Will you watch the extended second season of Top Gear USA?

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The History Channel revealed yesterday they planned to extend the second season of Top Gear USA and new episodes are already in production. The question is will you, the automotive obsessed at large, be watching it?

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It sure isn't easy trying to live up to the original Top Gear which is after all the most popular motoring show....in the world. Top Gear USA didn't exactly do themselves any favors with their first season that featured episodes anywhere from mildly entertaining to completely unwatchable.

Whether you love or hate Top Gear USA, you can't deny the second season is an improvement from the first. Ratings for the second season improved by 30% with an average of 1.9 million people watching each episode. Hopefully this trend will continue and the second part of Season 2 will be better than the first season and a half.

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It's not quite a Question of the Weekend, but we want to know where you stand on new American Top Gear. Sure it still doesn't compare to the UK version, but their first few seasons weren't exactly spectacular either. We want to know whether or not you will be watching when Top Gear USA comes back (exact dates have not yet been announced). Do you see the show getting better or is it just not enough to keep you interested?

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Mercedes Streeter

Being a younger Jalopnik reader, Top Gear is a recent discovery to me. One late weekend night in 2008 I was scrolling through random smart car oriented YouTube videos and came across one featuring a dragster trying to beat a red light cam...From that night on I came to love everything Top Gear...Even though I'm American, I watch with the UK season schedule online (so that I'm months ahead everyone else!) and have already burned through all of the pre 2008 seasons as well.

After the final show of the season I would have to hold back both tears and anger...Then would begin the long wait until the return of Top Gear UK...

Eventually I heard History was making a US version...Seeing how all official spin-offs had sucked I had absolutely no hope for them...

The first season was no more than an American rehash of past Top Gear UK episodes in one, not too entertaining but it filled the time that the UK series was off-air.

But then came the explosive second season. I have my complaints but just like with the UK season, I'm finding myself ensuring I'm right in front of a television screen every Sunday night. It's challenges were original, American, and very entertaining. With me driving a $1,000 car I found it fun to watch $500 cars battle it out on a road trip. And even they took a big jump with joining in with the American truck debate with an entertaining take on it...I've never seen a truck do a donut in my LIFE!

You don't have to be a petrolhead to enjoy Top Gear, it's informative and entertaining in one. Top Gear features just enough scripting and "as you go" acting and scenes that you don't feel like you're watching a movie.

With their time schedules for seasons being perfect, there's almost never a time Top Gear isn't in my life. When the awesome UK season's gone off air, I can now enjoy it with some American flavor and actually enjoy it!

And now Top Gear has its hands in gaming, that's a gamer petrolhead's dream come true!

Top Gear has become a part of me, from the "I AM THE STIG" decal on my Kia from my absolute maniac idea to wear a Stig helmet everywhere I drive.

LONG LIVE TOP GEAR!!!