Top Gear: Series 11, Episode 4

  • Jeremy tests the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
  • Jeremy races the Nissan GTR across Japan, against James & Richard in the Shinkansen bullet train.
  • Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Fiona Bruce & Kate Silverton.

Episode Guide

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Review: Jeremy reviews the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The Stig manages a lap time of 1.38.2 in extremely wet conditions, making it one of the slowest cars around the track, although many powerful cars like the Mercedes-Benz SL55AMG (1.33) had slow times due to the sheer amount of rain the track. He calls it utterly impractical, not very nice to drive, not very well-made, but beautiful and raucous: a pure work of art.

News: The trio continue their crusade against excessive road signs and bash Boris Johnson for not removing articulated buses. The Ferrari California is discussed.

Challenge: Jeremy goes to Japan to drive a Nissan GT-R and James and Richard greet him with a challenge: travel across Japan from Hakui to the top of Mount Nokogiri in Chiba, where they would meet at a “Buddha dedicated to road safety.” The two would take a long, complicated and ad hoc combination of bullet trains, buses, a ferry, and finally a cable car. Jeremy would take a shorter path using the GT-R, but he would have to pass through crowded Tokyo en route, and he had to rely on satnav that only communicated in Japanese. Both teams encounter trouble en route: Jeremy accidentally turns his satnav system off (he manages to turn it back on again 45 minutes later, but by this time Hammond and May have reclaimed the lead from him), while James and Richard were temporarily separated when their last train on KeikyĆ« was split. The final distance to the goal had to be covered by running for all three; Jeremy winds up winning the challenge by 3 minutes, 12 seconds.

Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Newsreaders Fiona Bruce and Kate Silverton drove in very wet conditions and managed 1:57.4 and 1:54.7 respectively.

Some say…

“Some say his droppings have been found as far north as York, and that he has a full size tattoo of his face, on his face. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
1:38.20 (wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Fiona Bruce
1:57.40 (wet)
Kate Silverton
1:54.70 (wet)


Rating: 9.6/10. From 61 votes.
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