‘Top Gear America’ Is Back — Everything We Know About Season 2
Top Gear America is finally returning for season 2, and it's going to be bigger and better. Or so the promises sound.
The American version of the original, British Top Gear show, whose first season premiered on May 7, 2021, is going to come to everyone's screens in July 2022.
Not a lot of changes are seen in the hosting department, nor in the format, but the show promises to out-do what it did the first time around.
'Top Gear America' Season 2 — Cast and Release Date
Motor Trend, the network responsible for airing Top Gear America, announced on May 12, 2022, that the show's season 2 would premiere on the MotorTrend+ app on June 1, 2022. They also termed the show as "The Ultimate American Road Trip."
The premiere was going to be a special two-episode show. With everything remaining the same, the announcement promised that Top Gear America Season 2 would show the viewers the best of American car culture.
The hosts of the second season remain the same as the first — Jethro Bovingdon, Dax Shepard, and Rob Corddry. All of them are automotive junkies, with Bovingdon and Shepard bringing in more expertise and Corddry bringing in the layman's love for four wheels.
Motor Trend, in their announcement, said people could find the trio getting on the back of many kinds of four-wheelers — off-roaders, supercars, electric vehicles, and heritage vehicles designed for military use.
'Top Gear America's season 2 hosts — Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon. (Photo: BBC Studios/Instagram)
Further, they also said that the three hosts were more than eager to drive these vehicles and provide themselves, as well as the viewers, with some unparalleled fun. "Their brotherhood is authentic and their passion for driving any car under the sun is contagious," said Alex Wellen, global president and general manager of MotorTrend Group.
The snippets released until now seem to keep the promises made. In a minute-twenty-long snippet released by Motor Trend, Shepard attempts to drive 200 miles per hour in a 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition.
Whether he was successful remains to be seen, as there was a black tape over the dash, and the snippet did not reveal the top speed, either. You will have to watch the show to find out.
A Remake of the Original 'Top Gear?'
Right before the show's first season aired in 2021, Motor Trend made a big deal out of how Top Gear America with Bovingdon, Shepard, and Corddry was a new thing with old roots and not just a remake. They highlighted the points they felt made the show an authentic piece.
Citing how the British Top Gear had gotten worse after the show resorted to a rotating cast after Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May left, Motor Trend said they were "doing it right" with the current hosts.
"Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon are all dyed-in-the-wool car people, and they're not afraid to give their honest opinions about the automotive world," Motor Trend wrote in January 2021.
They also said that all three of the current hosts were respected personalities in other fields of entertainment and the automotive world, and they brought a character to the show like no other.
However, they still admitted that Top Gear America would follow "some formulaic guidelines" without compromising on originality.
"What we have here with Top Gear America is a brand-new rose," they assured the audience. "You've seen roses before, sure, and they always smell nice. But you haven't seen this rose yet, and from your side of the fence, you can't see just how pretty it is or smell the wonderful perfume."
So far, so good. The first season did not drum up any controversy about being too similar to the original Top Gear. Will the second season keep the good thing going?