The BEST Episodes of Top Gear

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Network: BBC Two

This fast-paced and stunt-filled motor show tests whether cars, both mundane and extraordinary, live up to their manufacturers' claims. The long-running show travels to locations around the world, performing extreme stunts and challenges to see what the featured cars are capable of doing. Celebrity guests appear on some episodes to help test the vehicles. Things don't always go as planned, though, with broken bones and mechanical mishaps sometimes part of the experiments. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hosted the show for more than a decade before giving way to a new crew in 2016, including actor Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. In the summer of 2019 a new crew take up the Top Gear reigns. Two likely lads from Lancashire - Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff (England Cricketer) and Paddy McGuinness (from Max and Paddy fame) along with Chris Harris who survived from the previous series. Be prepared for some good old fashioned northern 'laddish' humour.

Bolivia Special

#1 - Bolivia Special

Season 14 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 27, 2009

Jeremy, Richard and James are dropped deep in the Bolivian rainforest armed only with three shabby 4x4s which they bought untested over the internet from local small ads for a maximum of 3500 pounds each. They attempt to drive them from the heart of Bolivia to the coast of Chile, encountering local drug lords, the debilitating effects of high altitude and the terrifying sheer drops of the infamous Death Road along the way.

star 8.42
2,478 votes
Directors: Nigel Simpkiss
Vietnam Special

#2 - Vietnam Special

Season 12 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 28, 2008

Arriving in Vietnam, James, Richard and James have to travel the entire length of the country in just eight days. But first they have to buy some suitable transport for the trip, and despite having several million Dong in their pockets, this proves to be rather more difficult than they expected, especially in one of the most expensive car markets in the world.

star 8.40
1,471 votes
Directors: Phil Churchward
Burma Special - Part 2

#3 - Burma Special - Part 2

Season 21 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 16, 2014

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May continue their journey in three ancient and barely functioning trucks, heading toward their final challenge - building a bridge over River Kwai in Thailand. Having climbed mountains and endured a Burmese trucker stop, they must now venture into the Shan state, an area rife with civil war and normally closed to Western TV crews.

star 8.32
1,818 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Why Ayrton Senna Was The Best

#4 - Why Ayrton Senna Was The Best

Season 15 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 25, 2010

Richard takes the Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 to Sweden for a race against some snowmobilers. James travels to Germany where he attempts to break his personal speed record in a brand-new version of the Bugatti Veyron. Jeremy Clarkson looks at the reasons why Ayrton Senna is considered the best driver of his generation.

star 8.31
2,462 votes
Stretch Limos

#5 - Stretch Limos

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 4, 2007

A stretch limo, why hire one when you can make your own? Step forward the Top Gear boys who do just that. On the track, two Ford Mustangs. Have the Americans finally built a car that deserves more than pointing and giggling from smug Europeans? Billie Piper is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.29
712 votes
Directors: Brian Klein
Botswana Special

#6 - Botswana Special

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 4, 2007

The boys travel to Africa with a mission: they must each buy a car – but not a 4x4 – for no more than £1,500. They must then drive the cars they buy across fairly unforgiving terrain in Botswana. Also, Stig’s African cousin makes an appearance.

star 8.27
1,430 votes
USA Special

#7 - USA Special

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 11, 2007

In this American special, Jeremy, James and Richard are on a fly-drive holiday with a difference. Instead of hiring a car, each has to buy a car for no more than $1000. Starting in Miami, they travel through Mississippi and Alabama and end their journey in New Orleans.

star 8.24
1,169 votes
The 24-Hour Race

#8 - The 24-Hour Race

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 9, 2007

Jeremy, James and Richard take part in Britcar 24, a 24-endurance race at Silverstone. James travels to Budapest to race the new Fiat 500 against boys on BMXs and Stig takes the Ascari A10 around the Top Gear track for a Power Lap. Keith Allen is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.23
930 votes
Directors: Brian Klein
Grand Tour of Romania

#9 - Grand Tour of Romania

Season 14 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 15, 2009

Jeremy, Richard and James take an Aston DBS Volante, a Ferrari California, and a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder to Romania in search of an obscure stretch of tarmac that some hardcore drivers claim is nothing less than the greatest road in the world. James compares two powerful limos, the BMW 760i and Mercedes S63 AMG. The star in a reasonably priced car is Eric Bana.

star 8.20
1,562 votes
Directors: Brian Klein
Episode 5

#10 - Episode 5

Season 21 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 2, 2014

Richard Hammond is in Abu Dhabi to drive a new hybrid sports car from Porsche, the 918, and test to see if it has what it takes to beat McLaren's hybrid hypercar, the P1. Jeremy Clarkson and James May are tasked with shooting and presenting a safe cycling public information film to an expert panel featuring Olympic gold medal-winning cycling legend Chris Boardman. Finally, Need for Speed and Breaking Bad star, Aaron Paul, is the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.'

star 8.19
1,683 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Amphibious Cars

#11 - Amphibious Cars

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired May 21, 2006

Jeremy, James and Richard each design their own amphibious vehicle and test it on a Stafforshire reservoir. Jeremy has a Toyota Hilux, James a Triumph Herald with a sail and Richard has a Volkswagen camper van painted to resemble a canal boat. The new Lotus Exige S is given the freedom of the Top Gear track and Philip Glenister is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.14
893 votes
Directors: Brian Klein
Africa Special: Part 2

#12 - Africa Special: Part 2

Season 19 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 10, 2013

In the second part of the Top Gear special, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May continue their epic African odyssey. Having survived insane traffic, lethal mudslides and some distinctly dubious map reading, the trio and their ailing estate cars reach the climax of their quest to find the definitive source of the Nile.

star 8.14
2,478 votes
Directors: Nigel Simpkiss
Writers: Richard Porter
Burma Special - Part 1

#13 - Burma Special - Part 1

Season 21 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 9, 2014

In the first of the all-new two-part special, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are on a mission to build a bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. However, in order to do so, they must first drive across a country that has been largely closed to Westerners for over 40 years: Burma. The trio must make this trip in three trucks that have been bought for a limited budget. Unsurprisingly, they are not quite as the presenters might have hoped or expected…What follows is an epic journey of beautiful scenery, regular adversity, ongoing malfunction, and the constant bickering between the three hosts.

star 8.13
2,035 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Africa Special: Part 1

#14 - Africa Special: Part 1

Season 19 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 3, 2013

The lads are in Africa to find the definitive source of the Nile by traveling further and faster than any exploration team in history using only grit, ingenuity, and three ageing estate cars.

star 8.12
2,576 votes
Directors: Nigel Simpkiss
Writers: Richard Porter
Episode 2

#15 - Episode 2

Season 21 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 9, 2014

Richard Hammond is on the shores of Lake Como testing the exciting new Alfa Romeo car against Jeremy Clarkson, who’ll be riding a quad bike. Meanwhile, James May is at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan looking at the incredible efforts behind the army's largest vehicle redeployment since the Second World War. Finally, Thor actor Tom Hiddleston is on the track as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.10
2,020 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Episode 5

#16 - Episode 5

Season 20 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 28, 2013

Jeremy Clarkson and James May investigate an increasingly popular type of tall hatchback often referred to as a 'crossover'. After deducing that these cars are designed entirely to appeal to caravanners, the pair pick examples from Mazda and Volkswagen then use them to spend a couple of days living like the kind of person who would buy one. Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is in Italy driving a pair of Lamborghinis, the sensational Aventador Roadster and a 2 million pound, 570 horsepower riot of carbon fibre and space age styling called the Sesto Elemento. Plus, James May is at the test track to drive a modern recreation of the classic Porsche 911 and Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler is the rock star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.09
1,991 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Motor Racing for Less than it Costs to Play Golf

#17 - Motor Racing for Less than it Costs to Play Golf

Season 18 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 11, 2012

The team sees if you can go motor racing for less than it costs to play golf. Richard takes the new BMW M5 on the Top Gear test track. Rock legend Slash and Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen are let loose in the reasonably priced cars.

star 8.08
2,761 votes
Writers: Richard Porter

#18 - Sumo

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 27, 2008

It's an epic age-old rivalry: Britain versus Germany - but this time it's serious. Germany's equivalent of Top Gear - D Motor - is up against dear old Blighty's magnificent original in a series of challenges. Richard drives a new Mazda concept car and James chauffeurs two sumo wrestlers in a rather odd Japanese car.

star 8.07
857 votes
Directors: Brian Klein
Italian Supercar Shootout

#19 - Italian Supercar Shootout

Season 18 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 29, 2012

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May head to Italy for a supercar shootout featuring the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Noble M600. Their trip starts at the incredible Nardo test track, a facility so massive it is visible from space, before heading north for a nerve wracking drive around the centre of Rome. The journey concludes at the legendary Imola circuit, a track challenging enough to have embarrassed many an F1 driver, with a timed challenge against the incredible skills of the Stig. Back in the studio, the presenters look forward to some car highlights of 2012 and another top celebrity guest takes the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.06
2,893 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Episode 4

#20 - Episode 4

Season 20 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May bring relief to flood-stricken areas of Britain by building a car that can turn into a hovercraft. After a bumpy start, the presenters demonstrate the brilliance of their creation with an eventful journey down the River Avon. Also in this show, Jeremy is on the track in the insane Mercedes SLS Black and the 739 horsepower SLS Electric, while Hollywood star Hugh Jackman is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.06
2,112 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Episode 4

#21 - Episode 4

Season 21 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 23, 2014

Jeremy Clarkson is in Italy to celebrate the return of the bespoke Alfa Romeo 8C. Richard Hammond is in the dunes of Abu Dhabi to drive a new six wheeled machine from Mercedes Benz – the G63 6x6 – which was originally developed for the Australian military but, with the addition of some chrome trim and leather seats, is now available civilians willing to spend over half a million dollars! Meanwhile, James May makes a rare visit to the test track to try out two new models from British sports car maker Caterham, and comedian Jack Whitehall is the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.’

star 8.04
1,624 votes
Writers: Richard Porter
Space Shuttle

#22 - Space Shuttle

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 18, 2007

Another day, another Porsche, but will Jeremy be able to tell the difference between this new 911 Turbo and the old one? He also drives the Brabus S Biturbo Mercedes SL. James and Richard try to turn a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle. Simon Pegg is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.04
851 votes
Directors: Brian Klein
Vauxhall VXR8

#23 - Vauxhall VXR8

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 2, 2007

Richard drives Renault's 2006 F1 car around Silverstone. The Vauxhall VXR8 is tested on the track and there's a BMW which can drive itself. James Blunt is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. Oh, there's some bloke called Lewis Hamilton, too.

star 8.03
618 votes
Directors: Brian Klein
E-Type 50th Anniversary

#24 - E-Type 50th Anniversary

Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 26, 2011

Jeremy drives a modern day interpretation of the E-type Jaguar as it celebrates its 50th birthday. Richard travels to South Africa where he test drives a larger, rugged alternative to the Hummer. James, with the help of Olympic athlete Amy Williams, takes a look at the latest Mini rally car. Alice Cooper as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

star 8.03
2,984 votes
Bullet Train

#25 - Bullet Train

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 13, 2008

In Japan, Jeremy is driving the Nissan GT R, while James and Richard travel on Japan's famous Shinkansen, or Bullet train. On the Top Gear track, the Alfa Romeo 8C is driven by Jeremy and the Stig. Fiona Bruce and Kate Silverton are the Star(s)in a Reasonably Priced Car.

star 8.03
845 votes
Directors: Brian Klein