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After months of waiting anxiously, the newest season of Top Gear finally premiered in the UK on Sunday, and though there were less cars than I would have liked, it looks like this season is shaping up to be quite entertaining. Season 15 started in usual Top Gear form as Jeremy Clarkson set out to review the $267,000 Bentley Continental Supersports--the first flex-fuel Bentley capable of running on either gas or biofuel.
Following Clarkson’s outlandish similes in yet another supercar, the antics continued as James May journeyed to the mouth of Iceland’s volcanoes in one of the Toyota Hilux pickups that the adventurous trio took on their Arctic Challenge back in 2007. Some are even going so far as to speculate that Captain Slow may have been the catalyst responsible for the volcano’s eruption that subsequently shut down European air travel for nearly two weeks earlier this year.
The jovial tomfoolery persisted as Top Gear introduced their new reasonably priced car, a dark red Kia Cee’d (as we predicted last week), and invited some British celebs to a Top Gear barbecue to break in the new ride and establish some lap times for the new leader-board.
The program finished up with Clarkson tickling our funny-bones with his theory on why three-wheeled cars never caught on. The star, or victim (depending on your point of view) of the segment: a Reliant Robin. Jeremy set out on a perilous 14-mile journey in the Robin, the subject of many jokes despite having a loyal following, on a quest to determine if driving the three-wheeled vehicle is a worthwhile pursuit, as it is treated like a motorcycle under British motoring law, and as such, owners pay less on vehicle registration tax. Will Jeremy survive his harrowing adventure? Or will our fearless hero meet his doom in the dastardly devil known as the Reliant Robin? Tune in somewhere online to find out! (Hint: Check our source below for the YouTube clips)