- Richard finds out if a stretch limo can jump over a wedding party.
- Jeremy tests the Cadillac CTS-V.
- Richard drives the BMW 320d.
- The boys’ mothers help test the Renault Modus, Honda Jazz & Peugeot 1007.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Omid Djalili.
Challenge: Can a 3-ton stretched limo jump over a wedding party? The party consisted of an outdoor wedding setting, a few caravans and the guests’ cars. The obese Lincoln limo clears the wedding setting, but smashes into the caravans and one of the cars.
News: Clarkson’s Ford GT and all the problems it has caused him during the week, starting from the engine not working when he wanted to set off home in it, continuing with the alarm starting off with no reason and the tracker device sending SOS calls while Clarkson was in the car. Clarkson concludes by threatening the people at Ford if they don’t mend his car, after mocking the Focus diesel courtesy car they gave him.
Review: Clarkson tests the Cadillac CTS-V at the Top Gear test track. He initially mocks the claim that it handled like a European car (after development had been done at the Nürburgring), before racing it against an Audi S4 driven by the Stig. Despite a similar power output, and the Stig in control of the Audi, the Cadillac wins. Jeremy likes it, but doesn’t recommend it over the Vauxhall Monaro muscle car, and expresses disdain over the constant “bong” sounds the car makes when the door is open, the key is in the ignition, and so on. The CTS-V does a lap around the test track in 1.33:4 in the wet.
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Omid Djalili, the British-Iranian comedian, talks about the only car made in Iran and Clarkson suggests that Iranian nukes can’t be very advanced if this is their idea of car technology. Lap of 1:51.5.
Review: Hammond tests the new BMW 3 Series on the M4 corridor, and describes it as “a great piece of machinery”; he also talks about the 3-Series outselling the Ford Mondeo, thus diminishing the “snob value” of the badge. Music from Coldplay’s X&Y album, released earlier that month, is featured prominently in the film.
Review: The guys hand over duties to their mothers to review three new small cars: the Renault Modus, Honda Jazz and Peugeot 1007. They’re tested by seeing how much space there is, how fast they are (to which Hammond points out May’s mother is much faster than May himself is) and how easy they are to get into. Their mothers’ decision is that the practical and easy-to-drive Honda is the best, while the presenters favour the quicker and better-priced Renault. Everyone finds the slow and impractical Peugeot to be rubbish.
“Some say he is illegal in 17 US states, and he blinks this way [sideways]. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”
Stig Power Laps
1:33.40 (very wet)
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car