Top Gear: Series 18, Episode 5

  • Richard races a rocket-powered flying man against a rally-spec Škoda.
  • 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
Mercedes C63 AMG Black

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Matt Smith


Rating: 8.4/10. From 67 votes.
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