The second episode in this season kicks off where the first one left off, and the Reliant Robin come under further scrutiny after the Top Gear team received a brace of letter complaining that a “real” driver would not have experienced the same roll-over problems that befell Jeremy Clarkson. Cue The Stig to attempt a power lap in a Reliant Robin…
In this week’s episode, the presenters are each given £5,000 and instructed to purchase the ultimate track day car, with the requirements being that it must be a four-door saloon that would be as suitable as a family run-around as it would be on a racing track.
The boys head to Berlin, where James May buys a Mercedes-Benz E190 Cosworth, Richard Hammond chooses a BMW E36 M3, and Jeremy Clarkson opts for a Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth.
Following the tradition of the “which car is best” format adopted in several previous episodes, the presenters are then given a series of challenges to determine whose purchase is best.
Such challenges include seeing whose car can achieve the highest speed along the autobahn, which car offers the best passenger room for an entire oom-pah-pah band, which car is deemed the most roadworthy in an ADAC test, and which will lap the Eurospeedway Lausitz quickest when driven by The Stig’s “German cousin”.
This episode’s new-release car being tested is the Porsche 911 Sport Classic, which is given to James May and described by “Captain Slow” as being a “Greatest Hits version” of all the previous 911 models. While he likes the car, Porsche’s habit of stripping its more expensive models of basic parts like door handles and then charging its customer outrageous amounts to have them fitted turns him off the car, and he instead road tests the latest Porsche Boxster Spyder.
This episode’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” is Alastair Campbell, who was the Director of Communications under the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown governments. That he and Clarkson are from opposite ends of the political spectrum makes for an interesting interview in the lead-up to his hot-lap in the KIA Cee’d…
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