Which Performance Badges Are a Scam?

  • Published on: 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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  • Sam Watson
    Sam Watson   1 days ago

    In Europe Ford actually have an STline, similar to the AMG line (all trim, no go) not sure it was mentioned 😊

  • David Mansfield
    David Mansfield   4 days ago

    You gave Toyota a pass.Their TRD line has been a joke. Just some suspension and visual tweeks is all they have ever been

  • Chris Ahn
    Chris Ahn   4 days ago

    BMW pretty much destroyed the image of ///M by plastering it on tons of NON M cars.

  • orrinsjuice
    orrinsjuice   4 days ago

    Skip to 1:30 to see the content of the video. You’re welcome

  • Barebare kun
    Barebare kun   6 days ago

    Subaru STI always get the shaft nobody talked about them.

  • Photo Hope
    Photo Hope   1 weeks ago

    You convinced me to subscribe.I ride a F1 to go work and to buy my beers . because i can.

  • heavychevy383
    heavychevy383   1 weeks ago

    short answer... any performance badge on an a Big Stupid Ugly SUV or CrossOver is an ABOMINATION!!! ...ALL SUV'S & CROSSOVERS should be destroyed, stripped, & melted down & use the recycled materials to build proper sports cars! ...ok, come on, i cant be the only one sick & tired of soccer moms tryin to run me over because theyre playin with/talkin on their dang phones while drivin their big stupid ugly abominations, or backing into ur Parked car in a parking lot because they cant drive their big a** ABOMINATIONS!

  • Jake Toth
    Jake Toth   1 weeks ago

    A performance badge that really lives up to its name is STi,

  • Khoa Phan
    Khoa Phan   1 weeks ago

    I disagree with the M-performance cars. There isn’t that big of a difference in horsepower but 0-60 is vastly improved, at least in recent models.

  • David Callow
    David Callow   1 weeks ago

    Why is the S-line on this list? Its not ripping you off at all, its literally a trim level and everyone knows that. They even tell you its just a trim

  • PCarba
    PCarba   1 weeks ago

    Well,the N line went very well,not so normal cars,and you can do seriously upgrades

  • dekipedija
    dekipedija   1 weeks ago

    you forgot quadrifoglio, and you shouldn't have! Hands down, the best badge in the industry

  • Arthur Rolet
    Arthur Rolet   1 weeks ago

    Toyota also won the Dakar and now sell the toyota Hilux with a 6 cylinder

  • Pieter-Jan Van Aeken
    Pieter-Jan Van Aeken   1 weeks ago

    Honestly, not the video I was expecting. Ain't nobody confusing an A6 S-line for an RS6. Yes, it's marketed a little fuzzy but every car enthousiast knows the different subtleties like the 63s before AMG or the absence of 40i behind M2. Imo, if anything is diluting the performance badges, it's the SUV's that get the genuine AMG, M and RS badges. They reduce the genuine performance badge to a horsepower indicator, instead of the driver engagement they used to represent.

  • Torsten lim
    Torsten lim   1 weeks ago

    here in my area, people who drove honda left the red honda logos which specifically are supposed to be for type r's on their little hatchbacks and sedans just to make it look 'nicer'

  • Sakuya Kurobane
    Sakuya Kurobane   1 weeks ago

    Performance badges I knowBMW MChevrolet ZL1Dodge SRTFord ST/RSMercedes AMGPorsche RSNissan NismoHonda Type RAudi Quattro

  • Gray Filtered
    Gray Filtered   1 weeks ago

    Honestly all of these are our faults , people were putting cheap ‘amg’ and ‘m’ badges on their cars along side with a lot of stupid cosmetics inside and out and these companies noticed , so they turned into money and suckers buy them , actually I believe a lot of ‘ car guys’ are into them , they love the badging , the bling , the extra pieces of plastic , and they pride with ‘ extra 20hp bro , thats M powa for you bruh’

  • t4tris
    t4tris   1 weeks ago

    Ah yes, my favorite Korean auto maker "Hayiandai".

  • A W
    A W   1 weeks ago


  • Kings Man
    Kings Man   1 weeks ago

    How did the Polo GTi and all those R line bullshit from VW escape this list.

  • Hugo
    Hugo   1 weeks ago

    The new GR Yaris looks like it's going to be a really great Hot Hatch. I'm less confident about what could be a GR Yaris Cross so I hope they won't do that (even if this small SUV looks good)

  • Luis
    Luis   1 weeks ago

    "Its hyundai like sunday" 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • NothingXemnas
    NothingXemnas   2 weeks ago

    Branding is why Subaru's WRX and the now defunct Mitsubishi's Evolution lines are still such legends. Mitsubishi never failed to deliver a great car, and Subaru still makes true rally machines to beat Audi's Quattro any time.Sure these lines got old, but they are still respectful "sport trims".

  • Jason Ver
    Jason Ver   2 weeks ago

    I bought a new 11 BMW X1 xDrive35i with the m package, wish I kept it. I had BMW put all the performance mods from Dinan before I took it home. It was a quick SAV.

  • James Davis
    James Davis   2 weeks ago

    Wonder if we could add the pony to the list?Since it’s now going to be put on an electric crossover.

  • DjKinetec
    DjKinetec   2 weeks ago

    Well said, my thoughts exactly.