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MotorTrend November 2019

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MotorTrend is the world's automotive authority. Every issue of MotorTrend informs and entertains with features on the testing of both domestic and import cars, car care, motor sports coverage, sneak peeks at future vehicles, and auto-industry news.

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3 min.
every car has a story and everyone has a car story

At the start of the 2019 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, I found myself at the front of the pack of this year’s participants, a highly curated collection of some of the rarest (and most valuable) motorcars in the world—including a 1932 Mercedes-Benz SSKL, a girthy and raw metal reproduction of one of the company’s famed “Silver Arrow” race cars, nicknamed “Gurke,” German for cucumber. As the handler unfastened the clasps on the engine cover, my view of the polished and gleaming 7.0-liter straight-six engine was quickly obscured by the forward crush of the crowd that had gathered, phones in hand, camera and Instagram apps at the ready. As I watched the scene play out on the mobile screens in front of me, I thought ahead to the 2119 Pebble Beach Concours…

4 min.
should tesla worry?

Foot on brake. Foot on accelerator. Wait three seconds, and launch control is ready. I sidestep the brake pedal, and it’s like being fired from a railgun, my head slamming against the headrest as the low-slung four-door leaps off the line. The front tires momentarily scrabble for grip, and there’s what feels like a gearshift at about 50 mph. Then it’s one long, weapons-grade surge of thrust that continues unabated even as the speedo flicks past 150 mph. Oh yes, the Porsche Taycan is a seriously fast car. It’s difficult to overestimate the significance of the Taycan, the first electric car from one of the world’s most accomplished performance vehicle manufacturers. It’s also the first electric car that will sorely test the loyalties of the Teslarati. This much is clear after a brief drive…

3 min.
2020 cadillac xt6

My day began with an Uber ride to LAX in a pre-bailout Chrysler PT Cruiser that smelled like cigarettes and felt like its suspension consisted of cold hockey pucks. When I got off the plane in Washington, D.C., Cadillac shuttled me and three other journalists in the only Caddy suitable for the job: the Escalade. The big, black ballermobile had no trouble swallowing our luggage. I left the second row vacant and headed straight for the way back. Knee room was tight but acceptable, but it was hard to ignore that we were riding in a truck. The Escalade’s ride was somehow both stiff and wallowy, and the column-mounted shifter stalk is straight out of a Silverado. But it’s the only three-row in the Cadillac fleet. Or it was. The new Cadillac…

3 min.
2020 mercedes-benz gls

There’s something extraordinary about Park City’s landscape during late spring. The snowcapped mountain peaks and deep blue skies provide a pleasant, peaceful atmosphere. This part of North Utah is the perfect place to launch the new GLS-Class, which was designed for Americans who might spend their weekends and holidays in such an environment. E-Active Body Control (EABC)—an optional suspension system that uses air springs and electrohydraulic dampers—was introduced in the smaller GLE, and Mercedes’ engineers made sure the fancy suspension setup could triumph in a three-row family crossover. The GLS can quickly free itself from being stuck in the sand thanks to Free Driving mode, which raises and lowers the suspension until the tires gain traction. It’s fun to engage this bouncing mode at a stoplight with the Burmester surround sound system…

2 min.
2020 land rover defender

It’s been a long time coming. But the 2020 Land Rover Defender appears to be worth the wait. The new Defender combines a 21st century take on iconic Land Rover design cues with state-of-the-art body, powertrain, suspension, and electronics. And it promises to deliver benchmark off-road capability along with unprecedented on-road refinement. The Defender is built on an aluminum-intensive monocoque platform dubbed D7x. It’s based on the D7u platform that underpins the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Land Rover Discovery, but it’s 95 percent new, Nick Rogers, JLR head of engineering, says. Rogers says the Defender is 10 times stiffer than the average body-on-frame off-roader and three times stiffer than the best, and it can tow more than 8,000 pounds. Another advantage is the smooth underbody, good for off-roading, which helps…

1 min.
2020 audi rs 6 avant

Launched back in 1994, the all-wheel-drive Audi RS 2 Avant could out-accelerate a contemporary Corvette or 911 and run to 163 mph on the autobahn. On the numbers alone, the new 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant—with 591 hp, a claimed 0–60 time of less than 3.6 seconds, and (if you order the Dynamic Plus package) a top speed of 190 mph—looks to be a worthy successor. The muscular 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 packs 40 more horses than the previous powerplant, along with 590 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 74 lb-ft. Audi says it will hit 124 mph in just 12 seconds. The 2020 RS 6 Avant is powerful and fast … and also a mild hybrid. A 48-volt belt alternator starter system harvests and stores up to 12 kW of electrical energy,…