QOTD: Student Becomes the Instructor?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

There are two good examples in the automotive sphere of the student ascending to stand alongside the teacher. AMG, once the in-house skunkworks at Mercedes-Benz that breathed (sometimes psychotic levels of) additional performance into mainstream cars is on a quest to become a full-line maker all of its own. Now, we learn of Polestar’s aspirations in a similar wheelhouse.

Here is today’s question: what other trim line (performance or otherwise) do you think deserves a shot on the big stage?

AMG has, in recent years, been knocking a few baseballs out of the park. Starting with the SLS, it delivered a gullwinged coupe of Super Leicht Sport proportions. It was the first Mercedes-Benz designed and built from scratch entirely by AMG. Lighter, slipperier, and a heckuva lot cheaper than the Mercedes McLaren SLR, the SLS was, per Mercedes-AMG head Tobias Moers, the faster car on the track, both in the hands of normal drivers as well as race drivers. Now, the company is planning a GT four-door coupe, intended to live above the E63 S on Merc’s side of the showroom.

Meanwhile, Polestar is on a quest of its own, if of a more electrified nature. Its name first became common on the lips of gearheads with the hotting-up of staid Volvos, particularly in its trademark shade of Rebel Blue. Both S60 and V60 models got the Polestar treatment, producing machines with inline-fours supercharged and turbocharged making 360-plus horsepower. The marque now wants to expand its purview into cars of its own — starting with the Polestar 1, a 591 hp coupe set for a debut in 2020.

What trim or model do you think should be building their own vehicles using the business examples described above? BMW’s M? The Corvette line? Denali? Or maybe there’s an example from the past (good or bad) you’d like to mention.

[Image: Polestar]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • IBx1 IBx1 on May 14, 2018

    I don't recognize any of those. SRT, Mugen, shoot I don't even consider Ram its own brand separate from Dodge. AMG is Mercedes, and Polestar is irrelevant.

  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on May 14, 2018

    I'd just like to see more performance variants of different brands and/or stop creating new trim names for performance versions. Ex: Chevy coming up with RST for a high perf Tahoe, what's wrong with SS? Buick how about a GS version of the TourX? Chrysler let's make a 300S with 392! Nobody needs to be spinning off new brands in the current market.

  • Michael Gallagher I agree to a certain extent but I go back to the car SUV transition. People began to buy SUVs because they were supposedly safer because of their larger size when pitted against a regular car. As more SUVs crowded the road that safety advantage began to dwindle as it became more likely to hit an equally sized SUV. Now there is no safety advantage at all.
  • Probert The new EV9 is even bigger - a true monument of a personal transportation device. Not my thing, but credit where credit is due - impressive. The interior is bigger than my house and much nicer with 2 rows of lounge seats and 3rd for the plebes. 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, around 300miles of range, and an e-mpg of 80 (90 for the 2wd). What a world.
  • Ajla "Like showroom" is a lame description but he seems negotiable on the price and at least from what the two pictures show I've dealt with worse. But, I'm not interested in something with the Devil's configuration.
  • Tassos Jong-iL I really like the C-Class, it reminds me of some trips to Russia to visit Dear Friend VladdyPoo.
  • ToolGuy New Hampshire