The fifteenth season of Top Gear commenced broadcasting on the BBC in the UK just S15E01 Reliant Robinthree weeks ago, and we’ll be bringing our international readers a taste of what you can expect when this hits your TV screens!

Having run so successfully for such a long time, a franchise such as Top Gear risks becoming stale if it starts to run out of ideas, but very much like The Simpsons, the show’s producers have continued to come up with novel concepts to weave into this ever-beautifully produced show.

Fortunately there will always be new-release cars to test, and Jeremy Clarkson is afforded the opportunity to test drive Bentley’s Continental Supersports. While initially impressed with its incredible road-handling for such a heavy car, he is put off by its weight and admits he would rather drive an Aston Martin DBS V12.

The most impressive segment of the episode occurs when James May is given the task of driving the camera crew’s Toyota Hilux (made famous in the Polar Special episode) to the lip of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, the one notable for bringing European air travel to its knees in April. This particular story, while certainly topical, is beautifully shot and the extent to which the Hilux was modified to cope with driving on the incredibly hot lava is indeed impressive.

With the Chevrolet Lacetti now proving very long in the tooth – and no longer manufactured – it’s time to unveil the third “Reasonably Priced Car” in the Top Gear franchise. But before this can happen, the Lacetti is afforded a spectacular “Viking funeral”, with Richard Hammond arguing that the death of a longstanding car should be afforded similar status to a death in the family.

The new “Reasonably Priced Car” is revealed as the KIA Cee’d, and to kickstart the new laptime board, the team holds a summer barbecue with an open call for celebrity guests to come along and have a go. The likes of Nick Robinson, Al Murray, Peter Jones, Peta Todd, Johnny Vaughan, Bill Bailey, Louie Spence and Amy Williams all have a crack at posting the quickest lap in the new car.

Lastly, Clarkson investigates the British Government’s decision to classify three-wheeled cars as motorcycles, which afford their drivers the chance to pay less road tax. He then takes on the task of driving the most famous three-wheeled car of them all – a Reliant Robin – from Sheffield to Rotherham, and discovers the other famous handling characteristic of the Robin: its unerring ability to topple over.

[Original image via Daily Mail]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.