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Series 18

Top Gear Series 18 (2012)

James, Richard and Jeremy get back to business by taking a Lamborghini Aventador, a McLaren MP4-12C and a Noble M600 to Italy, and there’s also a trip to Beijing to meet the Stig’s surprisingly violent Chinese cousin. Top Gear is then invited to film a car chase for the upcoming remake of The Sweeney starring Ray Winstone and Plan B, before taking on a trio of disabled war veterans on some DIY mobility scooters. On the track, the dust is blown off the Suzuki Liana as Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen sets a lap time, while ordinary stars Matt LeBlanc and Slash compete in the Reasonably Priced Cee’d.


The India Trade Mission

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the boys decide to help attract some much needed trade to the UK. Starting on the steps of Downing Street – and ignoring the advice of the Prime Minister – the presenters embark on a trip to India to promote everything great and good about Blighty. With that in mind, Jeremy elects to do the journey in a Jaguar XJS, James chooses a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, while Richard opts for an iconic Mini Cooper. Several “diplomatic incidents” occur, with the presenters failing to improve dabawalling, or indeed sell the idea of hill climbing to the locals.

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Episode 1

The one with the supercar shootout

Clarkson, Hammond and May head to Italy for a supercar shootout featuring the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Noble M600. Back in the studio, the presenters look forward to some car highlights of 2012 and takes the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Car.

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Episode 2

The one with China's car industry

Clarkson and May travel to Beijing for a look at China’s ever-expanding car industry. Meanwhile, Hammond is in Texas to immerse himself in the surprisingly interesting world of NASCAR racing. Plus, the Mercedes SLS Roadster and Matt Le Blanc is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

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Episode 3

The one with the Sweeney car chase

Clarkson and Hammond are on location with the forthcoming Sweeney movie as they take charge of shooting the film’s climactic car chase. James casts a suspicious eye over the new Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring and gives his verdict on the new Fiat Panda. Plus, Ryan Reynolds takes to the track.

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Episode 4

The one with the mobility scooters

The boys embark on an ambitious project to build mobility scooters. The Ferrari FF and Bentley Continental V8 are put through their paces on the edge of the Arctic Circle, whilst James tests the Fisker Karma. Plus, Hollywood star Michael Fassbender is the star in the reasonably priced car.

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Episode 5

The one with the tribute to Saab

Clarkson and May pay tribute to deceased Swedish car maker Saab. Hammond races a rocket-powered flying man against a rally-spec Skoda and JC smokes around the track in the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and the Mercedes C63 Black. Plus Doctor Who is the star in the reasonably priced car.

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Episode 6

The one with the track day cars

The boys hit Donington in three stripped-out track cars: the KTM X-Bow, the Morgan Three Wheeler and the Caterham R500. Jeremy recreates the Battle of Britain in an insane aero-engined Bentley and a flame-spitting retro BMW. Blur bassist Alex James is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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Episode 7

The one with Rallycross

The boys set out to discover if you can go motor racing for less than it costs to play golf. Richard tests the new BMW M5 and there is a double helping of stars, as rock legend Slash and Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen are let loose in the reasonably priced cars.

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