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New Top Gear: a trip to Iceland and the new Chevy Corvette

One big TG expedition, plus a hotride in the new 'Vette: 8pm Sunday, BBC One

Published: 26 Nov 2021

With the world finally, slowly emerging from collective house arrest, it felt time for a big international Top Gear expedition. And there was only one place for it: Iceland. Partly because of Iceland’s extraordinary, rugged landscape. But also because it was basically the only place we could go without having to quarantine for a month on arrival. So, with destination set, the presenters each picked a second-hand, broadly unsuitable British car, and struck out to conquer Iceland’s wild interior.

Oh, and take part in a few traditional Icelandic activities – sand drag racing, car parasailing and strongman contests – and at least one definitely-not-traditional Icelandic activity: racing against The Stig and a monstrous off-road truck to the rim of a very old volcano.

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Also on Sunday's show: the new Corvette. American sports cars are great fun on Route 66, but truth is they don’t make a whole lot of sense in the UK. Too big, too unrefined, steering wheel always inexplicably on the wrong side.

But now there’s a new Chevrolet Corvette, with lots of clever new technology and, crucially, its steering wheel in the correct place. Is it, at last, an American sports car that makes sense in the UK? Top Gear’s aficionado of Americana, Frederick Flintofferson Jnr III, takes to the track to find out...

All new Top Gear airs this Sunday on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 8pm

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