Euro-Clash: Mercedes E550 Sport vs. BMW 550i Sport vs. Jaguar XF Premium
2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport vs. 2009 BMW 550i Sport vs. 2010 Jaguar XF Premium @ INSIDELINE.COM:
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.
Can Jag Beat BMW? Jaguar XF vs BMW 550i @ the Track
MORE TRACK INFO @ INSIDELINE.COM:
Last May, the newly introduced Jaguar XF surprised us. It went head to
head with the best midsize luxury sedans from Germany and came out on top.
It was fast, comfortable and surprisingly competent through turns, but of
course, that was the top-of-the-line supercharged model.
For 2010, the Jaguar XF gets a pair of all-new 5.0-liter V8s: one normally
aspirated in the XF Premium, the other supercharged in the new XFR. We'll
test an XFR soon, but today Inside Line is the first to take the new
non-supercharged 5.0-liter-powered 2010 Jaguar XF Premium to the test
track. Rated at 385 horsepower and 380
pound-feet of torque it's not quite as powerful as the former 4.2-liter
supercharged V8, but it's close.
To see just how close, we brought back a 2009 BMW 550i to see how the new
Jag stacks up when it's not getting help from a Supercharger. Given that the BMW is giving up 25
hp and 20 lb-ft of torque, we expected a close contest - and got one.
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?
BMW & Benz Rev Up @ the Track - BMW 750Li and Mercedes S550
BMW VS. MERCEDES TRACK SMACK @ INSIDELINE.COM:
These are the big guns from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Well, not the biggest
guns, but with prices near or above the $100,000 range, they're big enough.
The BMW 750Li is all-new for 2009 and looking better than ever. Its 400-horsepower twin-turbo V8 makes it the closest thing to a
"Motorsport" 7 Series we have ever seen. The Mercedes-Benz S550 is getting
a face-lift next year, but the current model has held up well. And with a
of its own, it doesn't give up much to the new BMW.
One look at the track numbers and you'll be amazed what these 2.25-ton
sedans can do. From 13-second quarter-mile sprints to 110-foot stops from
60 mph, these two sedans are perfect examples of what can be accomplished
when money is no object. Full details after the jump.
Badass 370Z: 2009 Nissan Nismo 370Z @ Willow Springs
FULL NISSAN 370Z @ INSIDELINE.COM:
It's called "The Fastest Road in the West" for a reason. Willow Springs
International Raceway is known for its staggeringly high lap speeds, and it
defines itself with one of the gnarliest, high-speed corner combinations
anywhere in the world: a long decreasing-radius bend from Turn 8 to Turn 9.
And so in an effort to preserve the world's population of auto scribes like
us, Nissan has created a makeshift chicane to successfully emasculate these
corners during our test of the 2009 Nissan Nismo 370Z. Smart move.
Fortunately there are ample opportunities elsewhere on this track to
explore the car's increased performance over the standard 2009 Nissan 370Z.
Namely Turn 6, which apexes at a blind crest and is followed on the
downhill side by a huge midcorner bump that makes the standard Z-car wallow
like a Buick LeSabre over a Wyoming frost heave. It's here that the Nismo Z
In the Sport Z-car we're afraid. Afraid of physics. Afraid that the track
will toss us — like a Buick — into the unforgiving desert. But after a
few laps in the Nismo Z, we're confident. And we're faster. We keep our right foot planted all
the way over the Turn 6 crest and across the bump, gaining enough speed
that a few hundred yards down the track we ingloriously annihilate most of
the orange cones that Nissan deployed to keep us alive. Nice.
German Supercar Shootout! SLS AMG vs R8 V10 vs 911 Turbo
Editor-At-Large Arthur St. Antoine "escapes" to Las Vegas and beyond with
three German supercars - the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the 2010 Audi R8
V10 and the 2010 Porsche 911 turbo - in
search of "the perfect road".
Read the full story here:
Shot by: Mike Suggett, Gordon Green & Terren Lin
Edited by: Mike Suggett
2014 BMW M5 Competition vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model! - Head 2 Head Ep. 44
On this episode of Head 2 Head Jonny Lieberman is joined by Mike Shaffer
and two extremely potent hyper sedans, the 2014 BMW M5 Competition and the
2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model. Between the two of them, these two
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
engineering to learn what's what. The results very well may shock and amaze
you. However, the boys come to the conclusion that numbers are only exactly
that: only numbers, and numbers only matter so much. One true test of a
super sedan is how it handles a twisting stretch of tarmac. The other is
how much you yearn for the car after you've walked away from it. How much
the keys itch in your pocket. While the results are definitive, this Head 2
Head is much closer than most. Have a watch!
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2014 Audi RS5 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 507 Coupe! - Head 2 Head Ep. 51
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
one is best? Watch and find out!
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5th Gear - BMW M3 E92 VS Mercedes C63 AMG
Jason Plato (con el BMW) y Tiff Needell (con el Mercedes) conducen al
limite estas dos maquinas alemanas.
Jason Plato (with the BMW) and Tiff Needell (with the Mercedes) leads to
the limit these two German machines.
BMW AC Schnitzer 740i (ACS7)
Tuned limo: the BMW 7 Series 740i AC Schnitzer ACS7! Via
New Audi A6 vs Mercedes E-Class vs BMW 5 Series - Auto Express
Full group test:
The new Audi A6 has barged it's way into the company car park and is
determined to stay, but can it live up to the hype and fend off the
competition of its premium German rivals?
To find out, Auto Express has grabbed the keys and tested it face-to-face
with traditonal rivals the Mercedes E-Class and last-year's class-winning
Mercedes C63 vs BMW M3 vs Audi RS5!
Mercedes C63 vs BMW M3 vs Audi RS5!
We compare the latest BMW M3 coupe with the new Audi RS5 coupe, and we
bring in the Mercedes C63 AMG Break to deliver us some snacks...
High-res via http://www.abhd.nl/video/audi-rs5-vs-bmw-m3-vs-mercedes-c63/
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