In this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder. They kick things off by talking about the cars they've been driving: the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 and Autoblog's long-term Kia Stinger. Then they discuss hooning the Subaru BRZ, WRX and WRX STI on ice at the Subaru Winter Experience. Then they talk news, specifically Amazon investing $700 million in EV startup Rivian, and Maserati finally launching the Alfieri. Finally they help spend a listener's money on a new, green car.
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After three years on the market, Mercedes-Benz sent the C43 AMG to Affalterbach's makeover academy. The junior varsity AMG C sedan flashes new shiny bits throughout, from the resculpted bumpers, to more brawn from the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, to an optional all-digital dashboard and driver assistance features from the big brother E-Class. And if old school AMG holdouts have a look in back they'll note the return of quad-oval tailpipes, which appears to be how AMG will differentiate V6 from V8 models.
Since this is AMG, we'll start with performance: larger turbos boost output to 385 hp, 23 hp more than before. Torque holds steady at 384 pound-feet, so to the 0 to 60 time of 4.6 seconds and the 130-mph electronically limited top speed. We don't have fuel economy numbers yet, but Mercedes says the engine's more efficient, and so are the wheels. The three available rims in 18- and 19-inch sizes have been "aerodynamically optimized" through hours in the wind tunnel to improve air flow around the wheels. AMG's 9-speed automatic manages gear changes, with new software tuning that enables faster shifts in all modes, multiple downshifts at one time, and it holding the chosen gear even when hitting the limiter. The AMG Dynamic Select driving modes add a fifth selection, Slippery, for wet and snowy conditions.
Mitsubishi was pretty hot on the rally circuit in the 1970s and a lot of what it learned in the dirt was translated into its road cars.
The Lancer GSR 1600 of 1974 was a repeat winner in the most grueling rally in the world at the time: the Safari Rally of Kenya, earning it the nickname King of Cars. This lowly 1982-1988 (the ad says 1979) Lancer started life as an already-sporty 1800 GSR, which would have pushed out 135 hp from its 1.8-liter turbo engine, but obviously, the owner wasn’t happy with that, so what was their solution?
It has become sort of a thing to imagine the Toyota 86 in various forms these days, but the latest rendering is probably one of the craziest of them all.
WinningDesigns has taken the Japanese sports car and fitted it with the front end of a Mercedes-AMG GT S. Moreover, the 86 has also received a Liberty Walk-inspired body kit, a boot-mounted wing, various decals, and a set of wide rims, that complete its new look.
Despite these two cars packing a similar amount of horsepower, there are still some noticeable differences worth discussing.
For instance, the Infiniti Q50 is by no means a direct rival for the E-Class, in the sense that this would have been a somewhat fairer fight if the Infiniti had taken on the C43 instead of the E43.