Fifth Gear tonight sees Vicki in the Skoda Fabia vRS, Tiff testing best small cars, Jason with the BMW M6 and Jonny on DIY car servicing.
With no Top Gear on TV now the latest series has ended (well, apart from the ‘Best of’ Sky+ insists on recording) it’s Fifth Gear for your TV petrolhead fix, with tonight’s episode – episode 6 – offering old-fashioned consumer advice as well as a bit of blasting and blatting in something interesting.
Vicki Butler-Henderson is off for a performance motoring triathlon in the company of Norwegian rally star Andreas Mikkelsen, with fun in a pair of single-seat race cars, a race against the clock in a 200bhp off-road buggy and a proper play and test of the appealing Skoda Fabia vRS (you can see a clip of the Fabia vRS test in the video below).
Tiff Needell is busy playing with the best small cars on the market to see if any can offer fun and protection from depreciation, so expect car park hooning, the odd judicious use of the handbrake and an unexpected conclusion.
Jason Plato gets to go and play with a car that is very appealing – the new BMW M6. With power from the M5 and a feel we prefer, the new M6 offers stonking performance and decent civility. But will Jason rate it over the M5 (we would if it were the M6 Gran Coupe)?
Finally, in a piece that could come from Popular Mechanics, Jonny demonstrates that despite the notion that modern cars need a laptop, not a mechanic, it is actually perfectly possible to do home car servicing using ojne of the latest drive-in DIY service centres.
Episode 6 of Fifth Gear is on Discovery tonight, 18th March, at 8pm.