Top Gear China hits TV screens

Like it or not?
by Vernon B. Sarne | Mar 24, 2011

If there's one thing the Chinese are most known for in the motoring world, it's their knack for, er, copying. This talent is once again put under the spotlight as the Chinese version of the Top Gear TV show has finally aired. This is the fourth international edition of the famous automotive TV spectacle after Australia, Russia and the United States.

As with the other international editions, Top Gear China strives to stay faithful to the original version by duplicating the latter's studio set as well as the familiar segments. They also have three male hosts, who, of course, deliver their spiels in Chinese. And perhaps most interestingly, they also have a Stig in white overalls, although his helmet is no longer the iconic Simpson Bandit model (perhaps a Class A counterfeit?).

Below is a 15-minute video taken from the maiden episode. We can't quite make out what the hosts are saying, but we can imagine that they sound fun and witty to their Chinese viewers. Language barrier notwithstanding, we want to know what you think of Top Gear China. Does it live up to the brand? Is its production value satisfactory, to say the least? Let us know through the comment box below.

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