Which Performance Badges Are a Scam?

Publikuar 13 Jan 2020
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  • cai hunter

    cai hunter

    Ditë më parë

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

  • KeatonminecrafterMLG


    Ditë më parë

    Let's focus on the Ford Focus too.

  • SkyStudios


    Ditë më parë

    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.
    AN A SPEC.
    Why would a family car need an a spec

  • James Young

    James Young

    Ditë më parë

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

  • jerry hu

    jerry hu

    Ditë më parë

    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

  • Zart


    Ditë më parë

    Mk5 Supra was announced in 2009? Damn feels like it was only a year ago.

  • John_Dee14


    Ditë më parë

    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.

  • conor mcdonald

    conor mcdonald

    Ditë më parë

    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...

  • fx kraft

    fx kraft

    Ditë më parë

    Stop shouting.

  • markus‽


    Ditë më parë

    If its amg its probably fast

  • Poke boi

    Poke boi

    Ditë më parë

    I’d love an Accord Type R

  • Noneya Bizz

    Noneya Bizz

    2 ditë më parë

    Fiesta St is pretty awesome. Ford shit in everyone's face with the SUVs, pissed me right off.

  • Colby Boyer

    Colby Boyer

    2 ditë më parë

    Why didn’t you mention TRD

  • Eugene Monotilla

    Eugene Monotilla

    2 ditë më parë

    The Quattro line is still pretty much used as a good indicator badge though. All Quattro cars come with AWD.

  • C Holesterol

    C Holesterol

    2 ditë më parë

    The instrument you hum is a 'kazoo', not a 'gazoo'.

  • Komap619


    2 ditë më parë

    So short on honda's type R.. such a shame there is alot more to say about the type R

  • TJ Hemphill

    TJ Hemphill

    2 ditë më parë

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

  • Janis Skrabans

    Janis Skrabans

    2 ditë më parë

    but if i can`t afford m5 but i want the locks?

  • Mr Meme

    Mr Meme

    2 ditë më parë

    Trd really didn’t add nothing to the camry,corolla or 86

  • Nico M

    Nico M

    2 ditë më parë

    What about SS and Sti

  • FroZ ssd

    FroZ ssd

    2 ditë më parë

    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....

  • Ryman0131


    2 ditë më parë

    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.

  • B Fairfax

    B Fairfax

    2 ditë më parë

    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 .

  • TBear


    2 ditë më parë

    love gazoo racing... i really do

  • Zachary Johnson

    Zachary Johnson

    2 ditë më parë

    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

  • dazzaburger


    2 ditë më parë

    Anything that says “line” or “sport” after the name you know it’s a fake

  • rc guy

    rc guy

    2 ditë më parë

    Please stop pronouncing bmw the wrong way.

  • Paulo Varella

    Paulo Varella

    2 ditë më parë


  • Ellis Foster

    Ellis Foster

    2 ditë më parë

    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

  • Jesse Stapleton

    Jesse Stapleton

    2 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Greg Nelson

    Greg Nelson

    2 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Robbe Valentijn C.

    Robbe Valentijn C.

    2 ditë më parë

    I think you forgot a big one. The POLESTAR badge for VOLVO ? It even is a seperate brand now !

  • Leontii Zainchkovskyi

    Leontii Zainchkovskyi

    2 ditë më parë

    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))

  • Red Rolo

    Red Rolo

    2 ditë më parë

    Saw a Ford Mustang one where the owner had removed the standard rear badge and replaced it with the Bugatti "EB". *chuckles*

  • sameer mohideen

    sameer mohideen

    2 ditë më parë

    Quattro is just Audi’s way of saying it’s got 4 wheel drive. Kind of like Mercs 4matic and BMW’s xDrive

  • valient vicky

    valient vicky

    3 ditë më parë

    what about jaguar and Land-Rover.......with their SV and Dynamics badge...??????

  • Alaska Famous

    Alaska Famous

    3 ditë më parë

    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

  • Gabriel Meluš

    Gabriel Meluš

    3 ditë më parë

    Well this was boring.

  • Mystery Man

    Mystery Man

    3 ditë më parë

    Just like avatar in game.

  • OnPointFirearms


    3 ditë më parë

    You have a butt for a face, buttface.

  • StereoSoundAgent


    3 ditë më parë

    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)

  • Phillip Schmidt

    Phillip Schmidt

    3 ditë më parë

    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.

  • R B

    R B

    3 ditë më parë

    5 min of bs before you got to the point...also you're annoying

  • Basketball Coach Allen

    Basketball Coach Allen

    3 ditë më parë

    I have a Shelby... the thing rips hard... its fast!

  • ExcellentCarpet


    3 ditë më parë


  • Lou Mannn

    Lou Mannn

    3 ditë më parë

    What about dodge srt?!?!

  • bigblocklawyer


    3 ditë më parë

    Missed one. The Chevy Citation X-11. If that wasn't the greatest badge hoax of all time...

  • Gryffin DarkBreed

    Gryffin DarkBreed

    3 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Bass Boosted Romania

    Bass Boosted Romania

    3 ditë më parë

    Where is the Golf R? Or Golf GTI? 🤔

  • Nicole M

    Nicole M

    3 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Titus Weber

    Titus Weber

    3 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Wesley Pohorsky

    Wesley Pohorsky

    3 ditë më parë


  • Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke

    3 ditë më parë

    Where is Alfa Romeo's Quadrifoglio!?

  • DestinyWorld Cars

    DestinyWorld Cars

    3 ditë më parë

    What about Seat with the FR badge?
    Like the Seat Leon FR?

  • JeffAM1986


    3 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Car Enthusiast

    Car Enthusiast

    3 ditë më parë

    u forgot alfa romeo's quadrifoglio verde badge

  • Al Castill

    Al Castill

    3 ditë më parë

    I'm buying a Corolla TRD! See you all in the F1 track!

  • Joseph Kolinski

    Joseph Kolinski

    3 ditë më parë

    You can't forget about the hellcat from Dodge or the srt line

  • S4N0


    3 ditë më parë

    In my country every single merc benz car has amg badge on it but to be sure both are shit

  • shintot


    3 ditë më parë

    Like the Toyota you can see the badge TRD