We know, we know... you miss Top Gear. We do, too. But there won't be another new episode until December, and the new season isn't expected to start until January. So what are we to do in the meantime? Well, we could watch re-runs, but we've seen 'em all. We could watch the American version – and many of us do – but, you know – it's still not the same. Neither is Fifth Gear, for that matter. Fortunately the sun never sets on the Top Gear empire, and today there are different series set up in locations around the world.

As far as we can tell, in addition to the original on the BBC and the History Channel version we get here, there are also series in Russia, China, Germany and Korea. There was also an Australian series, but it was recently cancelled, meaning we have no other series available to us in English.

But does that mean we can't enjoy them? Well, maybe, but the Korean series, for example, isn't half bad – whether you understand Korean or not. The cinematography and production quality strike us as better than most of the spin-offs, if not quite as good as the original. But don't take our word for it: we've placed a few segments after the jump for your viewing pleasure. Like what you see? There's plenty more where that came from – just head on over to Top Gear Korea's YouTube channel.









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      john anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice the cool wall segment when they said seriously uncool they panned to ugly chicks and then they said sub-zero and they panned to hot chicks?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john anderson
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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never understood why they can't just internationally broadcast the original British version with the country-specific subtitling. I mean, what really makes Top Gear "TOP GEAR" is the personalities after all. I don't see why they have the need to push different international versions. It just doesn't make sense to me.
        Narom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Really? Whats considered a nice car in America could be considered a pile of crap in the uk and vice versa. Top Gear USA might rave about the Ford F150 because for some it's an ideal car, conversely pickups tend to be slated on TG because we just don't need them but a Renault Twingo may get a good review.
        Fazzster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I believe it coincides with the renewel of nationalism across the world. Koreans want to be Koreans, Germans want to be Germans etc. Globalization is proving to be a failure. I say Top Gear is hip to the times...
        phlavor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Because you can't effectively translate a culture through subtitles. I don't get all of the jokes on on the original and I'm half British. The Cool Wall is a great example of this. Koreans and Brits are not only going to have different touchstones of what's "cool", "cool" itself will have definitions.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        top gear UK doesn't quite work that well in the US with BBCA because they are cutting out some crucial moments for advertising. I hate commercials!
        gcervantesgf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I agree. These international versions really do not appeal to me as they just strike me as gimmicks.
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a good news for european carmakers who are planning to sell cars in Korea..
      Pdexter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah saw youtube links of the Korean show over at FinalGear (where else ;)) and really, cinemagraphy and the 3 guys felt the most Top Gear UK like, they felt natural. Nicely translated Top Gear Korea, i would watch it.
      ravingricefarmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      i was actually very impressed with the korean version. i thought it'll be cheesy, "japanese show" type to bring in more viewers however, they stuck with the top gear roots and its very good. i've watched original, usa, australian. first episode, they crashed korea's own "super car" spirra, which i was not expecting. the three characters/presenters are very distinctively different and are entertaining. its also very newbie friendly, they have subtitles explaining what "ABS, 4WD, Turbo, etc. etc." are as they're mentioned. this is because koreans aren't much of a car enthusiast as americans for example.
        dystroglycan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ravingricefarmer
        is there a rip with subs out there? or do i need to learn korean?
      A B
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is like the show that Japan would produce if their producers weren't stuck in 1970's thinking habits. Already the major car programs are dying out there. Sure, they're direct-to-video, but has Japan every had a car show that wasn't animated?
      J D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's your next challenge: Drive a trio of green Kimchi Cabs from the 1980's from Seoul, South Korea to Vladivostok, Russia without getting shot by the North Koreans or the Chinese.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      The cinematography is good just like the article says, but the lack of subtitles kills it for me...
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure the Korean version is good, but it's hard for me to enjoy watching Top Gear without understanding it. I don't just watch the show just so that I can look at cars, I watch it to get feedback on certain models and hear funny remarks coming from Jeremy Clarkson.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs more adorable Korean girls, but even though I didn't understand a word they were saying, I still found it rather captivating to watch.
      Mdriftda
      • 3 Years Ago
      and it appears just about every country is capable of producing a better top gear than top gear USA...
      wylin923
      • 3 Years Ago
      pass i prefer shows where the announcers and their girlfriends don't share the same size jeans.
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