Can Nissan Beat BMW? 370Z vs. 135i
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What comes after Z?, we wondered when Nissan let the stage go black in 1996
and officially bid farewell to the Z-car at an event at the Petersen
Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Sales of the twin-turbo 300ZX had been declining as fast as
applications for library cards, so Nissan simply stopped selling the car in
the U.S. It made us wonder where the Z fit in Nissan's future.
The answer came in 2002, when the Nissan 350Z appeared, a serious sports
car that seemed to measure itself against the Corvette in both speed and
style. It brought people back to Nissan, but lots of the young enthusiasts
didn't know what an icon the Z had been for the company since its inception
With the 2009 Nissan 370Z, all that changes. As a Z should be, the 370Z is
a statement of purpose, not just another car on the showroom floor. With
this second-generation version of the revitalized Z, the car has moved on
from affordable performance to something that brings new descriptions into
play — not only like quick, fast, strong and powerful, but also gorgeous,
luxurious, nimble, graceful, delicate and smooth.
This is a car so good that it makes you wonder what kind of car it is: a
sports car, a sport coupe or a muscle-bound pony car? And that's where the
2008 BMW 135i comes in, a pocket-size BMW M3 with an affordable price tag
Audi Smokes BMW? 2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i
2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i Comparison Test:
2008 BMW M3 @ the Track Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu7uy6m4rw0
Given all the praise heaped on the BMW 3 Series over the years, we can't
blame you for thinking there's more to the story. We've heard all the
conspiracy theories, most of them involving checks in large denominations
This might seem believable to a certain segment of the population, but
there's a far less interesting truth behind all those wins: The BMW was the
best car. Sure, certain rivals often upped their game in one area or
another, but the 3 Series always put it all together in a way that made it
So now the 2010 Audi S4 is here to take another shot. It's all-new this
year and the old V8 is gone. There's now a supercharged V6 in its place,
along with a lower price designed to better align the S4 with the BMW 335i.
The BMW 3 Series received a face-lift of its own last year. It was mostly
minor trim changes and the like, but we're told that iDrive thing was
tweaked again, too (oh, lovely).
Sounds like a fair fight, no?
Battle of the Bimmers: BMW M3 v BMW 135i v BMW 335i
Before you start sending us flaming e-mails complaining that a comparison
between the 2008 Audi S5 and the 2008 BMW M3 Coupe is an obvious mismatch
from the get-go, you should know a few things.
Our first full test of the $53,000, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 was a bit
of a revelation. With a 354-horsepower version of Audi's
direct-injection 4.2-liter V8 under its hood, the voluptuous Audi S5 ran a
13.3-second quarter-mile at 104 mph, just 0.1 second and 2 mph shy of the
420-hp 2007 Audi RS4 sedan. What's more, the S5's slalom speed is within a
couple mph of the harsh-riding RS-spec sedan. "It ran a 13.3? With that
kind of speed, who needs a $67,000 RS4?" we asked ourselves.
We believe so strongly in the 2008 Audi S5 that it earned our Inside Line's
inaugural Editors' Choice Award.
So we acquired (hastily perhaps) another 2008 Audi S5 and set it against
the new 2008 BMW M3 Coupe, a car now fortified with V8 power for the first
time. Speed-reading the specifications sheets of these two cars, they seem
like natural rivals: the 354-hp, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 measured
against the 414-hp, rear-wheel-drive 2008 BMW M3.
But as it turns out, we gave the 2008 Audi S5 a bigger challenge than we
had initially intended.
2012 Audi S4 Test Drive & Sports Car Review
http://www.autobytel.com/audi/s4/2012/ The 2012 Audi S4 may be the best car
you can buy for under $50,000. It is arguably the perfect balance of
performance and luxury. The S4 seems to do everything just right. The 2012
Audi S4 gives you luxury, plenty of rooms, tremendous styling, and loads of
power. The base model vehicle is called the Performance Plus editions and
is priced at $47,300 with the Prestige model starting at $54,000.
The 2012 Audi S4 is powered by one of the best V-6 engines ever produced.
The 3.0 liter V-6 engine is supercharged by a roots-style Eaton Supercharger and features TSFI fuel injection. The
resulting power output is 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of
torque which is best in class. You can opt for either a 6-speed manual
transmission or a 7-speed S-Tronic Dual Clutch automatic with auto-shift.
Fuel economy averages about 18 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.
But with the powerful engine, quick shifting transmission, and Quattro
all-wheel drive; the 2012 Audi S4 can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in around
Some features found on the exterior of the Audi S4 are the world famous
adaptive Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. The taillights
also feature LED's. These have become the most recognized feature on any
Audi vehicle and many other automobile manufacturers have tried to copy
these features but none look as good as Audi. You can also get an option
set of huge 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with high performance tires. Also
on the outside there is S-badging all around, aluminum Optic side mirrors,
an cool trunk spoiler, and a sporty front splitter.
On the inside the 2012 Audi S4 features beautiful 12-way adjustable leather
seats with Alcantara inserts. You can choose from carbon fiber, brushed
aluminum, or stainless steel inserts and trim. The steering wheel is very
sporty and the car comes packed with Audi MMI technology the 2012 Audi S4
may be the ultimate luxury sport sedan for under $50,000.
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BMW 335i vs Audi S4! - Head 2 Head Episode 10
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago pits the new 2012 BMW 335i
against it's natural rival from Ingolstadt - the 2012 Audi S4. The 3 Series
has long enjoyed its reputation as the benchmark of European sports sedans.
But does the more powerful S4 finally have what it takes to end BMW's
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