I’m an enormous fan of the UK version of Top Gear and have seen every episode at least three times. After it was announced the show would return with a new cast, I was both hopeful and apprehensive to see what had happened to my beloved franchise. Now that I’ve seen the first episode, I think it might’ve been better…
Remember all those reports about new-Top Gear host Chris Evans consistently sounding like arrogant bastard? True or not, they crop up at least once a week. Apparently this week Evans told off the first studio audience of the rebooted show, so it sounds like they’re off to a great start!
The new Top Gear has been subject to strong opinions on both sides, prompted by both positive feedback at preview showings and struggles that started before filming for the show did. But the show’s new teaser doesn’t fit either of those angles—rather, it’ll may make for the most awkward 40 seconds of your day.
With its debut next month, the new Top Gear on BBC is doing a decent job of building anticipation despite its rough start. Preview clips had positive reviews before any of us got a glimpse at the show, and its newest trailer features Matt LeBlanc taking an Ariel Nomad off-roading in the Moroccan desert.
We know the first season of new Top Gear had to be shortened because they just couldn’t do enough filming, but what they did manage to shoot is right here, from Reliant Robins to Dodge Viper ACRs with machine guns on their roof.
This week, we warned you all of the “brief periods of loud engine noise” that would echo through London due to “an American Mustang” drifting around Tower Bridge on March 12. One of our Jalopnik readers went out and braved the noise, only to find Ken Block taking new Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc for a spin.
Top Gear’s new American presenter got a 1984 Nissan pickup truck from his dad as a first car, but since then he’s been stepping up his game, going through a couple of Ferraris before settling for a very scary Porsche. He also finds rear-engined cars to be the fastest.
That guy who played the goofy one from Friends, also known as Matt LeBlanc, was today named as one of the new presenters of Top Gear alongside British radio DJ Chris Evans. Along with the Stig, that makes for three hosts. But according to our count, the final total amount of on-screen talent will be at least five.
The BBC will announce multiple new additions to the Top Gear team soon enough, but as we wait for Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz to confirm our suspicions—or not—let’s have a look at how big a gearhead Matt LeBlanc really is.
Chris Harris? Sabine Schmitz? David Coulthard? Nope. Instead, it’s Joey Tribbiani’s time on Top Gear, ladies and gentlemen.
Oh, Kimi Raikkonen. Of all the living modern-day philosophers, you are surely the one who reigns supreme.