The sixteenth series of Top Gear aired during 2011 on BBC Two and consisted of 6 episodes, beginning on 23 January and concluding on 27 February. The series was preceded by two specials in December 2010, the first of which was aired on 21 December and entitled "East Coast Road Trip", with the special being an exception to others in that it had more studio segments and a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment within the episode; the second special was a full-length special edition entitled "Middle East Special", which aired five days later on 26 December. Following Ben Collins' departure, a new Stig was introduced.

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  • The sixteenth series of Top Gear aired during 2011 on BBC Two and consisted of 6 episodes, beginning on 23 January and concluding on 27 February. The series was preceded by two specials in December 2010, the first of which was aired on 21 December and entitled "East Coast Road Trip", with the special being an exception to others in that it had more studio segments and a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment within the episode; the second special was a full-length special edition entitled "Middle East Special", which aired five days later on 26 December. Following Ben Collins' departure, a new Stig was introduced. (en)
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  • Series 16, Episode 1
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  • The trio head to Albania on a road trip with three cars to see which will be best for the "Albanian Mafia" - May believes the new Rolls-Royce Ghost will be suitable, Hammond thinks it will be the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG, while Clarkson proves it will be the "Bentley Mulsanne" . On their trip, they see if they squeeze the "body" of a fat man into each car's boot, hold a drag race on an airfield, and try to escape from the Albanian police after "robbing a bank". Meanwhile, Clarkson compares the Ford Focus RS500 with the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 and the one-off Polestar Racing Volvo C30 Performance Concept, while chat show host, Jonathan Ross, returns after 15 seasons to see how much improved he will be in the Kia Cee'd. Note: Jonathan Ross' Power Lap was originally planned for Series 15, but for unknown reasons it was postponed until this series.
  • May heads to the track to look at the latest edition of the Atom, the Ariel Atom V8, while Clarkson decides to do a proper road test on the Skoda Yeti and see if a helicopter can land on it. Elsewhere, the boys introduce their new Stig, Hammond races against a Porsche 997 Turbo S Cabriolet in a one mile drag race with a difference, while comedian John Bishop gets his turn in the Kia Cee'd.
  • Following the snow problems caused in 2010 by a lack of snowplows and the money to run them, the presenters wonder if it might be cheaper to convert and utilise combine harvesters for the job when they are not helping to harvest crops. To find out, the trio convert a Claas combine harvester into a "snow-bine", complete with gritter and a flamethrower at the back . Finding that England is not expecting snow anytime soon, upon completing their creation, the trio opt to take it over to Norway, where in a series of tests, they struggle to clear a runway on a frozen lake, make a mess of things in a local village, before attempting to open up a mountain pass with the snow-bine. Elsewhere, Clarkson tries out both the BMW M3 Competition Pack and the Audi RS5 on the track, while Amber Heard is the latest star setting a lap time in the Kia Cee'd.
  • Seeking to re-enact the Three Wise Men's journey to Bethlehem, the presenters head to their starting point in northern Iraq, with each bringing with them a second-hand two-seater convertible, bought from Georgia on a budget of £3,500 - Jeremy picks a Mazda MX-5 for the job, Richard chooses a Fiat Barchetta and James goes for a BMW Z3. Landing at Arbil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan by cargo plane, the presenters face an extensive array of barriers and so find themselves trying to find a safe route to their final destination. Along the way, the trio try to cross into Iran with little success, find themselves driving fast for safety after mistakenly entering the region of Şırnak in Turkey during Kurdish insurgents' attempts to claim it, modify their cars to cross the deserts of Syria, find gifts for the "baby Jesus" in Damascus, head into Jordan and stop at a two-thousand-year-old Roman circus in Jerash to invent the sport of "Old Testament NASCAR", visit the Sea of Galilee, and stop off at the Mount of Olives to look over Jerusalem and decide who had brought the best car on their journey, with all of them concluding that Hammond's Fiat is the best. Their trip ends with them guided to a nativity scene, where they bring their gifts to the baby Jesus, only to make an unexpected discovery. Note: The closing credits were played out with the song, "When a Child is Born", by Johnny Mathis.
  • Clarkson is in a race against "God", as he sets off from England's westernmost point at Land's End, Cornwall in a Jaguar XJ at sunset, and attempts to get to its most easternly point at Ness Point, Suffolk, before sunrise on the shortest night of Summer. Meanwhile, Hammond takes a look at the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959, May gets to drive the Space Exploration Vehicle from NASA, and John Prescott arrives in a chorus of boos as he sees how he fared in the reasonably priced car. Note: The 'Car vs. The Sun ' film was originally planned for Series 15, but for unknown reasons the film was postponed until this series.
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  • The sixteenth series of Top Gear aired during 2011 on BBC Two and consisted of 6 episodes, beginning on 23 January and concluding on 27 February. The series was preceded by two specials in December 2010, the first of which was aired on 21 December and entitled "East Coast Road Trip", with the special being an exception to others in that it had more studio segments and a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment within the episode; the second special was a full-length special edition entitled "Middle East Special", which aired five days later on 26 December. Following Ben Collins' departure, a new Stig was introduced. (en)
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