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Mazda is in the news with updates on future EVs, including the 2023 debut of an MX-30 with a rotary engine as a range extender. Mazda also teased a sleek coupe called the Vision Study concept. The new Abarth 500e electric hot hatch debuted, and Pininfarina announced several new acceleration records for the Battista EV hypercar. The podcast wraps up with a discussion of things in the automotive realm we are thankful for.
We run through the big debuts at the 2022 LA Auto Show. That includes the 2023 Toyota Prius, Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept, Porsche 911 Dakar, Fiat 500 Electric, Subaru Impreza, Lucid Gravity, Lucid Air Pure, Genesis X Convertible Concept, and Drako Dragon
The next-generation Honda Accord is here, showing plenty of Civic influence. An updated Audi E-Tron gets rebranded as the Q8 E-Tron, available in standard and Sportback trim. Volvo debuted its electric EX90 flagship SUV, and we discuss teasers for both the Porsche 911 Dakar and the record Nurburging lap for the Mercedes-AMG One. Smith is back in his co-host seat with tales of moving across the country, and he needs help buying a cheap used car.
Our guest this week is Bruce's dad, Rusty. We start by talking about the power outputs for the Charger Daytona SRT EV. Then, we dig into his favorite automotive adventures, like his first car, which was a 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner. We also talk about a drive across the western US and being a passenger in a lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Seyth Miersma, Jeff Perez, and Brandon Turkus are the guests this week to discuss about the 20 vehilces competing in the second annual Star Awards. We run through all the categories and discuss what it takes to select a winner in each one.
There are plenty of debuts to discuss. We check out the GMC Sierra EV, Cadillac Celestiq, Rolls-Royce Spectre, Porsche 911 Carrera T, Chevrolet Trax, and Honda Prologue. Plus, we read some listener emails.
Knight Rider is alive and thriving thanks to the Knight Rider Historians. AJ Palmgren and Joe Huth own two screen-used KITT Trans Ams from the series, the original semi truck and trailer, and they possess an unparalleled wealth of knowledge on the classic 1980s TV series. AJ joins Bruce and Smith to talk about the show, the cars, the stars, creating the KRH website / YouTube channel, and his unique Knight Rider experiences over the last 20 years.
We start by checking out the Ford GT LM and Mercedes-AMG A45 S. Then, we discuss an owner's burecratic nightmare with his new Hyundai Elantra N. We finish by picking classic cars that we'd put electric powertrains into.
It’s truck week with the new Ford Super Duty, updated Chevrolet Silverado HD, and 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel debuting at nearly the same time. BMW unveiled the powerful XM SUV, its first standalone M model since the M1. A facelifted BMW Z4 also arrived, and Bentley revealed an updated Bentayga Hybrid with more power and electric range.
We kick off the show by checking out the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance. We also take a look at the Dodge Challenger SRT Black Ghost. The Chrysler 300C sold out quickly, and Renntech built a Mercedes S-Class restomod. We end the show by checking out automotive-themed horror movies like Christine, Maximum Overdrive, The Wraith, and more.
The seventh-generation Ford Mustang is revealed, including a Mustang Dark Horse model. The Ferrari Purosange debuted, but with a 715-horsepower V12 and rear-biased weight distribution, it’s unlike any other super SUV. Several special editions debuted for the 2022 Detroit Auto Show, including a new Chrysler 300C and a pair of Jeeps. We also cover the updated Lincoln Corsair, the Dodge Charger King Daytona, and the Pagani Utopia hypercar.
The first half of this week's Rambling About Cars is full of EVs. We check out the Equinox EV, Jeep Recon, Jeep Wagoneer S, and Jeep Avenger. Then, we look into a mystery from Chrysler, the price of the GR Corolla, and the Dodge Charger and Challenger Scat Pack Swinger.
Honda released more information on the Civic Type R, including horsepower. Dodge announced its second "Last Call" model as the Charger Super Bee. Ford is planning a special event for Mustang owners leading up to the big next-gen debut in Detroit. And we talk about cool car movies to watch over Labor Day weekend. editors Brett T. Evans and Jeff Perez join us to discuss their experience as first-time attendees to the events during Monterey Car Week, including the Quail, the Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. We discuss debuts during the week like the Koenigsegg CC850, Bugatti Mistral, Lamborghini Urus Performante, Rimac Nevera, and Lucid Air Saphhire. Plus, Jeff gives his impressions of driving the Nevera. And, we talk about the general vibe during the week. 
 Big news from Dodge includes the debut of the brand’s first electrified vehicle, the Dodge Hornet. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept previews the all-electric future, but the Hellcat V8 gets one last dance with the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS also debuted this week, and we spend some time sharing listener comments from previous episodes.
The show kicks off with a look at the teasers for the debuts at this year's Monterey Car Week and Pebble Beach Concours. Vehicles from Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, and a whole lot more are on the way. Then, we check out the 2023 GMC Canyon, including the rugged, new AT4X trim. Sticking with trucks, there's a discussion of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning's increased price. We end the show by checking out the 2023 Nissan Z configurator and build our ideal, buget-minded version of the sports coupe. 
The Acura NSX Type S, Polestar 2, Mercedes-Benz EQXX, and Porsche 718 Boxster are some of the cars featured in this special podcast. A panel of editors join Bruce and Smith for a mid-year review of new vehicles that have made a lasting impression.
 Jason Marker from RideApart joins us this week to tell his story of riding a Ural motorcycle from Oregon to Michigan. Plus, we dig into the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R. 
Several major vehicle debuts are up for discussion, including the 2023 Honda Civic Type R, 2023 Toyota Crown, and 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV. Hyundai unveiled two stunning concepts, the Ioniq 6-based RN22e and N Vision 74. Editor-In-Chief Seyth Miersma recently drove the Lucid Air Grand Touring; he joins the discussion to share his memorable experience. Director of Video Clint Simone also joins as a special guest.
Brad Hansen is an '80s and '90s car aficionado, including daily driving a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette. We kick things off with some news, like the 2023 Honda CR-V debuting and the latest teaser for the new Civic Type R. Then, it's time for a deep (and nerdy) dive into the automobiles from the Radwood era. We finish with an '80s-themed cheap car challenge.
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