Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip 2
DVD, 94 minutes
© 2014, Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment / BBC


“We’re back! Because, frankly, we think we can do better.”

Truer words have probably not been written by the gents from Top Gear. The first installment of the trio’s Perfect Road Trip series promised much, but ultimately failed to deliver. Can they do better the second time around?

Perhaps, but not by much.

Frustratingly – and as is too often the case with their Christmas DVD special releases – just two-thirds of the team is on-hand: this time James May is missing in action, leaving Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond to be the buffoons in front of the cameras as they embark on a 500-mile journey through Italy.

Starting in Venice, they engage in an assortment of adventures and stunts on their journey to the Isle of Capri, taking in cities such as Bologna, Siena, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano and the beautiful drives along the Amalfi coastline.

The cars on hand are serious beasts: McLaren’s new 650S is pitched against Lamborghini’s bonkers Huracan, while the likes of the McLaren P1 add solid support. The Amalfi coast leg showcases two glorious – and somehow still running! – 1960s Alfa Romeos, while the Isle of Capri features no less than two Ford Capris!

It’s classic Top Gear fare for the series’ die-hard fans, but to the more objective viewer it’s a far cry from the brilliance of their African or South American adventure specials from a few years before.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip 2…

3 FlagsOUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE.

Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip 2 is available at all major DVD retailers. Our review copy was provided to us by Roadshow Entertainment.

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