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Month: March 2021

Ford Bronco Buyers Are Going Crazy for Stick Shifts

Ford Bronco Buyers Are Going Crazy for Stick Shifts

Ford did an exceedingly rare thing when it debuted the new Bronco: it gave the car a new seven-speed manual transmission. (It’s really a six-speed with a low-speed crawler gear, but hey, seven speeds are seven speeds.) And it turns out that was the right decision: as spotted by CarBuzz, a Ford designer recently noted that 18 percent of Bronco orders …

How Mercedes-AMG Got 442 HP From a 2.0-liter Four-Cylinder

How Mercedes-AMG Got 442 HP From a 2.0-liter Four-Cylinder

With up to 421 hp, Mercedes-AMG’s M139 is the most powerful four-cylinder production-car engine in the world. Right now, the M139 is available in 45-series AMG models—we get the 382-hp CLA 45 and GLA 45 in the U.S.—but it will soon arrive in the successor to today’s C63. Yes, the beloved AMG C-Class is getting a 2.0-liter turbo-four in place of …

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness First Look: Drive It Straight to the Trail

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness First Look: Drive It Straight to the Trail

Subaru knows what its customers want, and once again it has delivered. No, dogs aren’t yet available as a factory accessory, though the automaker sets up adoption drives. We’re talking about selling adventure, and the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is the most rugged and capable Outback to date. Subaru is aiming for better off-road competence without impinging on a comfortable ride …

NASCAR’s Dirt Weekend Was an Absolute Mess

NASCAR’s Dirt Weekend Was an Absolute Mess

NASCAR’s return to dirt was 50 years in the making, and Bristol Motor Speedway staff went to great lengths to ensure that it actually went well. Unfortunately, all of that preparation on the track side was not reflected by the series itself, and it did not go entirely well. The problems started in practice on Friday, when …