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15 minutes | 4 days ago
2021 Genesis G80 Review: Doubling Down on Details
For 2021, Genesis moves its mid-size G80 onto a new platform and significantly changes the styling. The new G80 sports a series of structural improvements to make it stiffer than the outgoing model, but also pushes a bolder design to make it look even more upmarket than the previous generation. Powered by a 2.5-liter I4 making 300 hp or a 3.5-liter V6 making 375 hp, the latest generation G80 is also potent enough to enjoy the drive. On this episode of Quick Spin, Road & Track’s Mack Hogan puts the 2.5-liter Genesis G80 through its paces and takes you along for a ride. Hogan walks you around the Genesis G80 and shines a light on its features before bringing you along for a spin in its surprisingly isolated cabin. Hogan elaborates on these segments with host Wesley Wren in the studio.
15 minutes | 11 days ago
2020 Acura NSX Review: Your Silent Supercar
The Acura NSX flipped the sports-car script when it rolled into the limelight in 1990. After being the default everyday supercar for 15 years, Honda discontinued the NSX. This second-generation model followed after an 11-year hiatus and totally changed what it means to be an NSX. Powered by a V6, like the first-generation models, only it’s grown the 3.5-liters of displacement and is force-fed air by a pair of turbochargers. Acura also equipped the NSX with a hybrid drivetrain to help give you even more versatility. On this episode of Quick Spin, Robin Warner takes the 2020 Acura NSX and puts it through its paces. Warner gives you an in-depth walk-around of the NSX that describes its features and details before taking you along with a live drive review. Warner also elaborates on those experiences with Host Wesley Wren.
15 minutes | 18 days ago
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo Is Rockstar Ready
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo is no stranger to Quick Spin, with it already appearing in one of the first episodes of the show. This V10-powered Italian supercar makes 610 hp in rear-wheel-drive trim and 630 hp in its all-wheel-drive configuration, or enough power to safely make a trip to your local store. The updated Lamborghini also features some styling enhancements that add more visual impact to emphasize that this is the evolution model. More importantly, this Lamborghini is reviewed by Blondie guitarist and sports car enthusiast Tommy Kessler. Kessler takes you into this Lambo with a walk around and then brings you along with him while he takes it for a spin. Kessler then joins host Wesley Wren and Robin Warner in the studio to flesh out his feelings about the Italian machine.
14 minutes | 22 days ago
Bonus: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Review
Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT350R goes back to its road-going-race-car roots. Like its base-model-variant the Shelby GT350, The GT350R is powered by the 526 hp, flat-plane-crank-equipped 5.2-liter V8. Backed exclusively by a six-speed manual transmission, the hardcore-focused pony car is a true enthusiast’s machine. Taking the GT350 further with the R-model, carbon fiber wheels, more aggressive aero and a missing rear seat, the Shelby GT350R is a toy pointed directly at your local track rat. And it’s right on target. On this special episode of Quick Spin, Robin Warner takes you along for the ride in a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Heritage Edition. Warner walks you around the GT350R to give you the details of this special Mustang before taking you along for a drive. In between, Warner talks with host Wesley Wren about the differences between the R-Model and the standard GT350 and elaborates on points made during the review.
14 minutes | 25 days ago
The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T Is a Budget Brawler
The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T doesn’t have a naturally aspirated flat-six, and the engine isn’t at the rear, but it might be one of the best sports cars you can get for the money. This mid-engine, turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four-powered coupe makes hopping in a Porsche slightly more accessible than the pricier 911. This Cayman T model also sports some weight-saving measures like mechanically adjustable seats and fabric door pulls. On this episode of Quick Spin, editor Wes Raynal puts this Porsche through its paces and brings you along for the ride. Raynal evaluates how the car drives, how it feels and how it sits in the Porsche lineup. Raynal guides you through the car’s features in a brief walk around of the Cayman T before taking you along while he reviews the car. In between those pre-recorded sections, Raynal expands his thoughts in a discussion with host Wesley Wren.
15 minutes | a month ago
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Rides Off into the Sunset
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is one of the coolest Mustangs to ever leave a Ford factory. Powered by a 5.2-liter, naturally-aspirated, flat-plane-crank V8, this Mustang changed the perception of Ford’s legend. This high-performance Mustang pushed the coupe further into the direction of a true-blue sports car. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission and revving to an ear-splitting 8,250 RPM, this Mustang is an enthusiast’s dream. In this episode of Quick Spin, managing editor Robin Warner takes you along for a ride in this Shelby Mustang while he evaluates it. Robin shows you how the car handles, how it sounds and relays how it feels while he puts it to the test. Mixed between those sections, he elaborates and adds context to the Mustang with host Wesley Wren.
15 minutes | a month ago
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is the 702-hp Fun Factory
It’s been a long time coming for a true competitor for Ford’s F-150 Raptor pickup, which has been largely unchallenged in the world of trophy truck inspired pickups. Well, Ram debuted a concept four years ago, which is finally ready for the public. Dubbed the Ram 1500 TRX, this Hellcat-powered pickup sends 702 hp through the eight-speed automatic and then to all four wheels. Add to that, that this truck is suspended by a serious set of shocks and springs and has a host of other desert-racing goodies: this might be the current king of showroom off-roaders. In this episode of Quick Spin Mark Vaughn takes the TRX’s reins during the truck’s launch event to give listeners some insights into the new truck. Vaughn captures the truck’s exhaust note from the outside of the rig while it’s at full song. Vaughn also captures the experience of launching the high-horsepower hauler with some off-road honing thrown in for good measure. In the studio, Vaughn talks with host Wesley Wren about the truck’s ability to jump and drive on roads.
14 minutes | a month ago
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Is ‘Pretty Much Perfect’
Porsche’s latest 911 generation has further evolved the beloved sports car. Powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six, this Porsche 911 might not breathe unassisted like some of the popular models that came before it, but the turbocharger does connect it with the most legendary of 911 variants. Even though the 911 has come a long way since its air-cooled days, the sporting spirit of this nameplate has stayed in place. In this episode of Quick Spin, Patrick Carone takes a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet out to the Berkshires. Carone tests out the road-trip worthy experience of the latest 911 and puts its creature comforts through the paces during the trip. Carone also is forced to test how this 911 Cabriolet can handle inclement weather when he drives through a storm. Carone also joins host Wesley Wren in the studio to expand on the car.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type R is Everything Good with Cars
The Jaguar F-Type R might not have changed much in the years since it made its first appearance in 2013, but that lack of change is what makes this 2021 model so special. In its R-trim, this F-Type moves down the line by way of a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 making 575 hp and enough noise to let your neighbors know that you love cars. On this episode of Quick Spin, Wes Raynal hops behind the wheel of this two-seat Jaguar and puts it through its paces. Raynal guides you through this quick Jag during the walk-around portion and gives you details about the features of this F-Type. After that, Raynal takes you along for the ride while he reviews the car in real-time. Peppered in between is Raynal talking with host Wesley Wren to elaborate on what he said in those segments.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
The 2020 Mazda Mazda6 Keeps the Midlife Crisis at Bay
Just because sedans are falling out of favor with some buyers, it doesn’t mean that sedans are going the way of the dodo. Not yet anyway, as long as Mazda has a say. Mazda’s mid-sized Mazda 6 takes the fun-to-drive Mazda mentality and shapes into a family-friendly sedan shape. Powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder mill making 250 hp in Signature trim, this Mazda makes more than enough power to get you up to highway speed. Join Autoweek’s Robin Warner as he guides you through the car before bringing you along as he evaluates the car. Warner also joins host Wesley Wren in the studio to expand on his thoughts and dive into the essence of the Mazda 6 and gives the car even more context in the greater car world.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
2020 Mercedes AMG GT R Review: The Beast from Green Hell
The Mercedes-AMG GT is one of the most beautiful sports cars to ever roll out of a factory. Seemingly taking inspiration from the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the AMG GT has an almost timeless style that will surely age as well as the 300SL. Though, not to ride just on good looks, Mercedes has progressively cranked the AMG GT up notches and produced the AMG GT R. In this episode of Quick Spin, Robin Warner puts the 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged AMG GT R to the test. Warner tackles how it looks, how it performs and how it feels, all the while bringing you along with him. Warner also hops into the studio to talk about all things AMG GT R with host Wesley Wren, before grinding out the essence of the AMG GT R.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
2020 Land Rover Defender: Mountain Climbing Drive Review
The Land Rover Defender is making its way back to the United States after 23 years, which means you now have a chance to eat a scone, sip some tea, and hit the trails in a British legend. The revived Defender competes with the likes of the Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen for the title of most capable off-roader ripped straight from the showroom. With its off-road chops as one of its major selling points, what would be better than taking one of these off paved streets? In this episode of Quick Spin, Patrick Carone does just that with a 2020 Land Rover Defender 110. He takes the new Defender through Land Rover's off-road course in Manchester, VT, to test its abilities before piloting it up the side of a mountain. Along the way, the vehicle encounters the kinds of real-world challenges off-road enthusiasts might face on any given weekend. Rounding out the discussion, Carone and host Wesley Wren try to get to the essence of the new Defender.
16 minutes | 3 months ago
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is a Seven-Seat Rocket Ship
Some vehicles are designed specifically to shuttle people to and fro in comfort and that is their lot in life. That’s fine, those vans, large sedans and large crossovers can do a great job at just being boring, unassuming shuttles. However, that doesn’t cut the mustard in Affalterbach, and the folks at AMG can’t leave anything alone (we’re looking at you R-Class). The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is a prime example of excess being a good thing, especially in the automotive world. On this episode of Quick Spin, Wes Raynal puts the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 through its paces and comes away with a smile on his face. Raynal takes you along for a drive in the hulking Mercedes SUV and narrates his adventure. He also elaborates on these recordings with Wesley Wren in the studio. Most importantly, Raynal dives deep into the GLS 63 and finds why the thing exists in the first place.
13 minutes | 3 months ago
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review: Not Just Another Boring Crossover
Alfa Romeo might be best known for its long legacy of sports cars and its Duetto Spider’s starring role in The Graduate. While it’s true that Alfa Romeo is still churning out sports cars like the 4C and sports sedans like the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Italian brand knows it must also make crossovers. Hence, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The Stelvio represents its attempt at a tall station wagon. And, thankfully, it doesn’t sacrifice the mystique of owning an Alfa. In this episode of Quick Spin, Patrick Carone slides behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio to put it through its road trip paces. Carone gives insights about the Stelvio’s on-road performance while driving the car, then elaborates on these thoughts in the studio with Wesley Wren. The guys also get to the essence of the Stelvio and discuss what separates it from the fleet of other high-end crossovers. Tune in below, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever podcasts are played.
20 minutes | 3 months ago
Volkswagen Golf GTI Review: Does Everything
The seventh-generation Volkswagen GTI has reached the end of its road, with the eighth-gen model just around the corner. That’s a good enough excuse for a long-term test and take one last drive of the outgoing GTI, and whet our appetite for the upcoming new model. Adding to that, there’s no better place to test this beloved, hopped-up Golf than the twisting roads of Los Angeles, California. That’s why Mark Vaughn joins us on this episode of Quick Spin and guides us through the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI as we tag along for a ride. Vaughn criticizes some of the Golf GTI’s interior problems and notes that it’s not a true sports car. Instead, he shows us that it's both a workhorse to tackle most of your daily needs with ease as well as a fun-to-drive machine that puts a smile on your face. Vaughn also talks to with Wesley Wren in the studio to explain and elaborate some of his points, and gets to the brass tacks of the quintessential hot hatch.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
2021 Ford Bronco: Experience the Bronco
The Ford Bronco might be the most hotly anticipated new Ford since the latest Mustang hit the streets in 2015. Targeting the Jeep Wrangler, Ford will spread its new off-roader across the spectrum of cost and capabilities, with entry-level models starting below $30,000 and fully loaded models costing, well, much more than that. While Ford has not unleashed these Broncos onto the hordes of salivating fans and car writers, Jake Lingeman had the opportunity to ride along in a Ford Bronco sporting the Sasquatch package. In this episode of Quick Spin, Lingeman is bringing you along on that trek through a special Ford off-road course in the newest generation of Ford Bronco, as well as giving you the details of what this new SUV feels like in the flesh. Unsurprisingly, Lingeman has a blast riding along in the new Ford Bronco. We’re still waiting to get our hands on a Bronco for our own testing needs, but experiencing a ride-along will the tide us over until that day comes.
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD: Fun Mode Engaged
The Lamborghini Huracan recently received a significant refresh and added the hefty “Evo” tag to its name. Evo, for those out of the loop, is short for evolution. Essentially meaning that Lamborghini has taken the Huracan to the next level. While the Huracan Evo debuted with the expected all-wheel-drive system affixed to its driveline, Lamborghini recently added the lighter, enthusiast-focused rear-wheel-drive model to the lineup. Powered by a naturally aspirated V10 making a reasonable 602 hp at 8,000 RPM and 413 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 RPM, this Lambo is sure to put a smile on your face. Well, on this episode of Quick Spin, Autoweek’s Mark Vaughn climbs behind the wheel of the Huracan Evo RWD and puts it to the test. He also joins Wesley Wren in the studio to talk not only about his drive, but to give context to Lamborghini’s position in the world of supercars. The pair talk about Vaughn’s experience with Lamborghini’s lineup and give credit to Lamborghini for the direction the company is headed.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S: Is This 503-Hp Machine a True Sports Car?
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe takes the bones of a perfectly acceptable C-Class coupe and covers them with brute muscle. Powered by Mercedes-AMG's beloved 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 503 horsepower, the C63 S is a finely tuned beast. (It also possesses one of the best-sounding exhaust notes of any regular-production V8 available today.) On this episode of Quick Spin, Wesley Wren talks with Managing Editor Robin Warner about his time with the C63 S Coupe. As Warner takes you along for his test drive, he shines a light on what makes this high-end hot rod something special in the luxury car world. He also asks a fundamental question about its nature: Is the C63 S a true-blue sports car? Listen and find out.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Jeep Wrangler Review: The Wrangler Goes Uptown
On this episode of Quick Spin, Wesley Wren talks with Editor Wes Raynal about his time with the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited Ecodiesel. This range-topping Wrangler brings an upscale price thanks to its creature comforts and diesel power. Raynal takes this well-optioned off-roader around the Detroit suburbs to see what it's like to live with, and you're along for the ride. Despite its off-roading pedigree and prowess, this Wrangler suites the metropolitan streets well, and it might be the most comfortable Jeep to date. The pair dissect the more posh nature of this Wrangler, then dive deep into its excessive options and high price tag. Ride along with Raynal as he cruises along in his pricy Jeep, then stay for their dissection of the beloved Wrangler.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Mazda MX-5 Miata Review: Is an Automatic Mazda Miata Even Worth Driving?
On this episode of Quick Spin, Wesley Wren is joined by Editorial Director Patrick Carone, who spent time with a 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. While most enthusiasts would opt for a manual Miata, Carone tested an automatic-equipped MX-5. Powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated I4, and backed by that six-speed automatic, this Mazda might not be as potent as the supercars we’re often testing. As we find out from Carone’s experience with the Miata, however, the car isn’t about that. It’s about enjoying the drive. Carone takes you along with him while evaluating the retractable-hardtop Miata. From dealing with stop-and-go city traffic to throwing the roadster around twisty back roads, you’re right there with him in the windy cabin. He then joins Wren to break down his experience, giving you his perspective on the car and its purpose.
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