Reviews: Lexus LFA • BMW X6 • Vauxhall Insignia VXR
Features/challenges: ‘Low-budget’ worldwide review of the BMW X6 • May and Margaret Calvert reflect on the evolution of UK road signs • Top Gear Awards 2009
Guest: Seasick Steve
Original air date: January 3, 2010
The presenters are faced with a serious problem – they were budgeted for fourteen episodes, but have spent too much on the first thirteen, and thus have to be careful with how much they spend for this episode. However, Hammond wastes quite a bit with animated graphics as he takes a drive in the £340,000 Lexus LFA, while Clarkson spends a lot travelling to Spain, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, and Barbados, to see how bad the BMW X6 is, leaving May with virtually nothing as he reviews the Vauxhall Insignia VXR and meets with road sign designer Margaret Calvert. Elsewhere, the 2009 Top Gear Awards are announced, and American musician, Seasick Steve, becomes the last star to take on the Lacetti.