Video Roundup: Racing, cargo spacing and crashing
This week in video, we take a look at some exciting new offerings from historically un-exciting brands, while also catching up with the fabled mid-engine C8 Corvette.
While we’re looking at sports cars, we’ll also see if Formula E can be made more interesting if it was more like a video game. And we watch a Jeep crash. Again.
2019 Volvo V90 R-Design Review
As a rule, wagons and North America do not mix anymore. Where most of our parents – or maybe even you readers – spent their childhoods facing backward in the third-row seat of their dad’s Caprice Station Wagon, modern car buyers would much rather have a three-row SUV with room in the back for the dog.
Volvo‘s V90 R-Design may not have a rear-facing third row, but it does have good looks, speed and as much (if not more) versatility than your boring SUV.
2019 Genesis G70 Review
It takes a lot to dethrone a legend, but it’s possible this sports sedan from Korea has done it. For years the BMW 3 Series has dominated the market for luxury sedans that are excellent to drive, but now a plucky company called Genesis has thrown its hat into the ring in the form of their G70. As Peter Bleakney says, it has the goods to challenge the German establishment.
Corvette C8.R Night Testing at Sebring
The mid-engine Corvette is still something of a mystery to us all: General Motors and Chevrolet have not even confirmed its existence yet, while some executives flat-out denied it was being built. However, this video paints a different picture, one of an American race car with an engine in the back, testing its mettle at Sebring in pitch-black to avoid attention.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Crash Test
Jeep Wranglers have never been known for their crash safety, but it’s pretty sad the new generation of the vehicle only received one star in Euro NCAP tests. Crash videos are always excellent though, so here’s a new 2018 Wrangler getting smashed up for the purposes of making them safer for the future.
Formula E Is Like ‘Mario Kart’ in Real Life
Formula E has been failing to capture the same enthusiasm as Formula 1. The lack of engine noise and relatively slow speed of the race cars are noted downsides, but some new “power-ups” are making it more interesting.
If a driver goes through a specific part of the track, they receive a boost in power—kind of like getting a mushroom in Mario Kart, or driving over a “dash panel.” Will this be enough to make Formula E more interesting?