Top Gear Series 3

Top Gear: Series 3, Episode 9

  • Jeremy drives a Chrysler Crossfire.
  • Richard power tests the Smart Roadster (Brabus V6 Bi-Turbo).
  • Top Gear Awards 2003.
  • James road tests the Jaguar XJ6.
  • Richard power tests the Honda Civic Type R & Honda NSX-R.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Carol Vorderman.

Episode Guide

A Cut-Price Top Gear as the team claim to exhausted their entire budget for the series. To this end they introduce several short highlight reels showing the various ways the money was spent. To commemorate the occasion, James plays the theme tune on a Casio keyboard as Richard re-introduces the show.

Reviews: Jeremy drives the Chrysler Crossfire; he has severe problems with the looks, handling, power, quality, and manual gearbox. Richard and James use vivid language to explain how bad the automatic gearbox is. Jeremy is so intrigued that he vows to one day drive an automatic Crossfire.

Review: Hammond briefly drives the Smart Roadster Brabus V6 Biturbo. As a special one-off model created by gluing two three-cylinder turbocharged engines together, it has a massive price. Hammond does not recommend it, even with the improved performance, because of the shoddy gearbox.

2003 Top Gear Awards: Car of the Year goes to the Rolls Royce Phantom. Ugliest Car of the Year goes to the entire BMW range. The Most Fun Car of the Year goes to Vauxhall VX220 turbo. Enemy of the State goes to the Chief Constabul of North Wales Richard Brunstrum. The Surprise of the Year goes to the Jaguar XJ6.

Review: Concluding the Top Gear awards, James reviews the Jaguar XJ6.

Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car: Carol Vorderman tells about her love of Jaguars and Formula 1 and does the lap in 1:51.2 (MM as in Mildly Moist).

Main review: Hammond introduces the Honda Civic Type-R and drives the eager hot hatch until it is revealed they have enough money to introduce a relatively cheap supercar, bringing out the Honda NSX Type R, with its V6 engine tuned to make 300 bhp (220 kW). Hammond says the car is the bargain of the century, and finds it scintillating to drive on a dry track, but still too expensive for anyone to pay for a Honda. In the wet it isn’t as amazing; it does a lap of 1:31.6, only slightly slower than the Porsche 996 Turbo in the same conditions, but with 100 fewer horses.

Skit: Simon Cowell accepts an award for being the fastest celebrity of the year. A cool customer, he isn’t scared at all when the Stig drives him around the Top Gear test track in a Noble M12. However, since his taped acceptance speech is smug and self-satisfying, Jeremy shows the audience an outtake of Noble spinning out when Cowell is behind the wheel.

Stig Power Laps

Honda NSX-R
1:31.60 (very wet)

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Carol Vorderman
1:51.20 (mildly moist)


Rating: 5.2/10. From 5 votes.
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Kevin November 11, 2013 at 2:03 am

I am thinking seriously about a second hand Jag XJ6. Could you email me the test drive please. I am looking at anything between 1997-2004. Thankyou.

Kevin November 11, 2013 at 2:06 am

I have always dreamed of owning a Jaguar XJ6 and although it would have to be between £2000-£4000 this would be a lifetime ambition.

Kevin November 11, 2013 at 2:08 am

It has always been my dream to own a Jaguar XJ6. I may not be able to afford the top prices, but it is still my dream.


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