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We recently rented two very expensive cars to try out at our test track: the 2019 BMW M850i, and the 2020 Bentley Bentayga. While these high-end cars are too rare for CR to purchase and formally enter into our test program, we share our impressions of these cars, and whether these six figure vehicles deliver an experience worthy of their sky high price tags. We also discuss the possible merger of Fiat Chrysler with French automaker Peugeot, and how past automaker mergers and alliances have affected consumers. In this week's audience questions segment, we explain the science behind snow tire performance in wet conditions, choose a mid-life crisis car for an outdoor enthusiast, and tell you why you definitely should not test your car's automatic emergency braking (AEB) system at home.

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SHOW NOTES

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1:11 - Fiat Chrysler/Peugeot Merger

6:36 - @ the Track: 2020 Bentley Bentayga and 2019 BMW M850i

7:09 - Why did CR rent these high-end vehicles?

8:52 - Bentley Bentayga discussion

15:00 - BMW M850i discussion

17:40 - Audience Questions

17:58 - Video Question #1: How do you account for longer wet-stopping distances on winter tires?

22:11 - Video Question #2: How do I know if FCW/AEB systems actually work?

25:40 - What’s a good mid-life crisis replacement for a Volvo XC60?

LINKS

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2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

2020 Toyota Supra; Talking Cars #203: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkPmtC7hAlg

2020 Hyundai Palisade Test Results; Talking Cars #224: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXu7UmaMwc0

Standard Safety Gear Makes Early Debut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPMhEqlMBI

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojfBQEZ8jo

2020 Jeep Gladiator First Impressions; Talking Cars #201: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IHHL3B5Qpc

Direct download: 1911CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_228_HQ.mp4
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