Top Gear: Series 20, Episode 5

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  • Jeremy and James test crossover SUVs for towing.
  • Richard is in Italy testing two Lamborghinis.
  • James is on the track testing a modernised Porsche 911.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Steven Tyler.

Episode Guide

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Review: May tests the new Porsche 911 Carrera, and aside from a few key body styles, suspension tweaks, and engine upgrades, it hasn’t changed much since the birth of the Porsche 911 in 1963. However, the new 911 doesn’t satisfy the more “older purists” of the 911 nameplate. The solution: a 911 tribute car built by Singer, a Californian Tuner that combines the classic 911 with subtle modern touches, including a more modern body made out of carbon fibre.

News: Hammond talks about the new Porsche 911 GT3 until Jeremy tells him to shut up about his ‘glorified Beetle.’ Then May talks about the new Porsche 911 Turbo which disappoints Jeremy as he labels Porsche as ‘liars’ and ‘crap engineers’ given Porsche claimed they would never built another turbo car. Jeremy then announces that David Cameron is banning internet pornography, which means that they can’t look at the new Lamborghini Egoista or anything orange. Ford releases pictures of the new EcoSport, which they claim addresses the fact that modern cars don’t have enough radiator grills. This segues into voice activated systems on cars, which are rubbish and how certain words could prompt the wrong actions (e.g. looking for a song by The Police might inexplicably call the real Police). Dacia releases a new Duster Black edition, which is said to be nothing more than a Duster with a vinyl wrap. Jeremy talks about a man in a BMW going through a flood, wishing he had the ‘Hovervan’ from the previous episode.

Review: Richard tests the new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster in Italy, then he moves onto the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Hammond drives it around the Imola racetrack, noting how powerful and basic the car is. The Stig then takes the Sesto Elemento around the track; he spins off the track at one point, but manages to finish a lap in 1:14.0. The car was then removed from the board, due to it not being road legal.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is the final celebrity in series twenty to drive the Vauxhall Astra. He manages a 1:51.0, the second slowest at the time.

Challenge: Clarkson and May are forced to do a review on different crossover utility vehicles to see which one is best for a caravanner and not mock caravanners. Despite having reservations about reviewing a fleet of CUV’s, May picks a key from a bowl held by Clarkson to start with one car; he picks a key and it’s for the Toyota RAV4. However, when James reviews it, Jeremy points out that the car he’s reviewing is actually a Mitsubishi Outlander. Testing out all of the CUV’s, a common theme arises; they are all bland, dreary, and are too similar to each other. Clarkson goes on a rant on how a CUV like a Honda CR-V is almost similar to a Honda Civic except the fact that the CUV is priced higher and has a different suspension setup. May decides to chart out qualities in a CUV that carvanners want, noting such factors as towing capacity and insurance.
After some discussion, both Clarkson and May whittle down the field to two cars; the Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The duo then did tests on the cars, but are later forced by the producers to do proper tests as J-Turns and The Stig doing laps around the test track whilst towing a caravan weren’t relevant. Starting at a specified point, the duo had to travel to a caravan park several miles away, where the loser was booked to spend the night. Both hosts’ strategy to go off-road to get to the park and avoid regular roads ends up thrashing the caravans. Clarkson arrives first, but May claims a moral victory since his caravan was more or less intact versus Clarkson’s destroyed caravan.

Some say…

“Some say he’s married to one of Princess Anne’s hats, and that he spent all week standing outside the hospital in London, pretending to be Nicholas Witchell. All we know is he’s called The Stig!”

Stig Power Laps

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
1:14.00

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Steven Tyler
1:51.00

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Rating: 9.2/10 (104 votes cast)