Top Gear: Series 6, Episode 1

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  • Jeremy tests the Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG.
  • James road tests the Honda Element.
  • Richard and James play Toyota Aygo Football.
  • Jeremy road tests the Range Rover Sport and tries to outrun a Challenger 2 Tank.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: James Nesbitt.

Episode Guide

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Main review: Clarkson tests the Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG, a stylish and comfortable four-door coupe with a throaty 500 hp (370 kW) supercharged V8, brakes from the SLR supercar, a luxurious interior, and “fabulous handling.” The Stig does a lap time of 1:26.9, currently the fastest four-door saloon ever tested. Jeremy adores it as a “thug in a silk dressing gown” and says the only thing that would keep him from buying one is fear of the recent reputation for dodgy Mercedes-Benz build quality.

News: The collapse of MG Rover. In response to a protest by environmentalists who broke into the Land Rover factory where Range Rovers are built and chained themselves to the production line, Jeremy, Richard and James staged their own protest at the Hammersmith bus station in London by chaining themselves onto a bus, only to be sent away by police.

Review: May tests the Honda Element, which is not for sale in the UK. He brings it to a community of retirees to see what they make of it; he proclaims it cool after the stereotypical old Honda drivers don’t like it.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: James Nesbitt discusses guns with Jeremy and what it is like being 40. Lap time of 1:51.3

Challenge: Hammond and May played a football match using the new Toyota Aygo being driven by drivers such as Russ Swift, Paul Smith and (old) White Stig Ben Collins. Richard won 2-1.

Cool Wall: Clarkson is annoyed that Kristin-Scott Thomas likes the Honda Civic and a red Bentley and thinks the DB9 is uncool, so he replaces her with Fiona Bruce as the expectation. Jeremy and Richard fall in love with the Alfa Romeo Brera.

Challenge: Clarkson attempted to see whether a Challenger 2 tank could lock its main cannon onto a Range Rover Sport. The Range Rover was good on the rough stuff, but the tank was better.

Some say…

“Some say he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG
1:26.90

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

James Nesbitt
1:51.30

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Rating: 8.6/10 (34 votes cast)

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