Euro-Clash: Mercedes E550 Sport vs. BMW 550i Sport vs. Jaguar XF Premium
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Building an ideal executive-style luxury sedan is not an easy task for a carmaker. If the car turns out too soft and isolated, you lose enthusiasts who aren't quite ready to retire in a Lexus. Too complex or high-strung and you risk alienating your technology-challenged, soft-in-the-middle buyers who expect a measure of mindless comfort. Get the balance just right, and your five-passenger $60,000 midsize sedan will both impress with remarkable dynamics and indulge with palpable comfort.
We've gathered three such vehicles for this comparison: the 2009 BMW 550i, 2010 Jaguar XF Premium and 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport.
The 2009 BMW 550i is widely regarded as the benchmark among sporting luxury sedans with its imposing modern design, 360-horsepower 4.8-liter V8 and legendary sporting dynamics. For a car that's been around for five years, its reputation remains consistently impressive.
All-new in '09, the Jaguar XF now is available in a midlevel model, and this Jaguar XF Premium includes not only a new 385-hp direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 but also more standard features. Riding a 1st-place finish from the last time we collected four similar cars in 2008, the Brit car should be taken seriously.
The new-generation 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport stands a very good chance of improving on its previous 3rd-place finish. Sure, the 382-hp 5.5-liter V8 is a carryover item from the outgoing E-Class, yet Mercedes-Benz has spent a considerable sum to refine this ninth-generation E-Class into a car meant to define this segment of sedans.
Camaro Dyno-Mite: Hennessey HPE550 Camaro Dyno Smack Down
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What's that? You're a power addict and the 426 horsepower with which
Chevrolet endowed the 2010 Camaro SS is weaksauce?
Here's your fix. The orange 2010 Camaro SS you see above has been
given the full Texas-style treatment, and I'm not talking about barbeque.
Hennessey Performance Engineering, headquartered in Sealy, Texas, coerces
more power out of more than just Mopars and Mitsubishis these days, and
he's turned his attention to Chevy's latest pony car.
It's called the Hennessey HPE550. The centerpiece of the conversion is the
breathing enhancement delivered by a Magnuson Roots-style blower and
Supplementing the 6 psi generated by the Supercharger is a cold-air intake and free-flow Exhaust. Owner John Hennessey tells us
that the package swells peak power to 562 hp as measured at the flywheel.
Aftermarket horsepower claims are
notoriously optimistic, so we did the obvious thing and strapped it to MD
in Westminster, California. The result was anything but weaksauce.
Click the jump for the Dyno chart and video.
First, a caveat. Before we did any Dyno runs, we noticed that the
insides of our HPE550 test car's tailpipes were curiously free of the
typical fine sooty layer that coats every car that runs on pump gas.
Instead, they were fairly clean save for a light gray coating.
The New Jaguar: 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged by Inside Line
Bruised and bloodied, Jaguar's fate now rests in the hands of Indian
automaker Tata. The only certainty of its future is that it is uncertain.
Now forget about all that. Turn your attention to the product, which is
ultimately the most critical aspect of an automaker's success. Here we have
the 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged, purportedly ready to do battle with the
big German sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class,
cars that know the luxury sedan game.
Only time will tell the story of Jaguar as it enters the next phase of its
existence, but we can peek a few pages forward simply by testing the fruits
of its labor.
Fast & Furious 4: BMW M5
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Every Fast & Furious film has to have at least one over-the-top street race
with multiple cars careening along wildly, putting the lives of the drivers
(and anyone else who happens to be on the street at the time) in mortal
danger. And when it comes to mortal danger, what better car to face it in
than a BMW M5?
Fortunately for Fast & Furious, the 400-horsepower, V8-powered E39
generation (1998-2003) M5 is still a 5 Series sedan and acquiring and
redecorating much cheaper 528i and 540i models was easy. So the production
bought three old 540i sedans and four 528i models and redecorated them with
orange and black paint and 19-inch wheels. Of these seven BMWs, six were
destroyed. That includes three dropped off a bridge onto a road down below.
The M5 was another car that just seemed to emerge naturally during the
casting process — there wasn't anyone who didn't want the big, powerful
BMW in the show. And some design inspiration obviously came from German
tuning house Lumma Design's CLR 500 R-S version of the current E60 M5 that
was shown during 2007.
Of all the cars in the film, this one may be the least believable because
of all its body roll during the action scenes. It looks like an M5 with the
swaybars disconnected. Or a 528i with M5 front fenders.
E-xciting! Mercedes E-Class Coupe @ 2009 Geneva Auto Show
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Now here's a face that's going to take some getting used to. We haven't
seen this many rhomboids on the front of a car since, well, ever.
The nose of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is closely related to the
rhomboid-rific one on the recently unveiled E-Class sedan. Perhaps that's
not a surprise, given that the coupe shares the sedan's new W212 platform
and most of its name.
This move reflects the intention of Mercedes to tie its coupes and
convertibles more obviously to the high-volume sedans on which they are
based. The CLK — which this vehicle will replace — is not obviously
related to any other Mercedes model in name or style.
The new coupe is just about 2 inches longer and wider than the CLK. Thanks
to a wheelbase increase of similar measure, there should be more room
inside the E-Class coupe than the CLK. Stretched over those dimensions is a
body with a whole lot of surface excitement going on, so you cannot accuse
Mercedes of going conservative with this one. Thankfully, Mercedes has
retained the graceful look of the CLK roof — there's no B-pillar and both
front and rear windows go down.
Mercedes notes that the coupe has the lowest drag coefficient of any series
production car in the world at 0.24 Cd. Wouldn't have guessed that just by
looking, eh? But sometimes we prefer a different approach to punching a
hole in the air — it's called horsepower. We'll have to
wait until the E63 coupe arrives a little later, with an estimated 500 horsepower, to
conduct that particular test of power vs. wind resistance.
When the E-Class coupe goes on sale in the U.S. in June, it will be offered
in two models, the E350 with a 268-hp V6 and the E550 with a 382-hp V8. The
new coupes will come with a host of standard and optional new equipment,
including suspension with adaptive dampers, a feature meant to register any
drowsiness by the driver, and an adaptive high beam for the headlights that
uses a camera to scan for oncoming traffic and dips the high beams
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On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman sets out to discover which
German hot-rod-personal-luxury-coupe is the best you can get. The 507 Coupe
is the last iteration of the W204 C63. With the exception of the very
limited-run Black Series, it's the best C63 that AMG has ever done. Under
its hood sits a hand-built, 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 good for 507
more do you want? Perhaps something more high-tech, and that's where the
Audi RS5 comes in. The sexy coupe from Quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm features
a 4.2-liter V-8 that spits out 450 hp. That¹s less power than the 507
Coupe makes, true, but the Audi also features AWD, a dual-clutch
transmission, bigger wheels and tires, plus a trick torque-vectoring rear
differential. Which one is quicker? Which one is more fun to drive? Which
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2008 BMW 550i (Sport Package) Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
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2014 BMW M5 Competition vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model! - Head 2 Head Ep. 44
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mighty Germans produce 1152horsepower and 1092
pound-feet of torque. On paper. After a day of horsing around/testing
Shaffer and Lieberman grow suspicious of each twin-turbo V-8's actual output. So, they take them to
the Dyno gurus at K&N
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super sedan is how it handles a twisting stretch of tarmac. The other is
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German Supercar Shootout! SLS AMG vs R8 V10 vs 911 Turbo
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2013 Lexus GS350 vs Jaguar XF Mashup Review: And the best sport luxury sedan is...?
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Lexus GS350 is all new and completely
redesigned from the ground up. Gone is the stodgy car of old replaced by a
much more passionate and sporty Lexus. The 2012 Jaguar XF has gotten a
minor facelift but the heart of the car remains the same with a 385 HP V8
under the hood. Both of these cars drive for that perfect balance of sport
performance and opulent luxury so which one is better? Check out another
unique TFLcar mashup review as we compare the two luxury sedans to see
which one deserves to be called the best sport luxury sedan.
2012 Audi A6 versus BMW 535i review: And the best luxury sedan is...
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The new BMW 535i has almost always been the
benchmark for all other mid-sized luxury sedans. But for 2012 the all new
Audi A6 is taking direct aim at the BMW buyer as well as the 535i. The Audi
brings to the table a 310 HP supercharged powerplant, an 8 speed automatic
transmission and of course Quattro all-wheel-drive. But to not to be
outdone the BMW has all of the same stuff but instead of a supercharged
engine it comes with a turbo. So which
one is the better car?