Which Performance Badges Are a Scam?

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BMW has M. Nissan has Nismo. Ford has ST. If you see one of these badges, you know the car is serious...Or is it? Maybe some of these badges are...lying? Join Nolan as he explores the history of all of you favorite badges: BMW M, Nissan Nismo, Ford ST, Mercedes-Benz, AMG, Audi S, Hyundai N, Acura and HondaType R- and whether or not they mean anything anymore. This is a spicy one!
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Jan 13, 2020




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michael w
michael w 27 seconds ago
Gus Johnson
Gus Johnson 40 minutes ago
Look on the WEB, for HSV GTS, an Australian made Super Sedan..
dan86896 Hour ago
ford is the worst whit ther st-line its only some other seats and bumbers
Fee Hour ago
Quattro never meant anything but AWD
bugz1591 Hour ago
I don't get the criticism of the M Performance cars. As you said they are meant to sit between the normal car and the M version and that's exactly what they do. Also the "Line" in i.e. Mercedes AMG "Line", Audi S "Line" and VW R "Line" mean a certain trim level and not performance upgrades. So you're criticizing trim levels for being trim levels.
grahamek86 2 hours ago
Along with most things that hit America, the ST was ruined when it came to that market. SVT and ST should have been kept separate. ST cars were usually pretty special, now the USA apply it to all and sundry and it's shit. It remains to be seen how much they ruin the RS badge.
evo emperor
evo emperor 2 hours ago
ST really ain't a scam because a ford with one is always faster than the standard one.
PieFaceTheAmazing / GDSuperScythe
E36 looks best in my opinion.
rotaryskratch 2 hours ago
Lexus F Sport is pretty egregious. They just slap on a few extra shiny plastic parts. And Toyota Corolla S= body kit.
Katriel Floyd
Katriel Floyd 2 hours ago
I feel your pain man.
Asher Kahan
Asher Kahan 3 hours ago
Volkswagen R line is a scam
Jimmy Anton
Jimmy Anton 3 hours ago
Quattro was Audi's original name for there rally car in the 80's. It was named after the 4wd system but it was still named after a race car so he is not technically wrong. The R badges came later on.
Vlad 4 hours ago
Honda stays true to their badge 😌
Xendex youtube
Xendex youtube 4 hours ago
Subaru sti
Filip Kovacevic
Filip Kovacevic 4 hours ago
Do a video on Opel, and their performance department OPC
TheUrbanTurban 5 hours ago
In the UK Ford do the ST Line separate from the ST and RS models. So in the UK we don’t have the Edge ST we have the Edge ST Line, and obviously it’s just riced rather than actually faster
Siyanda Madlala
Siyanda Madlala 5 hours ago
VW is putting R on everything 🤦🏿‍♀️
STEVE CHIA 6 hours ago
tom's tuning for Toyota
Ryon Atkinson
Ryon Atkinson 6 hours ago
Toyota is a M badge
Albert Baaren
Albert Baaren 7 hours ago
Skippss Volkswagen..... Faawwkkk
mario alberto jimenez
Wtf am I doing here... I don’t even like cars Content is great do
Mintiebear 8 hours ago
Linked to FORD you missed the awful ST-line in the UK/EU.
kaihan2002 8 hours ago
Why u say 2009
s_aubryizi 8 hours ago
Bmw = M Audi = S/Rs Mercedes = Amg Ford = Shelby/Gt Chevy = SS Dodge = Rt/srt Infiniti = Ipl Volks = R Toyota = Trd Nissan = nismo Subaru = Sti ...
MrPontus 9 hours ago
you forgot to mention the Volvo "R-Design" scam
Dreamy 9 hours ago
These are all worthless badges: Ford St Line Audi S Line BMW M “performance” Line Mercedes Benz “AMG” Line Toyota TRD Badge Lexus “F-Sport” Acura “A-Spec” Nissan Nismo Subaru tS Best Badges currently: Pure BMW M Real Hyundai N Honda Type R New Toyota GR Real Audi RS Actual Merc AMG Acura Type S Pure Lexus F Subaru STi
Matthew Wetherell
Matthew Wetherell 9 hours ago
Boo. As if BMW invented the "performance version". And not a single mention of the SS badge which came DECADES earlier.
Lincoln Whitlow
Lincoln Whitlow 9 hours ago
I think Audi actually does 'performance' badges better than most brands. Clear tiers between A>S>RS and S Line to me implies that you get what most people notice from these higher end vehicles, without having to worry about more stringent upkeep
paulg35c 9 hours ago
Yo it’s not kneesmo
Jeff Baker
Jeff Baker 10 hours ago
"No-baby" you forgot to mention the worst badge dishonor/scam for the sake of sales of all time. The all-electric 4 door crossover called a "Mustang"
The Almighty Wheel
The Almighty Wheel 10 hours ago
Where's our SRT
doctorjules187 11 hours ago
C. I. A.
C. I. A. 11 hours ago
N brand is *shyte*
KISSMYACE3203 11 hours ago
Hi-yun-day? Is that the correct pronunciation?
vetteboy1024 11 hours ago
SS badge from Chevy....HHR SS not quite a Camaro SS. However it was actually more powerful and sporty looking. ish
LoneWanderer360 11 hours ago
I want Donut to be successful and make money, but in this 12 minute video there is 7 commercials. That's really irritating.
LAMSTANG 11 hours ago
Dababy at 8:31
Prit Patel
Prit Patel 12 hours ago
I was looking at Volvo's Polestar, does anyone know anything about them?
J.Chan 12 hours ago
Who ever thought the ST badge meant "fast?"
1mlb704 12 hours ago
No mention of the Cadillac V series??
BIMMERHEAD 12 hours ago
It's not all about power M sport is actually much better to drive the a regular 3 series. I can tell you first hand. I use to own 2 320i one in standard and one with the M sport and it's a huge difference in handling but not in power.
corrrect 12 hours ago
Funny thing is, the edge (fake st) would blow the doors off of a focus st at a traffic light. Using Physics, and common sense no one should expect a cuv to handle like a hot hatch.
EnriqueNY193 12 hours ago
AMG and //M is a joke now, logos everywhere
Blake Berry
Blake Berry 13 hours ago
Sleeping so hard on Hyundai they didn't realize in 2019 they had Elantra N-line
Butcher ili Sulja
Butcher ili Sulja 13 hours ago
No one mentions quadrifoglio 😫
NoFilterTV 13 hours ago
The Audi S badge is what started the badge wars. In the early 2000's when BMW had the e46 m3, the b5 s4 was comparable but as soon as BMW released the e92 m3 the s4 was no longer comparable, Audi needed an RS line to compete. A 335i (which is badge-less) is the direct competitor to the B8 s4/s5 while the M3 e90/e92 is the direct competitor to the RS4/RS5. Now cuz of this bullshit you have Mercedes putting AMG badges non hand built engines like the c43 trying to fit in that market of badging, can't even call that an AMG anymore.
NOpE i sAiD nO.
NOpE i sAiD nO. 13 hours ago
Mercedes C230 Very norma- *AMG badge on it* help.
Skubee Raw
Skubee Raw 13 hours ago
You really didn't do your homework. S line are just cosmetic. S Models offer a boost in performance over regular. The top of the line RS is the top. You lumped them all together. Get your facts straight.
MjikThize 13 hours ago
I don't know what a Gazoo is, but the instrument you showed to make some sort of point is a "Kazoo".
Shall Not Be Infringed
Performance badges and no mention of true American performance, SRT?
Golden Goose
Golden Goose 15 hours ago
The dc2 and ek9 type R's are fucking awesome to drive down a tight twisty English country road. Wish I had one of each.
an80sactionhero 15 hours ago
I'd have loved to see where you guys would have ranked STI in there
Leslie 15 hours ago
GreatWhiteDope 15 hours ago
Umm excuse me you forgot The STI and WRX of Subaru
Johnny Gonzales
Johnny Gonzales 16 hours ago
The 2020 M340i is actually faster than the outgoing F80 M3. The new M550i is also faster than the previous gen F10 M5. The x2 M35i that he mentioned doesn’t just have a “sportier steering wheel” it has over 70 hp more than the regular x2... does this guy know anything about cars? BMW especially?
Michael Hernandez
Michael Hernandez 16 hours ago
ranitidina007 16 hours ago
What about the F versions of Lexus versus F-sport versions
s c
s c 16 hours ago
Mini cooper...
Francisco Canggianelli
What about GTI????
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