- Jeremy drives the Toyota Prius.
- Richard road tests the Ford Mustang along the A15.
- Richard and James put the Porsche Boxster S against the Mercedes-Benz SLK 350.
- Top Gear Awards 2004.
- Jeremy power tests the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ400.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Roger Daltrey.
Main review: The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ400 takes on the Lamborghini Murciélago. The Evo was driven by Clarkson whilst the Lambo was driven by James Kaye, the British touring car champion. It was shown that the Lambo could not shake off the Evo after several laps. It came down to the final lap where the Lambo spun out. Afterwards, the Stig posted a time of 1.24.8 for the Evo. Clarkson, however, prefers the old Evo FQ340 because the more powerful FQ400 has a bone-shattering ride, a hopeless clutch, ridiculously poor fuel economy, a tendency to fall apart at high speed and massive turbo lag.
Challenge: The long age answer of ‘which boxster is the best’ is answered. The Porsche Boxster or the Mercedes-Benz SLK 350? In the end, the Boxster won by a large margin.
Restoration Rip-Off: James May in a quick summary reports about the Restoration Rip-Off Project.
Star in a reasonably priced car: Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who tells about famous myths about the Who, especially if Keith Moon drove a car into a swimming pool, Daltrey’s was the fastest mildly moist lap ever of 1:49.7.
Review: Clarkson reviews the Toyota Prius, skewering the green machine. He found the interior quality poor, the slow pace intolerable, and the low-grip eco-friendly tires to be dangerous. He recommends buying a diesel Volkswagen Lupo if you want to save the world. The only upside of the Prius is quietness at low speed.
Review: Hammond takes the Ford Mustang on a “road trip” of the A15. He concludes that some of the uncouth details bother him, but appearances and character rescue the American icon in his opinion. They put it on the Cool Wall as nearly a sub-zero car.
Top Gear Awards 2004:
Comedy Handling Award – Smart Fortwo
Biggest Surprise – Vauxhall Monaro
Worst Car of the Year – Hyundai Accent 3-Cylinder Diesel
Best Engine Noise – Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
Golden Cock – Jeremy Clarkson
Best Car of the Year – VW Golf GTI
Money No Object – “The car we would most like to own” Award: Aston Martin DB9
Stig Power Laps
Mercedes-Benz SLK 350
Porsche Boxster S
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ320
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ400
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car