The new series of Top Gear is here! Here’s the lowdown on episode 1 of series 26.
I like big boots and I cannot lie
What’s the best new family estate car on the market? According to the Top Gear producers, it’s the very competent, very spacious, very practical Skoda Superb. But Matt and Chris reckon there are a couple of better solutions to the family estate car question. Namely the 208mph Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, and the 190mph Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.
Sure, the Fezza and the, um, Pezza might cost a combined, um, £350,000, but no one specified a price limit. And besides, they’ve both got boots, they’ve both got proper rear seats, they’re both four-wheel drive. How much more practicality do you need?
So to prove just how sensible and family-ish their Ferrari and Porsche really are, Chris and Matt headed to the fjords of Norway for a nice sensible roadtrip. Incorporating chainsaws, tunnels, and a strangely persistent Viking. Oh, and a couple of wingsuits and an enormous cliff, because TG really doesn’t give the BBC Health and Safety department enough to deal with on a daily basis already.
The Suzuki that went up a hill and (hopefully) came down a mountain
According to the Ordnance Survey, who is quite the authority on such things, there are precisely 120 mountains in Britain. According to Rory, who is somewhat less of an authority on such things, this is simply not enough mountains. Why, if you made a New Year’s resolution to climb one every day, you’d be done by mid-May. And presumably in really quite good shape, but that’s not the point.
So Rory, ever the dedicated patriot, set out to build Britain a whole new mountain, using nothing more than his bare hands. And a load of rocks. And the new Suzuki Ignis. A tiny four-by-four that’s quite possibly the cheapest new car capable of climbing a reasonably large hill.
A nice idea, but to spice things up a bit, the producers decided Rory should race for the honour of crowning Britain’s newest mountain against the established king of the tiny-4x4-city-car-thing market, the Fiat Panda Cross. Driven by Sabine Schmitz, a lady with no qualms about smashing a small Fiat – or indeed a medium-sized Rory – into tiny pieces in pursuit of victory.
Our Star In a Reasonably Fast Car is X-Men star James Marsden. Catch up on BBC iPlayer now