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Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 1
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Available Season 12, Episode 1 — Originally aired on November 2nd, 2008
  • Jeremy heads to the test track with the new Porsche 911 GT2 and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.
  • In another “how hard could it be?” adventure, the boys are given £5000 to go out and buy a cheap lorry (semi-truck) to be used in a series of challenges.
  • SIARPC: broadcaster and journalist Michael Parkinson
Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 2
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Available Season 12, Episode 2 — Originally aired on November 9th, 2008
  • Jeremy tests the Fiat 500 Abarth SS and the Stig takes it around the track
  • The guys head to America and drive a Corvette ZR-1, a Dodge Challenger SRT-8, and a Cadillac CTS-V from San Fransisco to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah
  • SIARPC: Pop Idol winner Will Young
Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 3
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Available Season 12, Episode 3 — Originally aired on November 16th, 2008
  • Richard heads to Japan to try out Toyota’s i-Real concept “car”
  • James meanwhile goes to Finland to get some rally racing lessons from two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen and then participates in an amateur race
  • Jeremy unveils his Corvette V8 powered food blender
  • The guys are challenged to modify a normal car to make it beat a Mitsubishi Evo X’s lap time
  • SIARPC: Mark Wahlberg
Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 4
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Available Season 12, Episode 4 — Originally aired on November 23rd, 2008
  • James “Captain Slow” May, in his first supercar review, drives the Pagani Zonda F Roadster and compares it to the Bugatti Veyron on the track
  • The guys race on a single tank of gas from Switzerland to Blackpool in order to turn on the annual Blackpool Illuminations
  • The Stig takes the Bugatti Veyron and the Pagani Zonda F Roadster around the track. Will either beat the lap record?
  • SIARPC: Harry Enfield who was the very first SIARPC ever
Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 5
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Available Season 12, Episode 5 — Originally aired on November 30th, 2008
  • Jeremy compares the Lexus IS-F to the current saloon king, the BMW M3
  • Richard does a public service by finding out which city bus type is the best for London by taking them racing
  • The Cool Wall is updated
  • To celebrate the Ferrari Daytona’s 40th anniversary, Richard races it against James in the XSR 48, the world’s fastest diesel-powered production boat, from Portofino in the Italian Rivera to Saint Tropez in France
Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 6
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Available Season 12, Episode 6 — Originally aired on December 7th, 2008
  • Richard drives the lightweight Caterham R500 and Veritas RS3 and the Stig takes them around the track
  • Did Communism ever create a decent car? Jeremy and James set out to find the answer
  • Jeremy gives a serious and (not so) sensible review of the new Ford Fiesta
  • SIARPC: London mayor Boris Johnson
Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 7
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Available Season 12, Episode 7 — Originally aired on December 14th, 2008
  • Richard takes a look back at the last 50 years of the British Touring Car Championship
  • The annual automotive related Christmas presents showcase
  • Jeremy finds out if the Tesla electric car is any good and the Stig takes it around the track
  • In retaliation for Fifth Gear being “responsible” for burning up the Top Gear set, the Top Gear Stunt Man attempts to snatch away Fifth Gear’s world record for the farthest distance jumped by a car towing a caravan
  • The Top Gear Awards for Motoring Achievement 2008
  • James heads to Los Angeles to see the future of motoring — the hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity. Features a bit of Jay Leno discussing the car.
  • SIARPC: singer Sir Tom Jones
Top Gear - Season 12, Episode 8
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Available Season 12, Episode 8 — Originally aired on December 28th, 2008

Vietnam Special

  • The guys heads to Vietnam to travel 1000 miles in 8 days via cheap motorcycles
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