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Jeremy Clarkson waxes euphoric about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage - Click above to watch the video

Internet rumors are a funny thing. Back during the last presidential campaign, 10% of voters polled thought Barack Obama was a Muslim... until his campaign staffers came out and denied he was a Muslim. Then 14% of us thought he was a Muslim. And you can see the same thing happening with another bout of "Top Gear is dead!" rumormongering. Seriously folks, the "TG is dead" gossip that accompanies the end of every single season is getting just as old as "Will Brett Favre come out of retirement?" Both have surpassed the point of story and are now borderline ritual. Actually, it's looking like this year, Favre's staying on the farm down in Mississippi. Which makes the Top Gear rumors even more annoying.

The last segment of the last episode of Season 13 showed an uncharacteristically toned down Clarkson waxing extra-poetic about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and how he fears that because of environmental worries, the busted global economy and the particularly British "War On Speed," that the days of the supercar are finished. As a result, he seems a bit sad. So sad, in fact, that many around the globe (and especially those at their keyboards) started in with the inevitable, "Top Gear is dead" refrain. Well, that and James May might have been seen crossing a street not wearing any shoes. But guess what? Everyone's favorite car show is coming back for a 14th season.

According to both The Sun and some website called Top Gear, Jezza, Hammond and May are going no where. Says Clarkson, "I can assure everyone I'll be back in November doing Top Gear. We're filming the next series and already have several things in the can. I couldn't think of anything I'd want to do more." So you heard it here first - Top Gear Season 14 starts in November. Amazing what a bit of research can do, no?

Speaking of which - we unearthed Clarkson's actual review of the V12 Vantage. And much unlike the three sentences he said about the car for the now infamous segment, Jeremy didn't like Aston Martin very much at all. See, Jeremy thinks that the real top Aston is the DBS. But it costs $269,000. Now, the V12 Vantage goes for $209,000, but is the new car 99% of the DBS for $60,000 less? Says Jezza, "I was pondering this earlier on today while blasting down a sun-flickered Cotswold road in my wife's 4.7-liter V8 Vantage convertible. And then the obvious answer hit me: The car I'd buy is the one I was in." Indeed. For those interested parties, the Infamous video is posted after the jump.



[sources: The Sun; Top Gear]

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Huh?!? In a recent episode, Clarkson commented that Top Gear US is dead, and that the Americans "Don't get it"... which I fear is true. We don't get it anymore. Americans pick out cars like they pick out a Frig. I'd venture to say Americans care more about what cellphone we have that what we drive (G1 FTW).

Everything I've heard is that Top Gear US had a pilot or a couple episodes taped, but they might not see the light of day.

I can't imagine Top Gear being in trouble... its my understanding its ratings are quite good.

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The rumors are about the real Top Gear being dead, not the US version. Everyone knows that it's (thankfully) dead.

The last segment was very out of character for the show. It was very nicely done, but contradicts what May stated in Episode 1 of this season, which was that Top Gear is about being fun, and not doom and gloom.

My only real complaint was that we didn't get to see the ZR1 face off against the RS8 in this season.

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The rumors are about the real Top Gear being dead, not the US version. Everyone knows that it's (thankfully) dead.

The last segment was very out of character for the show. It was very nicely done, but contradicts what May stated in Episode 1 of this season, which was that Top Gear is about being fun, and not doom and gloom.

My only real complaint was that we didn't get to see the ZR1 face off against the RS8 in this season.

Wait? You hate Top Gear? The comedy, the stunning photography, the wonderful review of the cars - all pitted against the other on an identical track by the same driver? Sure, Clarkson hates Americans (at least until I saw the interview with Leno - seems he is bending) but overlook that and it HAS to be the BEST automotive program in the world - bar none!

Go to Youtube and watch the Top Gear where they review the ZR1, Challenger SRT-8 and the CTS-V at Bonnevillle. Holy $h! that is a great episode.

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Wait? You hate Top Gear? The comedy, the stunning photography, the wonderful review of the cars - all pitted against the other on an identical track by the same driver? Sure, Clarkson hates Americans (at least until I saw the interview with Leno - seems he is bending) but overlook that and it HAS to be the BEST automotive program in the world - bar none!

Go to Youtube and watch the Top Gear where they review the ZR1, Challenger SRT-8 and the CTS-V at Bonnevillle. Holy $h! that is a great episode.

He meant the US version.

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He meant the US version.

By 'US Version', do you mean the UK version on BBC America or the US version in name only that was going to have Adam Corolla but never got off the ground?

I'm still waiting on BBC America to show season 13..

R

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I saw a promo on BBC america about the new season of top gear starting on August 17th

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Wait? You hate Top Gear? The comedy, the stunning photography, the wonderful review of the cars - all pitted against the other on an identical track by the same driver? Sure, Clarkson hates Americans (at least until I saw the interview with Leno - seems he is bending) but overlook that and it HAS to be the BEST automotive program in the world - bar none!

Not to mention the music...I love the cinematography, the music, the Stig, the celeb in the reasonably priced car, their wacky competitions, the epic drives....

Rob

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Not to mention the music...I love the cinematography, the music, the Stig, the celeb in the reasonably priced car, their wacky competitions, the epic drives....

Rob

ALL good stuff with too many great episodes to list. One particular favorite is the tractor-trailer challenge and the ACTUAL tractor challenge. The humor is side-splitting. Their tours through neighboring counties is especially entertaining. I don't bother waiting for the NA release and have downloaded and watched each series.

Of all the things I notice with the online community, I find it funny how auto enthusiasts will say they love Top Gear, that is, until Jeremy puts any tiny negative comment on a NA-built sports car. Then, the hate is on!!!

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