The 2018 OC Auto Show was a great success by all measures.  In fact, iDriveSoCal’s Bernadette Sanicola was so impressed by the automotive wonderland that she lost track of counting her Top 5 Best of Show selections!

In this iDriveSoCal Podcast Bernadette shares her favorites from throughout the show.  You will notice a big difference between Bernadette and Clinton, The Professor, Quan’s Top Picks.  And that’s one of the things that makes cars and auto shows so cool.  There’s truly something for everyone.

Click play below to hear Bernadette lose track of counting 1 to 5. 🙂  And enjoy the pics she took.  You’ll notice Bernie can take a great selfie… but she needs some pointers in taking a really good picture of a car.  If you’d like to offer her assistance you can DM her on social media – @berniesports!

Blue 2019 BMW M5 pictured at the Orange County International Auto Show as part of the iDriveSoCal Podcast 136 banner titled OC Auto Show Wrap - 2 of 2, Bernie's Top 5... or 6 w/ a smiley emoji

***Transcript***

Recording date – October 7, 2018, in Anaheim, CA

Bernie’s Top Picks from the 2018 OC Auto Show

Tom Smith: We’ll do five.

Bernadette Sanicola: Okay.

Bernadette Sanicola: They’re all my top five, depending on what mood you’re in. So these are radically different top five, there’s not a theme to them at all.

Tom Smith: That was five.

Bernadette Sanicola: No, that was four. Wasn’t it?

Tom Smith: What are you talking about?

Bernadette Sanicola: Did I really just go? Really? Oops.

Tom Smith: You had five.

Bernadette Sanicola: Wow.

Tom Smith: Go ahead. If you’ve got another one, go ahead.

Rear-passenger-side-view of a blue 2019 BMW M5 pictured on the floor of the Orange County International Auto Show

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and joining me is not the good professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Joining me is actually Bernadette Sanicola. Hello, Bernie Sports.

Bernadette Sanicola: Hello, waiting for my nickname, what will it be?

“…this is just straight draw, like what attracted me the most.”

Tom Smith: I don’t know, Bernie Sports I think for now.

Bernadette Sanicola: That works.

Tom Smith: We’ll have to see. And the reason why we say Bernie Sports is because that’s what your Instagram is, right?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, that’s all the social media.

Tom Smith: @BernieSports. Just @BernieSports. I always want to throw a .com at the end of that, but it’s just @BernieSports.

All the background noise is due to our being at the Orange County International Auto Show, and we’ve actually been here, Bernadette and I and Clinton, we came on Thursday.

I think they came a couple other days as well. I’d stopped in another day, but now this is Sunday. This is the last day and the show has been a great success. It’s been a lot of fun.

Top 5… or 6… Whatever!?!?!

The Orange County International Auto Show is big on the test drives. I’ve been busy manning the fort and doing the things that I need to do.

Clinton’s done a lot of test driving. I’m not sure if Bernadette’s test-driven or not, but what we’re gonna talk about. We’ve already talked about with Clinton because I know what you have done is gone all over the show just like Clinton has.

Bernadette Sanicola: Found a certain corner.

Tom Smith: So the Professor and I did a top five and his top five I’ll share with you after you share with me your top five, but Bernadette and Clinton are two very different people, very different drivers.

“They’re all my top five, depending on what mood you’re in. So these are radically different top five, there’s not a theme to them at all.”

All love cars but that’s a slice of automotive enthusiast, right, there’s something out there for everybody and there’s something that everybody leans towards. There’s some things that everybody can universally love and there’s other things that people love more than other things.

Bernadette’s list, I know it’s gonna be a little bit on the higher end, the exotic type thing. But with that being said, Bernie Sports, Bernadette Sanicolacola‘s top five here at the Orange County International Auto Show. Before we dive into it, we have to know one, do you have any criteria around your top five?

Bernadette Sanicola: No, this is just straight draw, like what attracted me the most.

Tom Smith: So anything.

Bernadette Sanicola: It could be anything.

Tom Smith: It could be production, it could be a concept car, it could be in dealerships now, it could be coming to dealerships soon, it could be coming to dealerships maybe never because it’s a concept car.

Bernadette Sanicola: Right.

2019 Lamborghini Urus

Tom Smith: The other thing is, how are we gonna do it? Are we gonna go five to one? Are we gonna say it doesn’t matter, they’re just all my top five?

Bernadette Sanicola: They’re all my top five, depending on what mood you’re in. So these are radically different top five, there’s not a theme to them at all.

Tom Smith: Okay, so it’s top five but in no particular order.

Bernadette Sanicola: No particular order.

“I was gonna put a theme together with these, but the Lamborghini was impressive.”

Tom Smith: With that in mind, Berndatte Sanicola’s top five from the 2018 Orange County International Auto Show. Take it away, Bernadette.

Bernadette Sanicola: Want to guess number one?

Tom Smith: Probably the most expensive car in the place.

Bernadette Sanicola: Well, I did find that little corner of the auto show because probably my favorite thing about the OC auto show is that they have these luxury brands and they’re independent dealers but they have them here.

They have Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, BMW but they also have things like Aston Martin and for number one of the top five, Lamborghini. They had the Urus. This is a new SUV Lambo. It’s a big deal for Lamborghini.

Tom Smith: Yeah, world’s fastest production SUV.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes, and it is a good-looking car, Tom. It is a really good looking car.

Tom Smith: Of course, it’s a Lamborghini, come on.

Bernadette Sanicola: But everyone is going big, Bentley, Land Rover, Porsche, and they’re doing well with it, so I don’t know where everyone’s parking in Southern California but these bigger cars are taking over which is why number two is the Range Rover.

Tom Smith: Well.

Bernadette Sanicola: Do you want to go back to Lambo?

Limited Production – Urus

Tom Smith: I mean first off…

Bernadette Sanicola: I was gonna put a theme together with these, but the Lamborghini was impressive.

Tom Smith: What was it? Because this is the first year that it’s out, right, it’s in dealerships but 2018 is the first year.

Bernadette Sanicola: Right, and they say the platform is the Q7’s platform, Audi. I thought it looked more Porsche to me so it is a good looking car. It is the first year it’s out. There will be a limited production of them, but yes. I don’t really love the name. It sounds like a doctor’s visit.

Tom Smith: It refers to something, I think the Urus, right?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: I want to say it’s a Bull or something like that. Which would make sense for Lamborghini, right? Ferrari is the black horse. Lamborghini is the Bull of some sort itself.

Bernadette Sanicola: Right. Yeah, it does mean bull, I believe.

“No, God, no. I doubt it likes getting wet.”

Tom Smith: And you mentioned size so it’s a full size and it’s four doors, but it’s not a seven-passenger, right, it’s not three rows?

Bernadette Sanicola: No.

Tom Smith: Do you know if it comes in more than one trim level?

Bernadette Sanicola: I do not, no. They didn’t let me get as close as I wanted. Security was close.

Tom Smith: They didn’t give you keys? What about price point?

Bernadette Sanicola: Price point’s high. So the price point on the Lambo is in the high, I believe it is…

Tom Smith: It’s over a hundred grand, right?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, we’re talking closer to two. I believe it is two.

Tom Smith: So, you have three of them, right? One in each color? I’m just kidding.

Taking a Lambo Urus Off-Road?

Bernadette Sanicola: No, because I want to do the same car in three different colors.

Tom Smith: Okay, not quite at that tax bracket.

Bernadette Sanicola: No, not yet.

Tom Smith: I understand. Okay, so that was number one.

Bernadette Sanicola: Right.

Tom Smith: So, the Lamborghini Urus, number one. Any particular reason why? It just eye-catching?

Bernadette Sanicola: I thought it was very cool to have, Ferrari’s on their way to doing something very similar.

“No, it’s on all the blogs, Tom, the Range Rover Sport PHEV, the plugin hybrid, yes.”

Tom Smith: Is Ferrari going to be doing an SUV?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: Is this an SUV or crossover?

Bernadette Sanicola: Well, even if they called it a crossover, it looks more like an SUV.

Tom Smith: You’re not taking it off-road, though, right?

Bernadette Sanicola: No, God, no. I doubt it likes getting wet.

Tom Smith: But it gives you the upright seating position, command of the road.

Bernadette Sanicola: It does.

Tom Smith: Yet you’re still in an exotic supercar, super SUV.

Bernadette Sanicola: Correct, and the thing is the handling too. It’s for the California drivers that want a performance car that can also look like it goes off-road. It kind of went after that Range Rover market.

Tom Smith: Yeah, but Range Rover can go off-road.

Bernadette Sanicola: Range Rover actually can, yes, and so can this one.

Tom Smith: In a big way Range Rover can go off-road.

Bernadette Sanicola: That’s true, that’s what it’s made for. But Bentley and Porsche can as well. It’s just do you want to take it off road? I mean with even a little scratch on the paint, it breaks your heart. But no, the car can perform and honestly, knowing that you can is maybe half the fun. I like it. I would take it on the beach maybe.

2019 Range Rover Sport PHEV

Tom Smith: I’m sure you’re not alone. A lot of people might. I’ve seen pictures of it. They haven’t let me out of my area.

Bernadette Sanicola: We have to get you walking around.

Tom Smith: I know. Okay, now we can go onto number two, although these are in no particular order, right?

Bernadette Sanicola: No particular order, right. But number two, the Range Rover Sport PHEV. So a hybrid Range Rover which I thought was not possible.

Close-up pic of the front of a 2019 off-white Range Rover Plug-in Hybrid referred to as a PHEV at the Orange County International Auto Show

Tom Smith: The Range Rover sport, say again?

Bernadette Sanicola: PHEV. A hybrid.

Tom Smith: PHEV?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, plugin hybrid.

Tom Smith: PH?

Bernadette Sanicola: P-H-E-V, PHEV. That’s how they say it with the accent. It’s the PHEV.

“They’re still made of steel. It’s still 2.5-tons. But it’s got a 14-18 mile electric range. It’s impressive.”

Tom Smith: I did not know. I haven’t been in the UK lately.

Bernadette Sanicola: No, it’s on all the blogs, Tom, the Range Rover Sport PHEV, the plugin hybrid, yes.

Tom Smith: Okay, the plugin hybrid Range Rover sport. So now I get where you’re going with that. You didn’t know that it was possible for such a fuel inefficient, known as very bad gas mileage.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: Beautiful car, one of the most beautiful SUVs on the road, always has been for sure. But it’s a sport, it’s a plugin hybrid.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: Is that in dealerships now?

Bernadette Sanicola: It is. It’s impressive. I walked past it, Tom, and I saw the front of it. I’m like what is hanging out the front of that car? And it was a plug.

The Future of Electric Vehicles

I’m like, I can’t believe it because I had an older Range Rover Sport and was at the gas station every five minutes but it was so heavy. They’re still made of steel. It’s still 2.5 tons. But it’s got a 14-18 mile electric range. It’s impressive.

Tom Smith: What kind of mileage is it getting with it, do you know?

Bernadette Sanicola: 15, 28, I don’t know. That was a guess.

Tom Smith: You were making that up.

Bernadette Sanicola: I was making that up.

“It still looks like a Range Rover Sport and I love that. I don’t need it to look that futuristic. I’m still a petrol head.”

Tom Smith: Don’t quote that. But the fact that they’re going that direction is great. I bet you they go all electric in the not so distant future.

Bernadette Sanicola: I could see that.

Tom Smith: And it’ll probably be great.

Bernadette Sanicola: I think they battle more with the diesel vs. electric as far as fuel efficiency, cars like Range Rover that are that heavy and that sustainable end up being more efficient with a diesel model.

So same thing with BMWs, that’s why they always end up releasing a hybrid as well as a diesel right behind it because that could save more in fuel consumption than actually plugin hybrids even though that’s the way of the future.

Bernadette Sanicola: A fully electric Range Rover would be something to see.

Tom Smith: Yeah. I’ll guess right now because I’ve said on the podcast numerous times that my opinion may change, right?

I’ll share my opinion but it may change by the time that I end the recording on this or by the time, certainly, that I post the podcast, but I will be that we do see all-electric Range Rovers, certainly, once battery technology gets there. And I think we’re gonna see electric everything when battery technology gets there.

Battery Technology

Bernadette Sanicola: Right.

Tom Smith: And it’s getting there. It’s getting better, I don’t know if every day is the right word, but it’s constantly getting better for sure.

Bernadette Sanicola: And Range Rover did say it too, because of the competition, that every car from 2020 on will have some form of electric element to it.  So, they are incorporating it into the brand and they are still having their supercharged cars, but with electric motors.

Tom Smith: So what is it that you were particularly drawn to? I mean I know, I can fill in the blank, but tell me anything I don’t know.

“Tom, this thing is tailored to having a treat dispenser. But the key fob actually will dispense a treat for your dog.”

Bernadette Sanicola: This was for the old school person in me. It doesn’t change the look of it. All the electric cars look so different and futuristic and the headlights to the grill.

These cars still look like a Range Rover. It still looks like a Range Rover Sport and I love that. I don’t need it to look that futuristic. I’m still a petrol head. But they’re beautiful cars and it was nice looking.

Tom Smith: Clinton and I have done a lot of reviews lately and the spaceshippy look is going by the wayside. That’s not something that is happening so much anymore so it’s great that nobody else is doing it as well.

Dog Lovers Crossover SUV

So your number one, again, was the Lambo Urus.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes, no, that would be more like five. We’re going five, four, three, two.

Tom Smith: Oh, okay, sorry. You said they’re in no particular order.

Bernadette Sanicola: You said your number one.

Tom Smith: That was the first one we talked about.

Bernadette Sanicola: The first one we talked about, Lambo Urus.

Tom Smith: Range Rover Sport hybrid.

Bernadette Sanicola: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Tom Smith: Number three?

Bernadette Sanicola: I’m gonna go with a concept car but based off one of their most selling number one SUVs still in the SUV market is the Nissan Dog car.

Orange 2019 Nissan Rogue Dogue 2 pictured w/ rear hatch door open on the floor of the Orange County International Auto Show

Tom Smith: The Nissan Dog car.

“There are accessories available so if you wanted to customize your Rogue and have it somewhat similar to that.”

Bernadette Sanicola: Nissan Dog. Dogue is how I think they pronounce it.

Tom Smith: It’s the Rogue but it’s specifically for dogs.

Bernadette Sanicola: Exactly, it’s made completely for dogs. I mean, Tom, this thing is tailored to having a treat dispenser. But the key fob actually will dispense a treat for your dog.

Tom Smith: That’s cute.

Bernadette Sanicola: It is very cute. It’s got a 10-gallon tank for water so you can wash your dog off. It’s got a blow dryer that I actually want in my personal house.

Tom Smith: My dog loves getting in the car and going places with me, but he absolutely hates baths. So the whole…

Bernadette Sanicola: Rinse him off before he gets in, thing?

Tom Smith: Yeah, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. He wouldn’t want to get in the car anymore. It would ruin it for him. But anyway.

Bernadette Sanicola: It’s impressive. It has monitors in the back so that the dog can see you while you’re driving. It has everything you could possibly think of in this car for a dog.

Nissan Dogue Rogue Concept Vehicle

But it is a concept car based upon their Rogue and the Rogue is a great car, and that’s the one they’re showcasing here.

Tom Smith: But the interesting thing is this is their second concept with this same concept so what that tells you is, I think what that tells you is, there is enough interest in this for them to be a second concept. Now, will there ever be a Rogue that comes out with this exact, probably not. But I’ll bet we start to see some of the…

Bernadette Sanicola: The parts.

Tom Smith: Yeah, some of the features, some of the options.

“Ever since our son was born, Mr. Jake enjoys not only the front seat but he likes sitting on the center console.”

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, I did talk to someone over there and they said that you can get certain elements of the car. There are accessories available so if you wanted to customize your Rogue and have it somewhat similar to that.

Tom Smith: Very dog-friendly?

Opened up rear of the 2019 Nissan Rogue Dogue Concept vehicle at the Orange County International Auto Show pictured with a dog ramp from the groud to the back of the vehicle. Dog cleaning equipment also shown in the rear compartment of the vehicle.

Bernadette Sanicola: Very dog-friendly, yes.

Tom Smith: Maybe not necessarily a concept Dogue?

Bernadette Sanicola: Not a Dogue but there’s no ramp and there’s no pet treats but you can get close enough to it, and I think that was the idea behind it.

It’s very cute. I mean my dog loves the front seat so I know he would be, I’m not getting back there. I don’t need a ramp. But there’s a lot of celebrities and hey, Southern California, we have a lot of people that love their animals.

iDriveSoCal’s First BFF

Tom Smith: Absolutely. Hey, not just Southern California. There’s people that love their animals everywhere.

Bernadette Sanicola: That’s true.

Tom Smith: But we do have a lot of dog lovers here. You mentioned your dog loves the front seat. My dog is actually, ever since my son was born, our dog was really our first child, Mr. Jake.

Ever since our son was born, Mr. Jake enjoys not only the front seat but he likes sitting on the center console.

Bernadette Sanicola: Oh, you’re one of those guys.

“Most manufacturers are going all the soft top. It’s the new way.”

Tom Smith: I feel bad because he’s gotten knocked down a little bit. He’s our first son, but we have a human son now. So at any rate.

Bernadette Sanicola: That’s a steady driver, Tom. That’s a nice, smooth driver.

Tom Smith: I take it easy. My car is always in eco mode.

Bernadette Sanicola: Oh, boy.

Tom Smith: Okay, so we had the Lambo Urus, we had the Range Rover sport hybrid, we have the Nissan Dogue, and what’s number four?

Fiat 124 Spider

Bernadette Sanicola: Number four is the Fiat 124. Spider, it’s the little convertible by Fiat that is literally the most fun to drive, the most fun convertible you could probably get or an Italian car you could probably get at that price point. It is adorable.

Tom Smith: So this is a production car?

Bernadette Sanicola: No, it’s at the dealerships now.

Tom Smith: It’s at dealerships now, okay.

Black convertible Fiat 124 spider pictured with top down at the Orange County International Auto Show

Bernadette Sanicola: It’s been at dealerships, yeah, and they’re showcasing it here and I absolutely adore it.

Tom Smith: I’m just realizing we didn’t get years out. So the first was the Lambo Urus, that was a 2018.

Bernadette Sanicola: 2019.

Tom Smith: Number two was?

Bernadette Sanicola: 2018, Range Rover sport hybrid.

Tom Smith: So that’s in dealerships now?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes, I believe it is.

Tom Smith: Okay, the Dogue is concept so there’s not really a year on that. The four is what again?

“If anybody out there wants to give Bernadette some pointers on photography…”

Bernadette Sanicola: Fiat 124.

Tom Smith: And that’s a 2019?

Bernadette Sanicola: That’s 2017, but they’ve face lift.

Tom Smith: They don’t have a 2017 on the floor here.

Bernadette Sanicola: No, they have an ’18.

Tom Smith: So the ’18 is here.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: And it’s at dealerships now?

Black 2018 Fiat 124 with convertible top down pictured at the Orange County International Auto Show

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: Are you sure it’s not a ’19?

Bernadette Sanicola: This might be a ’19 here but the car came the same thing from ’18 to ’19.

Tom Smith: So is this a convertible?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes, two-seater convertible.

Tom Smith: Soft top?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: Hard top option?

Bernadette Sanicola: No.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Bernadette Sanicola: Everybody’s going away from that hard-top option. Most manufacturers are going all the soft top. It’s the new way.

Automotive Photo Lessons Wanted

Tom Smith: By the way, you need to provide pictures for all of these to accompany the podcast.

Bernadette Sanicola: I have pictures, you got it.

Tom Smith: You already have pictures of all of these?

Bernadette Sanicola: I have pictures. I’m ready with pictures. They’re not the best, but Tom loves my pictures, sorry, guys.

Tom Smith: If anybody out there wants to give Bernadette some pointers on photography lessons.

iDriveSoCal's Bernadette Sanicola snaps a selfie holding Tom Smith's son

Bernadette Sanicola: I take good selfies with your son.

Tom Smith: We are gonna post that, thought, too.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, he’s cute.

Tom Smith: Okay, so the Fiat 124.

Bernadette Sanicola: Okay.

Tom Smith: It’s a two-seater, right, no backseat.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes. It’s a two-seater. It’s a little Italian car with attitude. Its price point is the best. It starts at 22 and you even get an Abarth for 26 and it’s adorable. It’s a fun car to drive.

Tom Smith: Are those the two, it’s just the 124 or the Abarth? Those are the two trim levels?

Bernadette Sanicola: Right, I mean that’s the high-end trim level and the base model, yeah. You can customize the seats in certain ones and you can get that two-tone leather in the Abarth and some racing stripes as well, but the car was just a blast to drive. They make it in manual still.

“So many manufacturers including your luxury ones like BMW are not making manuals in a lot of their cars and people miss that.”

Tom Smith: Did you test drive it here?

Bernadette Sanicola: Not here. But I’ve driven one, yes, and I think it’s just for the price point and convertibles and driving, stuck in traffic, that car would be a blast.

Tom Smith: Sounds like a good car for a single person or a weekender for couples.

Manual Transmission Scarcity

Bernadette Sanicola: No second car, right. Even the manual is a fun car for guys that want a Porsche but don’t want to spend the money on that.

Tom Smith: Hey, sometimes, that’s one of the…

Bernadette Sanicola: It’s still made by Italian.

Tom Smith: One of the things I love about doing the iDriverSoCal podcast program with our dealer partners is that I’d like to drive a stick shift from time to time.

And when I do, I just go test drive something and ask for it in a stick, which there’s not a lot of these days. There’s just not a lot. Which is cool because technology is out there, but I like popping a clutch. Not popping a clutch and burning the tires kind of thing but I like driving a stick.

“…the DB11 is a very sexy car and out of all the manufacturers here showcasing that British racing green…”

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, and a lot of people are going away from that. So many manufacturers including your luxury ones like BMW are not making manuals in a lot of their cars and people miss that. PDK systems, dual clutch gear boxes are taking over, but my next one on the list will never go away from a manual.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Bernadette Sanicola: Can you cue the Bond music?

Tom Smith: Cue the Bond music?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Aston Martin something.

Bernadette Sanicola: Aston Martin DB11, yeah. I am such a sucker for these cars.

Tom Smith: The DB11 Aston Martin.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, and I could have picked any one of those cars over there, but talking to someone from Aston Martin North America which is based here in Irvine, and that was a surprise to me, it’s so nice to hear that they still have that purist element.

2019 Aston Martin DB11

They will always have manuals. They will always have things you can customize in the car all the way down to, from the stitching to the leather. Of course, you pay for all these things.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Bernadette Sanicola: But the DB11 is a very sexy car and out of all the manufacturers here showcasing that British racing green, they didn’t have in that color shockingly.

Tom Smith: Really?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, and they know it’s British. But Lambo, the design is changing a little bit. They’re a little bit lighter. They’re not doing anything electric.

Tom Smith: Are you talking about Aston Martin now? You just mentioned Lamborghini.

“…everybody has to go this way, and even Aston Martin did admit that they are working on another division of their company will be electric…”

Bernadette Sanicola: I’m sorry. I’m confused, they’re all in the same corner. I’m overwhelmed. No, the Aston Martin. It’s not electric. This is a V12 or V8 option… horsepower, beautiful sound to it.

Tom Smith: And the customization can get crazy.

Rust colored leather trimmed interior of a 2019 Aston Martin with convertible top down pictured at the Orange County International Auto Show

Bernadette Sanicola: It can get crazy. I mean the V8 starts at $198,000 and the V12 is around $216,000 starting base.

Tom Smith: V12.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes.

Tom Smith: Let’s just throw a hundred grand on top of the car, put a V12 in it.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah. I mean you know what that sounds like?

Tom Smith: I know.

Bernadette Sanicola: That’s why I think the luxury element of Aston Martin, we’ll probably wait a couple years for that.

Tom Smith: Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see. I was talking with somebody the other day. It might have been the professor, and I think we were talking about automotive, oh, classic car shows. When are the hybrids and electrics that are here now, when are they actually gonna be classics? I think he said maybe 20, 30 years.

What We’ll Drive in 30-Years

Then the next question is in 20 or 30 years, when those are classics, what are we buying new?

Bernadette Sanicola: Spaceships.

Tom Smith: Right? We’re buying flying cars at that point in time?

Bernadette Sanicola: Meet George Jetson.

Tom Smith: We’re buying flying cars. But even as electric is inevitable, I hope that combustion engines are still gonna be around.

Bernadette Sanicola: I think they need each other.

“…we’ll see what Bond drives next. Of course, they’re commissioned for the next Bond movie.”

Tom Smith: We were talking. I think you mentioned how much you love how something sounds. Professor and I were talking about how much we loved the sound of something. Oh, he was talking about the I-PACE electric.

Bernadette Sanicola: Right, that has no sound.

Tom Smith: No, but we were talking about how much we love something sounded. Whatever it was.

Bernadette Sanicola: F-TYPE.

Tom Smith: Oh, the Jaguar F-TYPE R.

Bernadette Sanicola: That thing, she’s shouty.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Bernadette Sanicola: She’s aggressively loud.

Tom Smith: There’s something about how the combustion engine sounds that I hope it sticks around.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yeah, I agree with you, and everybody has to go this way, and even Aston Martin did admit that they are working on another division of their company will be electric and they are working on an electric car. They also are working on an SUV as well to compete with everybody else in the market.

Badge-less Aston Martins

But what I did love about it is what they’re doing differently now because they kind of went through a little slow period from 2008, 2009, they said all the cars looked the same.

So, now Aston Martin is not putting any names on the back of any of their cars, no badging, because they want every car that they make from now on out to look so different that you can tell what it is.

Tom Smith: That’s interesting.

Bernadette Sanicola: And I love that.

Tom Smith: That’s kind of cool.

“Did I cut out BMW? That was my number one. Did I really just go? Really? Oops.”

Bernadette Sanicola: It’s very cool. It’s like their customers, I think their fans were really upset they all look the same, and some of those that look the same had a price difference of $100,000 and you’re paying it and it looks the same as the one next to it.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Bernadette Sanicola: So I think that’s a very cool thing that they’re doing and the look of the cars is very different, and we’ll see what Bond drives next. Of course, they’re commissioned for the next Bond movie.

Tom Smith: Yeah, I think that’ll be Daniel Craig’s last, supposedly, right?

Bernadette Sanicola: I hope it’s still Daniel Craig.

Tom Smith: You know what, Connery was my favorite for a long time until Daniel Craig.

Bernadette Sanicola: Until Daniel Craig, yeah, me too.

Tom Smith: It was like all right, this guy’s cool.

Bernadette Sanicola: This guy rocks it. As long as Tom Ford and Aston Martin are involved, I’m in.

Tom Smith: All right.

Bernadette Sanicola: I know, I know. The other element of James Bond.

Tom Smith: Bernadette Sanicolacola, anything else said about the 2018? That was five.

2019 BMW M5

Bernadette Sanicola: No, that was four. Wasn’t it?

Tom Smith: What are you talking about?

Bernadette Sanicola: Did I cut out BMW? That was my number one. Did I really just go? Really? Oops.

Tom Smith: You had five.

Bernadette Sanicola: Wow.

Tom Smith: Go ahead. If you’ve got another one, go ahead.

Bernadette Sanicola: Well, shoot. And I was worried about having five. No, well, I guess I got in that little corner again, so if you come to the Orange County Auto Show, you notice there’s a little corner and it sucks you in and it starts with Ferrari and the one that drew me the most, that was the BMW.

Tom Smith: The BMW what?

Bernadette Sanicola: The M5.

Tom Smith: The M5?

“…the M5 is my favorite because of course, I bonded with it on the track at Circuit of Americas…”

Bernadette Sanicola: The M5 is the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Tom Smith: Oh, wait a minute. Bernadette just did a drive on a Formula course with an M5.

Bernadette Sanicola: We bonded.

Tom Smith: So there you have that. But go ahead, talk about the M5.

Bernadette Sanicola: Okay, I will. Well, BMW’s new cars and new model lineup is going to be so intense the next couple years, so they have over 10 models coming out, but the M5 looks the exact same and I know that’s what everybody says. It looks just like a regular 5, but that’s the point of it. It’s the wolf in sheep’s clothing. That car is the most impressive…

Tom Smith: I don’t think it’s in sheep’s clothing.

Bernadette Sanicola: It is.

Tom Smith: I think it looks like a four-door race car.

Bernadette Sanicola: It looks like a regular 5 series. There’s a little bit of aesthetic differences but if you’re at a stoplight next to that car?

BMW M5 Transmission

Tom Smith: Personally I’ve always wanted one so when I see one, I know it exactly. But I guess I can see where you’re saying, I guess I can see your point that it’s not too much of a stretch.

Bernadette Sanicola: It isn’t.

Tom Smith: By the way, that’s not my son screaming.

Bernadette Sanicola: And I’m not holding him. I’m not holding any children at this moment, I’d just like to point out.

But no, the M5 is my favorite because of course I bonded with it on the track at Circuit of Americas but BMW is going away from that dual clutch gearbox which we were just talking about, going towards automatic.

“…a lot of these systems will take over if you do spin the tires out and you can’t handle the control of it.”

It’s going to be four-wheel drive, all wheel drive car, and you don’t think race car and all-wheel drive, but it has the ability to switch to two wheel drive which I didn’t want to do. That was scary for me. That was a lot of handling for me, and I’m not that good of a driver.

Tom Smith: I love rear wheel drive. I just love rear wheel drive. I’m always gonna love rear wheel drive. I want to be able to step on it, chirp and/or smoke the back tires, I want to be able to slide the rear end out whenever I feel like. I just love it.

Bernadette Sanicola: You could still do that.

Tom Smith: Not with all-wheel drive.

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes, you can. Well none of them are really all wheel drive. I mean the idea of it is more…

Tom Smith: I know, I know.

Bernadette Sanicola: And you could deactivate all of these things. It’s just one button. I’ll show you what to push when your child is not in your car.

BMW M5 Pricing

But I remember you back in the day, Tom, you used to drive a little bit more aggressively. You know where that button is to deactivate systems.

But no, the car can handle, and honestly, a lot of these systems will take over if you do spin the tires out and you can’t handle the control of it. I mean these cars are impressive and 6o0 horsepower is a lot.

Tom Smith: 690?

Bernadette Sanicola: No, 600, 590, yeah.

Tom Smith: What’s the price point for the M5?

Bernadette Sanicola: It starts around $89k.

Tom Smith: And what does it go up to? Are there multiple trim levels for the M5 or is it just M5 and some options?

Bernadette Sanicola: No, there’s multiple options, like you could get rear entertainment options to it, you can get carbon ceramic.

“Now are you done with your top five that actually wound up being six?”

Tom Smith: Rear entertainment. While you’re experiencing the Gs and trying to keep your lunch down.

Bernadette Sanicola: You can get TVs in the back, yes, two of them. Personal, you could be watching one thing on one and something else on the other, yes.

Tom Smith: All right. So it starts where, $85k?

Bernadette Sanicola: $85k.

Tom Smith: And then goes up to?

Bernadette Sanicola: To whatever you want to make it. The color choices, the customization you could do to these cars is a lot. So I mean I haven’t seen one over $110,000 or anything like that but they are in dealers now. I would suggest ordering one.

Tom Smith: You’re talking the 2018 or 2019?

Bernadette Sanicola: 2018. 2019s are in the dealers too.

Tom Smith: Okay, so you’re talking 2019.

Bernadette Sanicola: 2019.

Tom Smith: Okay, always think forward.

Bernadette Sanicola: I’m thinking forward. You’re confusing me with these numbers here.

Electric Toy Cars and carpeted roads pictured with parents and kids in line for the Kiddie Ride & Drive @ the Orange County International Auto Show

OC Auto Show – Bernie’s Top 6!

Tom Smith: Now are you done with your top five that actually wound up being six?

Bernadette Sanicola: Yes, I am.

Tom Smith: Okay. Bernadette Sanicolacola, thank you as always for joining Orange County International Auto Show 2018. That pretty much puts a wrap on this one a big bow on it. Thank you to the show for having us out. We had a lot of fun. It was a long weekend, time to rest up and get ready for the rest of auto show season. Bernadette, thank you again.

Bernadette Sanicola: Thank you.

Tom Smith: For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you as always for tuning in.