Top Gear: Series 7, Episode 1

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  • Richard power tests the Ascari KZ1.
  • Jeremy, Richard & James compare the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, BMW M6 & Porsche Carrera S on the Isle of Man.
  • Top Gear survey 2005 results.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Trevor Eve.

Episode Guide

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Review: Richard Hammond addresses the fictitious complaints of viewers that want a mid-level supercar in the £235,000 bracket. The answer: the Ascari KZ1, a British supercar (although designed by a Dutchman with an engine from the BMW M5). The Stig then takes the car to a 1:20.7, below the Porsche Carrera GT.

News: The three look at the Mini Cooper Estate Concept from the Tokyo Auto Salon. Jeremy Clarkson mocks BMW’s attempt to make a “quintessentially British” car by making references to the Hitler regime and the German invasion of Poland. They also discussed a motoring website for homosexuals called ‘Top Gayer’, which then segues to a joke on a rumor about Richard Hammond having had his teeth whitened.

Main review: Hammond, May, and Clarkson travel to the Isle of Man to compare the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the BMW M6, and Porsche 997 Carrera S and choose which of them they like the best. The 23-minute film includes the presenters fishing, discussing the merits of the cars, and timed runs by The Stig along the A18 road commonly used by the Isle of Man TT motorcycle racing competition. James and Richard preferred the Porsche but Jeremy still said he preferred the Aston Martin. So the overall winner was the 997 by a 2 to 1 vote.

Star in a reasonably priced car: Trevor Eve shows Jeremy sign language he learned while making Children of a Lesser God, lap of 1:48.0 but the Stig believed he could have gone faster if the wheel hadn’t broken off the Liana.

Poll: How reliable is your car? According to the poll, 10 of the bottom 13 cars were of French origin. The top 3 were all Japanese: the Lexus RX (3rd), the Lexus IS (2nd), and the Honda S2000 (1st place).

Some say…

“Some say his skin as the texture of a dolphin’s, and that wherever you are in the world, if you turn your radio to 88.4 you can actually hear his thoughts. All we know is he’s called the Stig.”

Stig Power Laps

Ascari KZ1
1:20.70 (damp)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Trevor Eve
1:48.00

Screenshots

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Rating: 9.0/10 (4 votes cast)

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