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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  • Germans annoy me the most with this, BMW the most. See the m badge on a 318d just seems like a insult.

    cai huntercai hunterPrije dan
  • Let's focus on the Ford Focus too.

    KeatonminecrafterMLGKeatonminecrafterMLGPrije dan
  • Suprised that the new and stupid acura a-spec models. I remember when acura made the most comfortable cars ive sat in. now they made an mdx a-spec. LET ME REPEAT THEY MADE AN MDX (WHICH ACURA MOTTO'D IT "THREE ROW *LUXURY* SUV) AN A SPEC. Why would a family car need an a spec

    SkyStudiosSkyStudiosPrije dan
  • What about the SS line of chevy during the 05ish era. They had SS on everything and it usually meant nothing.

    James YoungJames YoungPrije dan
  • fuck all this performance badges. my 1999 honda accord has a vtec badge and it will 💨 smoke all of y’all in the dust with it kicks in... my stickers and saw off pipe also reduce weight and increase hsp

    jerry hujerry huPrije 2 dana
  • Mk5 Supra was announced in 2009? Damn feels like it was only a year ago.

    ZartZartPrije 2 dana
  • I get dilution. As car guys/gals, it's easy to also understand wanting to customize and what better line option pieces than from the top spec in the line up. Aftermarket can't always deliver OEM quality and style.

    John_Dee14John_Dee14Prije 2 dana
  • I don´t find the m-line and s-line a bad thing. Not all people have te money to get a proper m car or s4,... But do like to have a sporty looking car...

    conor mcdonaldconor mcdonaldPrije 2 dana
  • Stop shouting.

    fx kraftfx kraftPrije 2 dana
  • If its amg its probably fast

    markus‽markus‽Prije 2 dana
  • I’d love an Accord Type R

    Poke boiPoke boiPrije 2 dana
  • Fiesta St is pretty awesome. Ford shit in everyone's face with the SUVs, pissed me right off.

    Noneya BizzNoneya BizzPrije 2 dana
  • Why didn’t you mention TRD

    Colby BoyerColby BoyerPrije 2 dana
  • The Quattro line is still pretty much used as a good indicator badge though. All Quattro cars come with AWD.

    Eugene MonotillaEugene MonotillaPrije 2 dana
  • The instrument you hum is a 'kazoo', not a 'gazoo'.

    C HolesterolC HolesterolPrije 2 dana
  • So short on honda's type R.. such a shame there is alot more to say about the type R

    Komap619Komap619Prije 2 dana
  • This drives me crazy. I know so done with the $2000 AMG upgrade and they think that their engine is hand built.

    TJ HemphillTJ HemphillPrije 2 dana
  • but if i can`t afford m5 but i want the locks?

    Janis SkrabansJanis SkrabansPrije 2 dana
  • Trd really didn’t add nothing to the camry,corolla or 86

    Mr MemeMr MemePrije 2 dana
  • What about SS and Sti

    Nico MNico MPrije 2 dana
  • quattro (meaning four in Italian) is the sub-brand used by the car brand Audi to indicate that all-wheel drive (AWD) technologies or systems are used on specific models of its Audi automobiles. You should fucking know this....

    FroZ ssdFroZ ssdPrije 2 dana
  • Some of the M performance BMW's have some pretty impressive horsepower numbers compared to the non-m performance models. The new M340i has 380bhp compared to the around 250bhp of the standard 330i. The X3 M40i also has more than 100 extra hp on it than the standard x3. I'm coming off as a total BMW fanboy right now... I do think that adding an "m package" on a non-m or non-m-performance is stupid and unnecessary tho.

    Ryman0131Ryman0131Prije 2 dana
  • Wow you'd think you'd do some research before you started talking smack about car brands you obviously have zero knowledge about. Audi s-line is a trim package for A series base model cars , Audi performance cars are S /Sport models and RS /Renn or Racing Sport models . Which are completely different cars with minimal carry over between the base cars and their sport model versions .

    B FairfaxB FairfaxPrije 2 dana
  • love gazoo racing... i really do

    TBearTBearPrije 2 dana
  • In all fairness to Audi, Quattro just means AWD. S is a slightly higher performing line with sportier esthetics. At least they aren’t throwing RS on something unless it’s truly a performance vehicle......like *clears throat* BMW with ///M

    Zachary JohnsonZachary JohnsonPrije 2 dana
  • Anything that says “line” or “sport” after the name you know it’s a fake

    dazzaburgerdazzaburgerPrije 2 dana
  • Please stop pronouncing bmw the wrong way.

    rc guyrc guyPrije 2 dana
  • Polestar?

    Paulo VarellaPaulo VarellaPrije 3 dana
  • He got auto completely wrong, Quattro is their version of all wheel drive named after the car they developed it for that shares the same name, their s-series is the sport version of their base cars. Their r-series are the race series that concentrate more on performance

    Ellis FosterEllis FosterPrije 3 dana
  • I was surprised that Toyotas TRD badge wasn't added to this considering they're throwing it on Camry's and shit now. All it adds to them is a inch suspension drop and cosmetics really.

    Jesse StapletonJesse StapletonPrije 3 dana
  • You made a video about badge dilution and then said nothing about the Cadillac "V" that was impressively built and then raped and pillaged all within a decade.

    Greg NelsonGreg NelsonPrije 3 dana
  • I think you forgot a big one. The POLESTAR badge for VOLVO ? It even is a seperate brand now !

    Robbe Valentijn C.Robbe Valentijn C.Prije 3 dana
  • I liked that "Diversify your bonds" Reference. But quite wrong about Audi. Their system is easy to understand: S-Line means that it was given better design and some boost, S means that it is very fast, RS means that it will destroy and humiliate Mercs and Beamers. P.S. 10:57 You painted both Koreas into South Korean flag, Bold move, hopefully Kim will not drop bombs on Donut Office))

    Leontii ZainchkovskyiLeontii ZainchkovskyiPrije 3 dana
  • Saw a Ford Mustang one where the owner had removed the standard rear badge and replaced it with the Bugatti "EB". *chuckles*

    Red RoloRed RoloPrije 3 dana
  • Quattro is just Audi’s way of saying it’s got 4 wheel drive. Kind of like Mercs 4matic and BMW’s xDrive

    sameer mohideensameer mohideenPrije 3 dana
  • what about jaguar and Land-Rover.......with their SV and Dynamics badge...??????

    valient vickyvalient vickyPrije 3 dana
  • I got in a uber the other day that the driver was trying to tell me was a M4. it was a 428 grand coupe m sport. ... To make it worse i daily drive a F80 M3 and told him this and he still insisted it was a M4 lol

    Alaska FamousAlaska FamousPrije 3 dana
  • Well this was boring.

    Gabriel MelušGabriel MelušPrije 3 dana
  • Just like avatar in game.

    Mystery ManMystery ManPrije 3 dana
  • You have a butt for a face, buttface.

    OnPointFirearmsOnPointFirearmsPrije 3 dana
  • M used to mean something though.. my old e46 M3s were made at the Regensburg BMW M gmbh factory in Germany whereas my old nonM cars were made like any other boring BMW in North Carolina. BMW M gmbh was its own division and department. Now "X5Ms" and what not are just assembled in North Carolina and nothing means fuckall anymore. (notably the e34 M5 engines were the last engines that were hand assembled at the BMW M factories)

    StereoSoundAgentStereoSoundAgentPrije 3 dana
  • You also need to look at the total package of these performance lines. Yeah, most don't have much motor performance gain, but for that $2,000 more, you get more than just sportier looks and a small bump in HP. Most will also throw in other options that would otherwise cost extra like blind spot warning, collision sensors, backup camera, upgraded infotainment, etc. All in all, most aren't a bad deal at all, you still get what you pay for.

    Phillip SchmidtPhillip SchmidtPrije 3 dana
  • 5 min of bs before you got to the point...also you're annoying

    R BR BPrije 3 dana
  • I have a Shelby... the thing rips hard... its fast!

    Basketball Coach AllenBasketball Coach AllenPrije 3 dana
  • Kneesmo

    ExcellentCarpetExcellentCarpetPrije 3 dana
  • What about dodge srt?!?!

    Lou MannnLou MannnPrije 3 dana
  • Missed one. The Chevy Citation X-11. If that wasn't the greatest badge hoax of all time...

    bigblocklawyerbigblocklawyerPrije 3 dana
  • I wish Honda would bring back the SiR-T, as well. It was just a step below the Type-R and was applied to the Accord and Prelude and included improved suspension, better brakes and a very, very sweet high-compression high rev engine.

    Gryffin DarkBreedGryffin DarkBreedPrije 3 dana
  • Where is the Golf R? Or Golf GTI? 🤔

    Bass Boosted RomaniaBass Boosted RomaniaPrije 3 dana
  • The greatest badge has to be the "GT" that goes after my Mustang. All of the other cars in the video are crap and slow and overrated and overhyped. My Mustang would even smoke many of the race cars featured in the video. Hell, my old 300C would smoke them.

    Nicole MNicole MPrije 3 dana
  • Actually a m235i has More horsepower than the other Models and is the second strongest. And Audis S line is just a Badge That says its better equiped. Kind of a „superior“ line.

    Titus WeberTitus WeberPrije 3 dana
  • Srt?

    Wesley PohorskyWesley PohorskyPrije 3 dana
  • Where is Alfa Romeo's Quadrifoglio!?

    Raoul DukeRaoul DukePrije 3 dana
  • What about Seat with the FR badge? Like the Seat Leon FR?

    DestinyWorld CarsDestinyWorld CarsPrije 3 dana
  • Totally agree, nothing gets me laughing more then to see BMW M’s and Audi S line car’s posing on the road. It’s literally nothing more the an appearance package. It’s about as dumb as seeing idiot toyoata drivers in the Carola “S”, like I here people acting like it’s some sports car, such a joke.

    JeffAM1986JeffAM1986Prije 3 dana
  • u forgot alfa romeo's quadrifoglio verde badge

    Car EnthusiastCar EnthusiastPrije 3 dana
  • I'm buying a Corolla TRD! See you all in the F1 track!

    Al CastillAl CastillPrije 4 dana
  • You can't forget about the hellcat from Dodge or the srt line

    Joseph KolinskiJoseph KolinskiPrije 4 dana
  • In my country every single merc benz car has amg badge on it but to be sure both are shit

    S4N0S4N0Prije 4 dana
  • Like the Toyota you can see the badge TRD

    shintotshintotPrije 4 dana