Top Gear: Series 17 (Steelbook)Top Gear: Series 17
3-disc Steelbook DVD & BluRay, © 2012 BBC Worldwide

The seventeenth series of the world’s biggest and most explosive car show hits the shelves in three-disc DVD and Blu Ray sets, featuring the usual antics, stunts and sensational assortment of high-performance cars from around the world.

Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond travel to some spectacular locations across Europe – including Monaco, Italy and Albania – to pit man against machine. Each of our episode reviews can be found here.

Filled with the usual assortment of challenges, our intrepid trio look to reinvent public train travel with car-based trains, use surplus military vehicles to demolish buildings, and race hot hatches around the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.

Taking on a more retro approach, they also commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, investigate the rebuilding of the iconic Jensen Interceptor, and create a title sequence for an imaginary 1970s detective show.

Of course, the centrepieces of Top Gear are the cars, and the show again pulls out all stops. The Jaguar XKR-S is pitted head-to-head against Nissan’s GT-R, Lamborghini’s almighty Aventador is taken for a spin, and Lotus’ Formula 1-style T125 is raced around the Top Gear test track. Other cars featured include the Ferrari 458 Italia, Aston Martin’s Virage and McLaren MP4-12C supercar.

And the celebrities are also out in force to add their name to the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car honour roll. Musicians Alice Cooper and Bob Geldof, actor Rowan Atkinson and Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel are all on-hand to try and tackle the track’s lap record.

The third disc contains all of the bonus features from this series, which include:

  • James and Jeremy preview and review the season
  • Extended Star In a Reasonably Priced Car featurettes with Alice Cooper, Rowan Atkinson and Sebastian Vettel
  • James tackles the Nissan GT-R’s launch control

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Top Gear: Series 17

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Top Gear: Series 17 is available for purchase at major stores, retailing at $AU49.95 for the Steelbook and $54.95 for the BluRay. Our review copy was supplied to us by Roadshow Media.

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