Top Gear: Series 14, Episode 1

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  • The boys go to Romania to find the “Greatest road in the world”.
  • James tests the new BMW 760Li and Mercedes S63.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Eric Bana.

Episode Guide

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Review: James road tests the BMW 760Li and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG after reading a letter from “Bankers who now have money!” Although he calls both cars completely pointless (due to them both having ridiculous amounts of power), James reveals that he would buy the BMW rather than the Mercedes-Benz. The Stig takes the BMW round a damp track in 1:31.2, which beats the Mercedes’ time of 1.32.1 in the same conditions.

News: The presenters discuss the new regulations for the Bathurst 1000 endurance race regarding the spectators, the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, where Clarkson compares its soft-top roof to a tent, the McLaren MP4-12C, and a disposable cardboard lavatory which Clarkson squashes when he sits on it.

Challenge: Jeremy (in an Aston Martin DBS Volante), Richard (in a Ferrari California), and James (in a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder) are sent to find the world’s greatest driving road, which apparently is in Romania – the Transfăgărăşan. Along the way they have races along Romania’s Motorways, have a sat-nav race to the People’s Palace, race under the People’s Palace, smash up a Dacia Sandero, travel through the rural Romanian countryside, crash James’ Lamborghini and sleep beside an enormous dam (the Vidraru Dam). Clarkson insists that the Aston is the best grand tourer, to which James and Richard disagree.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Australian actor Eric Bana beats Jamie Oliver’s record, becoming the fastest wet lap holder with a time of 1:47.5.

Some say…

“Some say that in the Autumn all his arms go brown and fall off. And that if he wrote you a letter of condolence he would at least get your name right. All we know is he’s called the Stog.”

Stig Power Laps

BMW 760Li
1:31.20 (wet)
Mercedes S63
1:32.10 (wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Eric Bana
1:47.50 (wet)

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Rating: 9.4/10 (53 votes cast)