Thursday, June 23, 2016

CarTalk June 20, 2016

I am constantly surprised by how much automotive news there is to speak about each week.

The journalists from join me in the studio and we talk cars!


This week's speaking notes.

Quick question pls: going to Germany/Switzerland on holiday next week. 4 adults & a baby touring around. Shud we hire a VW Touran, a Ford S-Max, Ford Galaxy or the VW Caddy? Tks, Vivek

I attended the Jeep Jamboree in Dubai in 2013 in my Wrangler TJ soft top with 2.5 inch lift kit and modified air intake. Horribly disorganised event by Al Futtaim. First and last time I ever attended. Kashif

[Can you plz tell us again who fixes dents for 450

I am looking for some kind of adventure group I can join to add some activity into my boring 'work 9 to 5, monday to thursday & sleep in weekend' life. I have a grand cherokee 2014 limited 3.7 litre. Is this a car I can use for weekend off-roading/adventures and also use as my everyday car or should I invest in a 2nd car to use for off-roading? Can you also suggest a good club/group I can join that is off-roading beginner friendly.

-what are you driving?

-like the renegade but not buying just yet
-what about the in between?
Ram from 99,999

-Honda CrossTour?
-Sunny vs Corolla
-That little Alfa is sweet
-now this is a cabriolet

With so many high-powered cabrios coming from the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin, you'd probably think that the world's fastest, most powerful four-seat convertible came from the UK. Only it doesn't. It's the Mercedes you see here, customized by Brabus, and it just made the journey from Germany to France to debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The open-top rocket sled is dubbed the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio, but as you might have guessed, it's based on the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet. The donor vehicle already packs 577 horsepower from its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, propelling it to 60 in 3.8 seconds (or 62 in 4.1 for comparison's sake) en route to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. But in signature style, Brabus has completely overhauled the engine.

Cruze Hatch looks nice

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