Let’s all hope this trailer is the start of something great for the show

The 24th season of Top Gear is scheduled to premiere on March 5 in the U.K. and March 12 here in the U.S. We already know the details to that. What we still don’t know, or have little knowledge about at this point, is whether or not this new iteration of the show is going to better than the disaster that was last season. It is pretty funny that our expectations have dramatically dropped in a season’s time, but that just points to how bad season 23 was for the show and the BBC. But things are now looking up for Top Gear, and if this new trailer is any indication, the hit motoring show could be rounding into form at just the right time.

It’s safe to say that Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid will never have the same kind of chemistry that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May had. Last year’s host, Chris Evans, tried to dip his hands into that barrel, only for the barrel to blow up in his face. But after watching this new trailer, it appears that the BBC should have gone with the trio of LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid to replace their iconic predecessors in the first place.

Sure, the dialogue may have been kept at a minimum in the 60-second ad, but all three appear to finally be in their element. That’s especially true for LeBlanc, who’s Hollywood background made him an odd choice for some people last year. But give credit to Joey Tribbiani for coming into his own. He seems more relaxed now and his commentaries, limited as they were in the trailer, now come from a place of confidence. The same can be said for Harris and Reid, who themselves look to have come into their own given how happy they seem to be in the trailers.

We’re not going to pass judgment of Top Gear ahead of season 24. That’ll happen at some point in the next few months. But as far as promising trailers are concerned, this new one hits a lot of our sweet spots.

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Season 24 is looking more and more promising

I don’t know if it’s just me or if it’s the natural inclination to hope for the best, but I’m looking forward to this season’s Top Gear, if only because I just want to bury any memory of last season as far down my head as possible. I’m not the only one who thinks like this, right?

Whatever it is, my favorite part about this new trailer is that the BBC wisely kept it largely about the cars. Sure, the hosts got their screen time, which is to be expected. But if Top Gear really wants to get back to the good graces of the people who have been watching it all these years, it needs to make sure that it puts the cars front and center, minus all the gimmicks and wise cracks.

The show is still about cars after all, and putting the spotlight on these cars will bring back a lot of the people who got truly disenchanted by the train wreck that was last season, myself included. The trailer partly accomplishes that because it featured a lot of cars. It had the Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari FXX K, Lamborghini Huracán Spyder, Ford GT, and Aston Martin DB11. And those are just a small sample of the cars that we can at least expect for the 24th season.

In other words, the trailer tells us that Top Gear really wants to win us back. The combination of all that four-wheeled sinfulness, coupled with the presence of a hosting trio that appears to know what they’re doing, is making me excited and hopeful. I’m not quite back to where I was during the Clarkson, Hammond, and May days, but if this is going to be how the new show is treated, I might find myself back to being a fan of the show sooner than I expected.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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