2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt review: The archetype of cool

Dark Highland Green isn’t the Bullitt’s only color, but it’s the only one that matters.


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The Bullitt isn’t all that different from a standard Ford Mustang GT — visually or mechanically — but it has just enough tweaks to turn heads. And with its rumbling V8 and six-speed manual transmission, it’s a Mustang that’s easy to love.

Like

  • Excellent V8 powertrain
  • Looks awesome
  • Useful Sync 3 tech

Don’t Like

  • Tight interior
  • Spendy compared to other Mustang models

The Bullitt really flies under the radar. It doesn’t have any badges, save for its name on the faux rear gas cap, and there’s no Mustang emblem on the honeycomb grille. The only dead visual giveaways are the black, 19-inch wheels and Dark Highland Green paint, though you can also buy a Bullitt in blue or black (but you shouldn’t).

Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 engine puts out 480 horsepower, which is a slight bump over the Mustang GT thanks to a larger throttle body and an intake manifold borrowed from the Shelby GT350. To complement that power, 420 pound-feet of torque are available nice and low in the rev range, so there’s never a shortage of power. Standard performance equipment includes a

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2020 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: Silky-smooth performance

Call it AMG Lite.


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When you think of an AMG E-Class, the superhot E63 likely comes to mind — especially the wagon. But AMG isn’t all about ridiculous power these days, and this E53 sedan shows the softer side of Mercedes’ performance arm.

Like

  • Smooth power delivery
  • Nicely appointed interior
  • Excellent driver-assistance features

Don’t Like

  • A little too quiet for an AMG powertrain
  • Many competitors offer more power

AMG power with mild-hybrid boost

It definitely looks the part, at least, especially with the Selenite Grey Magno paint of my test car. It looks matte in photos, but there’s just enough sparkle to catch the sun. It’s a $3,950 upcharge but damn, does it look good. Big, 20-inch wheels and quad exhaust tips drive home the performance nature, too.

The E53 uses AMG’s 3.0-liter turbo I6 engine, which on its own makes 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. But this engine also uses 48-volt mild-hybrid tech, which can add an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft into the mix for initial acceleration, and it means the car’s stop/start system is a lot smoother. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to the ground through Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

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Stimulus package: Every key piece of funding that could end up in an upcoming relief bill

If Congress does pass another stimulus bill, here’s what else you could get, in addition to another direct payment.


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Negotiations may be stalled on the next stimulus package, but both sides of the aisle want the deal to be made as soon as possible. Part of the deal is expected to include a second stimulus check of up to $1,200 for qualified Americans, but that money is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the issues that will be included in the final bill, including school funding and extra unemployment benefits that ran out July 31.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled a willingness to divide the bill into smaller bits of legislation to get some aid out right now, a compromise from previously stating that she was against piecemeal solutions. 

“We’re willing to cut our [original] bill in half to meet the needs right now,” Pelosi said Tuesday, Bloomberg reported.

According to unemployment statistics, the need is clear. The Department of Labor released weekly unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 15 — they’re up from 963,000 first-time applications the previous week, a total of 1,106,000

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