Unnamed Automotive Podcast

Cars, trucks, and a weird sense of humor.

About the show

Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry and the cars they drive.

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  • 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.

  • Episode 87: 2018 BMW M5, 2018 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2004 Cadillac CTS-V, Ford Stepping Into The Abyss

    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 86: 2018 Acura NSX, 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, Pebble Beach, VW Controls The Weather

    August 28th, 2018  |  58 mins 21 secs
    acura, denali, gmc, huracan, lamborghini, newfoundland, nsx, pebble beach, sierra, vw, weather control

    Sami is back a bit late from Pebble Beach, but that's OK because he drove the 2018 Acura NSX and the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder. Meanwhile, Benjamin went to Newfoundland to see if GMC got the 2019 Sierra Denali luxury truck formula right with its latest re-design. Also, the pair dive deep into Volkswagen's Mexican hail cannons.

  • Episode 85: AutoGuide's Jodi Lai, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, 2018 Jeep Cherokee, 2019 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50, EV Self Destruct Systems

    August 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    acura, cherokee, convertible, crossover, ev, infiniti, jeep, mercedes-benz, qx50, rdx, s560, self-destruct, suv

    AutoGuide chief Jodi Lai joins Sami and Benjamin to talk about the Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet, the Jeep Cherokee, the Acura RDX vs. the Infiniti QX50, and a recent patent for an EV self-destruct system.

  • 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.

  • Bonus Episode - 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, Scat Pack Widebody, Track-Tested

    August 8th, 2018  |  28 mins 24 secs
    797 horsepower, challenger, dodge, hellcat, race track, redeye, scat pack, srt, track drive, widebody

    Benjamin track drives the 797 horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye alongside the new Challenger Scat Pack Widebody in this bonus episode.

  • Episode 83: 2018 BMW M5, 2018 BMW 340i, 2019 Genesis G70, 2018 Porsche 911T

    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.

  • Bonus Episode - 2019 Subaru Forester First Drive

    August 1st, 2018  |  19 mins 56 secs
    bonus episode, first drive, forester, robot, subaru, surveillance, suv

    Sami is one of the first in the world to get behind the wheel of the 2019 Subaru Forester SUV in Japan in this bonus episode.

  • Episode 82: 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S, 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS, Datsun 280Z Vibrations

    July 28th, 2018  |  44 mins 48 secs
    280z, 718, boxster, c63, c63 s, datsun, gts, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, porsche, track car, track driving, z

    Benjamin drives the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S at the Bilster Berg race track and struggles with its new electronic nannies, while Sami revels in the fact that the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS has become a mini-supercar. Benjamin also explains why you should never ignore what your classic Datsun is trying to tell you, especially if it's trying to tell you by way of vibration.

  • Episode 81: 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible, Listener Emails Answered

    July 21st, 2018  |  40 mins 2 secs

    Sami and Benjamin argue about whether the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost convertible is the worst version of the 'Stang money can buy, while Sami expresses his enthusiasm for the sportier 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, which finally has enough wing to satisfy his passions. Also, the pair answer reader emails and messages abotu the BMW 6 Series GT and the supercar versus sport sedan debate.

  • Episode 80: 2018 Audi RS5, 2018 BMW X1, 2018 Volvo XC40, Autonomous Goodwood Fail

    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.

  • Episode 79: 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, 2018 Mini Cooper, 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman All4 JCW, Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye

    July 7th, 2018  |  41 mins 26 secs
    aventador, challenger, cooper, countryman, dodge, hellcat, jcw, lamborghini, mini, redeye, srt

    The Lamborghini episode! Sami drives the Aventador S roadster and falls completely in love, while Benjamin compares the smallest Mini - the Cooper - to the largest Mini - the Countryman All4 JCW. Will opposites attract? The pair also discuss the latest version of the Dodge Challenger, the Hellcat Redeye.

  • Episode 78: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, Bill Goldberg, Honda Asimo Retires

    July 1st, 2018  |  35 mins 9 secs
    asimo, bill goldberg, chevrolet, denali, dodge, durango, gmc, honda, rst, sierra, srt, tahoe

    Benjamin and Sami both drive SRT's latest SUV monster - the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT - and Sami compares it to the less intriguing 'performance' edition of a direct competitor, the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST. Also in this episode: the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali, Benjamin's unusual Bill Goldberg encounter, and pouring out a glass of motor oil for the retirement of the Honda Asimo robot.

  • Episode 77: 2019 Audi Q8, 2019 Subaru Ascent, Renault Clio V6, Chevrolet Blazer

    June 23rd, 2018  |  52 mins 19 secs
    ascent, audi, blazer, chevrolet, clio, clio v6, q8, renault, subaru

    Benjamin travels to the Atacama desert in Chile to drive the 2019 Audi Q8, while Sami heads to Cape Breton to sample the 2019 Subaru Ascent. Benjamin also drives one of his heroes - the ultra-rare Renault Clio V6 - and the pair round things up by expressing their disillusionment with the brand new Chevrolet Blazer.

  • Episode 76: Strange Yet Amazing 2018 BMW 640i GT, 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Applebees In Your Car

    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.

  • Episode 75: 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel, 2019 Kia Sorento, Listener Questions

    June 9th, 2018  |  44 mins
    canyon, diesel, gmc, kia, pickup, sorento, suv, trucks

    Benjamin drives the 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel, while Sami tries out the 2019 Kia Sorento. We also answer listener questions about the Hyundai Veloster and the Kia Soul.