The New Season of BBC's Top Gear Begins February 17th

Season 26 of Top Gear kicks off on February 17th in England, with BBC America likely following on February 18th.


After a few faltering years post-Jeremy Clarkson, BBC's Top Gear is back and strong. Hosts Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid make the show as fun, interesting and unpredictable as it was during the best years of Clarkson, Hammond and May. The long-running show kicks off its 26th season on February 17th in England, and if history is any indication, it will probably air on BBC America the following day.

reports that Top Gear (the TV show) will air five hour-long episodes beginning on the 17th. Topics include "the best supercar alternatives to a family estate, racing to the top of a mountain using the smallest 4x4s in the UK, driving across Sri Lanka in Tuk-tuks, Chris Harris mostly sideways on our track in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and buying (and racing) used luxury cars for the price of a new Dacia Sandero."

This is the last season for Rory Reid and Matt LeBlanc. Season 27 will feature Harris alongside new hosts Paddy McGuinness and Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff. Reid will stay as the main host of Extra Gear, while LeBlanc, citing the grueling travel schedule involved in filming the show, will depart.

Judging by the season 26 trailer released a few weeks ago, the team had a ton of fun:

Traditionally, BBC America airs Top Gear episodes one day after they debut in the UK, meaning we expect the first episode of Season 26 to show up on Monday, February 18th. We've reached out to BBC America to confirm this, and will update this article once we've confirmed the air date for US viewers.

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