Bugatti Develops Unique Baby II


During Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, the company unveiled their first fully functional prototype of the Baby II.  In collaboration with The Little Car Company, the updated 3/4 scale Type 35 is a modern take on the old classic. Some features include a hollow front axle, eight spoke wheels with Michelin tires, aluminum dash and digital representation of gauges. The limited slip rear differential, rear wheel drive kart is to be driven by battery power. Two options are available; the standard 1.4 kWh lithium ion battery, or larger 2.4 kWh pack.  Set to Child Mode, the Baby II is limited to about 10 mph. In Adult Mode, speed up to 28 mph are possible.  3 variations are available.  The base uses a composite body while the Vitesse is a carbon fiber body and the Pur Sang wears a hand built aluminum body. The upgraded bod styles come with “Speed Keys” that unlick more power and remove speed limiters.  Pricing starts at $33,000 and the 500 unit limited production is spoken for already.

U.S. News Names 2019 Mercedes GLC #1


The latest reviews are in and U.S. News has named the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC model the #1 Luxury Compact SUV available. This model also took top honors in the Luxury SUVs with two rows category and the Luxury Crossover SUV category.

The GLC model scored an overall 8.7 out of 10 and received high marks for it’s luxurious interior, comfortable seats and it’s quiet and smooth ride.

The editors picked the GLC as a top buy due to it’s quality cabin, list of features, and solid lineup of engines. It’s also easy to maneuver, and it has a good predicted reliability rating. The base price new is a little lower than the class average, and the GLC has a level of opulence and refinement that you’ll have a hard time finding from any of its competition.

Here’s a few highlights from the U.S. News Article:

How Many People Does the GLC Seat?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC has seating for five people. There’s plenty of space for adults, and the cushioned seats provide plenty of comfort and support. Outward visibility is good.

GLC and Child Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, and there’s an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the GLC’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

GLC Cargo Space

The standard GLC has 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. These are estimates are about average for the class. In the coupe body style, the GLC has below-average dimensions: 17.6 cubic feet behind the back-row seats and 49.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded.

GLC Ride and Handling: Comfortable Agility

The GLC is a comfortable cruiser with precise steering and agile handling. Various driving modes allow you to adjust your ride to favor sportiness or comfort.

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC Reliable?

The 2019 GLC earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

GLC Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 GLC a Top Safety Pick+, which is its highest honor. It received the highest rating of Good in all crash tests from the IIHS.

There were only minimal changes between 2016 and 2019, so a used GLC model with the right equipment would represent a good value due to quality and reliability.