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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 is the new, lowest priced model in the AMG GT family

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 is the new lowest-price model in the AMG GT family

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It's performance and craftsmanship for less money. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 coupe is the new lower-cost variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT.

Under the hood is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that yields 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It also has the Mercedes-Benz EQ Boost mild-hybrid system that provides an additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque bringing the total to 382 horsepower and 553 pound-feet. That second number is nothing to sneeze at. The car can get from zero to 60 mpg in 4.8 seconds.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43

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The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The new four-seater rides on the same AMG GT chassis and has the same level of standard performance equipment found on the AMG GT 5 including a variety of drive modes, AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension, all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution, silver painted 6- piston front brake calipers, and an electronically-deployable rear spoiler.

It also has a standard Burmester surround sound system and Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which includes learning-capable software, natural speed recognition, and touch screen capability for the 2021 model year.

Mercedes offers the model in a number of configurations and with a wide variety of packages. These options include a variety of interior configurations, such as the standard two-place individual rear-seats, or the optional executive rear-seat package, as well as a wide variety of wheel options and the incomparable Burmester High-End three-dimensional surround sound system.

The Mercedes-AMG GT 43 starts at $89,900, which is significantly less than its AMG GT family members. The higher-end 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT roadster starts at $127,900 while the high-power version of the roadster has a price tag of $162,400. All prices exclude a $1,050 destination and delivery charge.

Delivers to dealerships in the U.S. are expected to begin in late 2020.

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2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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The G-Wagen was already over-the-top.

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The Mercedes-AMG G63 is rolling excess, in every sense of the word. It's huge, expensive, loud, quick, and demands attention, but some people feel that it needs even more of all of those things. That's where tuner Brabus comes in, and as this G-Wagen shows, people are willing to shell out big money to own a Brabus-tuned G.

Among other upgrades, the Brabus B40S-800 and G800 Widestar packages brought more power, 20-inch forged wheels, a lift kit, a performance exhaust, extra bodywork, and carbon fiber trim as far as the eye can see. The already impressive twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 to boost output to 800 horsepower and 712 pound-feet of torque. An AMG nine-speed automatic transmission handles gear shifts, while a dual-range transfer case and three locking differentials help the hulking SUV handle off-road duties with ease.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G63 Brabus G800 Widestar The G63's interior is opulent and spacious.Bring a Trailer

Inside, the G-Wagen features quilted Nappa leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim, and aluminum accents throughout. Features include a Burmester sound system, blind spot monitors, ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, and plenty more. An AMG flat-bottom steering wheel, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and large center touchscreen highlight the front cabin. Just 900 miles are shown on the odometer.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G63 Brabus G800 Widestar Power output has been boosted to 800 hp.Bring a Trailer

The standard G63 starts at over $156,000, so it's not surprising to see one with far more power and a laundry list of custom features with a current bid price of $376,000. The B40S kit alone costs $35,000, and then there's installation, tuning, and all of the surrounding work. That's before we even get to the lift kit and other work done here. The price tag is steep, but this may be one case where we can actually add things up to see where the selling price comes from, instead of ogling at the six-figure price tag with no context.

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