Top Gear Series 3

Top Gear: Series 3, Episode 4

  • Richard drives the Lamborghini Miura.
  • James pops his Lamborghini Countach cherry.
  • Richard compares various models of the Mini Cooper.
  • Jeremy power tests the Lamborghini Gallardo.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Rich Hall.

Episode Guide

Main review: Hammond tests several new Mini Coopers, finding trouble telling much difference between most of them: the BMW-official Works Cooper S, and the third-party tuned Hartge Cooper S, Digi-tec Cooper S and wild 275 bhp (205 kW) BBR Cooper S. Despite it being the most expensive and second slowest, Richard chooses the official model, favouring a warranty and more assured engineering over the small improvements in performance afforded by the others.

Documentary and Review: Due to the 40th anniversary of car company Lamborghini, Hammond and May test some classic cars. Hammond tests the 1967 Lamborghini Miura, commenting on its controversial, trend-setting styling and engine positioning; and rides in an improved 1971 SV version with its owner, musician and supercar enthusiast Jay Kay. May tests his childhood dream car, the Lamborghini Countach, finding it as fast and great-sounding as the bedroom posters suggested, but utterly terrible to drive, ride, and especially to park. Clarkson shows the Lamborghini LM002, a huge V12-engined SUV, and marvels at how much fuel it drinks and its comically poor handling. The modern MurciĆ©lago returns for a second power lap (after a wet lap in series 1), and proves the Black Stig’s supposition that it would top the board with a dry track, setting a record time of 1:23.7.

Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car: American comedian Rich Hall improvises a country song about a Rover 25, relates his career as a storm-namer, and set a time of 1:54.

Review: Clarkson tests the new Lamborghini Gallardo. He finds the Gallardo to be a good sports car, but just a bit boring in comparison to the Murcielago, having lost some of its fire and lunacy. Stig sets a lap time of 1:25.8.

Stig Power Laps

Lamborghini Gallardo
1:25.80 (wet)
Lamborghini MurciƩlago

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Rich Hall


Rating: 8.4/10. From 26 votes.
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