If you're hungry for the new season of Top Gear and happen to find yourself living in the US, we have good news for you. The BBC has announced season 19 will debut on BBC America one week after it airs in the UK. That's a welcome change from the lengthy wait we're accustomed to on this side of the Atlantic, and will likely be enough to keep most fans from turning to their favorite torrents for their dose of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond and The Stig. The first episode is set to air on February 4 at 9:00 pm EST.

The episode follows Clarkson as he attempts to build the world's smallest car and operate the machine on the streets of London. May, meanwhile, takes the time to run a Bentley Continental GT Speed down a rally stage, and Hammond hops behind the wheel of the mighty Pagani Huayra for a few laps at the show's test track. You can check out the full press release below for more information. You can also check out the teaser video for the new season here.
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BBC AMERICA TO PREMIERE TOP GEAR ONLY DAYS AFTER THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME

All-new season premiering February 4 sees Homeland star Damian Lewis on the Top Gear test track plus US and Africa road trips

For the first time ever, BBC AMERICA will premiere Top Gear, the world's biggest car show, in the US only days after the UK. The all-new season sees hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May taking an incredible American road trip through Las Vegas and Los Angeles including a race against fighter planes before ending with a hair-raising run to the Mexican border. From Jeremy Clarkson's new hybrid Microcar creation to an off-road Bentley Continental GT, the hosts engage in a new collection of incredible adventures, absurd stunts and dream drives. Even Homeland's Damian Lewis joins in on the fun in the season premiere as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. Top Gear premieres Monday, February 4, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.

Starting in the Ugandan capital Kampala, Top Gear heads out on a new legendary epic journey in which the hosts attempt to find the source of the River Nile using three rather tired station wagons and sometimes sketchy knowledge of African geography. Along the way they encounter crocodile infested rivers, suspension snapping terrain and the world's worst traffic jam.

This season, Jeremy invents the world's smallest car, hybrid Microcar, and tests it out on the streets of London, James finds out what the Bentley Continental GT Speed is like on a rally stage, and Richard reaches eye popping speeds on the test track in the amazing, 720 horsepower Pagani Huayra. Plus the trio carry out one of Top Gear's famously thorough road tests on the new Kia Cee'd and race a Shelby Mustang GT500 against a train in order to find the fastest way to get from Britain to Italy in time for a soccer match.

Top Gear is directed by Brian Klein and executive produced by Andy Wilman. The new season will premiere on BBC Two in the UK on January 27.

In anticipation of the new season, BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games has launched Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution 2.0, which is available for free on iOS and Android. The mobile game lets players customize cars to the extreme with jet engines, bulldozer shovels, snow plows and more, delivering over-the-top tracks, stunts and cars to race in true Top Gear fashion.

BBC Home Entertainment is driving Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars onto shelves February 12, 2013 ($9.95 USD).

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

EPISODE 1
In this first episode, The Stig puts Golden Globe® winner and Homeland star Damian Lewis through the paces in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. The new season kicks off with Jeremy attempting to build a car that's even smaller than the famous Peel P50 and then tests it out on the streets of London before putting his concept to the ultimate test of credibility in the fearsome UK investor television show Dragons' Den. Meanwhile, James is testing the latest Bentley Continental GT Speed by taking it on a rally stage and Richard is at the test track to unleash the sensational new Pagani Huayra hypercar before handing it over to The Stig for the lap of a lifetime. Episode 1 premieres Monday, February 4, 9:00pm ET/PT.

EPISODE 2
The hosts embark on an epic US road trip in three front-engined supercars – Jeremy Clarkson in a Lexus LFA, Richard Hammond driving the new Dodge Viper and James May choosing the latest Aston Martin Vanquish – a glorious soundtrack is guaranteed and so is a furious debate about which is best as the trio head from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and on to Palm Springs. Along the way, the three hosts take in racing circuits, airborne attacks and a race against the police before making a break for the Mexican border with a terrifying penalty for the last car to make it. Episode 2 premieres Monday, February 11, 9:00pm ET/PT.


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      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, but they need to premier at the exact same time. The internet has made world borders and timelines meaningless. I can't wait for more than a few minutes after the episode airs to watch it elsewhere. Does anybody in the corporate TV world even realize this? STOP THIS OUTMODED PRACTICE!
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dinobot666
        Blame the US culture that accepts commercial interruptions.
          snap_understeer_ftw
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          you try running a station that isn't government funded without commercials...It's not easy
          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          It's not about the US, every commercial TV station has commercials, except for state owned TV stations.Then there are stations like HBO and such, where you have to pay, but you also pay for the state owned TV stations and there are none in the US because Ben Franklin said so in the Constitution.
      JohnM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since I just watched last nights last night when it should have been shown at 9pm on BBCA via torrent, I am interested to see which bits and pieces they opt to cut out so they can show commercials. Honestly it would be better if they made it an hour and a half so we could see the whole thing unedited. Until that time, I will continue to download it for its original, as God intended, unedited glory.
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JohnM
        It's been in a 90 my minute block for the last season or two on BBCA. There is, as far as I can tell, minimal to no content removed when the show airs in the US now, save language beeps.
          Dixon Ticonderoga
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          They've only been doing it for a season or two. Older seasons are still an hour, but it wouldn't surprise me if they extended them and advertised them as having "new footage" during the next hiatus.
      artsyva
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love this show and happy we will be seeing it again! The American version is boring.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only took them a decade to do this, really lazy. Still watched the new one online.
      BRKF06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not same day? Torn on this. Every sunday at around 2-3 I go online and pull a torrent during TGUK's season. And as others have stated, the cutting of the show is annoying... Glad they're getting closer to same day releases though.
      Mark_H
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do I have to put on some grungy, but expensive, blue jeans, white shirt and dark jacket to watch it? I actually look forward to some new episodes but putting Jeremy into a ridiculous vehicle that we know he'll hate is getting a bit old. He's done the very tiny car bit already, right? Still, new Top Gear is better than no new Top Gear! Maybe they'll have a good road trip episode this year, a la Bolivia or Vietnam.
      gsmith2223
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the UK version of Top Gear shown on BBC America. The American version of Top Gear is awful, in my opinion. They appear copy cats of the UK (original) version and their show is just not entertaining.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, I set the PVR a couple days ago. I like to support shows properly when given the chance. And Tuesday isn't that far away. Now, finding which episode was a new one on the DirecTV program guide was ridiculous. BBC America should consider reworking how their program listings are labelled. Going to the BBC America website worked though.
        Handsome
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        The listings for BBC on Verizon Fios are always spot on, so I can only asssume that its DirecTV thats not getting it correct. Sorry.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Handsome
          They're correct. But they also don't distinguish between new episodes and reruns from 2004. You have to look at the description of every showing (and there are a lot on BBCA) to find the one that is the first new one. They should be marked separately if they want people to view it.
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Theoretically great news... except they change almost all the music in the BBCA version, and most clips on their YouTube channel (licensing issues, I'm sure). This of course changes the feel of every segment! I'm sorry, but in a show that heavily relies on it's production value and excellent soundtrack (Hollywood film scores mostly), you can't just replace the epic music cues with some generic track! It simply doesn't have the same effect. I'm genuinely sorry to the folks at Top Gear, but until that changes, I'm going to have to continue with a less legal viewing method. It's only because the show is so damn good that I must see it the way it was intended!
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RWD
        They know they've got an international audience now, so they're probably working to license music internationally as much as they can.
      Slizzo
      • 1 Year Ago
      A full week later is not "days after". It's a WEEK after. And I agree with the others, there shouldn't be a lag and they should show the full episode on BBC America.
      uberfallz
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Jezza Slamming American Cars with extra Adnoids, Hamster Waxing wistfully about Muscle Cars, and Capt Slow being amusingly irritated at his colleagues antics while trying to Keep Calm. In other words, more of the same. Glad to see some things don't change.
      uberfallz
      • 1 Year Ago
      so there'll be jezza slamming american cars with extra adnoids, hamster waxing wet wistfully over american muscle, and capt. slow being terribly annoyed at their antics while calling for them to "keep calm". In other words more of the same...Glad that some things in life don't change!
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