- Jeremy power tests the BMW 535d and sees if it stacks up to the petrol version.
- Richard goes to Iceland and is driven across a lake.
- James drives the Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
- The boys find out what is the most fun off-road toy.
- Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car: Davina McCall, Mark Webber.
Review: Clarkson tests the BMW 535d four-door sedan, the first diesel car to be brought to the Top Gear test track. He finds that, compared to the petrol variant, the diesel is quieter at motorway speeds, it has much more torque, it is slightly cheaper, and the weight of the heavier engine doesn’t affect the handling. The petrol version is more responsive, more fun to drive, and it beats the diesel on a track. The Stig takes the 535d to a 1:31.8 time.
News: The presenters discuss the Proton Gen-2 with dual driving controls, the Vauxhall Astra 2-seater convertible, a tear-proof map booklet, and the Audi A6 allroad quattro concept car.
Challenge: Hammond returns to Iceland (on the basis that the convertible test in episode 8 had been very boring, and he was not allowed to come home until he had filmed something interesting) to race a modified off-road vehicle against a Snowmobile over Lake Kleifarvatn.
Greatest Driving Song of All Time: A retrospect of the five finalists.
Star in a reasonably priced car: Big Brother host Davina McCall tries to invite Clarkson onto Big Brother and admits she owns an eco-unfriendly Range Rover, she also tells about her shoes and how the Stig said they were slowing her down and made her do a lap barefoot. Her lap time is 1:57.1.
Review: May drives the Bentley Continental Flying Spur in Dubai, as he can think of no other place to respectfully test the “New Money” car. May defies his “Captain Slow” nickname by bringing the Bentley to 180 mph (290 km/h) on roads specially closed off for him; he likes the car and finds that the addition of two more doors and a bit of re-characterisation has moved it successfully away from the Bentley Continental GT. Jeremy despises the new four-door Bentley, calling it “the most dreary styling” he has ever seen.
Star in a reasonably priced car, take two: Mark Webber complains that the wet conditions would hurt him, despite Clarkson’s reassurances that he could have gotten 4 seconds faster in dry. His time of 1:47.1 is disputed after Clarkson suggests that he could have gotten a 1:43 in dry conditions. Afterwards, Clarkson gives Webber a shirt proclaiming, “I AM THE STIG.”
Review: The trio reviews several off-road toys, including quadbikes, the 8-wheeled Argo Cat, hovercraft, and specially-designed racing vehicles, among others, in a bid to find out which one of them is most fun. After destroying a field by driving quadbikes and many other off road toys (including the Argo Cat which can float, as proved by Jeremy), Clarkson slips two discs in his back after crashing his hovercraft.
Stig Power Laps
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car
1:51.70 (very wet)
1:47.10 (very wet)