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The times, they are a changin' for Top Gear. Everyone's favorite motoring show has undergone quite a few transformations over the years, and that doesn't look to stop with the next season. Viewers can expect to see a few sad but inevitable changes come to fruition, starting with the death of the Chevrolet Lacetti. For those of you who don't have an archive of creatively obtained episodes lurking about on your hard drive, the miserable little car had been the subject of abuse at the hands of a myriad of celebrities in the show's infamous "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment.

We're not entirely sure what happened, though we have to imagine it had something to do with repeated missed shifts and the fact that the sedan spent more time in low orbit than actually lapping the show's track. Either way, it's off for good, and you can expect the guys to send it on its way in style.

Then there's word that Clarkson, Hammond and May will actually be toning down the stunts this season. While speaking with The Daily Telegraph, James May said that things had gotten a little out of hand over the past few seasons, and that the show would be working to return to basics somewhat. We have no idea what that means, but we're guessing there might be a few less helicopter chases in the cards. But there will be explosions. Lots and lots of explosions...

[Source: Top Gear, The Daily Telegraph]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "May said that things had gotten a little out of hand over the past few seasons, and that the show would be working to return to basics somewhat."

      I have to agree. I found myself fast forwarding more and more through the stunts to get to the car tests.

      The stunts were getting to be too much and I'm glad they will be toning it down. I want to see exotic cars being tested and hopefully I'm in for a good TG season.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Good!

      The show is a little too dramatic nowadays. Back to the roots and the love of cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a comment to throw everyone off. BTW, they were spotted today near Key West Florida with a yellow Maserati GT, a cigarrette offshore power boat and a chase helicopter. They had the road shut down so no one could get too near, but my guess is they were racing down the 7 mile bridge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Lacetti may be a piece of crap, but it was still significantly faster than the Suzuki Liana that preceded it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as Clarkson and Hammond keep doing things to May's car during challenges :)

      One thing that I really enjoyed is when they look at unusual things, like Hammond checking out the buggies racing across the lake in Iceland, and the rally driving school when Mika Hakkinen gave May lessons
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is all Clarksons fault... he blew through their coffers testing the BMW X6. ;)

      Any way, it'll be fun to see them actually testing and reviewing cars again, and hopefully the entire interview segment will be removed. I don't mind seeing interviews, but Jezza is not the best one for the job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So does this mean no more "Star In A Reasonably Priced Car", or just that the Lacetti is being replaced with something else? I think it's time to retire that segment and come up with something new.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you are one to spend the 11$ (yikes) on the Top Gear magazine, in the back are the car listings, showing options, prices, specs.....

      in the chevrolet section, it says the Lacetti is gone, and the new RPC is the Chevy Cruze. not really a spoiler, if anyone is wondering. it has been printed in the mag like that for a couple of months.

      im glad they are getting back to basics. i just hope this season is NOT only 6 or 7 episodes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        About time to reset the leader board.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should try some stunts with a Tata Nano.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More challenges, less scripting please :)

      And its good to reset the RPC leader board because JK is good, but didn't really hold the record.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What do you mean "creatively obtained episodes lurking about on your hard drive." No need if you have BBC America! :-) I have it on auto-record on my DVR. Shame to see the Lacetti go. Hope they don't totally get rid of "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" that's one of my favorite segments of the show.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't BBC america like one or two seasons behind? And don't they cut the episode down?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys, they are not canceling the SRPC segment... Top Gear magazine said that the Lacetti will be replaced by a Chevy Cruze.
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