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.

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2017 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test

2017 Honda Clarity: Wrap-Up

by Will Kaufman, Content Strategist

At long, long last, we bid adieu to our 2017 Honda CR-V, the SUV that put the “long-term” into “long-term test.” This particular vehicle started at Edmunds the month after I did, way back in March 2017, and since then at least one of us has proven ourself practical and utilitarian — a favorite companion for co-workers who just need something done right.

The other one of us has proven that eating a sushi burrito for lunch every day will not, in fact, kill you.

So it’s apt that I get to write this send-off, after 40,000 miles and more CR-V posts than anyone anywhere has ever wanted. And a lot of sushi burritos.

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2017 Honda CR-V: Monthly Update for September 2019

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15 Strange Targa-Top Cars You Forgot About

The introduction of the new 2021 Porsche 911 Targa got us thinking about other targa-top cars. Technically, they can’t be called targas, since Porsche owns the term as a trademark. But there are plenty of vehicles that use what is widely called the targa top, with the rear window-frame fixed in place and a removable roof panel above the passenger compartment. Here are 15 cars with targa tops you might have forgotten about—or might not have known about at all.  

Acura NSX-T

The first-generation Acura NSX was a car for the ages—an affordable supercar from the manufacturer least likely to produce something so extravagant. Even today, 30 years after its introduction, the original NSX is still a shockingly good car to drive. The year 1995 saw the introduction of the NSX-T version, with a 19-pound aluminum lid that could be removed and stored between the

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