Car and Driver December 2019

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9 min

TRUE LOVE WAITS You guys really nailed the cover of the September 2019 issue! The photograph and the two-word caption perfectly capture the significance of the 2020 Corvette. Every time I see it, or even think of it, I smile. —Bill Knight Alexandria, VA I’ve been subscribing to C/D for 35 years. Your September cover is the first one that took my breath away. Simple. Perfect. Hallelujah! —Drew Neumann Mankato, MN It’s good, but it’s still no avocado in a Reatta—Ed. VETTING PROCESS Kudos to the C/D staff for the absolute best preview story among all the monthly car mags reporting on the 2020 Corvette development and details [“The Mid-Engined Corvette Is Here,” September 2019]. The others teased readers with a cover photo and maybe a page or two of generic text. The C/D feature truly informed…

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10 minutes with tobias moers

C/D: How will you maintain AMG’s attitude with electrification? Tobias Moers: EQ Performance is our move to becoming the technology brand of EQ. The type of hybridization that we will be doing is for performance, which will boost the power of the nextgeneration Cclass and S63. It’s a different interpretation of hybrid; not the same technology that Mercedes uses. It’s a bespoke technology for us—a combination of a performance ICE [internalcombustion engine] and the performance Edrive powertrain, with a performance battery, too. C/D: How far off is that? TM: End of next year. Cars are on the proving ground now … 35 people with 10 cars. The GT 4Door will be the first one to have it. C/D: When will we see a new Black Series? TM: In a year’s time. It’s on the ’Ring.…

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In the September issue, you had an enlightening article about new Porsche brakes titled “Dust Busters.” In it, you stated that the brake dust that accumulates on wheels comes from the rotors, not the pads. If that were true, then that dust would be iron particles and thus would stick to a magnet. Well, it doesn’t, which means it’s pad dust. Care to explain? —George Knab, Buffalo, NY We should have said the brake dust that accumulates on the wheels comes primarily from the rotors. Dust from the pads is certainly a part of the mix, but only a small portion. With impressive specificity, EBC Brakes says that 92 percent of the brake dust on a wheel is ferrous metal material. That comes mostly from iron rotors, with a smaller portion originating…

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metallic-flake streamline baby

In what is likely a first for Car and Driver (C/D historians and archivists are still fact-checking this), we have actually paid real money for a new car. We are leasing a Tesla Model 3. Here’s a short version of the inside baseball behind this decision: We usually request vehicles from manufacturers, and without too much of a wait, these cars appear at our office for testing. Some of the test cars remain for a two-week loan, and some commit to a 40,000-mile stay. We have repeatedly asked Tesla for vehicles to test, but lately, company reps have been painfully slow to respond to our requests. And we’re impatient. Whether self-driving cars succeed or fail is one of the big questions for the 2020s. So why not start the decade off…

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biggie smalls

For much of the past four decades, the business of Volkswagen has been the Golf. In that time, more than 35 million of them have been produced—the air-cooled Beetle managed a mere 21.5 million. The Golf and its spinoffs have been responsible for a disproportionate number of our favorite Vee-Dubs—GTIs, GLIs, Sciroccos, Corrados, Cabriolets. Now VW is showing off the eighth gen, set to launch in Europe by year’s end. A few versions, but not all, are headed to the U.S. shortly thereafter. Like the Porsche 911, the Golf has steadily evolved, so it’s not surprising that the latest one isn’t a radically different design. It’s still built on the Swiss Army knife of automotive architecture, VW’s highly adaptable MQB platform. Exterior dimensions are largely unchanged, with a modest 1.1-inch increase…

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roll reversal

Some readers may find this surprising, but the clock doesn’t start on our acceleration runs right when the vehicles start rolling. This practice, which is commonly called rollout, comes from the drag strip, where it’s possible for a car to travel a foot or more before it trips the timing light that actually starts the clock. The industry standard calls for a one-foot rollout before a timed run begins. Our old test equipment couldn’t measure that precisely, so we approximated a foot by beginning our runs at 3 mph. That was a fair estimate when cars didn’t launch as hard as they do today, but gains in traction, launch control, and horsepower have rendered our 3-mph approximation increasingly obsolete. Our GPS-based Racelogic VBox test equipment is accurate enough to measure…