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Top Gear: Series 2, Episode 3

Top Gear saluted the bad car and proved that even now, you can spend money on a load of old rubbish. There was a Starsky in our reasonably priced Hutch, and we took on the finest supercars from around the globe with a £300 Jag.

Next, bad cars. We used to rely on Wartburgs and Polski-Fiats, but now we have the Audi A2, a car that's too tall, has narrow windows and shakes when you switch on the wipers. Then there's the Ford Fusion, based on a Fiesta, but you pay that bit more to sit a bit higher. We could go on, but there's no need - Richard has. He drove the new Lexus SC430 and didn't much like the styling. In fact, he was so unimpressed with the coupé that he'd rather drive Hyundai's new contender.

We decided to find out which country makes the fastest supercar. We should point out, though, that Britain's entry was our very own XJS. But it did have a trick up its sleeve which led it to beat a Ferrari. Namely nitrous oxide, which we'll admit is a bit of a cheat on our part.

Now, what happens when you slot an American '70s cop show hero into our Liana? He breaks it, that's what. And would you believe he could do it twice? Well, he did. David Soul was our star in a reasonably priced car, and he owes us two Lianas.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear/show/episodes/series2episode3.s

3.5/10 (2 Votes cast)

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x3
Airdate: Sunday May 25th, 2003

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Guest Stars
David SoulDavid Soul
As Himself
Main Cast
Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson
As Himself
Richard HammondRichard Hammond
As Himself
James MayJames May
As Himself
Perry McCarthyPerry McCarthy
As The Stig (Black)
Episode Notes
Stig's Lap Time:

BMW Z8 Alpina: 1:29:0

Star In A Reasonably Priced Car:
The celebrity guest this week was the actor David Soul. His time was 1:55

Episode Quotes
Jeremy Clarkson: [Interviewing David Soul] Why can't Americans make cars? It baffles me: the Mustang was a brief blip, but otherwise, it's been 100 years of horror.

Jeremy Clarkson: [Referring to the Perodua Kelisa] I'm sorry, I'm sorry. It's made in a jungle clearing by someone who went to work on an ox.

Richard Hammond: When it was first launched, the SC430 came with run flat tyres,which of course are virtually solid. Fred Flinstone had a similar tire set-up on his car.

James May: There was a time when Britain's cheapest motor would have been something truly horrible like, a Lada, probably. But this is more promising; it's made in Malaysia, in a brand new factory rather than being slung together by some bunch of resentful communists in a pre-war gulag.

Jeremy Clarkson: There's only eleven Alpina Z8's coming to Britain and Ronan Keating has bought one. Just thought you should know.

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