Here’s what you can expect from Top Gear series 26.
We all feared the worse when Chris Evans took over as Top Gear's main host back in 2016. Thankfully, the show's disastrous comeback season is now a distant memory, and Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid have since made the show their own. That's good news for gearheads who now have two quality motoring shows to choose from.
Fans of Top Gear now don't have long to wait for season 26 either, which now has a start date following the trailer released a few weeks ago.
In the UK, Top Gear season 26 will premiere on BBC 2 on February 17. This will be the first time new seasons of Top Gear and rival show The Grand Tour have aired simultaneously, as season three of The Grand Tour hosted by Clarkson, Hammond, and May is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Sadly, US viewers will have to wait until April 25 to watch the new season of Top Gear when it airs on BBC America.
Top Gear season 26 will only have five episodes, which seems very short after a year-long wait. We’ll get to see the team discover the best supercar alternatives to traditional family wagons from Ferrari and Porsche, race to the top of a mountain in the UK’s smallest 4X4s, and embark on a road trip across Sri Lanka in Tuk-Tuk’s to prove their rigidity.
We’ll also get to see Chris Harris test the scary Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and there will also be a traditional cheap car challenge to see if you can buy a luxury Rolls-Royce or Bentley for the price of a Dacia Sandero.
Sadly, Top Gear season 26 will be Matt LeBlanc’s last. Later this year, Top Gear season 27 will introduce new hosts Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff, who will join Chris Harris. We’ll have to reserve judgment until their debut series has aired, but long-time fans weren’t happy about the announcement. Let's hope it's not another Chris Evans-esque disaster.