New 2019 Top Gear preview: what to expect from series 26

Top Gear Season 26 preview

A new series of Top Gear will get underway this Sunday (February 10), and it looks as fast-paced and absurd as we’d hoped. It will be the final season with Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid, before Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuiness take their places.

Will it be the perfect send-off? Well, plenty of fast cars and hare-brained challenges are planned, which sounds like a proper Top Gear-style goodbye to us.

Top Gear series 26 – the cars

Firstly, it wouldn’t be TG without the latest fast cars getting a strong-arming around the Dunsfold aerodrome. In series 26, expect the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Porsche Panamera and Ferrari GTC4 Lusso to feel the tyre burn. We spy a new Aston Martin Vantage facing off against a Mercedes-AMG GT in the trailer, too.

Also coming up, a new Bentley Continental GT goes rallying, then races on-track against the Le Mans-winning Speed 8. A couple of new Rolls-Royces – the Phantom and Cullinan – are put through their paces. And, perhaps most exciting of all, a new Fiat Panda 4×4 faces off against a Suzuki Ignis off-road.

Top Gear series 26: the challenges

As usual, there will be plenty of quirky and exciting challenges. Expect to see the boys racing in luxury boats of yesteryear. We also spy something resembling a Bentley Turbo bucking and wallowing as it spins out.

Some Tuk Tuk-flavoured adventures feature, too: expect to see amphibious conversions, road tripping and, by the looks of it, one rolling down a mountain. Whoops…

All in all, it looks quintessentially TG. We wonder if this latest series will have us lamenting the loss of Reid and LeBlanc. 

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