Italian Lessons is the eleventh episode of The Grand Tour. It was released on Amazon Prime on 20th January 2017.
This week, The Grand Tour is on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. Richard Hammond reviews the new Fiat Abarth 124 Spider, and later the American takes it around the Eboladrome. The car turns out to be the slowest around the track to date.
On Conversation Street, the presenters discuss why cars have leather seating, and the revelation that both Richard and James May no longer eat meat (except chicken). They also discuss the trend of cars being marketed specifically for women.
To prove that a second-hand Maserati priced under £8,000 are a better buy than a Ford Focus, the presenters travel to France for a series of tests with Jeremy Clarkson's Maserati Biturbo S Coupé, Richard's Maserati Biturbo 430 Saloon, and James' Maserati Biturbo Zagato Spyder. James May had to buy an automatic version because he injured his right arm prior to the challenge. The first test is a drag race against a modern car, and then individual flying laps around the racetrack.
The trio then embark on a road trip to the south of France. The cars soon show their technical problems. After a breakdown that requires Jeremy to urinate on his engine, they decide the south of France is too far, and the north of France is closer.
The guest on Celebrity Brain Crash this week is Chris Hoy. As he rows towards the tent across Loch Ness, the boat strikes an underwater mine. To fill the time Jeremy demonstrates a hands-free system for a car using a Bulgarian man, and an inexpensive massaging back seat using a Thai woman.
Arriving at Honfleur, they have to navigate extremely narrow roads. The three then decide on a bet – they will race back to England and the loser will have to sell their Maseratis. Jeremy's dies, but he continues the race with it on a tow truck. He reaches the ferry port, but discovers that his Biturbo fell off the tow truck while chasing Hammond. May launches his Spyder toward a boat and crashes in spectacular fashion. The presenters conclude that buying a second-hand Maserati will result in a 66% chance of it working.