For those familiar with Fifth Gear, it's a welcomed alternative if you have burnt yourself out from watching 12 hours straight of Top Gear on torrents and BBC America reruns. The show is hosted by former TG presenters Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, along with two-time BTCC champ Jason Plato and auto journalist Jonny Smith.

Now word comes that the British enthusiast program will be joining Discovery's Velocity network and its automotive-based lineup. The placement makes sense, as Fifth Gear airs on the UK's Discovery network.

If one were to compare the two shows, Fifth Gear is a more grounded and traditional car review show than the bigger-budget extravaganza that is Top Gear. Needell and Co. still test some of the most powerful automotive machinery in the world, but the format does not tend to include the outlandish competitions and outsized personalities of its better-known rival. Top Gear may have the more epic production values, but Fifth Gear is more rooted in reality and more focused on presenting the car-related facts.

Fifth Gear powerslides onto the Velocity channel this October – check out the trailer below.


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      Dirty_chicane
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember way back when Speed use to show 5th Gear, but now it's just shows starting with the word NASCAR. Velocity could easily become a better Motorsports and auto channel if the could secure some series rights.
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Velocity, Please replace 'inside west coast customs' with this show. I am so sick of the d*****bags on that effin show. Yo bro lets put some mad tyte 23" reeims on dis 66 Nova and paint it hot purple. That era is over, time to move on...
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I ilke Fith gear, great driving scenes and good commentary. Not every car show has to try and ape TG.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        They had a wobble a few years back when they began aping top gear for a season but thankfully that didn't last for long. Jason and Tiff are a golden duo I find.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      TG has become a parody of itself. I welcome other alternatives.
      The Stig
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope fifth gear will be an hour long. Fifth gear is like Motorweek with better hosts/drivers. Heck I even like Motorweek better than Top gear. Top gear almost don't do reviews on cars anymore compared to before. Just a bunch of car challenges and stupid quotes from Clarkson how he hates America, where he just had a vacation recently..idiot!
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tiff Needle is cool but I really like Vicki !
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've warmed quite a bit to 5th Gear. I consider their opinions of the cars to be more factual than what is said on Top Gear. I also like the dynamic between Tiff and Jason.
      TrippulG3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm really looking forward to this. Although I still love TG, it is getting a bit long in the tooth. I like Fifth Gear's more-easily-digestible half-hour format...not a lot of nonsense, they just get to the point, give their opinions, and there you have it. And more VBH in my living room is always nice too...
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrippulG3
        I think they may be going back to an hour long format.
      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good show. I'm all in.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      About freaking time. After FUX took over Speed Channel years ago and took good shows off the air to bring you more Nascrap there has been a huge opportunity to fill other channels with quality auto shows.
      tltyler61
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good, officially sick and@%! tired of anything top gear or clarkson related. get off of my tv and off of my driving games. Top Gear test track is a P.O.S, sick of seeing it or hearing about it. give me tiff and plato anytime
        RTHKI
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tltyler61
        Someone's a little mad.
        CMusic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tltyler61
        I've watched several seasons of Fifth Gear. Sometimes they use the Dunsfold Aerodome airfield, better known as the Top Gear Test Track, for tests on Fifth Gear. Go find a video of Tiff and Plato comparing the Ferrari Italia and the McClaren MC-12, which was filmed on the Top Gear track. Tiff and Plato are friends of Jeremy, Richard, and James and sometimes Tiff has been featured on Top Gear driving cars around the track. Jeremy and Tiff actually worked together on the 1st incarnation of Top Gear in the late '80s to early '90s.
      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      It may be an alternative to TG but you have to suffer through Needell's voice, something about it makes me want to stick ice picks in my eyes.
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