Top Gear: Series 13, Episode 3

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  • Jeremy tests the Mercedes AMG SL65 Black.
  • The boys play “Car Sauna”.
  • Cheap & Cheerful cars – are there any good ones?
  • James goes to America to meet Rally and Gymkhana specialist, Ken Block.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Michael McIntyre.

Episode Guide

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Review: Jeremy tests the new face-lifted Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series. It set a lap time of 1:23.0, just 0.1 seconds behind the Ferrari F430. The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series used in the filming of this episode belonged to Theo Walcott.

Challenge: To beat the recession, the three go out to find the best small “cheap and cheerful” car currently on sale in the UK. They test a variety of small cars including the Proton Satria Neo, Chevrolet Aveo, Perodua Myvi. Following a number of activities including haranguing bankers and protesting in London via loudspeakers, they decide the three are cheap but not cheerful. Then they are told to think of cheap cars that they liked. Jeremy picks the Škoda Roomster, Richard picks the Alfa Romeo MiTo and James picks the Toyota iQ. The team head back to the test track, where they do 3 challenges chosen by each other. Richard Hammond chose a 1/4 mile drag race, in which Jeremy explained and was mocked about the Roomster’s bad acceleration. Jeremy comes last, James second, and Richard wins. The second challenge was James’ idea, that being a sound and vibrations test, which James won as he had the quietest engine. The final challenge was Jeremy’s, a lap of the track, whilst carrying a dog. Jeremy had a Great Dane, James had a Saint Bernard and Richard had an Irish Wolfhound. Then after going through Notting Hill with a street full of Fiat 500s, they decide the Fiat is the best cheap and cheerful car to buy in the UK.

News: They discuss the new Citroën C3 and its new ‘Visio-drive’. They look at a handbag made of the seat of an old Chevrolet Camaro. Following heatwave warnings by the government earlier in the week, the presenters also discuss a new game they came up with called “Car Sauna” that can be played during a heatwave. It involves parking a car with the engine on, winding all the windows up, turning the air-conditioning off and the heater to maximum. The first person to get out of the car is the loser and pays the other players £10 each. Jeremy lost the game after the inside of the car reached at least 61.9 °C (143.4 °F) and later handed over a £20 note to James and Richard in the studio.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Michael McIntyre is the star in the reasonably priced car and sets a time of 1:48.7, the same time as Mark Wahlberg. During his timed lap, McIntyre almost rolled the car at Gambon corner, in the same way Michael Gambon almost rolled it during series 1.

Feature: James then meets professional American stunt driver Ken Block where he takes James around his own gymkhana in his tuned Subaru Impreza and races against motocross legend Ricky Carmichael.

Some say…

“Some say that he thinks crisps are animals, and that if he’d done well at Wilmbeldon, once in a while he might have been able to raise a smile. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Mercedes AMG SL65 Black
1:23.00

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Michael McIntyre
1:48.70

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Rating: 9.2/10 (39 votes cast)