Top Gear: Series 18, Episode 5

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  • Richard races a rocket-powered flying man against a rally-spec ┼ákoda.
  • Jeremy power tests the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale & Mercedes C63 AMG.
  • Jeremy and James pay tribute to deceased Swedish car maker, Saab.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Matt Smith.

Episode Guide

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Feature: Hammond and Finnish world rally driver Toni Gardemeister race Yves Rossy, the world’s first jet propelled man, in a Skoda Fabia S2000 around an eight-mile special Welsh Rally Stage. Yves wins the race by a matter of seconds. Note: This feature has been taken from Top Gear at the Movies.

News: Jeremy discusses food at Little Chef. The trio discuss the new French law which states that drivers must have a breathalyser in their cars, show a photo of James’s Fiat Panda parked in the loading bay at the BBC, and finally Jeremy and James show the footage of their “do-while-you-drive” race around the test track, in which Clarkson attempts to sew on a button while driving, May attempting to complete a lap whilst in a sleeping bag in a Suzuki Swift.

Review: Clarkson tests the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Edition and the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. He claims that whilst both cars are good fun on track, but on the day-to-day basis, the Maserati’s gearbox is awful in auto mode, the racing harnesses are too tight ‘as if it was taken from S&M Catalogue’, while the abysmal ride of the Mercedes ruined the whole car. The Maserati set a time of 1.23.1 and the Mercedes C63 Black, despite its tendency to kick its tail out, set a faster lap time of 1.21.0

Feature: Clarkson and May pay a final tribute to Saab Automobile as a send-off to sixty years of production.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Matt Smith completes a lap in 1:43.7.

Some say…

“Some say that he is the only man in history to buy a DFS sofa when there wasn’t a sale on, and that his favourite boxing venue is Munich airport. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale
1:23.10
Mercedes C63 AMG Black
1:21.00

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Matt Smith
1:43.70

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Rating: 8.3/10 (65 votes cast)
  • Matt

    Same race as Top gear at the movies ….