Cars & Motorcycles

Automobile January 2020

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Michael Floyd INTERNATIONAL BUREAU CHIEF Angus MacKenzie EXECUTIVE EDITOR Mac Morrison CREATIVE DIRECTOR Darren Scott DETROIT BUREAU CHIEF Todd Lassa SENIOR EDITOR Nelson Ireson SENIOR EDITOR Aaron Gold FEATURES EDITOR Rory Jurnecka MANAGING EDITOR Rusty Kurtz SENIOR COPY EDITOR Jesse Bishop COPY EDITOR Claire Crowley EDITORIAL PRODUCTION SPECIALIST Ryan Ono EUROPEAN BUREAU CHIEF George Kacher AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN EDITOR Robert Cumberford NEW YORK BUREAU CHIEF Jamie Kitman EDITOR-AT-LARGE Arthur St. Antoine AUTOMOBILE DIGITAL SENIOR EDITOR Erik Johnson ONLINE EDITOR Ed Tahaney DAILY NEWS EDITOR Conner Golden PRODUCTION EDITOR Eleonor Segura DIRECTOR, SOCIAL MEDIA Brandon Scarpelli SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Billy Rehbock CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ronald Ahrens, Brett Berk, Jethro Bovingdon, Elana Scherr, Jon Alain Guzik, Bob Merlis, Chris Nelson, Marc Noordeloos, Andy Pilgrim, Steven Cole Smith, Lawrence Ulrich, Basem Wasef CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS Daniel Byrne, Martyn Goddard, Steffen Jahn, Evan Klein, Julia LaPalme, James Lipman, Charlie Magee, Richard Pardon, Tim Marrs, Tom Salt, Jürgen Skarwan, Dean Smith, Andrew Trahan ADVERTISING WEST: 831…

4 min.
electrifying your knowledge

I SUSPECT FOR many of you (save the electricians out there), your knowledge of electricity is about as basic as mine. I understand concepts such as the greater a light bulb’s wattage, the brighter the light will be—or at least, that’s what it used to mean. Or if you overload a circuit on your home electrical box, the fuse associated with it will blow. And that AC/DC is one of the greatest rock bands of all time. It’s been an education for all of us to get up to speed with the nuances of pure electrified propulsion: how power is measured, generated, stored, and expended. We can no longer judge electric vehicles simply by range alone. There are other important variables to consider, and with many viable offerings already available or…

8 min.
magical mini tour

TURN ON, TUNE IN, and join us on a magical, not-so-mysterious tour of 1960s London. No, we’re not talking about visiting famous tourist sites like Buckingham Palace or the Tower of London. Instead, we’ll search out the special places that were at the forefront of swinging ’60s culture. And no, we won’t travel by open-top double-decker bus. Small is the answer for driving around London; it was in 1960, and it most certainly is in 2019. When you’re talking small, you’re talking Mini, of course. The special 1963 Austin Mini we have in our employ, owned by fellow automotive journalist Richard Bremner, is absolutely original—a one-owner car bought new by the lady whose name is on the car’s logbook ahead of Bremner’s. As I climb aboard, I’m surprised by the amount of…

4 min.
my best of the year

I DROVE A lot of cars in 2019. Of course, saying that is no different than a waitress at Denny’s declaring: “I served up a lot of Grand Slams in 2019.” It’s my job. Fortunately for me, unlike endless plates of eggs and hotcakes, every car is not the same. But not all are grand slams. Here are five out of dozens that were. “The best luxury performance sedan on the market. Period.” That’s what I wrote about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG S 63 last spring. Nothing I’ve driven since has changed my mind. Yes, it’s expensive as hell (my test car rang in at almost $182,000). But this is a work of four-door engineering magnificence to which no other premium sedan I’ve ever driven compares. Speed? With a 603-horse twin-turbo V-8,…

6 min.
bradley price watches over cars

I DON’T WEAR a watch, and I think I know why: a permanent injury. Not to me, but to my father’s wristwatch. The 5-year-old me accidentally pulverized it while pretending to be a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter plane (as you did in the 1960s), flying with it attached to my wrist, arms outstretched, at an approximate scale speed of 340 mph. Entering the doorway leading to our kitchen, doubling as Burma that night, it transpired I’d made a tragic miscalculation of wingspan. So ended the life of my dad’s watch. My father was not unpissed about its demise, though he wasn’t too bad, given his proven V-Max anger ceiling. But I was so upset, I ran away from home. For 10 minutes, at least, as was my practice. I’ve mostly gotten over it.…

7 min.
c8 debate

LOOKING AT THE pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette in Robert Cumberford’s “By Design” column (November), this car represents the first time in about 15 years that the Corvette’s rear end didn’t remind me of the song “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen. JIM POPE Mason City, Iowa I’ve always been disappointed with Cumberford’s unhappy expression in his column picture, but he appears to be quite happy in the historic photo in the Corvette article in your November issue. So what changed in the intervening years? He went from being a GM employee with a beaming smile to an Automobile design editor with a face that looks as if he’s just smelled sour milk. JOHN HAMMER Baltimore, Maryland After years of reading your mag, I had concluded that Robert Cumberford is the ultimate grumpy lobster boat captain…