Rambling About Cars by Motor1.com

Rambling About Cars by Motor1.com

Listen to hear Christopher Bruce, Chris Smith and the Motor1 (https://www.motor1.com) team talk about everything automotive: cars, sportscars, supercars, sedans, SUVs, motorcycles, auto shows and more.

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We start this week by going through the big vehicle debuts like the BMW XM, Genesis G90, and Hennessy Project Deep Space. Then, we take a listener question about how to balance wanting to enjoy cars but not necessarily having the space or money for them. Finally, we discuss which dead automakers deserve to make a return.

Dec 3

1 hr 15 min

It’s another Ford versus Ferrari matchup this week as both brands compete for attention with two major debuts. A completely redesigned Ford Ranger will appeal to the masses in 180 countries, while the stunning Ferrari Daytona SP3 from the Icona series will be available only for a fortunate few. Sticking with rare cars, Bruce and Smith try to outdo each other on an obscure car challenge, finding vehicles for sale that nobody’s heard of.  And since it’s Thanksgiving weekend in America, the duo talks about car-themed gifts you absolutely shouldn’t (and a few you should) buy for the enthusiast in your life.  

Nov 26

1 hr 24 min

This week was the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it gave us a lot to talk about. We discuss the changes to the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, and the Subaru Solterra/Toyota bZ4X twins. Then, we answer a question about the Kia EV6 and talk about the rumor of Audi buying McLaren to some extent. Back on topic, we dig into the Acura Integra, Mahindra Roxor, and Mazda CX-50.

Nov 19

1 hr 24 min

Very few people have driven all the latest high-performance EVs but special guest Tom Moloughney has. We explore the Tesla Model S Plaid, Lucid Air, Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E with a preview of Christopher Smith's Mach-E review coming soon on Motor1.

Nov 12

1 hr 25 min

Brett T. Evans and Clint Simone join us to discuss all the winners of the Motor1 Star Awards, plus some behind-the-scenes fun. Also, Bruce and Smith do shots of hot sauce because of meeting our subscriber goal.

Nov 5

1 hr 15 min

The new Corvette Z06 is here with a 670-horsepower naturally aspirated V8, and we've already seen it in person! We also check out the brand new Range Rover, and Mercedes debuted its stunning new SL-Class with a fabric roof and all-wheel drive. If that's not enough, we take a peek at some of the cool cars coming to the big SEMA show. Special guest Gabriel Vega joins Bruce and Smith for the discussion.

Oct 29

1 hr 19 min

This week we check out some of the hot performance vehicle debuts like the corner-carving Porsche Cayman GT4 RS, polarizing Honda Civic SI, and sweet-sounding Corvette Z06. Then, we talk about the new Batmobile from The Batman. How does it stack up against the Dark Knight's previous rides?

Oct 22

1 hr 20 min

Who needs a Toyota Land Cruiser when you have the new Lexus LX 600? The luxury flagship SUV has arrived and it will be available in the U.S. market. Recent sightings of camouflaged Corvette test vehicles could be the E-Ray hybrid, but the evidence doesn’t entirely stack up. Some clever winter driving tips are offered since snow is just around the corner. Bruce and Smith then finish the podcast with a focus on cool auto news stories from the past week.

Oct 15

1 hr 25 min

Motor1.com Associate Video Producer Kyle Freudenberg joins us to discuss the big news from General Motors this week. Mary Barra will unveil the Chevy Silverado EV at CES on January 5, 2022. Also, the company will launch Ultra Cruise as the next iteration of its advanced driving assist system beyond Super Cruise. Then, we do a twist on our cheap car challenges, but this time we need to find a scary car for Halloween.

Oct 8

1 hr 19 min

We dig into all of the details about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row, including the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. Then, we look at the huge number of teasers that are dropping recently. We check out the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Acura Integra, a mysterious Mini, Subaru Solterra, Rolls-Royce Spectre, and revived Lamborghini Countach prototype

Oct 1

1 hr 15 min

We have an amazing guest this week. Zach Wright (@BlueTurd on YouTube) competed in the Discovery reality show Getaway Driver and had more success than any other driver in the first season. He did it in a Ford Taurus SHO that he paid $3,500 for while competing against people in machines worth considerably more. Later, he sticks with us to discuss the new Toyota Tundra.

Sep 24

1 hr 16 min

BMW was busy during the Munich Motor Show, and Motor1’s Jeff Perez was there for a week driving new vehicles. We go behind the scenes with him, talking about the BMW I Vision Circular and iX5 Hydrogen concepts. We also take a close look a very green BMW M4 decked out through the company’s Individual customization program, and Jeff shares images from his time at BMW’s museum in Munich. It all inspires an epic virtual cheap car challenge, with everyone sharing two choices for a great hatchback under $10,000.

Sep 17

1 hr 15 min

The 2022 Silverado arrives with the new, off-road-focused ZR2. Plus, some trims get a digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment screen. The next-gen Subaru WRX also debuts with an appearance a lot like the current one and only a slight bump in horsepower, despite having a larger engine. Finally, Clint Simone tells us about the electric Mercedes vehicles he saw at the Munich Motor Show.

Sep 10

1 hr 13 min

The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S e-Performance debuts as the most powerful AMG vehicle ever. Subaru accidentally reveals the new Forester Wilderness early and teases its first EV, which is really a rebadged Toyota BZ4X. Toyota shows an oddly proportioned Hilux Revo GR Sport truck, and with Labor Day weekend upon us, we look at some amazing motorhomes including an electric model with a rotary engine as a range extender.

Sep 3

1 hr 14 min

Motor1.com Global Managing Editor John Neff and news writer Anthony Alaniz joins us to discuss some fascinating stories. Trespassing teens discover a treasure trove of classic cars in Brazil. The intriguing tale behind a Honda CRX with over one million miles. Exclusive photos inside the Yugo factory, and a Toyota Tacoma that sold for an insane amount of money. Plus, we look at examples of the crazy current state of used vehicle prices in the US.

Aug 27

1 hr 17 min

Nissan finally revealed its new Z sports car after a very long dance with the 370Z, which leads Bruce and Smith to talk about previous Z models. Details on the new Acura NSX Type S are shared, but it becomes clear that NSX is the Rodney Dangerfield of supercars, having been overshadowed both by the Ford GT when it debuted, and the Lamborghini Countach just last week. There's also a refreshed Lincoln Navigator in the mix, because the world needs its full-size luxury SUVs as up-to-date as possible.

Aug 20

1 hr 17 min

We dig into all the details about the new Lamborghini Countach, including a discussion of its styling and powertrain. Then, we put the original into context by discussing its importance during the 1970s and '80s.

Aug 13

1 hr 7 min

Motor1.com Video Director Clint Simone joins us as a guest. We start by discussing what we know about the Acura NSX Type S and the death of the latest generation of the Japanese supercar that is assembled in Ohio. Then, we look at the quality control issues plaguing the early production of the Ford Bronco, including a whistling noise and various problems with the roof. Finally, we each pick two defunct Japanese sports cars that we want to revive, either as a small-run last hurrah or as a next-gen EV.

Aug 5

1 hr 12 min

This week we learn Toyota won’t let new Land Cruiser buyers resell the luxury SUV outside of Japan, and the reasoning is strange to say the least. Meanwhile, Ford Bronco buyers in the United States are reselling like crazy, and asking wild six-figure prices to boot. A credible report regarding the Chevrolet Camaro suggests it might become an electric sedan in a few years. Then, Bruce and Smith share their weekend adventures at two very different classic car events.

Jul 30

1 hr 27 min

This week’s episode embraces sports sedans with the new 2022 Audi RS3 debut, then shifts to rumors that the Kia Stinger could end production in early 2022. A viral video of a Dodge Ram towing a loaded logging truck is discussed in-depth following an exclusive interview Smith had with the pickup’s owner. The second segment sees Bruce and Smith choose a hilarious group of cars under $5,000 for a retro 1980’s cheap car challenge, and their choices are shockingly similar.

Jul 23

1 hr 22 min

We start the show by discussing the new Hyundai Elantra N, then dig into the pricing for the Hyundai Santa Cruz, Golf GTI, and Golf R. Finally, we check out the new Aston Martin Valhalla supercar. In our second segment, we discuss this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Smith talks about a the loss of a unique Mercury Sable SHO wagon.

Jul 16

1 hr 18 min

Motor1.com Global Managing Editor John Neff joins Rambling About Cars to talk about recent debuts like the Lotus Emira, Volkswagen Golf R Variant, Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae, Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, and BMW 2 Series. Then, Neff tells us about his long-range road trip in a $113,000 Cadillac Escalade with GM's Super Cruise advanced driving assistance system.

Jul 9

58 min 41 sec

We start by looking at the news like the teaser for the next-gen Subaru WRX and the debut of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. We also look like quirky things like a V12-powered Ford Crown Victoria and a camper that expands to be three times the size than when towing it. Then, we talk about why flying cars are never going to happen, at least in the way they are usually promised.

Jul 2

1 hr 13 min

We look at the leaks surrounding the new Toyota Tundra. Then, we look at the recent debuts like the Honda Civic Hatchback, Porsche 911 GTS models, and Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon package. Finally, we delve into fun places to drive in the summer like drive-in movies and car shows.

Jun 25

1 hr 18 min

We look at the odd state of affordable convertibles in the current automotive world. Then, we answer your questions like how to fix Alfa Romeo and comparing the Ford Maverick to the Explorer Sport Trac

Jun 18

1 hr 15 min

While we promised not to talk about Ford for a month, the introduction of the Ford Maverick was too big of a deal to skip. We compare it to the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Then, we take a look at the new Toyota Land Cruiser, including the model's past and future in the US.

Jun 11

1 hr 13 min

Anthony Alaniz co-hosts while we talk about the bevy of debuts this week, including the Toyota Corolla Cross, bZ4X, and special editions of the Supra, Tacoma, and 4Runner. Then, we imagine what we'd buy with $1 million.

Jun 4

52 min 25 sec

Motor1.com US Managing Editor Brandon Turkus joins us to pick out the sports cars that are underrated and which ones are overrated. We're sure to hurt some feelings.

May 28

1 hr 9 min

The F-150 Lightning debut is arguably the most important vehicle debut so far in 2021, so we don't feel like we can ignore it. However, we have talked about the electric truck in a previous episode and have discussed Ford a lot recently. We decided that rather than us having yet another conversation about the model, we'd put some fresh faces on the show. This is also an experiment because we'd like to have our own Rambling About Cars livestream, but we aren't sure whether that's something our audience wants. This is the way to test the waters. Give us feedback at podcast@motor1.com. The first half of the show is dedicated to street-focused performance trucks like the first two generations of the Ford F-150 Lightning. We discuss models like the Dodge Lil' Red Express, Dodge Shelby Dakota, Chevrolet 454 SS, GMC Syclone, Chevy Silverado SS, Dodge Ram SRT-10, and Toyota Tacoma X-Runne

May 21

1 hr 6 min

Smith talks about his recent road trip from South Dakota to Michigan and back, including his thoughts on his 2021 Toyota Camry rental car. We talk about what to eat on a trip and what to listen to. Then, Ford Director of Retail Operations Kate Pearce joins us to talk about Ford's Power-Up over-the-air software updates.

May 14

1 hr 15 min

Brett Evans joins us to talk about the rumor of a new Ford F-150 Lightning. Then, we discuss the first two generations of the muscle truck. We finish things by looking at a bunch of pickup concepts and one-offs.

May 7

1 hr 10 min

We take a look at the newly introduced 2022 Honda Civic and use it as a catalyst for discussing the current state of small hatchbacks and sedans in a crossover-obsessed world. Then we pick out some of our favorites from the past like the Impala SS, Saab 900, Escort Cosworth, and Taurus.

Apr 30

1 hr 23 min

Kyle Connor from Out of Spec Studios joins us to discuss the multitude of automotive debuts in the past week. We dig into the Mercedes-Benz EQS EV, Hyundai Santa Cruz, Honda Civic, and Cadillac Lyriq. Then, we check out some of the weirder premieres at Auto Shanghai 2021.

Apr 23

1 hr 20 min

Few people in the world know the Ford Mustang like Ford Performance Enthusiast Communications Manager John Clor. He joins Bruce and Smith to celebrate Mustang day by sharing entertaining stories about the pony car's early development, the Mustang II, and the exciting SVT era through the 1990s.

Apr 16

1 hr 25 min

We dig into the recent debuts of the Toyota 86 and Hummer EV SUV. Then, we each have an imaginary $5,000 for picking a car to buy, borrow from a buddy, and to avoid completely.

Apr 9

1 hr 17 min

We rip apart VW's April Fool's joke. Then, things get more more positive when talking about the Outback Wilderness and the upcoming collaboration between Subaru and Toyota.

Apr 2

1 hr 6 min

Ford Archivist Ted Ryan is our guest to discuss fascinating bits of Bronco history. We talk about the SUV's genesis, including original Ford documents explaining the reason for building it. Also, did you know there was a Bronco 'pope-mobile' and a plan to make a military variant of the SUV?

Mar 25

50 min 25 sec

This week on Rambling About Cars: Electric pickup trucks. They're coming. How soon will they get here? Which ones will even make it at all? A perhaps most importantly, will America's truck culture, accept them?

Mar 18

1 hr 19 min

Brett Evans joins us to discuss all the details about the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Then we talk about the history of luxury SUVs in the US like the Super Wagoneer, Land Rover Range Rover, and Cadillac Escalade.

Mar 12

58 min 7 sec

John Neff and Brett Evans join the show to discuss the car-focused pop culture that we love. The discussion ranges from movies like The Love Bug and The Fast and the Furious franchise to a variety of toys, models, and Lego.

Mar 5

1 hr 22 min

Jonathan Benson from Tyre Reviews joins us to talk about the most important part of your car that often gets ignored. Then, we have some fun discussing our favorite experiences behind the wheel.

Feb 19

1 hr 10 min

Matthew Crisara is our guest to talk about sim racing video games. Then, he each select a vehicle that we feel like doesn't get enough respect.

Feb 12

1 hr 10 min

We start by discussing GM's decision to stop producing combustion engines for most of its vehicles by 2035 and reminisce about the brand's great legacy in producing potent powerplants. Then, we each pick out three somewhat oddball GM products we'd want to own.

Feb 5

1 hr 10 min

Motor1.com Global Editor-in-Chief John Neff argues with Smith about GM's new logo. Then, Bruce compares the Mini Hardtop's refresh to a famous horror movie host from Cleveland, Ohio.

Jan 29

1 hr 11 min

Bruce and Smith challenge each other to find a car to drive during the winter with a budget of just $2,000. Then, they discuss what it really means to call a vehicle a coupe. Finally, there's a hunt for the first use of the term "muscle car."

Jan 22

1 hr 11 min

Motor1.com editor Jeff Perez joins Rambling About Cars this week to look at the cutting edge of infotainment tech, and the hosts don't like it. Then, they look at the upcoming slate of unibody pickups like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Jan 15

59 min 54 sec

Motor1.com returns to podcasting with a new format and new hosts. This week they breakdown the best and worst vehicle debuts of 2020 and investigate the bizarre decisions from BMW recently.

Jan 8

1 hr 14 min

The vehicles we're talking about on the show this week... Cadillac Lyriq Cadillac Celestiq Hummer EV GM 's Ultium Batteries Refreshed Chevy Bolt EV Host: @john_m_neff Co-host: @BrandonTurkus Co-host: @Domenick_Y

Mar 2020

33 min 28 sec

The vehicles we're talking about on the show this week... Ford F-150 Honda Civic Type R Sportline New Subaru WRX STI No new Mazda through 2022 Host: John Neff @john_m_neff

Feb 2020

34 min 34 sec