Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry, the cars they drive, the places they go, and the weirdness that surrounds the industry at all times.
Episode 50: 2018 Infiniti QX80, 2019 Volvo XC40, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Dad Jokes, The Downer Media, Porsche Bees
December 20th, 2017 | 50 mins 32 secs
On our 50th episode we talk about the 2018 Infiniti QX80, the 2019 Volvo XC40, and the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. Sami cracks a 'dad joke,' we examine fake speaker technology, and discuss 'the downer media' as well ridiculous in-car shopping features, while also taking time to mention Porsche's special bee project.
December 14th, 2017 | 50 mins 29 secs
bmw, estorial, ev, i3s, m5, mclaren, mitsubishi, race car, race track
This week Benjamin talks about driving the redesigned 2018 BMW M5 at the Estorial race track in Portugal, as well as his experience with the BMW i3s electric sports car. Sami puts the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross through its paces, and then berates Benjamin for 'not being into' supercars.
December 4th, 2017 | 30 mins 29 secs
bmw, donuts, infiniti, la auto show, mazda, mercedes-benz, subaru, toyota
Benjamin and Sami record live from the floor of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show as they walk from one vehicle debut to the next, commenting and analyzing the newest vehicle unveilings. Also, AMG Peformance Donuts and hot takes from the interior of a Mazda Miata race car!
Episode 47: Lexus LC 500 - 500h Comparison, Compact Crossover Head-to-Head Shoot-Out, Silly Toyota Prius Prime
November 26th, 2017 | 47 mins 16 secs
chevrolet, cr-v, crossover, equinox, honda, lc, lc 500, lc 500h, lexus, nissan, prius, prius prime, rogue, suv, tiguan, toyota, volkswagen
Benjamin drives the Lexus LC 500 luxury grand touring car and its 500h hybrid sibling back-to-back, while Sami pits the VW Tiguan, the Honda CR-V, the Chevrolet Equinox, and the Nissan Rogue in a compact crossover battle royale, with surprising results. Finally, the pair get really silly talking about the Toyota Prius Prime.
November 19th, 2017 | 51 mins 11 secs
fit, honda, kia, rio, roadster, stinger, stinger gt, tesla
Benjamin heads to Los Angeles to drive the all-new Kia Stinger GT, the first performance sedan from the Korean automaker, while Sami puts perennial hatchback favorite the Honda Fit up against the redesigned Kia Rio and comes away surprised with the results. The pair also address the Tesla Roadster announcement and how it serves primarily as a distraction from Tesla's manufacturing woes with the Model 3.
November 12th, 2017 | 48 mins 17 secs
370z, chevrolet, corvette, datsun, gle 63, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, nissan, sports cars, suv, z car
Sami heads to Germany to drive the 500 horsepower 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV and watch human beings build engines at Affalterbach, while Benjamin pilots a Nissan 370Z through snow and ice and waxes philosophic on the aging star's place in the sports car universe. The pair then try to figure who, exactly, the 750 horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is for, and whether it makes sense alongside the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette that is on the way to showrooms.
November 6th, 2017 | 49 mins
accent, camry, civic type r, honda, hyundai, micra, nissan, sonata, suv, toyota
Benjamin heads to Las Vegas to drive the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent, while Sami pits the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata head-to-head in a battle of the family sedans that yields surprising results. Benjamin also spends time with both the Honda Civic Type R and the Nissan Micra on the wet, cold streets of Montreal.
October 28th, 2017 | 48 mins 14 secs
Benjamin spends a week in the desert at the Cadillac V Performance Academy, while Sami heads to Vancouver Island to sample the AMG Peformance Tour. Both compare notes on these factory-backed race driving schools.
Episode 42: Volvo Polestar 1, Next-Generation Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Fine Comfort Ride, Smell Like A Mazda, 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
October 21st, 2017 | 49 mins 36 secs
chevrolet, jeep, malibu, mazda, polestar, toyota, volvo, wrangler
We hit the auto news hard this week to talk about the Polestar 1 electric sport coupe from Volvo and all the leaked goodies about the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. We also question the decision to name a car the 'Fine Comfort Ride,' and debate who, exactly, wants to smell like a Mazda with the company's new fragrance. Wrapping things up is Benjamin talking about his time with the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Redline and Malibu Hybrid.
October 16th, 2017 | 59 mins 20 secs
a8, audi, automatic transmission, datsun, e43, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, old cars, track driving
Sami goes to Valencia, Spain, to drive the 2019 Audi A8, which insists on trying to drive itself, while Benjamin contemplates a week with the Mercedes-AMG E43, and all of the brand dilution that implies. The pair also discuss whether Honda is serious about actually building a sports car again, why weird transmission technology exists, and whether it's a good idea to drive a classic car on the race track.
Episode 40: Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, Porsche 911, Sports Car Personalities, Jamie Oliver's Land Rover
October 9th, 2017 | 52 mins 28 secs
124 spider, 911, abarth, automotive, cars, comedy, fiat, jamie oliver, land rover, porsche, sports cars
Benjamin discovers that you can't build a sports car from a parts bin after spending a week with the disappointing Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, while Sami questions whether the Porsche 911 is simply too good at everything it does to trigger a passionate response from owners and drivers. The pair examine all the quirks and weirdness that give similarly-priced sports cars their unique personalities, and wrap things up with an incredulous discussion about Jamie Oliver's butter-churning Land Rover.
October 2nd, 2017 | 54 mins 19 secs
automotive, c300, cars, challenger, comedy, dodge, ferrari, gt4clusso, mclaren, mercedes-benz, mpr4-12x
Benjamin and Sami trade supercar stories after driving the Ferrari GT4CLusso and the McLaren MP4-12C. They also try to figure out how many versions of the Challenger Dodge could possibly build, discuss how different the Challenger T/A really is from its line-up mates, and listen to Sami wax exuberantly about the Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet.
September 26th, 2017 | 55 mins 48 secs
audi, automotive, car, cars, comedy, jaguar, lexus, mercedes-benz
Benjamin drives the 2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, Sami offers first impressions on the completely-redesigned 2018 Lexus LS luxury sedan, and both talk about the unicorn-like Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon before diving deeping to the world of Audi's scary empathetic artificial intelligence car that will know how you feel even before you feel it!
September 18th, 2017 | 43 mins 57 secs
cx-3, frankfurt, gt, gt r, lexus, ls, mazda, mercedes-amg, project one, track
Benjamin talks about driving the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R on the track at Bilster Berg in Germany, as well as his experience with the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Sami discusses his strong feelings for the Mazda CX-3, and teases his drive of the redesigned Lexus LS.
September 4th, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
audi, automotive, cars, civic si, dream cruise, elantra gt, honda, hyundai, r8, v90, volvo, woodward
Guest Chad Kirchner of the Future Motoring podcast joins us this week to discuss the Audi R8 Spyder, the Volvo V90, and the Woodward Dream Cruise. Sami and Chad also debate the finer points of comparing the Honda Civic Si to the Hyundai Elantra GT
August 30th, 2017 | 53 mins 13 secs
After a whirlwind August, Sami talks about attending Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week, and driving the Lamborghini Aventador while Benjamin discusses his time on the race track behind the wheel of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Also, bears.