Top Gear will soon be back, and it's looking better than ever.
We’re now over two-thirds of the way through season two of The Grand Tour. But don’t despair, because as soon as the Amazon show wraps up Top Gear will be back on our screens to fulfil your motoring TV needs. While The Grand Tour has its hardcore fans, last year’s season of Top Gear was very underrated and helped get the series back on track after Chris Evans left the show amid widespread criticism. In fact, it was arguably better than the first season of The Grand Tour, which suffered from inconsistent quality at times.
However, from what we’ve seen so far, Clarkson, Hammond, and May have listened to feedback, because the current season of The Grand Tour is a vast improvement. The bar has been set even higher, so the next season of Top Gear has a lot to live up to. After a brief teaser showing officer Ken Block in an extreme off-roader last month, a new trailer has been released for Top Gear season 25.
We get to see Chris Harris make a McLaren 720S go sideways because that's what he does best, while Matt LeBlanc is seen testing the off-roading prowess of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Other cars featured in the next series include the new BMW M5, Kia Stinger, Honda Civic Type R, and the Lexus LC. There’s no shortage of high-octane stunts either: Chris Harris rides in a "flying car" and endures some brutal punishment in a demollition derby, while the Stig drifts a V8-powered “Trac-Tor”. Business as usual, then. Main hosts Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris are all returning, but their co-hosts, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan, are curiously absent in the trailer.
It doesn't look like they'll be returning, then, although Top Gear's presenter line-up was getting a bit crowded. We won’t miss Eddie Jordan, who was used mostly for awkward comic effect, but Sabine and her expert track driving knowledge is a great addition to the show. There’s no start date for Top Gear season 25 yet, but BBC America has confirmed it will start this spring. Last year’s season premiered in early March, so we probably don’t have too long to wait. Let’s just hope it gets better viewing figures than last year.