- Richard power tests the BMW Z4 M.
- Jeremy tests the Mercedes-Benz S500.
- Richard races a Porsche Cayenne against a parachutist.
- Jeremy designs and builds his own “luxury” version of a Mercedes S-Class, which is then tested by Richard and James.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Ewan McGregor.
Review: Richard drives the BMW Z4 M and finds it faster and better looking than its closest rival, the Porshe Boxster. However, he finds the Boxster much more refined through corners. It was praised by Hammond for thrilling in the most primeval way. Clarkson continues to bash the Z4, and calls the coupe version “incredibly ugly.” The Stig does a Power Lap of 1:26 flat – faster than the Porsche Cayman, the Ferrari 575, and the Aston Martin Vanquish.
The News: The BMW Z4 coupe is £1,700 less than the soft top version. Lexus have launched a new hybrid. Jeremy is left behind by his wife at a party. The presenters talk about banned license plates which include AA55 HOL”, “MI BUM”, and “HA06 MAS.” They also talk about eBay item 4639771121 and a wristband that prevents you from falling asleep.
Review: Clarkson tests the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class both as a review and to show what features most new cars will have in ten years (as has historically happened). In this case, it means radar-guided cruise control, infrared night vision, and digital TV. Clarkson praises the ease of use of the car and its features.
Star In A Reasonably Priced Car: Ewan McGregor discusses his manhood, filming the Star Wars prequels, his love of motorcycles, and his car history. Lap time of 1:48:00.
Challenge: Hammond races a British army parachuter in Cyprus with a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The parachuter won. After the race, Hammond crashes the Cayenne into the film crew’s car.
Preview: Responding to another viewer complaint that Top Gear doesn’t feature enough reasonably priced cars, Richard and James present the Caparo T1 in the studio. It does 33 mpg, has a 2.4 supercharged V8 that generates 480bhp and can propel the car to 200mph. Priced at £190,000 it is a bargain when compared to something like the Pagani Zonda.
Challenge: Clarkson designed his own interior of a car. He bought an old 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and designed his perfect interior based upon his house. The car, dubbed “Anne Hathaway’s Cottage”, featured a wood-burning stove, kitchen chairs, a flagstone floor over a concrete base, and plastered insides of the doors. James May and Richard Hammond then tested the car. No seatbelts and unsecured seats meant they went flying at first, however eventually, with May holding Hammond’s seat, a 0-60 time of 35.4 seconds was established.
Power Lap (take two): The Koenigsegg CCX is back from Sweden (now equipped with a rear spoiler) and is taken around the track by The Stig, who sets a new lap time of 1:17.6; overthrowing the Zonda F as the fastest car to date. The presenters were so proud, they stated that not only do they present the show, but they are also designing the cars (due to the addition of the Koenigsegg’s spoiler). In reality, Koenigsegg claims that the spoiler was useless for the slow speeds on the Top Gear test track and that the improved time was due to a more sorted suspension.
“Some say his ears have a paisley lining, and that he’s been banned from the Chelsea Flower Show. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
Stig Power Laps
BMW Z4 M
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car