No. 979
January 16, 2018

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On The Surface


NOVEMBER 21, 2018

(Mercedes-Benz images)
From the "If You Have Money To Burn" File: the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G 63 
is powered by a Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine with 577HP and 627 lb-ft maximum torque, capable of propelling the G 63 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The G 63 has new double wishbone independent front suspension and adaptive adjustable damping, and new AMG-specific off-road modes: Sand, Rock and Trail. Standard features on the Mercedes-AMG G 63 include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed transmission; AMG Ride Control sports suspension; AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with five drive modes and three additional off-road modes; AMG performance exhaust with adjustable flap system and distinctive side pipes; and a completely new interior featuring COMAND® Navigation, 12.3" central display and 64-color ambient lighting. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G 63 will be available in the U.S. in early 2019 with a starting MSRP of $147,500 (not including $995 destination and delivery). Ouch, baby.

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The new 2019 Porsche Macan features a three-dimensional LED light panel at the rear, standard LED headlights, and a revamped interior design. The taillights, which were separate on prior Macan models, now connect similar to rear lights on the 911, Cayenne and Panamera. 
The standard 2019 Macan comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo with 248HP and 273 lb-ft of torque, and a seven-gear PDK dual-clutch gearbox. 0 to 60 mph comes in 6.3 seconds and it has a top track speed of 142 mph. As before, the Macan comes with staggered sized tires, keyed to take advantage of the rear-biased Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive. The wheel diameters range from 18 inches as standard to optional 21-inch diameter, and include new designs. In addition to the revised exterior design, a variety of new paint color options are available, including Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, Miami Blue and Chalk.  
Porsche Connect Plus and online navigation is standard as well as a larger, 10.9-inch full HD touch screen with the latest version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM). An expanded range of options and assistance systems are also available on the new Macan, including an optional GT Sport steering wheel, which comes with a mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including the sport response button – which is part of the optional Sport Chrono package. A heated windshield is now available as well as an air ionizer that – together with the standard fine particulate air filter – improves the quality of the air inside the vehicle. 
Built at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany, the Macan will be available in the United States next summer with a starting MSRP of $49,900 (excluding $1,050 for delivery, handling and processing).