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Old 10-07-2006, 03:39 AM   #1
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Default 5th Gear - S10 EP5 - 23rd October, 2006 - Discussion

Jason Plato takes the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 for a test-drive to find out if itís the ultimate American muscle car. Available only as an exclusive import from the US, itís the cheapest production car available with 500 horsepower. Is this £40,000 coupť with supercar performance any good, or will it suffer from the traditional deficiencies of an American car and handle like a shopping trolley?

Elsewhere, Jonny Smith races the worldís biggest mower, the £250,000 Claas Cougar. This giant machine looks like something out of ĎThunderbirdsí, and with its record-breaking 14-inch cutting width could mow Hyde Park in just three hours. Jonny is given a Volkswagen Touareg, the best 4x4 for pulling things, and a gang mower to tow behind it. Which will mow ten acres first?

Also this week, Tiff Needell finds out if you can have as much fun in the tiny Suzuki Swift Sport as you can in a Ferrari. The Suzuki is a new sporty version of their small shopping car and costs just over £11,000. Tiff sees if a Swift, tuned at the famous Nurburgring race circuit, is as rewarding to drive as a supercar across some epic Welsh roads.

Tom Ford finds out if quad bikes are dangerous, as the high-profile crashes by people such as Ozzy Osbourne and Rik Mayall might lead us to believe. Now that road-legal quad bikes are available to buy, their sales are increasing. After participating in an official training course, Tom takes to the road and nearly comes a cropper at the first roundabout...

Finally, Tim Lovejoy chases criminals with the policeís Rapid Response Unit. As well as revealing new technology that lets a police computer scan the number plate of every vehicle that drives past a police car, Tim discovers there is still a place for oldfashioned policing techniques when they pull over a succession of suspicious drivers. He also gets some inside knowledge useful to every driver.
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