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Fifth Gear is a television series that focuses on the automotive world. The show features several different hosts and drivers who test various vehicles in different conditions. The drivers on the show test both high-end, expensive sports cars as well as typical family vehicles to see how they handle real-world conditions as well as specialized tests.

Each episode of the series features a set of cars that are subjected to different tests to see how they perform. One episode involves crash tests while another is dedicated to seeing how SUVs perform in roll-overs. They also have cars do tricks such as drifting. The show also features interviews with famous racecar drivers.

Sometimes the tests involve pitting different cars against one another and seeing how they come out. One episode even ranks the best cars of the 1980's. Another episode is devoted solely to figuring out which Ferrari is the best in the world.

Some of the episodes are done tongue in cheek with a bit of humor. One episode involves having the mother of one of the drivers drive a Lamborghini. Of course, the machine is a lot for the mom to handle, and she has quite a time with it.

The drivers also run a bunch of different crash tests on the vehicle. One episode has them testing vehicles by running them into a lamp post. In another episode, they crash cars that are going at 120 miles per hour. They also test various engines against each in terms of figuring out what is the best, diesel or gasoline powered cars. The drivers are all professional but the show is not without hazards. In one episode, driver Tom Ford is trying to drift a van, and he ends up crashing, breaking his foot and several toes. Another driver suffered severe burns in a different episode. The shows gives out awards every year as well. The categories include Best Small Car, Best Family Car, Best Fast Car, and Car of the Year.

Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on five
27 Seasons, 220 Episodes
April 8, 2002
Automotive
6.3/10
Cast: Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato, Jonny Smith
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Fifth Gear Full Episode Guide

  • Tiff Needell and Jason take the new Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro out on the track. The team tests Volvo's new V60 estate, to see if it rivals offerings from BMW and Mercedes.

  • The team tries out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, top supercars are put through their paces.

  • Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok returns to battle Jason Plato on the track in two of the most sought-after super cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the Nissan GT-R Nismo.

  • Jonny Smith and Vicki Butler-Henderson go head to head as they review two 4x4 off-road vehicles. Plus, Vicki looks at some of the best deals to be found on SUVs

  • The team tries out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, top supercars are put through their paces.

  • Jason Plato is joined by former F1 driver Karun Chandhok to see who will be crowned king of the hot-hatches. The team test the first Mercedes pick-up truck, the X-Class.

  • The team try out a range of new tests, new races and new motors from around the world. As well as meeting motoring legends, they put top supercars through their paces!

  • Jason and Tiff test two saloons against each other on the track, the Mercedes AMG C63 S and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Guest star Ronnie O'Sullivan tests the DS 7 Crossback.

  • The presenting team test the Citroen C4 Cactus, a car with airbags on the outside, and find out how well it can stand up to some abuse. Vicki Butler-Henderson drives the BMW i8 to decide whether it's the future of supercar design. And Tiff drives a forty-year-old Formula Ford racing car with a special story to tell, then finds out if it can beat a modern day Lotus with twice the power.

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