though.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 18
We actually asked our researchers to call up this company and say,
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 19
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'So we were about to give up on our top speed run, but then...'
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Seventh gear has just been hit. 175 miles an hour.
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Well, I'm through and I've indicated...198.
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Because your roof takes longer to go up. You can't set off at all until your roof is up.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 27
Right, glasses on so I can read when the roof is latched.
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Because they are Germans and it is impossible to paint a car badly.
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'With that settled, we moved in.' Oh, it's nice!
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I'd go with that entirely. Yes. Not very useful for the viewers.
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I don't think you really want to hang on and watch that.
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I'm not going to tell anyone. I can't.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 34
End of my US career!
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Not just with handcuffs either!
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So, your MGT and a Golf Mitsubishi! Yeah!
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Is anybody... Your dry-cleaning bills when my nose...!
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 38
But it was very scary.
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 39
Let's have a look.
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No, that is pretty much perfect. Is it?
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 41
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where Jeremy had cooked us dinner.
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this will effectively repair the damage you've done to your car.
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That's a dirty, dirty sound.
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And now the final straight, up towards the finish line.
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Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 2
James set off, confident his grey Audi would be like a ghost.
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Oh, this is astonishing.
#3
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'we saw just how badly hit Spain has been by the financial crisis.'
#5
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because he's got two more cylinders than we have. Yes.
#6
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What's my score? 105.
#7
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This is what the McLaren was always meant to be - open top.
#9
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is just how fast that McLaren is. Yes.
#12
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 13
have fun in a nice car, I took a Ferrari to this road, and I said
#13
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 14
You're driving along, don't have to take your hands off the wheel.
#14
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 15
By the time you've got in your car, your dog had seen its opportunity
#15
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 16
I've got some serious news.
#16
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 17
I love that very much. Not sure about the car, though.
#17
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We actually asked our researchers to call up this company and say,
#18
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'So we were about to give up on our top speed run, but then...'
#20
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Seventh gear has just been hit. 175 miles an hour.
#23
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Well, I'm through and I've indicated...198.
#25
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 26
Because your roof takes longer to go up. You can't set off at all until your roof is up.
#26
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 27
Right, glasses on so I can read when the roof is latched.
#27
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Because they are Germans and it is impossible to paint a car badly.
#29
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'With that settled, we moved in.' Oh, it's nice!
#30
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I'd go with that entirely. Yes. Not very useful for the viewers.
#31
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I don't think you really want to hang on and watch that.
#32
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 33
I'm not going to tell anyone. I can't.
#33
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End of my US career!
#34
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Not just with handcuffs either!
#35
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So, your MGT and a Golf Mitsubishi! Yeah!
#36
Recap of Top Gear Season 20 Episode 3 (S20E03) - 37
Is anybody... Your dry-cleaning bills when my nose...!
#37
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But it was very scary.
#38
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Let's have a look.
#39
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No, that is pretty much perfect. Is it?
#40
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where Jeremy had cooked us dinner.
#42
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this will effectively repair the damage you've done to your car.
#45
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That's a dirty, dirty sound.
#46
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And now the final straight, up towards the finish line.
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