AutoComplete: Mercedes unveils the AMG E63, a 603-horsepower drift missileMini unveils a new plug-in hybrid Countryman, and Mazda gives us a look at its SEMA plans.
Today is Wednesday, October 26th and here's what's making news on Road Show. Mercedes AMG has outdone itself yet again. It's new E63 is the most powerful E class yet, sporting a whopping 603 horsepower in E63S trim. All-wheel drive is standard, but a new drift mode sends all that power to the rear wheels once the stability controls is turned off, and if that's not a recipe for tire selling fun, I don't know what is. The car is slated to debut at the LA Auto Show in November. Mini's mini's, well, they're not so mini anymore. The 2017 Countryman keeps that trend alive by growing a little bit in every direction. as it adopts a new look that's more in line with other current mini products. There's also a new plug in hybrid variant available which offers up to 24 miles of electric only driving at speeds of up to 77 miles per hour. It goes on sale next year but before that it will be on display at you guessed it the LA auto show. Mazda's MX5Cema concepts simplify and add lightness. The first of two, the Speedster Evolution, shaves 350 pounds off the standard Miata's already feathery curb weight by removing the soft top and nearly all of the windshield. The second concept, RF Kuro, takes the standard folding hardtop Miada. And adds a semi-matte black paint job, raised wheels, and the suspension from the MX-5 cup race car. Not every SIMA concept needs to be endlessly complicated to be awesome. Find more on these stories over at the Roadshow.com and we'll talk to you tomorrow.