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Jeremy Clarkson waxes euphoric about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage - Click above to watch the video

Internet rumors are a funny thing. Back during the last presidential campaign, 10% of voters polled thought Barack Obama was a Muslim... until his campaign staffers came out and denied he was a Muslim. Then 14% of us thought he was a Muslim. And you can see the same thing happening with another bout of "Top Gear is dead!" rumormongering. Seriously folks, the "TG is dead" gossip that accompanies the end of every single season is getting just as old as "Will Brett Favre come out of retirement?" Both have surpassed the point of story and are now borderline ritual. Actually, it's looking like this year, Favre's staying on the farm down in Mississippi. Which makes the Top Gear rumors even more annoying.

The last segment of the last episode of Season 13 showed an uncharacteristically toned down Clarkson waxing extra-poetic about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and how he fears that because of environmental worries, the busted global economy and the particularly British "War On Speed," that the days of the supercar are finished. As a result, he seems a bit sad. So sad, in fact, that many around the globe (and especially those at their keyboards) started in with the inevitable, "Top Gear is dead" refrain. Well, that and James May might have been seen crossing a street not wearing any shoes. But guess what? Everyone's favorite car show is coming back for a 14th season.

According to both The Sun and some website called Top Gear, Jezza, Hammond and May are going no where. Says Clarkson, "I can assure everyone I'll be back in November doing Top Gear. We're filming the next series and already have several things in the can. I couldn't think of anything I'd want to do more." So you heard it here first – Top Gear Season 14 starts in November. Amazing what a bit of research can do, no?

Speaking of which – we unearthed Clarkson's actual review of the V12 Vantage. And much unlike the three sentences he said about the car for the now infamous segment, Jeremy didn't like Aston Martin very much at all. See, Jeremy thinks that the real top Aston is the DBS. But it costs $269,000. Now, the V12 Vantage goes for $209,000, but is the new car 99% of the DBS for $60,000 less? Says Jezza, "I was pondering this earlier on today while blasting down a sun-flickered Cotswold road in my wife's 4.7-liter V8 Vantage convertible. And then the obvious answer hit me: The car I'd buy is the one I was in." Indeed. For those interested parties, the notorious video is posted after the jump.

[Sources: The Sun; Top Gear]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      "We will all have to adjust to more modest motoring: but it will still be fun."

      Having recently driven an electric Tesla Roadster like a bat out of hell on twisty mountain roads in Northern California, I think there's hope for even the thrill seekers among us, Colin. Just may take some patience.

      Since utility PG&E claims that 51% of its power mix is "climate neutral and/or renewable," I felt at least halfway eco-righteous -- without having to get anywhere near a Prius.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who ever said it was dead...???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Infamous? Really?

      1. having an extremely bad reputation: an infamous city.
      2. deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable: an infamous deed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I loved that segment. I hope Jeremy's wrong, but who knows? Everyone seems hell-bent on having government nannies looking after us, and that pretty much means anything beautiful gets squashed. I'm glad you guys checked it out, and I'm looking forward to season 14.

      Regarding research, a young Barry Soetoro did attend a Muslim school from the ages of 6-11. Not sure how Obama wound up in a post about Top Gear, but here we are. I can understand how some people get the wrong idea, even after 20 years in a Christian church. The man has the advantage of being able to play it both ways. Anyway, only saying because Jonny brought it up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm old enough to remember when the catalytic converter spelled the death of performance motoring. Performance motoring seems alive and well, albeit a bit different than the monstrous V-8's of the 60's and 70's.

        Re: Obama's education...

        It was 2 years in a muslim school (But an open, public school, with a multiplicity of religions attending, not a madrassa), and two years in a catholic school. That's based on President Obama's writings, as well as a report on CNN from Jan. 2007.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, I didn't hear it here first. I heard it on the Top Gear Transmission Blog less than a day after the show ended on Sunday evening.
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      Next you'll tell me the NSX might be coming back as a hybrid, or a V10, or a hybrid V10.

      Oh wait, no: it's canceled again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh, who are the "many around the globe" that thought Top Gear would die?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am confused by Aston Martin's strategy.
      You can get a V8 Vantage for $120-130,000 or so.
      Then the DBS costs a ridiculous $270,000 even though it looks a lot like the Vantage.
      Now they want to charge $210,000 for the V12 Vantage???
      Almost $100,000 just for a different engine and some ugly hood louvers?
      Clearly a smart person would buy either the V8 Vantage or the convertible version and be very happy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That person would then forever be slower than the guy who bought the V12 and therefore be inferior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's "bout," not "bought..."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Knew I shouldn't look at the comments, but can't help myself (wine taken). Leaving aside the whole 'TG not dead' breaking non-story, if the same people who are worried about TG's imminent death have such short attention spans they'd already forgotten the far more explicit reference to it's return in November during the news section in the same episode surely it's debateable they would even miss it?

      Seconding EU_reader, all this pointless speculation is laughable as it pointless.Top Gear is one of BBC2's highest (if not THE highest) programme with ~7m viewers, one it's most successful shows on BBC worldwide. Cancelling the show would hurt even Clarkson's pocket, never mind the other two: so unless there's some major upset there will be a a season 14, and 15... so on and so forth. And even if the BBC cancelled it, do you think that would be in the end? Then go spend 5 minutes researching the genesis of Fifth Gear.

      But he point he made in the Aston piece is a valid one - and it's about motoring in general rather than TG in particular. In the UK, the myth of speed - and only speed - as the root of all motoring evil has taken root: the new 50mph limit looks scarily possible; despite the fact that less than 10% of the UK's CO2 footprint is from cars they're public enemy no.1 in that regard too. Unfortunately a 510hp V12 is more likely to be a posterboy for the opposition - and even as a petrolhead I have to question the AM's real world relevance: how fast I go is secondary how FUN I go, and I'm man enough to admit that I'll run out of talent before it breaks a sweat - where's the fun in that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In other news, Paul is the walrus, and is indeed dead.

      It is like the lyrics in the MST3K theme song; "Remember it is just a TV show, you should really just relax".
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