In Top Gear Season 2, Episode 7 we see:
- Jeremy power tests the Koenigsegg CC8S
- Richard shows us a crash test of a Renault Megane with a real driver
- Jeremy drives a Hummer H1 and then the new Hummer H2
- Neil Morrisey is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car
- Neil Morrisey – 1:49:00
Review: Clarkson tested the Koenigsegg CC8S which, with a top speed of 242 mph (389 km/h) was at the time the world’s fastest production car. Clarkson did a speed run on the test track. The record of 170 mph (274 km/h) set by the Pagani Zonda was broken, with the Koenigsegg managing 174 mph (280 km/h). Clarkson later commented how he felt nervous before the run because engineers from Koenigsegg had asked him if they could put gaffer tape around the windscreen; he thought that the tape was to keep the windscreen from flying off. The Stig drives the Koenigsegg to a lap time of 1:23.9, which is just one-tenth of a second slower than the Zonda. Jeremy has frequently referred to the Ford Modular engine in the Ford Mustang as a “terrible engine” but declined to mention that the Koenigsegg’s engine was a modified 4.6 L Modular V8.
Car Safety: Hammond test drives the new Renault Mégane in London and then brings it to the Top Gear test track where they simulate a crash test with a real driver. The car survives its impact very well. Back in the hangar, Richard and Jeremy look at how other cars perform in crashes. Surprisingly, the Ford Fiesta survives better than the Land Rover Freelander. They then proceed to look up crash test ratings for the cars of audience members.
Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car: Jeremy has little to talk to Neil Morrissey about, as they were on the same Parkinson episode. Morrisey gets 1:49 —1 second faster than Jeremy.
Review: Jeremy reviews the Hummer H1, saying its too big and clumsy for English villages. He then looks at the H2 and says its “immensely good”. Though based on a Chevrolet Tahoe platform, it has a manly, chunky interior and tons of space, exciting Jeremy in a way similar to the Range Rover. Neither of the other presenters are impressed.
Review: Richard drives a Talon riot control vehicle. He uses a water cannon to put out a fire and then runs over a Portakabin at full speed.