Series 23, Episode 1 was the first episode of the twenty-third series of Top Gear. It marked the first appearance of a new presenting team lead by Chris Evans and featuring Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, and Rory Reid, and the first time in more than a decade that James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson will not partake in an episode. The episode aired on the 29th of May, 2016 after being taped a week earlier on the 19th of May, 2016.
Matt LeBlanc heads to Morocco to test out the new Ariel Nomad.
Evans reviews the Dodge Viper ACR on a military airstrip in Nevada before he and Sabine Schmitz in a Corvette Z06 have a game of TOPGUN test out two American muscle cars .
LeBlanc and Evans do battle in a UK vs. USA challenge featuring drag queens, a long and unpleasant drive to Blackpool, and some Reliant Rialtos. Their battle culminates in a Comparison between the Series 1 Land Rover and the Willys Jeep.
Jesse Eisenberg and Gordon Ramsay were the first celebrities of series twenty-three to take on the new Rally Cross Car at the Top Gear test track.