• Jeremy road tests the Nissan 350Z
  • Richard and James compare the Citroen C3 Pluriel, Mercedes CLK500, Audi A4 & Daihatsu Copen
  • Jeremy sets out to find the fastest Master of the Universe
  • Jeremy power tests the Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
  • Jodie Kidd is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Review: Jeremy Clarkson drives a Nissan 350Z over city and country roads. He gives it a grade of C minus, 3 out of 10, and “could do better.” After a day’s drive, he declares it to be one of the most exhausting cars he has ever come across. He also criticises its build quality and engine tone. In series 3, it is announced that the Nissan did a 1:31.8 lap on the track, the same as rival coupe Mazda RX-8.

Review: Alfa Romeo 147 GTA. Jeremy drives it in a drag race against the Volkswagen Golf R32 and the Ford Focus RS. The Alfa wins easily with its superior power. However, the Alfa doesn’t have 4WD or a differential, and Clarkson says the chassis is “very, very wobbly and loose.” He calls the Alfa “insane” and says “you’d have to be insane to buy one.” He recommends one of the other two, probably the Golf, for the real world, but admits he still preferred the Alfa. The Stig then drives the Alfa to a lap time of 1:35.6, which puts it slower than both the Focus and R32.

Challenge: A “race for the universe” in a Honda Civic Type R, the results were as follows;
6: Daleks (from Doctor Who) – DNF
5: Ming the Merciless (from Flash Gordon) – 1:49
4: The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) – 1:43
3: Klingon (from Star Trek) – 1:42
2: Darth Vader – 1:37
1: Cyberman (from Doctor Who) (Time not announced)

Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car: Jodie Kidd who talked about her love of horses and the Gumball 3000 rally, she came in at 1:47.7, 0.4 of a second faster than board leader Jay Kay.

Review: James and Richard went on a camping holiday in the Lake District and reviewed new cabriolets such as the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz CLK500 convertible, Audi A4 cabriolet, Citroën C3 Pluriel, and Daihatsu Copen. The Beetle is sloppy to drive, and increasingly unstylish, so none of the presenters like it. James and Richard unite in disapproval with the CLK, The Pluriel is a nice idea poorly executed but in the end they find the Audi to be the best, with only James taking the Copen seriously.

Star in a reasonably priced car

  • Jodie Kidd – 1:47:7
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