- Richard drives the Porsche 918 in Abu Dhabi.
- Jeremy and James shoot a public information film for safer cycling.
- Jeremy tests the VW Golf GTI, BMW M135i and Mercedes A45 AMG.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Aaron Paul.
Review: Jeremy begins his review of the three German hot hatchbacks by dismissing the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG as far too expensive. He then drives the BMW M135i around the Top Gear test track where he notes the major performance difference between it and the Golf GTI. He further discusses how 1-Series is the first hatchback in a long time to have rear wheel drive. This then leads to a drag race with a shocking outcome where the BMW loses control at 120 mph and spins off for a distance of a quarter mile ; the GTI then wins. At this point Jeremy switches to the VW establishing that it’s cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, cheaper to insure and no where near boring. The cars are then handed to the Stig where, for the first time this series the track is dry. The VW Golf manages a time of 1.28.6 where the BMW 1 Series comes in first place at 1.25.1; however, slower than the BMW 1M in the damp, which was the full blown M division car starting at £40k RRP before options.
News: Controversy behind the Mercedes 6×6 that Hammond drove in the previous episode; Jeremy and James continue to tease Hammond due to the fire issues with the new Porsche 911 GT3; comedy on Scottish independence
Feature: Jeremy and James set out to create a Public Information Film to promote the safety of cyclists in London.
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Aaron Paul talked about his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad and his role in the upcoming Need for Speed. He then drove the Vauxhall Astra, achieving a time of 1.44.7. His time made him the fastest star in the reasonably priced car beating Brian Johnson of AC/DC by 4-tenths of a second.
Review: Richard heads to the Yas Marina Circuit to review Porsche’s new hybrid supercar: the 918 Spyder. He praised it for its mind-boggling straight line performance and incredible handling capabilities as well as its low emissions and great efficiency. He concluded with the statement that the McLaren P1 had used hybrid technology to liven up the supercar for today’s performance enthusiasts, but that the 918 Spyder used hybrid technology not just to liven up the supercar for today, yet to also preserve it for the future in which there will be more stringent emissions and economy regulations.
“Some say that his hair is the exact same shape as a hat, and that if he worked for CNN… he wouldn’t get such pitifully low ratings that his show got cancelled. All we know is he’s called the Stig!”
Stig Power Laps
VW Golf GTI Mk7
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car