- Jeremy tests the Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 concept car.
- Jeremy, Richard and James take a road trip to find the greatest driving road in the World.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Helen Mirren.
Main Review: Clarkson reviews the Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 Concept. He says it has been rushed in eight weeks, constructed out of parts from various brands, thus most onboard electronics do not work and it “cannot go round corners,” rendering useless its unbelievable power output of 650 bhp (480 kW). The Stig posts an underwhelming lap time of 1:29.6. Clarkson says that “If you want a slow car that looks like a Golf, get a Golf.”
News: The three presenters discuss the Top Gear arson incident, blaming Fifth Gear. (A fire occurred on Sunday, 12 August 2007 at Hill End Farm, destroying a barn used as a storage facility for Top Gear props.) They point out the “new” furniture in the studio as the old equipment was burnt in the fire. Hammond and May introduce the new supercars showcased across the year, including a more powerful Ford GT and the Lamborghini Reventon. Clarkson rants about new rules banning smoking cigarettes while driving.
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Dame Helen Mirren posts a time of 1:52.8 in the Chevrolet Lacetti.
The Cool Wall: Hammond and Clarkson talk about the burnt down Cool Wall, then try to familiarise themselves with some burnt leftovers of car stickers that were once on the board. The segment ends with the abandonment of the old Cool Wall.
Challenge: The presenters each took a light-weight supercar to Mainland Europe to find the best driving road in the world. Clarkson drove a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Hammond a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and May an Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24. Clarkson’s Lambo and Hammond’s 911 were quick and civilised to drive, but May’s stripped-out Aston race car intolerably hot and uncomfortable to drive. They ended up finding the “best driving road in the world” (from Davos to the Stelvio Pass). May admitted that his Aston was terrible; Hammond and Clarkson found their cars brilliant but could not recommend buying the lightened versions since the performance was not superior enough to justify the price jump.
“Some say that his scrotum has it’s own small gravity field, and because our producer rigged a phone vote, he now has a new name. All we know is he’s called Cuddles.”
Stig Power Laps
Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 concept car
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car