- Jeremy drives the Citroen C2.
- Richard looks at the Renault Megane CC & Peugeot 307CC.
- James drives a 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
- Jeremy power tests the Holden Monaro.
- James has one last attempt at killing the Toyota Hilux.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Review: Hammond looks at two cars with folding metal roofs, the Renault Mégane CC and the Peugeot 307 CC. They are fashionable and cool, but are ridiculously underpowered and heavy, sloppy to drive, and faddish in their market.
Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car: Sanjeev Bhaskar tells about horror stories he heard about India’s roads, particularly one from Paul McGann. He sets a time of 1:51.5 despite having an ornamental tissue box in the back seat (as a tribute to Indian taxi drivers).
Review: May reviews Aston Martin V8 Vantage, saying if he could only drive one supercar for the rest of his life, it would be this one. May’s review becomes a sort of history lesson, showing how the British differentiated their supercars by refusing unorthodox mid- or rear-engined configurations and keeping them with a modicum of practicality. However, at least in 1977, it was a resounding success: faster than a Ferrari Daytona, comfortable, and somewhat practical.
News: Jeremy & Richard discuss automotive themed Christmas presents including the Bumper Dumper, a Ferrari gear lever sink plunger, and a NASCAR Jeff Gordon love seat.
Main Review: Holden Monaro, sold as a Vauxhall in Britain, Australia’s first contribution since the rotary washing line. Jeremy says it was a good car due to fun V8 power and handling and makes numerous remarks about Australia losing to England in the rugby world cup final. Lap time of 1:33.9 in the wet, Jeremy named the car “Loser” on the power board.
Review: Jeremy reviewed the Citroën C2, the successor to the old Citroën Saxo. He found the C2 was cheap, extremely economical, easy to drive, and perfect for environmentalists and old people. As a car on the track, the hot C2 is not very good and has a terrible flappy-paddle gearbox. But merely because of free insurance, low prices, and ease of modification, he finds that it is the darling of customisation-minded youths.
The Cool Wall: The Holden (or Vauxhall) Monaro is cool. The Peugeot 307 CC and the Renault Megane CC are also cool – but only for a moment, before they fall down to the uncool section.
Challenge: Killing A Toyota (part 2). James May places the battered but still working Toyota Hilux on top a tower block being demolished, it survives. The presenters decide not to keep brutalising it, and they make a display in the studio out of it.
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