S:S:L Review – 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63S Wagon

Automotive enthusiasts have long been fighting the anti-Crossover and SUV battle with friends and families. I’ve seen countless conversations online encouraging people to stop buying shapeless blobs of soul crushing driving anti-fun, and instead consider alternatives like the tried and true station wagon. Unfortunately, that battle seems to have been lost with SUVs and Crossovers dominating the new product and sales announcements month after month. In fact, there are currently less than ten true wagons on sale in the US as of this writing. Somewhere along the line, wagons became uncool, and took on a social ranking ever so slightly higher than the minivans of the world.

Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz is still building wagons that prove they’ve never been cooler. In fact, they are out to prove to the world that their 603-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 powered, all-wheel drive, carbon fiber adorned AMG E63S 4Matic Wagon can be as good at hauling people and cargo as it is a hauling around a racetrack.

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2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Becomes Most Powerful Street-Legal Ford Ever With 760 Horsepower

Ford released the official output numbers for the new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 and its 5.2-liter supercharged V8 today. Delivering a heart stopping 760-horsepower, and 625 pound-feet of torque, Ford says the engine is the most power and torque dense supercharged V8 engine in the world. We can’t wait to see the most powerful street-legal Ford ever built up close and personal soon. 

Toyota GAZOO Racing Super Sports Concept Testing Ahead of 2020 WEC Season

Toyota GAZOO Racing dropped a surprise video yesterday showing track testing is already underway on the new GR Super Sports concept. The new car will run in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s new Hypercar class in the 2020-2021 season. 

The new Hypercar regulations require road going versions of the race car, and Toyota is already developing the street going version of the GR Super Sport. Though Toyota hasn’t said much about the clip above, it’s very clear that they are already well underway with intensive track testing.

More about the 2020 Hypercar regulations can be found in the FIA WEC video below. 

Aston Martin Valhalla Joins Valkyrie in AM Hypercar Lineup

Aston Martin announced today that its latest hypercar, formerly codenamed the AM-RB 003, has officially been named the Aston Martin Valhalla. This new hypercar is the second in Aston Martin’s lineup to be a collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, after the Aston Martin Valkyrie. 

Aston Martin say that the Valhalla will continue the tradition of ‘V’ cars, which can trace back to 1951 when the Vantage designation was used for high performance variants of the DB2. 

More details on the Aston Martin Valhalla to follow. 

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 Bring Back the Flat-Six

Porsche has pulled the covers off the new 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4.

Both of the top-spec 718 models are equipped with a new normally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six producing 414-horsepower at a screaming 7,600 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque between 5,000-6,800 rpm. It’s important to note that this is not the same 4.0-liter flat-six that is found in the current 911 GT3, but actually is loosely based on the 9A2 from the 991.2 911 Carrera. 

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S:S:L Speed Read – 2019 Nissan Maxima Platinum

While other manufacturers are thinning their lineups of sedans, citing reduced buyer demand for the long-time garage staple, Nissan is bucking that trend by going all-in on sedans and pumping out new or refined cars throughout the lineup. Nissan’s flagship sedan, the Maxima, received the facelift treatment for the 2019 model year, and includes several refinements inside and out.

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