Top Gear

Season 16 Episode 1

Series 16 Episode 1

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2011 on BBC Two
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The Ariel Atom, with a V8 engine, 900 bhp per tonne and a 0 - 60mph time under 2.3 seconds, is driven on the track by... James. Will it reach 60mph? Richard plays with a Porsche - again. This time, the new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, which he races against a VW Beetle. A race with a Top Gear twist... Jeremy drives a practical car that you can afford - the Skoda Yeti, and puts it through some rather unusual tests...

John Bishop is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

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      • James May: Braking is actually the worst things you can do. Actually, I'd like to modify that... sometimes braking is the best thing you can do. If a pram rolls out in front of the car, don't think 'well this is going to cost me'.

      • Richard Hammond: I was accused recently of talking too often and too enthusiastically about the Porsche 911. In fact, whenever I mention it, Jeremy sticks his fingers in his ears and hums songs about Hitler.

      • James May: [referring to the Ariel Atom V8] Look how this cottage industry supercar mocks the conceit of empires.

      • Richard Hammond: [referring to the VW Beetle and the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet] One is a wretched, awful, miserable, spluttering, puttering, slow, noisy, ugly piece of hateful misery and the worst attempt at a people's car the world has ever suffered. But from it evolved this; the acknowledged finest driver's car and ultimate automotive precision tool that mankind has ever created.

      • Richard Hammond: [referring to the VW Beetle and the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet] And this is my point: the difference between those two is the difference between and ape and a brain surgeon. Or Jeremy and a brain surgeon.

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