Reviews: Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst • HSV Maloo • Audi S4 • Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Features/challenges: Producing Volkswagen Scirocco adverts
Guest: Jay Leno
Original air date: August 2, 2009
Clarkson and May take on the challenge of creating a simple but effective TV advertisement for the new VW Scirocco TDi, but, as is true with Top Gear, their ambitious ideas of what it should be are truly rubbish and unimpressive for the advertising execs. Elsewhere, Hammond takes a look at a modified version of the VXR8, the Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst Edition, and the Maloo E Series, while Clarkson drives a car he feels will be consigned to the history books – the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Meanwhile, the Lacetti gets driven around the track by American talk show host, Jay Leno, who recounts an interesting story of how he avoided being done for speeding while showing off a car.
Note: Right at the end of the ‘Aston Martin V12 Vantage Review’ film after Clarkson says “Goodnight”, the end credits roll whilst shots of the Vantage driving through mountainous British countryside continue playing in the background. The Top Gear theme does not play in the end credits as usual, instead the music from the film continues, fading out when the credits ended.