- Richard tests the Peugeot 407.
- James road tests the Volvo V50.
- Richard organises a “Car Olympics” long jump.
- Jeremy goes off-road in a car which can’t – BMW X3.
- Richard power tests the Chevrolet Corvette C6.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Patrick Kielty.
Review: Hammond reviews Peugeot 407. It handles fine and looks good, but reliability, build quality, and lack of power are dynamic shortfalls.
Review: May tests the Volvo V50. They are all drab to drive except the T5 version, and with a smaller boot than the Jag last week. He tested this by going to an antique sale and he finds a sofa which does not fit in the back.
Review: Hammond tests the new Corvette and finds it to be massively improved over old ones. Clarkson ridicules the antiquated suspension. The Stig drives the Corvette to a lap time of 1:26.8, faster than the Lotus Exige and a Porsche 911 GT3 in the wet.
Review: Clarkson finds out how good the BMW X3 is. It’s well-priced and has a good engine, but an unacceptably harsh ride, poor build-quality, and a hideous exterior. As an offroader it’s even worse, so they recommend buying a BMW 5-Series over it for all sane buyers.
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Patrick Kielty, who has a bone to pick after being beaten by Clarkson in an earlier race. Talks about his new purchase of a Delorean DMC-12 and sets a fast time of 1:48, despite breaking the front suspension during a practice lap.
Skit: Olympic Games for cars: Long Jump. The Americans are represented by the oldest and heaviest but the most powerful AMC Pacer, the Czechs are represented by the more modern Škoda Favorit, the French have the lightweight Citroën 2CV, the Russians bring their Lada Riva 1.5 estate, and the British take them all on with the underpowered Austin Maestro.
Challenge: Is the new Peugeot 407 any good as a pace car? It does fine with its good handling, but it’s extremely underpowered.
Stig Power Laps
Chevrolet Corvette C6
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car