AD #3111 – BMW M440i Reawakens Love of Open-Air Driving; Fisker Pear to Be Built in Wisconsin; F-150 Is Fastest Cop Car

June 29th, 2021 at 11:49am

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Runtime: 10:27

0:07 EVs Are Cleaner Than ICEs
1:14 Fisker Pear to Be Built in Wisconsin
1:58 EV Startups Become Meme Stocks
4:04 UAW Selects New President
4:49 F-150 Is Fastest Cop Car
5:42 Black Cab Maker Unveils A Campervan
7:07 ADAS Tech Lowers Insurance Rates
7:45 BMW M440i Reawakens Love of Open-Air Driving

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36 Comments to “AD #3111 – BMW M440i Reawakens Love of Open-Air Driving; Fisker Pear to Be Built in Wisconsin; F-150 Is Fastest Cop Car”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Hopefully, you didn’t drive that BMW around top down with the windows up like the clown in the footage you showed! How did that silly behavior ever get traction in this country anyway?

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    So your saying I can get the convertible BMW with 382HP for $75k or a tiny Cab turned into a camper van for $86k.. Humm doesn’t seem like a very hard decision. Don’t expect the camper van to sell very well at that price. You can get a much larger MB camper van for that price or one on a the Transit van for about half that price.

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Seems China needs to invest in some alternative power sources or EVs don’t offer near the advantage they could.

    I do hope the Fisker deal works out. Sounds like a win win for everyone.

  4. kevin A Says:

    If you live anywhere where it snows, driving the convertible with the top down and the windows up makes a lot of sense. My MB SLC has an ‘airscarf’, which blows warm air onto your neck, so you can put the top down even on the coldest day.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    I liked the targa top on the vette i used to have. Seemed a like a good compromise, a hard top when you needed it or open air when you didn’t. Like Kevin said with heated seats it was still comfy in cool weather.

  6. Don Sherman Says:

    Forgot to mention the BMW M has a face no mother could like, not to mention love.

  7. MJB Says:

    1. You want to talk about silly behavior… How about the knucklehead wearing a mask while driving the police F150 ALONE? Is he afraid of catching something from himself? What the *&$%!

    Sorry, but I’m gonna clown anybody I see doing this, because I think it’s simply asinine behavior.

  8. Ron Paris Says:

    #7 Lots of silly behavior left over as we exit Covid 19. I’ve decided to just let it go or it will drive me crazy!

  9. ChuckGrenci Says:

    A good “convertible” answer is the route C8 took; hard top convertible. I believe the take rate is over 30% currently and priced similarly to the BMW (though you could ‘load’ a Vette at a quite higher number). Another benefit with the C8 HTC is that no luggage space is lost to the vehicle; frankly C8 hit it out of the park (again) with their convertible.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    China get a high percentage of its electricity from burning coal, but not as high as Kentucky, Missouri, or West Virginia.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Ford Police Monster Truck was quickest to 60, but in the Michigan State Police tests, the Charger was quicker to 100 mph, 14.14 seconds vs 16.78. In the Michigan top speed test, the F150 was seriously slow, 105 mph, while the Charger went 140, and all of the rest of the vehicles tested were faster than the F150.

    I guess the Ford Media Center bragging release is for unofficial tests of future models, or did they make mid-2021 changes?

  12. Todd C Says:

    Hey John, a Maverick question for your Thursday guest, can you ask if they intend to have an AWD version with the hybrid powertrain? I think the Maverick is a home run waiting to happen but in our area this combination is what we need IMO, thanks, Todd C

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Yeah, lots of silly behavior, because while things are getting better with a lot of people vaccinated, the pandemic is far from over. Yeah, it is much worse in some other countries, like Argentina and Brazil.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Regarding the Maverick, is there going to be a regular cab or extended cab version, in addition to the four door with the extra short bed?

  15. XA351GT Says:

    I second Kit’s maverick question. IS a regular cab with 6-1/2 foot bed in the near future? If so I’d seriously consider it. I don’t want or need a 4 door truck with a too small bed. The NAPA in my town is still using 15 YO regular cab / short bed Rangers as delivery vehicles . I think Ford is missing a market by not offering it.
    Also I saw a render of a ST version that looked great , ask if that is possible in the future to see. Maybe instead of ST they could call it Grabber like the performance Maverick coupe in the 70s.

  16. DanaPointJohn Says:

    #1. Raising the windows with the top lowered reduces wind buffering. It is a valid way to drive a convertible.

    #7. I see people doing this and it is a puzzle as to what they are doing. It is possible Ford has a policy that all employees driving one of their cars/trucks/SUVs must wear a mask. So, a bit of slack for the driver in this video.

  17. Lambo2015 Says:

    13 Things cant be getting better because of the vaccine. They say it doesn’t prevent the spread. Or is that just another mis-information? But yes more than likely the Ford driver is just following another company policy that has no common sense behind it.

  18. Victor West Says:

    I drive my Miata in cold weather with the windows up and the heater on.

  19. JR Says:

    @7 The mask prevents spreading his germs in the vehicle that will likely be driven be someone else in a few minutes. There is likely a pack of chlorox wipes in there for him to wipe down the touch points when he leaves. Company policy. And science.

    Some of you folks strain pretty hard to downplay the benefits of masks.

  20. Ron Paris Says:

    #18 I used to do the same thing in my MG-B when I was 19. But years later (as the owner of two consecutive Miatas) I never had the urge to drop the top in cold weather with the windows up or down! Doing so seems kind of counter-intuitive to me.

  21. Victor West Says:

    In a Miata it is easier for a person as we age, to get in or out with the top down

  22. wmb Says:

    John, as someone else asked about if there will an “ST” version of the Maverick. What I’d like to know is if Ford will do something sporty with the Maverick, too! More like when Ford did the Adrenaline package for the Explorer Sport Track years ago? A Maverick with a sportier look inside and out, would be a more direct competitor for the Santa Cruz.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17 For the most part, the ~half who are vaccinated are neither contracting nor spreading the virus.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 A Maverick ST with a turbo 4/manual transmission would be an Americanized Focus ST, a pickup truck instead of a 5-door hatch, with a similar powertrain.

  25. Andy H Says:

    As the truck market has moved more and more to luxury, will the Maverick follow?

  26. Sean Wagner Says:

    18 Victor West – I’ve driven various roadsters in winter with the top down and the windows partially or fully up. It’s when a really cozy winter sports jacket comes in handy. And I’m definitely not of the arctic explorer ilk. Though nowadays, there’s the option of heated seats. Pish! Always struggled with the cap.

    4 kevin A – About that Mercedes-Benz air scarf: am I right that it only warms the back of the neck?

  27. Bob Wilson Says:

    About Argonne’s GREET emissions model, Tesla revealed in their battery day substantial improvements in LiON formulation. After making the cell, there are a series of charge-discharge cycles done in a thermally controlled environment to ‘form’ the internal cell chemistry. Tesla’s recent patent covers the technical details (see web link YouTube.)

    Argonne’s GREET model would have used traditional, energy wasteful LiON manufacturing. In contrast, Tesla is/has moved towards more efficient processes that improve the quality and reduce their battery costs.

  28. Lambo2015 Says:

    22 Its amazing how many people are interested in a regular cab small truck with a useable size bed. Yet whenever they are offered in regular and 4 door versions the 4 door take is about 80% of sales. I know there is a market there even if it is small they should fill that gap. I wouldn’t think a 2 door version regular cab would require a huge investment.

  29. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe as the last of the S10s and old Rangers rust into oblivian, someone will start selling regular cab small trucks again.

  30. XA351GT Says:

    Lambo, The demand never went away for businesses and single people,but when manufacturers decide what you want and then produce product to enforce that mentality what does a consumer do,. I’m old enough to remember when we were told FWD is the way of the future it’s better in snow than RWD and then they shifted to build most cars that way ( the real reason was it was cheaper to produce the small cars that the EPA was demanding. When that faded it was AWD is the way. As was no one wants a station wagon , here is a minivan, then when the soccer Mom stigma was attached it was SUV and CUVs . Now they are going after sedans just as they did convertibles and coupes not that long ago

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 Front drive IS much better in snow than RWD. I’m old enough to know. My Plymouth Duster was replaced with a Horizon which was much better on slick stuff. FWD cars with regular “all season” tires will go in snow up to the depth where the front of the vehicle is plowing it. Now, 4WD is such a fad that a lot of people are buying it on vehicles that will never see snow, and manufacturers are making it mandatory in the US market for some vehicles that are sold FWD and RWD in other markets.

  32. Lambo2015 Says:

    29 Yeah no doubt costs and profits drive much of what’s being made. Part of the FWD push was to achieve EPA requirements too. They are more efficient and able to get better fuel economy so that also helped the cause. Which is why the Fiero was a cool concept. FWD transaxle placed in the rear so you still get a RWD car.
    Anyway, Yeah like I said I think there is still a market for a base regular cab small truck and maybe that market is for small business owners and contractors. So even if that market is smaller than the overall desire for the 4 door I just don’t understand why offering some choice is so difficult anymore.
    Lots of folks here remember when you could get a car in a sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon. Trucks came in 2 door, extended cab, 4 door and short bed and long bed where the bed sizes were offered in all cab configurations.
    I had high hopes for the new Blazer and Bronco, that they would be offered in a 2 door and 4 door with removable tops and doors and the Bronco is close. But Ford had to stay with a somewhat retro style. Sure would be nice to GM offer those features with an all new design that doesn’t have to remind everyone they did it before but can develop something actually new and fresh with features that many people miss.

  33. Lambo2015 Says:

    29 Also I don’t think that manufacturers are behind the trends that drove people from sedans to minivans to SUVs. That’s market driven and like clothes come and go in fads. Minvans made sense for families and offered more room and flexibility than station wagons. But once everyone has one its no longer cool or different. Then people moved to SUVs to haul the family and they offered the ability to seat 7 people and still haul the boat or camper. Much of thins was really driven by seat belt laws and child seat requirements. When I grew up my mom held the baby and the rest of us boys spread out the sleeping bags in the back of the station wagon on long trips. Rarely ever wore seatbelts in fact I remember many pre-1965 (before I was born but still around) cars without any belts. Any family with more than 2 kids found the sedan to be pretty cramped in the back seat if you had two car seats. They are pretty big and bulky not leaving much room for that third kid. So third row seats became a necessary and the big sliding door on a van made getting the kids in and out much easier. I think the SUV was just a shift to not be driving the typical family minivan. Wasn’t cool and the SUV isn’t as ergonomic as a minivan but fads win.
    Anyway manufacturers make what sells, and what is available is driven by consumers not by what is made. I will say that to cut costs and reduce complexity manufacturers are limiting choices. Yea they don’t offer station wagons and they don’t offer huge color choices because that appeases a small market of people. So not worth their time. Much like the 2 door trucks we would like to see. It isn’t being made cause they don’t want people to buy them they don’t offer them cause people don’t buy them at the level to justify them.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Did I miss an announcement? Is there no Wednesday show?

  35. Buzzerd Says:

    Funny Kit I was thinking the same thing.

  36. JWH Says:

    34 & 35 – Rechecked the email with Wednesday show – It was 11:54.