The final episode of the latest Top Gear season hit the airwaves over the weekend, and it was a solid sign-off to what has been a generally good six-episode series.
The episode kicks off with Richard Hammond taking a look at Lamborghini’s latest model, the wonderfully-named Aventador. It’s a sublime car – in price and power – with a stonking 6.5-litre V12 powering it to well over 300km/h. The use of a hand-held in-car camera gives rise to the sensations of driving the car at speed, although it’s a little unnerving. Overall, it’s a fun review of the car, which also delivers an impressive lap time when the Stig takes it for a hot lap.
Next up, the episode assumes a more everyday motorist feel, as Jeremy Clarkson and James May explore the pros and cons of the latest all-electric cars on the market. The pair pay a visit to the seaside, driving a Nissan Lead and a Peugeot iOn, and discover that the concept of ‘refuelling’ takes on a new meaning in these cars.
Stemming from its appearance on last week’s show, the Lotus T125 ‘customer F1’ car is put through its paces in dry conditions, and it delivers an impressive lap time despite its rather muted rev-limited engine.
With Top Gear rumoured to have secured the leadfoot Simon Cowell for another visit, it was an anticlimax that Cowell’s off-sider, X Factor judge Louis Walsh, was the Star In a Reasonably Priced Car. For a man who confessed to driving his new SEAT Toledo through his garage wall on his first very first outing in the car, it’s not a pretty lap to say the least.
And lastly, the show ends with Hammond taking an interesting look at an amateur rally team that hopes to compete in the Dakar Rally. But this isn’t just any rally team: it’s made up entirely of ex-military amputees. The section of the episode is handled with a sensitivity that is not typical of the show, and somehow even ‘sacked Stig’ Ben Collins is brought along to show the guys how it’s done. Perhaps it’s that which proves even more unbelievable than the inspiration of the segment.
The intrepid trio is expected to return to the airwaves for its traditional Christmas Special episode in December.