Episode 88: 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata vs. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Arctic Circle Mercedes-Sprinter Adventures, 2018 Honda Pilot, Volvo's Secret Autonomous Car Language, BMW Lightning Round
September 9th, 2018 | 59 mins 51 secs
alaska, arctic circle, bmw, honda, mazda, mazdaspeed, mercedes-benz, miata, mx-5, pilot, sprinter, volvo
Benjamin spends a week with the 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata and is surprised by how little fun the turbo adds to the MX-5 formula. Sami's experience with the revised 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van reminds Benjamin of his adventure-filled mid-winter trip through Alaska to the Arctic Circle in a Sprinter, and the pair then debate the finer points of whether it's OK that the 2018 Honda Pilot is really just a fancier minivan. Finally, the two are dumbfounded by Volvo's attempt to teach us all a new language of flashing colors and swelling sounds to communicate with autonomous cars you can also sleep in, and Sami tries to stump Benjamin with a BMW lightning round.
September 2nd, 2018 | 50 mins 44 secs
bmw, cadillac, cts-v, ford, m5
The 2018 BMW M5 gives Sami white hairs, Benjamin puts the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V up against the 2004 first-year model sitting in his garage, and Ford once again crushes any hope that they might return to the car market in this week's episode.
Episode 84: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, 2018 Ford F-150, 2018 Ram 1500, Datsun Track Tales
August 13th, 2018 | 53 mins 10 secs
1500, 4 series, bmw, corolla, datsun, f-150, ford, gran coupe, hatchback, mazda, miata, mx-5, pickup, ram, toyota, track car, truck
Sami drives the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata - the ND2 - and discovers that more power is a good thing. Benjamin samples two hatchbacks at opposite ends of the spectrum, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, and the BMW 430i Gran Coupe, just before the pair delve in to the newest versions of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 pickups.
August 5th, 2018 | 48 mins 3 secs
340i, 911, 911t, bmw, g70, genesis, m5, porsche
Benjamin spends a week with the 2018 BMW M5 and forms a second opinion on the four-door track star, while Sami compares the 2018 BMW 340i and the 2019 Genesis G70 with surprising results. He also dishes on the new 2018 Porsche 911T, which is aimed at those seeking a more old school 'pure' experience from their rear-engine sports car.
July 14th, 2018 | 45 mins 52 secs
audi, autonomous, autonomous car, bmw, goodwood, rs 5, rs5, suv, volvo, x1, xc40
The 2018 Audi RS5 is radically different from its predecessor, and after 1,000 miles behind the wheel Benjamin is ready to decide whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Sami goes to bat for the 2018 Volvo XC40 against the strong-selling 2018 BMW X1 in a battle of the entry-level luxury SUVs, while the pair both make merry about what happens when an autonomous car drives itself head-first into a bale of hay at Goodwood.
June 16th, 2018 | 45 mins 19 secs
6 series gt, 640i, applebees, bmw, ev, gran turismo, grand cherokee, hyundai, jeep, mission e, porsche, taycan
Benjamin and Sami marvel over the totally bizarre, yet surprisingly amazing 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo, while Sami also talks about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Oh, and you can now order Applebees from your car.
May 12th, 2018 | 43 mins 57 secs
alfa romeo, bmw, eclipse cross, mitsubishi, stelvio, suv, x2
Sami explains why the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross intrigues at first, but doesn't follow through in a crowded SUV market, while Benjamin talks about how surprised he was by both the 2018 BMW X2 and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Spoiler alert: one good surprise and one bad surprise.
May 6th, 2018 | 44 mins 34 secs
abu dhabi, audi, bmw, discovery, ferrari, g70, genesis, land rovery, mercedes-benz, race track
Benjamin is blown away by the 2019 Genesis G70, Sami travels to the Middle East to drive the 2018 Land Rover Discovery SUV. Sami also sneaks in to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and, um, is not at all blown away.
Episode 58: 2019 Audi A7, BMW i8 In The Snow, Driving Exotics In The Winter, Sami's Extreme Exhaustion
February 10th, 2018 | 44 mins 41 secs
a7, audi, bmw, exhaustion, exotic, hybrid, i8, jet lag, supercar
Sami is back from South Africa where he drove the all-new 2019 Audi A7, while Benjamin recounts a week spent battling blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in the BMW i8 supercar. We also talk about what it's like driving exotic cars in the winter time, and just how exhausted Sami is after 60 hours in the air.
January 24th, 2018 | 50 mins 55 secs
bmw, m, m550i, m760li, marketing, v12
Benjamin and Sami talk about two 'lowercase' M cars - the M550I and the BMW M760Li, which Benjamin probably calls the 'iL' about one hundred times during this episode. The pair dive deep into the marketing magic that makes M cars not really but also sort of M cars, and whether that's good or bad for BMW.