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Top Gear: Series 5, Episode 7

On a little and large Top Gear, we took a look at a huge American 'muscle' car that might just manage a corner, and an electric car with less get-up-and-go than a lethargic teenager.

We sometimes get criticised for smacking the environment around the chops with a barrel of oil. It's not our intention to hurt the planet and its fluffy bunnies, though. So we thought, let's have a look at the Toyota Prius, which was a new hybrid car containing both a standard petrol engine and electric motor.

The theory is simple: use the electric motor for city driving, and the proper engine for motorways. First, the petrol consumption was awful. It managed less than a diesel Lupo, which defeats the point. What's worse, it was slower than a diesel too, which is really bad news - unless driving above 30mph scares you.

The Mustang is another of those American 'muscle' cars the US loves so much. We wouldn't be surprised if somewhere in mid-America there are people getting married to them. To be fair, the new one looked amazing. It had a hard edge that made it look tough, in a John Wayne sort of way. If it could grow stubble, we suspect it would.

But the Mustang wasn't perfect. The engine sounded like it had a smoker's cough. But you felt like a real man (or woman) behind the wheel.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear/show/episodes/series5episode7.s


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x7
Airdate: Sunday December 12th, 2004

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)


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Guest Stars
Roger DaltreyRoger Daltrey
As Himself
Recurring
Main Cast
Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson
As Himself
Richard HammondRichard Hammond
As Himself
James MayJames May
As Himself
Ben CollinsBen Collins
As The Stig (White)
Warning: Top Gear season 5 episode 7 guide may contain spoilers
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