Top Gear

Season 10 Episode 1

Series 10 Episode 1

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 2007 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

To celebrate 30 years of the Golf GTI, Volkswagen have clearly cracked open several bottles and consumed the contents. How else could you explain the 640bhp Golf GTI W12? A road trip to find to best driving roads in Europe sees the boys driving some serious automotive exotica: Jeremy has a Lamborghini Gallardo Superlagerra; Richard has a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and James has an Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24. Their journey begins in Monaco and takes them to Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.moreless

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  • Amazing. They have just outdone themselves, once again.

    This episode was just brilliant when i watched it, it stirred up emotions inside of me throughout, whether it was pure amazement or laughter, this episode was great.

    It had to go down to the cars on this episode. I've never really liked Golf's, but the one they showed was truely a special car, for such a special occasion for the VW team.

    But to get down to the favourite part, the road trip. Obviously with Richards love of Porsche's, he chose to go with the 911, a very nice model indeed (the GT3 RS), this car is amazing, James(also known as Captain Slow) got a magnificent car too, although unsuited for himself and such a trip, I still loved it, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24. And my favourite of the three, from my favourite car manufacturer, the Lamborghini Gallardo Superlagerra, driven my Jeremy.

    If you have a true love of cars, watch this episode, and you will agree with me that its nothing less than amazing.moreless
  • The boys sre back for a new series of Top Gear and what better way to start than to take three lightweight supercars to the Alps region of Europe.

    Welcome back eberyone to a new series of Top Gear and by the looks of the teaser trailor that was shown, it is going to be a beauty. How I longed for this to return and the first episode didn't dissapoint.

    We start of with Jeremy looking at a prototype, VW Golf GTI. Now this isn't a normal Golf. Oh no. It has a W12 engine that produces, wait for it, 640HP. I had read about this car in magazines but to see it moving was insane. The funniest part about the review of the car was Jeremy having a very hard time controlling the beast.

    We also had the boys looking for the worlds best driving road so what else were they to do than to jump in three lightweight supercars and head to central Europe. What a brilliant film this was. Everybody was getting angry and we saw James May driving his Astin Martin Vantage N24 semi-naked. Very funny and a little bit disgusting at the same time. What really made the trip a pleasue to watch was to see them as they wound there cars through some of the best driving country in the world. From Switzerland to Italy, the scenery and cars were gorgeous.

    Dame Helen Miron was the star in a reasonably priced car and was very engaging.

    I would also like to mention the News segment which was laugh-out load funny. I won't spoil it for you but was very amusing.

    Overall 9.8/10moreless
  • Good return...

    Jeremy started by showing series 10 sneak preview. Main Review: The boys got each of themselves a light weight supercars to find the best road in the world. Jeremy got a Lamborghini Gallardo, Richard a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and James, an Aston Martin.This was a fuuny episode aswell as a good one we seen more cars in this episode than the last couple of series already and I loved seeing those cars speeding down roads in Italy, France and Switzerland, Dame Helen Mirron was driving around the track and I thought she looked very slow and I was expecting her to do worse but she done average.Good comeback to the series.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode of Top Gear was watched by 6 million people - a 23% audience share. This figure made Top Gear the most popular programme in the 8pm slot, beating amongst others, Antiques Roadshow on BBC1.

      Top Gear remains the most popular programme on BBC2.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Some say that his scrotum has its own small gravity field. And that because our producer rigged a phone vote, he now has a new name. All we know is he's called Cuddles.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [referring to the Golf GTI W12] It is an insane car, this. Opening up a Golf to find it has 640 horse power is like opening up Gordon Brown's trousers and finding he's wearing stockings and suspenders. Mad.

    • James May: [James describes the driving experience of the Aston Martin]: Hot, uncomfortable, numb buttocks crushed testicles, sweaty shirt, smelly pits.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: The only thing I know about Liechtenstein is they make more false teeth here than anywhere else in the world - which is probably why Hammond brought us here.

    • James May: [James's relationship with the Aston Martin is not improving…] I'm now beginning to go slightly faint as a result of my dehydration; my eardrums are bleeding and my pelvis has been turned to dust. It's going to kill me.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [Jeremy's way of saying he likes Switzerland] What was God thinking when he gave the Swiss this place? Plainly is should be ours.

    • James May [James finally concedes he is driving the wrong car] I wonder how much more of this I have to endure before I can admit that this is a terrible car and that I hate it and that I want to go home?

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Now the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car tonight once said that she and her husband set their alarm clock an hour early every morning so they had a chance to make love before going to work – much like James May, although of course he lives alone.

    • James May: Right, what do we think of that road?
      Jeremy Clarkson: You don't want to talk about your car then, James?
      James May: Well no, I thought we were here to talk about the road.
      Jeremy Clarkson: You don't like your car, do you?
      James May: Well, the car's excellent.
      Jeremy Clarkson: You know you've made a mistake, don't you?
      James May: No, it's fantastic.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Stig's Lap Time:

      Volkswagen Golf GTI W12: 1.29.6

    • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car:

      Dame Helen Mirren: 1.52.8

      Once tried to do a good deed for charity which resulted in her Golf GTI getting torched - proof that charity begins at home. What have you got to say to that, Geldof?


    • Jeremy Clarkson: Opening up a Golf to find it has 640 horse power is like opening up Gordon Brown's trousers and finding he's wearing stockings and suspenders. Mad.

      Gordon Brown is the British Prime Minister. He may have been the Iron Chancellor, but the way he changed his mind about calling a General Election suggests that he is a Paper Prime Minister.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: ...and that because our producer rigged a phone vote, he now has a new name. All we know is he's called Cuddles.

      Blue Peter is a children's programme on the BBC. It was revealed recently that a phone-in to choose the name of a kitten had been rigged by the show's production team. Viewers had chosen the name 'Cookie'. However, the production team didn't like the name so chose the name 'Socks' instead. The kitten is of course innocent of any wrong-doing and is said to be consulting lawyers.