Dunno if we will or not. I think it'll very largely depend on the quality of the show and unless it's epic, it'll probably just stay to "unofficial" torrents linked to here on the forums.Good work Viper, I just logged on to post about this. I hope you will have another addition to your list of x Gear shows.
The worst episodes of Fifth Gear are better than the best episodes of any Australian car show I've seen, but that is because they are entirely driven by advertising dollars. If anyone can point me to a good FTP, I can upload some episodes of The Car Show to give an example.
That being said, I have faith that SBS can do a decent job of this, provided the hosts are chosen well and production values are high. On a plus side, SBS are planning to start HD broadcasting next year at 720p, so there is a slight hope it will be in HD (which could make up for lower quality).
Mark my words - this will be tragic. I hope to be proved otherwise, but I don't see it happening. You just can't recreate the magic chemistry that JC / Hammond / May have, nor the Wilman factor. Toss in a much smaller budget, reduced access to some of the cars Top Gear test, the ability of some in our populous to whinge and moan about others having a good time, and a complete lack of any potential hosts with the right combination of political incorrectness, humour, and car knowledge - no, this is a mistake.
I think it will take a while to find itself. It will start off awkward and imrpove from there. Picking the right hosts will be important and I get the feeling they will be unknowns to the world of television.
Either way, I want tickets.
As I posted in the SBS forum-
Key requirements for any version of TopGear-
1. Quick-witted hosts in funny situations
2. Brutal honesty
3. Journalistic Integrity
4. Stunning Cinematography and excellent production values
5. A tame racing driver
6. A track
7. Beautiful, really fast cars.