Top Gear: Series 4, Episode 2

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  • Jeremy drives a Alfa Romeo 166.
  • Nun, Sister Wendy drives a monster truck.
  • Richard road tests the Cadillac Escalade.
  • James drives the Ford FAB-1.
  • Richard gets hypnotized by Paul McKenna.
  • Jeremy power tests the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Paul McKenna.

Episode Guide

Review Jeremy Clarkson reviews the Alfa Romeo 166 V6 Selespeed, which he unashamedly loves and praises, and then takes it to Hemsworth, a town in West Yorkshire which was at one time a coal mining village. He recommends that a true car nut should buy a shabby, broken-down miner’s house and use the money saved to afford an Alfa with its high depreciation and repair costs.

Challenge: Richard Hammond finds out if a nun can drive a monster truck.

News: Jeremy compares the Volvo XC90 with the new Land Rover Discovery and claims the XC90 is better because it has more boot space, Richard and James disagree. A new Golf GTI is coming out, but it has less power than already existing Fords and Renaults.

Review Richard Hammond reviews the Cadillac Escalade in an orthodox way, finding it to be of terrible quality and too expensive. Then, looking beyond the mere material, he gets into the spirit of the car, and sees it as a show-offish bling statement that is very in line with what Top Gear loves.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Paul McKenna hypnotises Hammond into forgetting how to drive a car, and thinking a pedal car is his new 911. Paul achieves a lap time of 1:48.

Review James May reviews FAB 1 (Lady Penelope’s pink Rolls Royce custom, which Ford re-created as a latest generation Thunderbird for the recent Thunderbirds movie).

Main review: Jeremy looks at the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Both in the bends and on the straights, the handling and performance is refined from German brute strength using McLaren’s British ingenuity. It is garnished with comfortable features from the SL, making it an interesting fusion of supercar and grand tourer. Jeremy is much kinder to the SLR than Hammond was in last series. When taken by the Stig around the track, the German Silver Arrow ends up with the fastest time at 1:20.9 and also the fastest automatic ever. It seems to reverse Clarkson’s earlier view that the Porsche Carrera GT is better.

Stig Power Laps

Autodelta Alfa Romeo 147 GTA 3.7
1:30.00
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
1:20.90

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Paul McKenna
1:51.50

Screenshots

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Rating: 8.3/10 (3 votes cast)