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New season of Top Gear parking at BBC America

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 18th 2009 10:02AM
Jermey Clarkson gets a throat full of bees test driving a car on Top Gear.The new season of Top Gear, the wonderfully politically incorrect car fest from the U.K., is set to premiere on BBC America Monday, August 17, 8:00 PM, ET/PT.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return to upset the delicate sensibilities of every bloodless turnip who ever surrendered to the dull wheel of a Prius with their endless passion for the world's most beautiful four-wheeled consumers of fossil fuels.

Long-time fans of the irreverent auto show will note that this is the final season for the Suzuki Aerio as the test vehicle in the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment. A collection of TV actors, athletes and government officials take the Aerio's rickety wheel in its final laps.

In addition to reviewing and test-driving the world's most expensive, luxurious and therefore inaccessible super cars, each Top Gear episode features a stunt or contest testing the boundaries of automobiles and human playfulness. This season is highlighted by a cross country race between an airplane and the Bugatti Veyron -- the fastest and most expensive production car ever made.

At its top speed of about 257 mph, the Veyron will run out of fuel in about 10 minutes. But that's fine because the tires will give out from friction and heat before fuel is a problem. If that last sentence interested you in the least, you'll dig Top Gear. If it doesn't, go feed the gerbil pedaling your hybrid and leave the living alone.

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Is it possible that Season 7 refers to when BBC AMerica started in the US? After all, US viewers had no way to watch previous seasons (or series) of Top Gear before that. At least, no easy way.

July 20 2009 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The "new season" is Series 7, confirmed here: http://www.press.bbcamerica.com/press/programoverview.jsp?program_id=107

The episodes airing on BBC Two in the UK currently are from Series 13 - episode 5 aired yesterday.

To quote an old NBC promo, "If you haven't seen it, it's NEW to YOU!"

July 20 2009 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan B

you can already watch this season in America on youtube...

July 18 2009 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jordan B's comment

Whenever I hear about people watching entire episodes of anything on YouTube, I wonder if I should drop my current career and become an optometrist.

July 20 2009 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The episode with the Veyron racing a fighter jet aired last week. The Veyron went a mile down a runway, turned around, and raced back. The jet blasted a mile into the air, turned around, and dived back to the finish.

And, as Alex99 said, they've been using a Chevy for a while now.

July 18 2009 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Wayne's comment

The Veyron racing an air force jet (1 mile drag race) is a different (later) episode to the Veyron racing cross country vs an airplane.

July 19 2009 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The current (midway thru Series 13) "reasonably priced car" is a Chevrolet Lacetti, which took over from the Suzuki Liana at the start of Series 8.

July 18 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can they really be considered new... when they are episodes from 2005?!?

July 18 2009 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yeah, I was just wondering... That "Bugatti Veyron vs plane cross counry race" was back in season 7, I think, and we're currently on season 13 here in Europe... That's a hell of a delay, I must say...

July 18 2009 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And this is exactly why I hate conventional television. They've already aired 4 or 5 episodes on BBC in the UK....why such a long delay to bring it to BBC America? Oh wait, they have to hack the show to bits to make it shorter so they can cram in commercials...

I'll stick to downloading.

July 18 2009 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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