2002, 27 seasons to date
Comedy / Talk-Show
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The Top Gear team try out the ultra-lightweight, Westfield XTR2; and the best-looking coupé, Aston Martin DB7. Some courageous grannies do doughnuts in a Honda S2000, as Ross Kemp, is the next star in a reasonably-priced car.
Against the backdrop of Meurs un autre jour (2002), Damon Hill chooses between the Aston Martin Vanquish and the Ferrari 575M Maranello. Richard Burns talks with Jeremy, and Steve Coogan is the next star.
Bad cars are this week's theme. Jeremy, Richard and James discuss with the audience the worst car on sale in Britain, and prove that you can spend a lot of money and buy rubbish. In the spirit of the Eurovision Song Contest, cars from Great Britain, the United States, Italy, Germany, France and Japan compete in a quarter-mile race to find out which country makes the fastest supercar. Starsky & Hutch actor David Soul is the first American to be the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car, and Jeremy wears a cardigan while interviewing him.
Jaguars are this week's theme. Jeremy tests the new XJR and sets himself a challenge to see how long he can drive it before he becomes bored. James drives a C-Type from the 1950's and tells a yarn from the 1953 Le Mans 24 hour race. Richard looks back at the 1960's Mark II. British Member of Parliament Boris Johnson is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy takes the Bentley Continental GT on a grand tour. James drives around an estate in an estate when he finds out why the Subaru Legacy Outback is a perfect aristocrat's car. Jeremy swans around in a Saab 95. Comedian Rob Brydon has his best friend Steve Coogan in his sights when he is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lamborghini, the team look at some of the company's most memorable cars. Richard drives the car that started it all, the Miura, which first hit British roads in 1967, and finds out how much improved the 1971 SV version is when he goes for a ride in one driven by its owner, Jay Kay. James finds out that his childhood dream car, the Countach, has a nightmare side to it, and Jeremy reviews their latest vehicle, the Gallardo. Richard compares BMW's official Works Cooper S with third-party tuned models from Hartge, Digi-tec and BBR. ...
The boys are given 100 pounds each to buy cars that costs less than 100 pounds. Once they have purchase the car of their choice, they are given a number of challenges. Richard road test a muscle car that he want to buy, the 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T. Jeremy road tests 2 lightweight supercars, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.
Jeremy goes on a fuel economy run by driving an Audi A8 (with a V8 diesel engine) from London to Edinburgh and back in one single fuel tank. James races a racing pigeon in the new Ford SportKa. A 2nd shootout on the test track between the new Mitsubishi Evo VIII FQ-320 and the Subaru Impreza WRX STi WR-1. James and Richard have a game of 'car darts'. Jeremy road tests the new Porsche Carrera GT.
Jeremy goes to Scotland to road test the new Land Rover Discovery by attempting to drive the Discovery to the top of the mountain called Mount Cnoc an Fhreiceadain. Richard travels to Switzerland to find the maddest car ever made. Jeremy test the new Dodge Viper SRT-10
Richard tests thew Pagani Zonda Convertible. In the news segment, they discuss Jeremy's recent purchase of the Ford GT but he has not got it yet as well as speed cameras. Richard and James are having a game of caravan conkers. In addition, Richard and James road test the Smart Forfour by spending a whole day in the car without getting out. Jeremy tests the Aston Martin Vanquish S and the Ferrari 575M GTC with Steve Coogan giving a helping hand.
James goes back to the 1970's when he reviews the Maserati Bora. Jeremy compares Germany's and Russia's interpretations of British sports cars, the Wiesmann MF3 and TVR Tuscan, and The Stig takes them both for a lap of the test track. Christopher Eccleston is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy reviews the Cadillac CTS-V, and The Stig takes it for a lap of the test track. Richard tests the new BMW 3-Series on the M4 corridor. The presenters' mothers compare three new small cars, the Renault Modus, Honda Jazz and Peugeot 1007. Britain's only Iranian comedian, Omid Djalili, is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
The boys are having a road trip to the famous Milau Viaduct bridge in France in supercars of their choice (Jeremy in his own Ford GT, Richard a Pagani Zonda and James in a Ferrari F430 Spyder). In the news segment, the boys announce their Emmy win for Best Non-scripted Entertainment category. Jeremy reviews the Ford Focus ST.
Richard tests the new Pagani Zonda F. In the news segment, the boys mourn the death of rally driver Richard Burns. The boys were given 10,000 pounds each and were told to buy a supercar for less than 10,000 pounds. The catch is that the supercars they bought must be mid-engine and Italian. The end result is Jeremy buying a Maserati Merak (which it claimed to be an SS version), Richard a Ferrari 308 GT4 and James a Lamborghini Urraco. James reviews the new Renault Clio by having a race through the streets of Lisbon in Portugal against a downhill mountain biker.
The boys attempt to create amphibious cars which is cars that can run on land and on water. Jeremy road tests the new Lotus Exige S.
Richard races the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S across Cyprus's rocky terrain against a crack British Army parachutist jumping from 10,000 feet. Jeremy test drives the new, futuristic Mercedes Benz S Class, which has back-massaging seats and self-activating headlights, then takes on a car interior design challenge when he fits an older Mercedes Benz S Class with a stone flagged floor, mullioned windows and a wood-burning stove. Ewan McGregor is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy, Richard and James head to the United States, where they each have to buy a car in Miami for less than US$1000 and drive it across four states to New Orleans. One of the challenges they set along the way leads to the locals chasing them out of town.
The team put the latest Porsche 991 Turbo through its paces. Jeremy finds out why the Mercedes-Benz Brabus SL65 is the most powerful convertible yet. Richard, James and the British Amateur Rocket Society send a Reliant Robin into space on a rocket and turn it into a re-usable shuttle. Simon Pegg is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car. The team test the Lexus LS600's automatic parking system. Jeremy squeezes his body into a Peel P50 and drives it both to and inside the BBC Television Centre building in order to see if it would be practical in daily life. Richard races a Bugatti Veyron against an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon over a two-mile track. James road tests a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. Jeremy reviews the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.
Jeremy, James and Richard each buy a used two-wheel drive car for £1500 and drive it for 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) across Botswana from the Zimbabwe border across the Makgadikgadi salt plains and through the Okavango Delta to the Namibian border. The Stig's African cousin also makes an appearance.
An attempt to prove to their producers that you cannot be a true petrol head until you buy an Alfa Romeo, the boys are each given 1000 pounds to buy one. Jeremy tests the new Bentley Brooklands.
It will be another epic race across Japan. James and Richard, traveling on the most reliable public transport in the world, against Jeremy, in the new Nissan GT-R (the super car that set the fastest time around the Nürburgring). Jeremy test the new Alfa Romeo 8C.
James goes to Finland to see why the Finns are more suited to motor sports. Richard tests the newest form of transport in Japan. The boys attempt to modify a second-hand car that can go around the Top Gear test track faster than a Mitsubishi Evo X.
James road tests the new Pagani Zonda F Roadster as he compares it to the Bugatti Veyron (The Top Gear had to wait two years before the Buggati Veyron finally comes to the Top Gear Test Track. The boys are having a fuel economy race from Switzerland to Blackpool England because each of their cars must make it to Blackpool by using only one tank of fuel.
Jeremy road tests the new Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black. The boys attempt to find cars that are cheap and cheerful during this economic times. Jeremy chooses a Perodua Myvi, James chooses a Chevrolet Aveo and Richard chooses the Proton Satria Neo. But, they found out that these cars are cheap but not cheerful at all. However, the producers think the boys deliberately choose the cars they hated. So again, the boys have to find cars that are cheap and also the ones that they all like. Jeremy choose the Skoda Roomster Diesel, James chooses a Toyota iQ and Richard choose a...
Jeremy and Richard road tests two new hot hatchbacks, the Ford Focus RS and the Renault Megane R26R. To find out whether which is faster, a car or a stamp, Richard and James races a stamp from the south end of the British Island to the northern end of the British Island with the new Porsche Panamera. Since British Bulldog has been banned from schools due to its physical abuse, Jeremy tries to make the game interesting by playing it with cars. He will play British Bulldog in a car against the British Army's latest military hardware.
James and Richard tried to solve the caravan problem by making a caravan fly with James piloting it to the campsite while Richard drives the Lamborghini Gallardo Balboni to the same campsite. The winner of the car company that makes the great cars over the years is announced. Jeremy road tests the Hawk HF 3000, a Lancia Stratos kit car. Chris Evans makes a return in the Star In The Reasonably Price Car.
Richard attempts to improve airplane travel by having a race with Touring Car Drivers using airport vehicles. Jeremy road tests the BMW X5M and Audi Q7 V12 TDI and compares it to the new Land Rover Range Rover. Guy Ritchie is The Star In A Reasonably Priced Car. Jeremy went to Belfast, Ireland to test the new Renaultsport Twingo 133.
The boys road tests 3 sports saloons from 3 supercar makers, the Aston Martin Rapide, the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Maserati Quattroporte GTS. Jeremy has a chat with Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello. Richard tests two muscle cars, the new Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Actor Rupert Grint from the "Harry Potter" series is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy tests the new Audi R8 V10 Spyder and compares it to the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. The boys attempt to create their own camper-van (also know as motor homes) by using a car of their choice and turn it into a camper-van complete with sleeping accommodations, cooking facilities and restrooms. Actor Andy Garcia is the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May go head-to-head against their opposite numbers from Australian Top Gear in a car-based version of The Ashes. With disciplines including rallying, drifting and an Aussie version of double-decker car racing, it's an all-out grudge match that will almost certainly end in tears. Also in the show, Jeremy is on the test track in Ferrari's new 599 GTO and another celebrity guest takes their turn as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
The boys take a Rolls Royce Ghost, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG and "Bentley Mulsanne" to Albania to see which would be best for the local mafia; Jeremy tests 3 high powered hatchbacks and Jonathan Ross is in the reasonably priced car.
Jeremy and Richard look at some amazing second hand bargains you can buy for the price of Britain's cheapest brand new car, the $9,900 Nissan Pixo. Meanwhile, James tests the toughness of the new Range Rover Evoque by driving it through Death Valley and then gauges its stylishness by using it to chauffeur a global megastar across Las Vegas.
The guys attempt to make train travel cheaper, faster and more interesting by replacing the conventional carriages and locomotive with a series of caravans attached to a specially modified car. It's either the world's most ingenious idea or the prelude to the world's biggest accident. Jeremy is also out on the track comparing the rip-snorting Jaguar XKR-S to the recently updated Nissan GT-R.
Richard travels to Texas to learn about NASCAR racing, where he interviews several and rides with a NASCAR racing driver. Jeremy reviews the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Jeremy and James travel to Beijing, China to look at their expanding copy-car-industry. The Star in Reasonably Priced Car is Matt LeBlanc.
Reviews: James will be driving the brand new 2012 Fiat Panda, a car that he likes very much, but will he like the new one as much as the old. Also, on the track, James compares it to a Vauzhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition, in green. And if you remember from previous episodes, May doesn't like the Nurburgring a lot. Challenges: The challenge this week is going to be amazing. Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson are asked o recreate The Sweeney's, by doing all of the stunts and explosions. The cars they will drive include; a 2012 Jaguar XF-R and the very rare and also ...
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May engage in an epic race from Wembley to the San Siro stadium in Milan. Hamstrung by a rule about price, Clarkson maximises his bang-for-buck with a $55,000, 662 horsepower Shelby Mustang GT500 while Hammond and May pin their hopes to the ever-improving pan-European rail network. Car-loving singer Amy MacDonald is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy Clarkson subjects the new Kia Cee'd to a road test involving eels, curry, a rock legend, an American cop, and a rather unusual game of rugby involving James May. Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is in Mexico for a road test of the Mastretta sports car, a trio of hot hatchbacks tear it up on the test track and another top celebrity takes their turn as the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are on a mission to take their strong British pounds to the cash strapped people of Spain. They have chosen some discreet, sensitive cars for the job with Clarkson in a McLaren 12C Spider, Hammond driving a Ferrari 458 Spider and May in an Audi R8 V10 Spyder. Sherlock and Star Trek actor Benedict Cumberbatch is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May bring relief to flood-stricken areas of Britain by building a car that can turn into a hovercraft. Also in this show, Jeremy is on the track in the insane Mercedes SLS Black and the 739 horsepower SLS Electric while Hollywood star Hugh Jackman is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May goes on a road-trip through Ukraine to show that small city cars are indeed fun to drive, Jaremy test a Danish supercar and musician James Blunt is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
Captain slow drives the new 620R super-lite Super 7 320hp, gets hit by a bug. Complains. Jeremy drives a custom built Alfa 8c Disco Volante in Italy. Hammond does the Mercedes 6 wheel SUV in a pool and sand, in UAE.
The boys attempt to improve emergency response times by creating their own ambulances. Daniel Ricciardo is a star in a reasonably priced car.
Jeremy drives the BMW I8, the Rural Simpleton is in a land-rover tribute and May is, well, just May.
Chris Evans struggles to keep his lunch down as he rides with Sabine Schmitz in the new Audi R8. Elsewhere, Rory Reid tests the new Ford Focus RS, Chris Harris attempts to tame Ferrari's savage F12 TDF and Matt LeBlanc gets a whistle-stop tour of London in Ken Block's fearsome 'Hoonicorn'. Boxer Anthony Joshua and comedian Kevin Hart are this week's Stars in a Rally Cross Car.
Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Sabine Schmitz buy cheap second-hand cars and head for Venice. The aim? To prove road travel can be more luxurious than taking the train. Elsewhere, Rory Reid heads to New York to sample the all-electric Tesla Model X, while Chris Harris dons his race helmet to drive the most powerful Aston Martin of all time - the fearsome Vulcan. Bear Grylls and Brian Cox are the Stars in a Rallycross Car.
Matt LeBlanc's review of the Aston Martin DB11 is thwarted by Chris Harris and a very evil Mercedes. Elsewhere, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz go supercar hunting on Germany's fearsome Nurburgring race circuit with the help of the VW Golf Clubsport S, while actress Tamsin Greig takes to the Top Gear track in the new Reasonably Fast Car.
Chris Harris and the Bugatti Chiron race Matt LeBlanc across the Arabian peninsula. Rory Reid constructs a life-size arcade game and Tinie Tempah faces the Top Gear track.
Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris attempt to speed up British roads - and farming. Matt also tests out the blistering Ferrari 812 Superfast, while Rory Reid heads to America to tackle a muscle car banned in Europe. Vicky McClure is the studio guest.