Top Gear Series 14

Top Gear: Series 14, Episode 1

  • The boys go to Romania to find the “Greatest road in the world”.
  • James tests the new BMW 760Li and Mercedes S63.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Eric Bana.

Episode Guide

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Review: James road tests the BMW 760Li and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG after reading a letter from “Bankers who now have money!” Although he calls both cars completely pointless (due to them both having ridiculous amounts of power), James reveals that he would buy the BMW rather than the Mercedes-Benz. The Stig takes the BMW round a damp track in 1:31.2, which beats the Mercedes’ time of 1.32.1 in the same conditions.

News: The presenters discuss the new regulations for the Bathurst 1000 endurance race regarding the spectators, the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, where Clarkson compares its soft-top roof to a tent, the McLaren MP4-12C, and a disposable cardboard lavatory which Clarkson squashes when he sits on it.

Challenge: Jeremy (in an Aston Martin DBS Volante), Richard (in a Ferrari California), and James (in a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder) are sent to find the world’s greatest driving road, which apparently is in Romania – the Transfăgărăşan. Along the way they have races along Romania’s Motorways, have a sat-nav race to the People’s Palace, race under the People’s Palace, smash up a Dacia Sandero, travel through the rural Romanian countryside, crash James’ Lamborghini and sleep beside an enormous dam (the Vidraru Dam). Clarkson insists that the Aston is the best grand tourer, to which James and Richard disagree.

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Australian actor Eric Bana beats Jamie Oliver’s record, becoming the fastest wet lap holder with a time of 1:47.5.

Some say…

“Some say that in the Autumn all his arms go brown and fall off. And that if he wrote you a letter of condolence he would at least get your name right. All we know is he’s called the Stog.”

Stig Power Laps

BMW 760Li
1:31.20 (wet)
Mercedes S63
1:32.10 (wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Eric Bana
1:47.50 (wet)

Music

Romanian Grand Tour, Pt. 1:
02:04 – 02:22 – Antonio Pinto – Little Odessa
02:22 – 02:39 – U.N.K.L.E – Unreal
02:42 – 03:30 – Puscifer – REV 22:20
04:09 – 04:36 – Kronos Quartet – Ya Habibi Ta’ala
04:38 – 05:05 – Nonpoint – In the Air Tonight
05:08 – 05:28 – Amon Tobin – Rosies
05:34 – 05:58 – Beastie Boys – Root Down (Free Zone Mix)
06:32 – 07:57 – U.N.K.L.E – Safe in Mind (Instrumental)
08:58 – 09:27 – Kasabian – Fast Fuse (Instrumental)
09:45 – 09:56 – Band of Skulls – Friends
10:24 – 10:55 – Carter Burwell – Intruder!
11:11 – 11:42 – Zero 7 – Everything Up (Zizou)
11:49 – 12:25 – Zero 7 – Everything Up (Zizou)
13:03 – 13:09 – Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon – Into the Fog
13:09 – 13:35 – Dario Marianelli – Remember Remember
13:49 – 14:04 – Édith Piaf – Non, je ne regrette rien
14:04 – 14:14 – Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon – The Far Side of the World
14:34 – 14:47 – Gustavo Santaolalla – Amelia Desert Morning
14:49 – 15:11 – John Murphy – Freezing Inside
15:11 – 15:27 – Antonio Pinto – By Sea
15:32 – 15:43 – Antonio Pinto – By Sea
16:33 – 16:44 – Howard Shore – Trans-Siberian Diary
16:44 – 16:53 – Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
16:59 – 17:05 – Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)

BMW 760i vs. Mercedes S63 AMG:
24:18 – 24:21 – Murcof – Muim
24:21 – 24:58 – The Big Pink – Tonight (Instrumental)
24:59 – 25:12 – Max Richter – The Tartu Piano
25:12 – 25:35 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
25:35 – 25:47 – Fuck Buttons – The Lisbon Maru
25:49 – 26:01 – Amon Tobin – The Courier
26:02 – 26:15 – Spiritualized – Shine a Light
26:15 – 26:56 – Dustin O’Halloran – Fine
26:56 – 27:19 – Clinton Shorter – Wikus is Still Running
27:19 – 27:58 – Steve Jablonsky – Unexpected Changes
28:11 – 28:43 – Hildur Guðnadóttir – Opaque
28:47 – 28:58 – Tom Waits – On the Other Side of the World (Instrumental)
29:46 – 30:02 – James Dooley – Rampage
30:42 – 31:11 – The Big Pink – Tonight (Instrumental)
31:12 – 31:25 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Rocket Builder (Io Pan!)

‘The Stig’ Lap:
32:29 – 32:33 – Chas & Dave – Rabbit
32:53 – 32:57 – Chas & Dave – Rabbit

Romanian Grand Tour, Pt.2:
44:05 – 45:03 – The Black Angels – You on the Run
45:03 – 45:23 – The Herbaliser Band – Moon Sequence
45:36 – 45:49 – The Herbaliser Band – Moon Sequence
46:14 – 46:48 – David Holmes – Don’t Die Just Yet
46:58 – 47:12 – David Holmes – Don’t Die Just Yet
48:39 – 48:59 – U.N.K.L.E – Unreal
48:59 – 49:28 – Rolfe Kent – Shopping with Schmidt
49:28 – 50:22 – Clinton Shorter – Get Him Talking
50:58 – 51:23 – Clinton Shorter – Get Him Talking
52:12 – 52:46 – Antonio Pinto – Little Odessa
54:13 – 54:32 – Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon – The Far Side of the World
54:38 – 55:18 – James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer – Always a Catch
55:28 – 56:06 – Kasabian – Vlad the Impaler (Instrumental)
55:06 – 56:59 – John Murphy – Capa’s Jump
56:59 – 57:32 – Fuck Buttons – Space Mountain
57:32 – 58:36 – Editors – In This Light And On This Evening
58:30 – 59:35 – John Murphy – Freezing Inside

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Rating: 9.4/10. From 54 votes.
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