Top Gear is, in some ways, a victim of its own success. When it declares a road the best in the world, like it did with Romania's Transfagarasan Highway during its 14th season, you can't blame people for showing up and wanting to check it out. Of course, then the road becomes clogged with tourists and is less fun to drive.

But is it possible that there is an even better driving road in Romania? One that is higher, smoother and undiscovered by tourists – at least not yet? Henry Catchpole from Evo thinks that he may have found it while driving a Jaguar F-Type V8 S that makes a sound that evokes a World War II British fighter plane.

Scroll down to take a brief trip to Romania and bask in the wonderful roar of this topless Jaguar.


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      Robert Calinescu
      • 10 Months Ago
      Drove trough Transfagarasan in an Audi S8 one late evening in the summer of 2011. Like the evo guy said, when you come over on the other side descending its a totally different experience with the road laid out ahead of you. Right as I hugged the corners on my way down without any traffic what so ever, the sun was also setting so we chased each other downwards. Can say that I had a tear in my eye when i entered the woods at the foot of the mountains later on and when I emerged it was already dark. Best drive of my life and proud to call that country home!
      Mihai
      • 10 Months Ago
      got to say i own a Mini Cooper S with JCW tunning for allmost 4 years and last year in early autumn was the first time i drove on Transfagarasan after 2 failed attempts before that :). First time was in the spring and a huge snow avalanche blocked the road just before the hairpins start then second time my radiator fan stopped working, again just before the hairpins started. Finally in early autumn I had the chance to drive all the way from Pitesti on the Transfagarasan road to the other side of the mountain pass and I must say that was the time I felt like my MINI experience was complete :). I am saying this because after seeing this video from EVO I defintelly have to get a rear wheel drive car :). You said the V8 was a better choice for the road trip, but I am afraid for both Transfagarasan pass and transalpina pass, the V6 S would have been by far a better choice. Unfortunatelly I only drove on Transalpina in a diesel Kia Ceed estate but even then that road seemed very dangerous even though it was summer and dry. I am a fairly good driver but driving with a V8 F type on Transalpina when raining has got to take some guts :).Saying this I definitelly have to take my MINI there…I saw part of the road had those concrete barriers installed on the outside of the road so at least I can drive flat out on that portion :). Last thing, an advice for everyone who wants to go to Transalpina and Transfagarasan: DO NOT GO THERE ON A WEEKEND OR NATIONAL HOLYDAY !!! GO ON A TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY, MAYBE MONDAY ALSO… going on weekend is useless if you want to enjoy at full potential the amazing roads. friday saturday sunday and sometimes on thursdays and mondays(mondays because is the start of the work week and many trucks and company cars still use that road to Sibiu) the roads are very crowded like the EVO guys in the video. I went there on a Tuesday or Wednesday and I only had to pass like 3 cars on the way up the hairpins...
      Hazdaz
      • 10 Months Ago
      Amazing looking trip all around - fantastic looking car, with a brilliant sound on some thrilling roads. Lucky dude.
      Johnny Lingo
      • 10 Months Ago
      I was so immersed, I waved at the lady at 5:58. Forgot I wasn't actually there...
      MPLS612
      • 10 Months Ago
      Such a good looking car.
      Vlad Popescu
      • 10 Months Ago
      describe it however you like: sinuous, tortuous, mad, absolutely bonkers, even suicidal. it doesn't matter. the place is a replete with marvel, mystery and, and yes, paralyzing traffic. but again, it doesn't matter. because for all that the despots of yore were crazy, they were also mad geniuses. and what better way to traverse it than alongside the guttural roar of a fire-breathing jaaaggg. #brilliant
      Sean
      • 10 Months Ago
      I've watched this video more times than I care to. Catchpole's brilliant on cam (and it's great to see him crack a smile because he's typically reserved with his expressions), the F-Type is earsex, the roads are brilliant, and the production is amazing. Willcontinuetoreplay/10
      Jared
      • 10 Months Ago
      Top Gear
      Koenigsegg
      • 10 Months Ago
      gimme
      Car Freak
      • 10 Months Ago
      great post, but imotonewsblog ha this up link 2 days now
      sparrk
      • 10 Months Ago
      Those old Dacias are actually Renault 12 models built under license.
      REMUSRM
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nice, but driving on the Transfagarasan I could say is way better. The other road seems hollower and more of a straight/fast driving rather than a precision drive the other is.
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