Which Performance Badges Are a Scam?

  • Published: 13 January 2020
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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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Comments • 4 761

  • UgoodBro
    UgoodBro  5 hours back

    Shelby isn't ford :/

    • Henearkrxern
      Henearkrxern  5 hours back

      10:57 that's gonna spark a bit of controversy

      • Christian B
        Christian B  7 hours back

        The Civic Type R is the biggest sales boost car with fake vents fake lights and a fake hood vent how are you going to defend it for not being an all sales pitch car

        • George Young Young
          George Young Young  7 hours back

          With respect to this whole vid, I wouldn't use the MB's 'AMG Line' to compare with Audi's S-line and BMW's M-Sport line, because it is literally a 'sport package' only, which can be found in the other two German brands. What is more compatible with Merc is their lower line AMG for each class like the C43, instead of the full-blown C63, or can I say all engines from the AMG that are not one-man-one-engine?

          • Tube To Tube
            Tube To Tube  7 hours back

            Just gonna say I just got a 2020 Ford explorer st and it’s hella quick

            • Kitsune Ken
              Kitsune Ken  8 hours back

              Damn guilty about getting an AMG A class now. Who cares, I can’t even run over 50kph and 100kph here. It’s for the looks while still in traffic.

              • Paul Hays
                Paul Hays  15 hours back

                Lexus (yota with leather seats) is the worst with their F series.... Seems like all of there cars have that nonsense on them.

                • Bone4Crusher
                  Bone4Crusher  18 hours back

                  “The R means this car is fast, but can you get close enough to see it??”

                  • k roninson
                    k roninson  18 hours back

                    H is silent in Hyundai.

                    • Lance Hondrade
                      Lance Hondrade  19 hours back

                      *TRD pretty much does what Honda did with their Type R line. Better looks, and better handling.*

                      • Perfect Dragon
                        Perfect Dragon  20 hours back

                        I have a x2 msport and it make a difference

                        • Luca Baracchi
                          Luca Baracchi  1 days back

                          Question: is Abarth a "badge"? Or should we consider it as a separate constructor, even if branch of Fiat?

                          • Larry Lara
                            Larry Lara  1 days back

                            I was hoping you would mention the Alpina section of BMW 's

                            • Dylan Cleverdon
                              Dylan Cleverdon  2 days back

                              No SUBARU WRX STI?????????

                              • Hemant Chawla
                                Hemant Chawla  2 days back

                                You are wrong!
                                M sport package doesnt give you more power but M performance Versions do.
                                BMW 330i has 255 hp
                                BMW 330i with M sport package has 255 HP
                                BMW M340i has 382 hp
                                M sport package doesnt put the letter M before the 330i where M performance package does that's why its M340i.

                                You could have done better than that.

                                • Philippecr
                                  Philippecr  2 days back

                                  It is sad you forgot to mention NSX Type R.....

                                  • 0oBlitzoo
                                    0oBlitzoo  2 days back

                                    What about Chevy SS (iconic), Dodge SRT (the best imo), and Toyota TRD (way more recognizable and on point to your topic than GB)? I liked the video, but it feels incomplete.

                                    • LOUIE BOI
                                      LOUIE BOI  2 days back

                                      You forgot the Nissan Patrol Nismo with 450hp compared with the regular Nissan Patrol with 400hp

                                      • SaggyPig 4321
                                        SaggyPig 4321  2 days back

                                        I think the Camaro RS is an honorable mention. It used to mean Rally Sport and now it means Really Slow.

                                        • Kyle Kendrew
                                          Kyle Kendrew  3 days back

                                          The Supra is a BMW. everything except the body. It is a joke.

                                          • bloats
                                            bloats  3 days back

                                            The other day I seen an “SVT” badge on a 2009 Ford Fusion. I almost fucking died of laughter.

                                            • Daniel Gribincea
                                              Daniel Gribincea  3 days back

                                              How about Lexus and their F-Sport which they took from their F versions ?!

                                              • Emil Skeppstedt
                                                Emil Skeppstedt  3 days back

                                                Quattro isnt a performance Badge its means 4wd or awd

                                                • Usmaan Bilal
                                                  Usmaan Bilal  3 days back

                                                  The AMG badge has lost its image tbh. Back in the day I can imagine a 6.3 litre v12 with 600 HP, now they just make a slightly faster model

                                                  • George Feliz
                                                    George Feliz  4 days back

                                                    You are awesome thank you so much for your videos!

                                                    • Eric Yang
                                                      Eric Yang  4 days back

                                                      jag type R?

                                                      • peter kiro
                                                        peter kiro  4 days back

                                                        Honda has turned to shit seen became Americanised... Honda used to be my no.1 brand but not anymore ! The cars are shit , so as bikes ......

                                                        • Kelley Delcomyn
                                                          Kelley Delcomyn  4 days back

                                                          Chevy was one of the first with performance badges the 69 ss chevelle

                                                          • Kelley Delcomyn
                                                            Kelley Delcomyn  4 days back

                                                            U forgot ss

                                                            • cLuTcH BleacH
                                                              cLuTcH BleacH  4 days back

                                                              I saw a nismo badge on a Nissan truck and was like wtf! Better exhaust and suspension I guess

                                                              • Rhys Driedger
                                                                Rhys Driedger  5 days back

                                                                No mention of STi or tS from Subaru 😭

                                                                • AKdsad100
                                                                  AKdsad100  5 days back

                                                                  You are missing one several European sports badges like Skoda RS and especially Seat Cupra, which made own brand who produces only sports cars Like Cupra Leon. Also the French like Renault Megane RS which is the fastest front wheel car on Nurburgring, beating Honda itself. But yeah, you are Americans...

                                                                  • AKdsad100
                                                                    AKdsad100  5 days back

                                                                    Quattro doesnt mean sport, lol. Come on you can do better than this...

                                                                    • D D
                                                                      D D  5 days back

                                                                      I would say the best badge is Dodge's SRT

                                                                      • ObiWan Shinobi
                                                                        ObiWan Shinobi  5 days back

                                                                        Noland said Quepon, I'm fucking triggered

                                                                        • James Hickman
                                                                          James Hickman  5 days back

                                                                          2000-2018 subaru forester XT = worth it. in 2019 they got rid of the XT and introduced the NA Forester “sport”. which doesn’t have a turbo and makes almost no extra horsepower than the forester premium; just has paddle shifters. If they made a forester with paddle shifters and a turbo with 230+ hp it’d literally be the perfect SUV that’s fun to drive for anybody. but nope, gotta save money somewhere.

                                                                          • sim_ tastic vids
                                                                            sim_ tastic vids  5 days back

                                                                            The new supra is a disappointment , it's basically a BMW with supra styling , wank.

                                                                            • Javier Diaz Aliste
                                                                              Javier Diaz Aliste  5 days back


                                                                              • Christian Beller
                                                                                Christian Beller  6 days back

                                                                                What about the STI badge??

                                                                                • G_J_C 95
                                                                                  G_J_C 95  6 days back

                                                                                  Basically rich ricer cars lol

                                                                                  • Ken Lykkeslett
                                                                                    Ken Lykkeslett  6 days back

                                                                                    It would be nice if this was more fleshed out. When you make a list like this it should include most or every performance badge different car makers use. The only one you mentioned that was all business was the Type R-badge. But what about Dodge and SRT, Subaru and STi, Opel and OPC, Chevy and SS/RS, Fiat and Abarth, Mitsubishi and Ralliart, Mazda and Mazdasport, Maserati and Stradale, Alfa Romeo and Quadrifoglio or even Porsche and GT/RS.
                                                                                    This could also included more in depth explanation regarding the upper upper trim like Audi and RS and Mercedes with the Black Series

                                                                                    • William Atmur
                                                                                      William Atmur  6 days back

                                                                                      HUN-DAE. Say it with me, HUN-DAE.

                                                                                      • Dragmasterflash
                                                                                        Dragmasterflash  6 days back

                                                                                        Unfortunately for Type R brand, the new Civic comes RICED right out of the factory.

                                                                                        • Redox
                                                                                          Redox  6 days back

                                                                                          Watafack! Proton should revive their R3 division!

                                                                                          • Salted Earth
                                                                                            Salted Earth  6 days back

                                                                                            I’ll take the Nismo badge on a Nissan Leaf thanks

                                                                                            • rpaul247
                                                                                              rpaul247  6 days back

                                                                                              Subaru's wrx and sti still means something I think.

                                                                                              • Beardie Birdie
                                                                                                Beardie Birdie  6 days back

                                                                                                in Europe the "standard" is a lot LOWER than the standard in the USA. And most brands are European, so yeah maybe that's why it's strange for americans

                                                                                                • Andrew Nanhoo
                                                                                                  Andrew Nanhoo  6 days back

                                                                                                  Lists almost almost all Japanese manufacturers, mentioned rallying multiple times. . . Forgets Subaru