It's the battle of the big 3 as the guys compete over which is the best new police car to replace the Crown Vic, in a series of madcap challenges around Detroit, Michigan. The winner gets to race the fastest Police Car in the country -- the Corvette ZO6 -- in an action film style chase through the Long Beach docks as he tries to catch a "perp" riding the ultimate escape vehicle.
Small cars work in the rest of the world but will they ever work here? The guys try to answer the question and travel to Louisiana to take them out of their natural home on the narrow city streets of New Orleans and deep into Cajun Country where they have to hunt and survive alongside the locals. Whoever did the worst in their car suffers the humiliation of having to drive the world s smallest car for a day in their home town.
Are there cars that were sales flops because they were simply too far ahead of their time or "misunderestimated"? Our hosts think so, and offer up three rides they think deserve a second shot at sales success.
Rut selects the quirky and even now futuristic-looking Subaru SVX, Tanner the unpronounceable-by-Americans Merkur XR4Ti, known elsewhere as the Sierra, and Adam one of the fastest depreciating cars in the world, the Cadillac Allante.
So we're onto episode four of season three of Top Gear, and it's a simple enough premise... What's the best vehicle to take on a long trip - like a 700-mile trip - when you don't want to stop for fuel? The hosts were told to show up in Portland, Oregon in the vehicle that would take them to San Francisco, CA on one slurp of juice. At the chequered flag an epic prize awaits the winner. Whoever can grab the keys first gets to drive a wild race truck in Colorado against a world-class kayaker.
Rut, Adam and Tanner have gripped the steering wheels of some of the most expensive, exotic machinery on earth, but nothing could have prepared them for this week's challenge: driving huge dollar, huge power tractors around the most agriculturally productive place on earth. And later in the show, a lucky host gets to ride the newest and angriest bull: Lamborghini's Aventador.
Monument to Moab
In this episode, our hosts seek to explore the adage "there's no vehicle on earth thougher than a rental car." Rut, Tanner and Adam take on some of the more inhospitable terrain found in the United States in three rental car classics. The journey begins in the tourist Mecca of Monument Valley, Arizona. The hosts are tasked with travelling 130 miles, as the crow flies, to the off-roader's paradise of Moab Utah, home to the most famous slick rock trails in the world. He who arrives with the least damage to their car wins - and there's no damage waiver to save their butts.
In the season re-opener, the hosts journey to Mexico for the Spring Break college adventure they never had. To find out who had the bitchin¹est ride in college, the hosts meet at UC San Diego with examples of the same cars that got them in trouble as undergrads. Tanner arrives with the car he says taught him more about driving than anything he¹s ever owned: a tricked-out Eagle Talon TSi. Adam¹s Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d¹Elegance may not be fast, efficient or reliable, but the rear seats double as a queen size bed - and Rut brings a 1972 VW Bus which he claims used to carry his band...
America's Toughest Car
What's America’s toughest, most un-killable car? Rut, Adam and Tanner each pick the toughest car they can think of for $2K and put them through a series of brutal tests using shotguns, bombs and a giant crane. The winner gets to go head-to-head against the U.S. military in one of the toughest SUVs on the planet.
RVs are roomy and comfortable, but they're terrible to drive, and that's not good enough. So to solve this issue, our hosts design their own RVs that are comfortable, but also fun to drive, and take them on a southern road trip. Along the way they compete in a series of wild challenges, culminating at the famous infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
150 Miles Per Hour
Getting to 150 mph used to be the preserve of expensive supercars. These days you can reach that speed in a new $25K car, but what's the lowest amount you can spend and still reach this speed? The guys find out as they spend as little as possible on 3 used cars, put them through their paces and then head out to the famous El Mirage dry lakebed to attempt to reach 150. The winner gets to review the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse - the fastest and most expensive production roadster in the world.
A recent survey ranks taxi driving as one of the worst professions, so the guys head to Las Vegas on a quest to create the ultimate taxi - aiming to keep both driver and passengers happy. After Tanner demonstrates why the 2013 BMW M5 is the best taxi in the world, they reveal their creations, put them through a series of tests and then hit the Vegas strip to see who can get the most tips. The winner flies to Miami to sample the newest supercar to come out of the UK – the McLaren MP4-12C - and see how it stacks up against a good old American NASCAR Cup car.
We find out what goes on in Adam's head as he takes control of the show and gets to do whatever he wants. Adam drives the dream car of his youth, the Ford GT40 – and not just any GT40, but the GT40 that first beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Adam then tries to teach Tanner and Rut how to play football – with an automotive twist. Finally, Adam shares with us his very own definition of a concept car - with technology designed to combat his greatest problem with cars: other drivers...
One in seven Americans believe the world will end during their lifetime. So what's the perfect car for the apocalypse? The guys attempt to build the most suitable set of wheels to escape mushroom clouds, pandemics and zombie hordes whilst still being fun to drive and affordable. After testing its performance, weaponry, and defences, they have to race across a ghost town with a post-apocalyptic Stig in hot pursuit.
Which is the best luxury SUV in the country? Our hosts find out as they choose their favourite and meet up on California's Pismo Beach. They then set out on an epic journey inland through vineyards and desert before climbing high into the Sierras above the snow line, putting their choices through a series of SUV themed challenges along the way.
Getting your car ready for winter can cost a lot of cash and the brutal weather can cause serious wear and tear. So our three hosts set out to solve this issue by finding 3 cars that cost less than it costs to prepare your car for the snow and ice - and put them through a series of tough challenges to find out which is the best winter beater.
The three hosts head to Iceland - home of some of the toughest winter off-roading on the planet - to try and prove to the locals that American trucks still have what it takes to conquer the world. Their challenge is to drive their trucks over mountains, across frozen rivers and through 30-foot deep snowdrifts to the virgin land at the top of an active volcano. What could possibly go wrong?