It's the news we've all been waiting for: the imminent return of everyone's favorite car show, Top Gear. The hit BBC television program has been on break since the 16th season ended on February 27 with episode 6, in which Hammond drove the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40, May tested NASA's new lunar rover and Clarkson raced the sun in a Jaguar XJ.

Now FinalGear.com – the website that tracks everything Top Gear – reports that the new season (that's #17 if you're counting) will begin airing on June 12. The report comes courtesy of the May issue of the Dutch edition of Top Gear magazine.

So what can we expect from season 17? Hard to say – so far we know Clarkson and May have driven a pair of electric cars, we've heard the newly-crowned brother-in-law Prince Harry could be making his way to the Dunsfold Aerodrome (a.k.a. the Top Gear test track) and we've seen reports that the McLaren MP4-12C may have already claimed the fastest lap time on the board. For everything else, we'll just have to wait (less than a month now, mind you) to find out.

UPDATE: FinalGear.com is now reporting that the Dutch edition of Top Gear magazine has retracted its earlier statement about season 17 of Top Gear premiering on June 17, though it will reportedly still premiere some time in June.


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      Dapper_Otter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did Prince Harry have a secret Vegas wedding or something?
      Hal
      • 3 Years Ago
      The BBC should rename it: Over The Top.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd really love this show, were it not for all the retards at work that quote their "reviews" as if they are the bible. Car-guys know its just for entertainment, and the footage is staged and the reviews highly biased (especially when british heritage or american cars are in play), but unfortunately the average Joe does not and will assure you a NSX can best a C6 in the 1/4 mile and the C6 has a back breaking stiff suspension because Jeremy Clarkson says so.
        Svartorn
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Exactly. It is like a Monty Python car show. Many people just don't get it, and that is fine. They can watch Glee or whatever simpleton shows they can follow.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Svartorn
          [blocked]
          designermart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Svartorn
          Simpletons dont get it ? So Top Gear is now a complex tv show only understood by professors ?
          diablo000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Svartorn
          @designermart No, the fact that it is an entertainment show, and not a news/reviews show such as MotorWeek is too much for their simple minds to comprehend.
          htay9500
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Svartorn
          ^^Don't get it twisted.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        "Car-guys know its just for entertainment, and the footage is staged and the reviews highly biased (especially when british heritage or american cars are in play)" TG caters to a British audience first and foremost. Therefore it makes commentary regarding the issues surrounding the British motoring scene, industry, transport infrastructure and general aesthetics. If you've followed TG's work over the past thirty years, you'll know that the present format has aonly been around for the past ten years or so, but it still tackles British motoring issues even if they're in less detail as they used to be. As far as American cars are concerned, they are judged based on the realities of owning them within a British - or European - motoring environment. And there are precious few American cars which truly cater to that environment.
      designermart
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much of my tv licence money is wasted on this rubbish show. I'd be quite happy to pay a little extra tv licence to have the stig run them all over with a bus.
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Top Gear so much. I often find myself watching something pretty decent on TV, then realizing that I'd rather watch the Vietnam special for the umpteenth time. It's simply a brilliant combination of so many genres. It's a talk show, a comedy show, a game show, a reality show, a travel show, an automotive show. It's everything, and everyone loves it.
      Mazdarocks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mexican Ambassador: Please don't bust my balls this season, I want to enjoy my burrito, and cerveza.
      Tim Irizarry
      • 3 Years Ago
      YAY!!!!!
      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dont you mean Prince William? Is there any proofreader/fact checker working at autoblog, these mistakes are getting more embarrassing every day.
        Jamie Stark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        Prince Harry will be the one on Top Gear, yet his brother William is the one who was "recently wed". So yes autoblog, get your facts striaght
        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        Listen, it wasn't a big story in the news. A lot of people missed hearing about the wedding, so it's understandable that Autoblog might not get it correct. Hell, most people haven't even heard that bin Laden's dead. (It was a page 10 story.)
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ohhh yes.
      JayP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woot!
      J Shep
      • 3 Years Ago
      F Yeaaaaa
      Savvy Mommy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm excited to see what the new season will have the guys doing... and to see what The Stig is up to. Am I the only one wondering how Prince Harry could have been mistaken as "newly-wed" in this Auto Blog post? I thought everyone was forcefed Prince William wedding news over the last several weeks...
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