A new series of Top Gear minus much-loved presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May came to our screens on 29 May 2016, headed up by Matt Le Blanc and Chris Evans and a cast of other petrolheads. Following some tough criticism from long-term Top Gear fans and many, many rumours about what was going on behind the scenes, new Top Gear will soon return to our screens without Chris Evans. Also see: How to watch The Grand Tour.

For now we don't know the actual release date of the new season, but the BBC has released a teaser video (shown at the top of this page) and says it is coming soon. So we'd expect to see Top Gear return to our screens within the next month or two. In the meantime you can still catch up with the first season of the all-new Top Gear (actually Top Gear season 23), and we'll explain how below.

"Top Gear is, quite simply, the biggest motoring telly show in history. Watched by an estimated 350 million viewers in some 212 territories across the globe, it is - according to the chaps at the Guinness Book of World Records, who know about such things - the most-watched factual television programme IN THE WORLD," said the BBC.

New Top Gear season 24: What to expect

From the teaser video at the top of this page and accompanying caption, we know that Season 24 of Top Gear is going to include sideways Ferraris, sideways Astons and naked hikers. Interesting. The video clip shows Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid trying to get past the BBC insurance department in order to make this possible.

Clearly some things managed to get past health and safety, however. We'll see the team "drifting a 1,036bhp Ferrari FXX K, partaking in a car chase with Aston Martin’s new DB11, having a bit of a coming together in a race across the Kazakhstan wilderness, and picking up those aforementioned brazen hitchhikers in an Avtoros Shaman," said the BBC.

New Top Gear date and time: When is the new Top Gear on?

New Top Gear release date: early 2017 (TBC)

We're still waiting for the exact date Top Gear season 24 will air, but we know from the recently released teaser video that it is imminent.

The previous season began on 29 May at 8pm (UK time) on BBC Two. We would expect season 24 to take the same Sunday night time slot.

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How to watch new Top Gear: Plus how to watch Top Gear outside the UK

When the new season airs you'll be able to watch Top Gear through regular broadcast TV or BBC iPlayer. Note that you will need a TV Licence for both of these options.

If you're wanting to watch the new Top Gear from outside the UK then you'll need to use a VPN. There are free ones like Hola which let you browse from the UK in order to access iPlayer or paid ones if that doesn't work.Check out our chart of the best VPNs 2017 and how to watch UK TV from anywhere in the world.

You can still catch up with the first season of the all-new Top Gear (actually Top Gear season 23), but the episodes are no longer available for free from BBC iPlayer. To buy Top Gear head to the BBC Store, where the entire season costs £7.99 in standard-definition and £10.99 in high-definition, or you can buy individual episodes for £1.89 SD/£2.49 HD. 

Alternatively, Top Gear is available from iTunes and Amazon Video.

New Top Gear presenters

New Top Gear presenters

With the exception of Chris Evans, we're expecting the same line-up as we saw in season 23 of Top Gear. So who is that exactly?

Well there's racing driver Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and motoring journalist Rory Reid. They will all join Matt LeBlanc and of course, The Stig.