• Jul 14, 2008
Top Gear has turned its stellar production values loose on the GT-R. In the interest of compelling television, it's not just a review. In pursuit of hilariousness, May and Hamster set off on a bullet train to see if they can beat Clarkson to the final destination. It takes about the duration of the ride for Clarkson to figure out what half the buttons in the GT-R do, and May and Hammond don't have it any easier trying to communicate in Japanese to do simple things like figure out the train system and buy tickets. Hilarity follows, with part 1&2 after the jump.

[Source: GTR Blog]








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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm too lazy to read through all of the comments...but did he seriously say (at 14:48) "He can spot your beaver from a 1/2 mile away?" Even if he didn't say that, it's STILL HILARIOUS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Loved that Alfa 8c "review". He at least nailed it for me... damn i'm going to buy that car some day! It really is best looking car i have ever seen and in my opinion probally car that will in the future be one rare classic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only complaint I have is the delay Hammond and May have while trying to operate the ticket machine in Japanese. There's one which can display English right next to it. There always is, and you can even see the sign above them to the right that says "Tickets" in English. There would be a big button that says "English" on that machine.

      Otherwise, an entertaining segment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the only tv show I watch... and not even on a tv.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My sentiments exactly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That ep got me equally excited about the GT-R and the Japanese Public Transport system. Here I was thinking that 7 minute delays (and being 45mins late to work due to missed connections) was normal.
      I'm talking about Melbourne BTW, apparently its not as bad as Sydney but none the less, I am quite happy to sit in a traffic jam doing 2.5 km/h for an hour instead of dealing with trains and busses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Classic Top Gear episode. I love it when Jezza shares what he discovered on the internet. I honestly thought he was going to have a heart attack at the end. I'm actually looking forward to the US version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With Clarkson standing next to it you really get an idea as to the dimensions of the car. I've seen it, the GT-R, in person and I have to ask, is Jeeza really that tall?!

      Also, I'll take my GT-R how I take my Tumblers, in black.
        • 6 Years Ago
        IMDB says 6'5", or 196cm, so yeah. He's big.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really liked the cinemetography of the GT-R, but at the same time, it sort of made me question how authentic of a race this was. I mean the shots they had looked like they took a lot of time to setup. Also, I've never been to Japan, but it seems like there would be a lot of signs in English, especially at the trains stations and the ticket machines there (as someone mentioned above). And it seems like it wouldn't take 45 minutes to get a sat nav working again (even in Japanese), the car would most likely have a dedicated sat nav button (all other Nissan and Infinitis do). I haven't been watching TG for that long, I was wondering what ya'lls thoughts were on the authenticity of these races.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another incredible episode. How can we ever live without this show?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was one of the best episodes I've ever seen of Top Gear, though as someone who knows some Japanese I was cringing when any of them had to interact with a Japanese person.

      Also almost all train ticket machines in Japan (or at least the ones I've used) have a button that says "English" on them...
      • 6 Years Ago
      At 10:50 in part I, was that an automaton flag waver?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya, they have them here in Taiwan too.

        As far as the episode, not bad, always entertaining, but this one felt much more of a set up than usual. Nice cinematography tho!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best Top Gear I've seen in awhile.
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