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Fifth Gear – Series 13, C5 (2008)
Originally broadcast 21st January – 30th March
New series of the motoring magazine. Tiff Needell gives chef Heston Blumenthal a lesson in powersliding, Jason Plato drives the Mercedes CLK63 Black and Jonny Smith compares the Citroen C-Crosser with the old 2CV. Vicki Butler-Henderson oversees a duel between the Lotus Exige S and the Caterham CSR.
Vicki Butler-Henderson recreates a Hollywood car stunt from Casino Royale, Tom Ford tests the latest Toyota Landcruiser, and Tiff Needell and Jason Plato get behind the wheels of the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG in a spectacular showdown.
Jason Plato tests the £78,000 Maserati Gran Turismo, and Jonny Smith stages a crash to demonstrate the need for child restraints in taxis - which are currently not required by law. Tiff Needell travels to France to assess the new Audi A3 Cabriolet, while Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the legendary Lotus Carlton against its modern equivalent, the VXR8.
Tiff Needell takes on the stunt driver of James Bond's car from Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DBS, in a series of thrilling challenges, while Jonny Smith looks at the BMW 653d, the world's first diesel grand tourer, demonstrating exactly how economical the vehicle is on a 600-mile trip to Poland. Back in the UK, Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the Mercedes Vito X against the VW Transporter Sportline.
Motoring magazine show. Tiff Needell and Jason Plato race a pair of top coupes. Tom Ford tests a couple of 4x4s on an estate in Scotland. Jonny Smith searches for the ideal car for a 17-year-old. Vicki Butler-Henderson road tests a pair of hot hatchbacks and Freestyle Motocross star Travis Pastrana talks about his incredible stunts.
Jason Plato gives his verdict on the Nissan GT-R, a version of the Skyline series. Tiff Needell tests the Audi RS6 Avant, Vicki Butler-Henderson compares superminis the BMW Mini One and the Fiat 500, while Tom Ford and Jonny Smith compare Volkswagen motorhomes old and new. Plus, an investigation into the validity of crash tests.
Tiff Needell compares the new V8 Lexus IS F with the BMW M3, while Tom Ford tests the off-road ability of the Volvo XC70 in the Arctic Circle. Vicki Butler-Henderson tries out the environmentally friendly Smart EV - which is exempt from both road tax and congestion charges - and stages a shoot-out between the Vauxhall Corsa RSI and the Ford Fiesta ST.
Tiff Needell and Jonny Smith go behind the scenes at the NASCAR Daytona 500 race, where they try out a 200mph race car and meet former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya. The BMW X5 is pitted against the Porsche Cayenne GTS in a shoot-out. Tom Ford test-drives the new Citroen C5 in Lisbon and British downhill skier Chemmy Alcott drives a Group N rally car.
Tiff Needell drives a 200mph car at the Daytona 500 race and Vicki Butler-Henderson tries out Bentley's Continental GT Speed. Jason Plato drives a supercharged Lotus Elise whilst Tom Ford tests an executive saloon, the Jaguar XF. Meanwhile, the VW Golf GTi and Subaru Impreza WRX compete in the shoot-out.
Tiff Needell puts the Subaru Impreza WRX STi through its paces, while Tom Ford tests the off-road capabilities of the enormous Hummer H3. Jonny Smith presents new models from the Geneva motor show, including the latest from Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti. Last in series.
Technical summary (files 1-4 & 6-10):
Video: DivX 6.0, 640 x 352, 25 fps @ 1000 kbs
Audio: MPEG Layer-3 Audio, Stereo, 48000 Hz @ 160 kbs
Technical summary (file 5):
Video: XviD 1.1.2, 640 x 352, 25 fps @ 970 kbs
Audio: MPEG Layer-3 Audio, Stereo, 48000 Hz @ 128 kbs
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