Reviews: Super Hatchbacks: (Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 • Ford Focus RS500 • Volvo C30 PCP)
Features: “Albania Road Trip”: (Rolls-Royce Ghost • Yugo (substituting for a Bentley Mulsanne) • Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG)
Guest: Jonathan Ross
Original air date: February 6, 2011
The trio head to Albania on a road trip with three cars to see which will be best for the “Albanian Mafia” – May believes the new Rolls-Royce Ghost will be suitable, Hammond thinks it will be the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG, while Clarkson proves it will be the “Bentley Mulsanne” (in reality, Bentley pulled out, so the Mulsanne was represented by a Yugo). On their trip, they see if they squeeze the “body” of a fat man into each car’s boot, hold a drag race on an airfield, and try to escape from the Albanian police after “robbing a bank”. Meanwhile, Clarkson compares the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 with the Ford Focus RS500 and the one-off Volvo C30 PCP, while chat show host, Jonathan Ross, returns after 15 seasons to see how much improved he will be in the Kia Cee’d.
Note: Jonathan Ross’ Power Lap was originally planned for Series 15, but for unknown reasons it was postponed until this series.