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Chris Shunk rejoins Sam, Alex and Dan for Episode #184 of the Autoblog Podcast. Topics we mull are Tesla's actual IPO and General Motors' apparently impending public offering. Gordon Murray's T.25 city car makes the cut before we do a 180 and talk about the possibility of a 480-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8 and a manlier minivan. It ends with your feedback, a tidy hour and ten minutes. See you next week!

Autoblog Podcast #184 - IPOs, Manly Minivans, City Cars and Hemi Horsepower

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Infiniti G37x Coupe
Honda CR-Z
Nissan Altima V6


Dan Roth, Sam Abuelsamid, Alex Nunez, Chris Shunk

Runtime: 71:22

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Regarding the G37x coupe comparison to the 335xi coupe, mostly everything that was said was accurate.....but.....in everyday use, there is a huge difference in the way the 335 feels around town than the G37. The torque of the 335 comes on really low whereas the G37 suffers until higher in the rev range.

      Maybe I'm knit-picking, but to the true enthusiast this is a big item. Its a testament more to how good the 335 motor is rather than anything the G37 lacks.

      However, Dan did say buy the G37 after all. Probably a good idea if quality and reliability are tops on your list. G37 dominates in that department.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Florida sucks right now, it's true.
      • 4 Years Ago
      regarding the crz

      driving the manual, how responsive is the engine? with those pounds of magnet and wire wrapped bolted to the crank what happens to the rotational mass? or does it just replace the flywheel/dampener...

      how much weight is involved in the whole hybrid system? around 100 lbs for batteries, at least 100 lbs in heavier running gear and wheels/tires to handle the extra peak torque,

      you said that 'its like a fit but weighs less' to drive. that sounds pretty nice but everything i have heard up till now was 27-2800 lbs for the crz while a fit is still close to 2500. i have a fit, its an awesome car. i would totally trade it in for a 2 or 3 door fit if they made one to shave some weight and some height and i would be willing to pay a few grand extra to do it. the fit power-train is perfect for that application, its light, cheap and reliable. i will never get over how much better the theoretical (23-2400lbs 117 hp) non-hybrid crz would have been

      how much does it weigh?

      • 4 Years Ago
      I was surprised by your aversion to getting financing at the dealership. IME, the dealership has always offered better rates and better deals than banks or credit unions. Maybe it's a regional thing?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a poor people thing. I got .9% on our new Mini from the dealer. POINT 9 PERCENT! We have 800s. Try walking to a Chevy dealer rockin' a 550 credit score and wanting to do 100% financing.