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Listen to hear Christopher Bruce, Chris Smith and the Motor1 ( team talk about everything automotive: cars, sportscars, supercars, sedans, SUVs, motorcycles, auto shows and more.
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This week we check out some of the hot performance vehicle debuts like the corner-carving Porsche Cayman GT4 RS, polarizing Honda Civic SI, and sweet-sounding Corvette Z06. Then, we talk about the new Batmobile from The Batman. How does it stack up against the Dark Knight's previous rides?
Who needs a Toyota Land Cruiser when you have the new Lexus LX 600? The luxury flagship SUV has arrived and it will be available in the U.S. market. Recent sightings of camouflaged Corvette test vehicles could be the E-Ray hybrid, but the evidence doesn’t entirely stack up. Some clever winter driving tips are offered since snow is just around the corner. Bruce and Smith then finish the podcast with a focus on cool auto news stories from the past week. Associate Video Producer Kyle Freudenberg joins us to discuss the big news from General Motors this week. Mary Barra will unveil the Chevy Silverado EV at CES on January 5, 2022. Also, the company will launch Ultra Cruise as the next iteration of its advanced driving assist system beyond Super Cruise. Then, we do a twist on our cheap car challenges, but this time we need to find a scary car for Halloween.
We dig into all of the details about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row, including the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. Then, we look at the huge number of teasers that are dropping recently. We check out the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Acura Integra, a mysterious Mini, Subaru Solterra, Rolls-Royce Spectre, and revived Lamborghini Countach prototype
We have an amazing guest this week. Zach Wright (@BlueTurd on YouTube) competed in the Discovery reality show Getaway Driver and had more success than any other driver in the first season. He did it in a Ford Taurus SHO that he paid $3,500 for while competing against people in machines worth considerably more. Later, he sticks with us to discuss the new Toyota Tundra.
BMW was busy during the Munich Motor Show, and Motor1’s Jeff Perez was there for a week driving new vehicles. We go behind the scenes with him, talking about the BMW I Vision Circular and iX5 Hydrogen concepts. We also take a close look a very green BMW M4 decked out through the company’s Individual customization program, and Jeff shares images from his time at BMW’s museum in Munich. It all inspires an epic virtual cheap car challenge, with everyone sharing two choices for a great hatchback under $10,000.
The 2022 Silverado arrives with the new, off-road-focused ZR2. Plus, some trims get a digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment screen. The next-gen Subaru WRX also debuts with an appearance a lot like the current one and only a slight bump in horsepower, despite having a larger engine. Finally, Clint Simone tells us about the electric Mercedes vehicles he saw at the Munich Motor Show.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S e-Performance debuts as the most powerful AMG vehicle ever. Subaru accidentally reveals the new Forester Wilderness early and teases its first EV, which is really a rebadged Toyota BZ4X. Toyota shows an oddly proportioned Hilux Revo GR Sport truck, and with Labor Day weekend upon us, we look at some amazing motorhomes including an electric model with a rotary engine as a range extender. Global Managing Editor John Neff and news writer Anthony Alaniz joins us to discuss some fascinating stories. Trespassing teens discover a treasure trove of classic cars in Brazil. The intriguing tale behind a Honda CRX with over one million miles. Exclusive photos inside the Yugo factory, and a Toyota Tacoma that sold for an insane amount of money. Plus, we look at examples of the crazy current state of used vehicle prices in the US.
Nissan finally revealed its new Z sports car after a very long dance with the 370Z, which leads Bruce and Smith to talk about previous Z models. Details on the new Acura NSX Type S are shared, but it becomes clear that NSX is the Rodney Dangerfield of supercars, having been overshadowed both by the Ford GT when it debuted, and the Lamborghini Countach just last week. There's also a refreshed Lincoln Navigator in the mix, because the world needs its full-size luxury SUVs as up-to-date as possible.
We dig into all the details about the new Lamborghini Countach, including a discussion of its styling and powertrain. Then, we put the original into context by discussing its importance during the 1970s and '80s. Video Director Clint Simone joins us as a guest. We start by discussing what we know about the Acura NSX Type S and the death of the latest generation of the Japanese supercar that is assembled in Ohio. Then, we look at the quality control issues plaguing the early production of the Ford Bronco, including a whistling noise and various problems with the roof. Finally, we each pick two defunct Japanese sports cars that we want to revive, either as a small-run last hurrah or as a next-gen EV.
This week we learn Toyota won’t let new Land Cruiser buyers resell the luxury SUV outside of Japan, and the reasoning is strange to say the least. Meanwhile, Ford Bronco buyers in the United States are reselling like crazy, and asking wild six-figure prices to boot. A credible report regarding the Chevrolet Camaro suggests it might become an electric sedan in a few years. Then, Bruce and Smith share their weekend adventures at two very different classic car events.
This week’s episode embraces sports sedans with the new 2022 Audi RS3 debut, then shifts to rumors that the Kia Stinger could end production in early 2022. A viral video of a Dodge Ram towing a loaded logging truck is discussed in-depth following an exclusive interview Smith had with the pickup’s owner. The second segment sees Bruce and Smith choose a hilarious group of cars under $5,000 for a retro 1980’s cheap car challenge, and their choices are shockingly similar.
We start the show by discussing the new Hyundai Elantra N, then dig into the pricing for the Hyundai Santa Cruz, Golf GTI, and Golf R. Finally, we check out the new Aston Martin Valhalla supercar. In our second segment, we discuss this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Smith talks about a the loss of a unique Mercury Sable SHO wagon. Global Managing Editor John Neff joins Rambling About Cars to talk about recent debuts like the Lotus Emira, Volkswagen Golf R Variant, Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae, Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, and BMW 2 Series. Then, Neff tells us about his long-range road trip in a $113,000 Cadillac Escalade with GM's Super Cruise advanced driving assistance system.
We start by looking at the news like the teaser for the next-gen Subaru WRX and the debut of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. We also look like quirky things like a V12-powered Ford Crown Victoria and a camper that expands to be three times the size than when towing it. Then, we talk about why flying cars are never going to happen, at least in the way they are usually promised.
We look at the leaks surrounding the new Toyota Tundra. Then, we look at the recent debuts like the Honda Civic Hatchback, Porsche 911 GTS models, and Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon package. Finally, we delve into fun places to drive in the summer like drive-in movies and car shows.
We look at the odd state of affordable convertibles in the current automotive world. Then, we answer your questions like how to fix Alfa Romeo and comparing the Ford Maverick to the Explorer Sport Trac
While we promised not to talk about Ford for a month, the introduction of the Ford Maverick was too big of a deal to skip. We compare it to the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Then, we take a look at the new Toyota Land Cruiser, including the model's past and future in the US.
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