Top Gear: Series 4, Episode 3

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  • The £100 car challenge – Volvo 760 GLE, Audi 80 & Rover 416 GTi.
  • Richard drives a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T.
  • Jeremy power tests the Porsche 911 GT3 RS & Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Jordan.

Episode Guide

Challenge: The presenters are asked to buy road-legal cars for less than £100 and see how much car they could get. Clarkson buys a Volvo 760 (with 141,000 miles on the clock), which proved solid and mostly reliable, but did have problems with some of the electrical items, May an Audi 80 1.8E which was technically competent but did have suspected crash history, and Hammond a quick, but otherwise derided Rover 416GTi. Despite achieving the lowest score and a broken thumb after the suite of challenges, Jeremy still wins overall on revealing his Volvo only cost £1, as a token contract payment to take the vehicle off a dealer’s hands. Also Jeremy’s car was the only one still driving after the other 2 cars was destroyed doing the drive into a wall at 30 mph challenge.

News: Speed cameras and Alistair Darling’s new points plan are discussed. Italian police have a new police car, the Lamborghini Gallardo. The new Volkswagen Corrado, with a metal folding roof is coming on sale next year for about £20,000. A new Cadillac 300C is coming out based on the Mercedes E-class, price £29,995 the same as a BMW 5-series. James May tells of an experiment he’s done for the same journey, for the first week he drove like Clarkson and Hammond and for the second week he drove like a Christian motorist and he discovered that driving like a Christian motorist got him to destination at the same or sometimes quicker than if he drove like Clarkson and Hammond.

Review: Richard Hammond reviews a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T and was tempted to buy one, but found out it won’t fit in his garage. Jeremy promptly tells Hammond that the Charger is rubbish and the Dodge Challenger is the right Dodge muscle car to buy.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Celebrity supermodel Jordan, lapping at 1:52

Main review: Cars for track days, Porsche 996 GT3 RS versus Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale. Both cars are heavily stripped down with minimal amenities. Clarkson remarks that the Porsche is very plain, while the Ferrari is very complex, and finds the Ferrari is the more astonishing track car. But because the performance is so similar, and the Porsche is so much cheaper, he recommends the Porsche if track times are the only concern. Both cars scored a Power Lap time of 1:22.3 in the hands of the Stig.

Stig Power Laps

Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
1:22.30
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
1:22.30

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Jordan
1:52.00

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Rating: 8.7/10 (6 votes cast)