2020 Polaris Slingshot R, Dodge Challenger Super Stock, 2021 Ford Bronco: The Week In Reverse

We drove the 2020 Polaris Slingshot R; Dodge talked Challenger Super Stock and Demon; and the 2021 Ford Bronco family took shape. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.

We tooled around in the 2020 Polaris Slingshot R and basked in the attention of fans and onlookers. Our resident 12-year-old fangirl said “it’s like a roller coaster.” The three-wheeler is a fun toy unlike anything on the road, but it’s a tough sell for our imaginary garage.

The new 2021 Nissan Frontier was spotted roaming public roads in production form. The truck will get the 3.8-liter V-8 and 9-speed automatic transmission that debuted in the 2020 model, plus mini-Titan looks and its first significant update since 2005. Expect a reveal in the coming months.

Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis told us the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is not another Demon. The Super Stock lacks the

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The Five Best Classic Cars to Convert to Electric Vehicles

Converting a classic car to full battery-electric drive is either the best idea or the worst. There’s an argument to be made that without the original powertrain, a classic is no longer the car it was, but merely one that looks like it. On the other hand, installing an electric drivetrain could help keep some classics on the road and out of the museum, or worse, the scrapyard.

A good off-the-shelf electric drive system will almost always be a significant pep upgrade for an old daily driver, even if the original engine is a high-output V-8, thanks the instant-on torque. An electric classic won’t smoke or leak oil, and if it’s charged up, it should start up every time, at least during warmer cruising weather—and what a reduction in pollutants and hydrocarbons, especially if the removed engine was built to run on premium leaded gas.

But an electric conversion is,

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series revealed early with aggressive aero kit

The Black Series will return to the Mercedes-AMG lineup in July, but someone in Affalterbach couldn’t wait.

On Thursday, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series made an early debut via a YouTube video featuring Tim Burton, known as Shmee150.

The AMG GT Black Series appears to have a widebody kit with flared front and rear fenders to house a wider track or wider tire and wheel setup. The front fenders have ducts that appear to let hot air out similar to those found on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

The Black Series’ aero and overall look is well, aggressive. Up front, there’s a large splitter and dive planes to push air in efficient—and intimidating—way. In back there’s a massive, tiered wing to stick the muscular tail to the tarmac. A quad exhaust setup peeks out from an excpetional rear diffuser.

If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because a lot of

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Here Are the Strongest Certified Pre-Owned Deals Right Now

The Chevrolet Equinox offers fairly good handling for a compact SUV, as well as a variety of engines to choose from, including an economical diesel. The Equinox got a mild styling refresh in 2018, and certified pre-owned inventory will likely include an equal mix of post- and pre-face-lifted versions. Interior quality is fairly disappointing, as is the base 1.5-liter engine, but the touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use.

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The Mercedes-Benz Funmog Is the AMG G63 Alternative of Dreams

In the U.S., anyway, you don’t drive a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen to keep a low profile. If you own one of those U.S.-spec, chrome-clad metallic-painted boxes, it’s likely in the pursuit of looking either like a warlord or a rock star. Usually, though, you just come off as nouveau riche, and not really all that tough, considering the throngs of G-Wagens that clog the carpool lane at your local private school. Granted, the Rambo-meter raises a bit when you rumble around in one of those ultra-lifted 4×4 Squareds, and it hits the halfway point on the gauge if you were one of the precious few to get your hands on a Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6. Still, we think you aspiring moguls could do better. Meet the Mercedes-Benz Funmog.

With the Mercedes-Benz Funmog, the company in 1994 apparently recognized exactly what we just described—so it developed the mighty Funmog concept. Shown

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Audi may bring its rear-wheel-drive R8 to the US as a 2021 model

The rear-wheel drive Audi R8 went from a limited edition to a permanent fixture in the lineup, but it is not currently sold in the United States. That may be about to change.

EPA fuel-economy listings show the rear-wheel drive Audi R8 as a 2021 model. Listings for “2WD” versions of the 2021 R8 coupe and Spyder appear online alongside the all-wheel drive models. An EPA listing doesn’t necessarily mean a model will come but it’s a pretty good indicator.

We reached out to Audi for comment, and a spokesman declined to make a statement.

In case you were wondering, the EPA listings show slightly better gas mileage for the rear-wheel drive variants. The rear-wheel drive models are both listed at 17 mpg combined (14 mpg city, 23 mpg highway), compared to 16 mpg combined (13 mpg city, 20 mpg highway) for the all-wheel drive models.

Note that this is

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