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BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3 Photo shootout!

04/14/2011 at 11:00 AM
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Audi’s all new Q3 has just been released, which was not unexpected considering Audi has a vehicle in every segment that BMW has one.

The new Q3 is certainly aesthetically pleasing, but when I first saw it, I didn’t have a strong reaction one way or the other. I think that is a function of the fact that like most Audis today, it is fairly similar to every other Audi product, especially the Q5. So while it’s not ugly, it is a bit booring to me.

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Many have said that the F10 M5 makes an impression closer to the E39 M5 than the immediately preceding E60 M5, by ditching the E60′s more avant garde lines and styling for the more direct and linear lines of the E39 generation. To us, this observation certainly has some merit, as borne out by the photo comparison below. To our eyes, the concept F10 M5 seemingly occupies the space between the E39 and E60 iterations – toning down the at-times controversial E60′s curvacious and nontraditional cutlines, … CONTINUED

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We undertook yesterday a photo comparison of the F10 M5 concept versus the E60 M5 concept. But how does the F10 M5 compare to its direct German rivals – the Mercedes Benz E63 AMG and the Audi RS6. Let’s take a look below.

F10 M5: (official photos and info):
Engine: High revving twinpower turbo V8
Transmission: 7-speed M DCT with M Drivelogic (manual transmission option status still unknown)
Differential: Active M Differential
Tires Front 265/35/ ZR 20
Tires Rear 295/30 ZR 20

E63 AMG:
Engine: 6.2L V8 525bhp … CONTINUED

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The F10 M5 concept was officially unveiled online today [official photos/video/info] to much excitement and anticipation. The F10 M5 represents the successor to the now fabled E60 M5, which began production in 2005 and ended last year. The F10 M5 concept’s official press release photos reminded us much of the E60 M5 concept’s debut photos. We’ve posted up some comparison photos below.

Not much technical info or specs have been released so far for the F10 M5, but what we do know is that the engine will … CONTINUED

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Car and Driver has the very first 1M vs. competition shootout, and the 1M emerged victorious over some formidable competition on some formidable grounds – versus the Audi TT RS and the Infiniti IPL G37 at the famed Tail of the Dragon roads. The 1M coupe was the “clear winner,” and described as neither a performance poseur nor a cynical styling exercise.

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You’ve all seen the Top Gear M3 vs C63 vs RS4 episode, now read about ex-Stig Ben Collins’ personal review of each car from the episode. This is a great read [see inside]!

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You probably guessed it after today’s unveil of the revised Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, here’s the ultimate photo comparison between the Merc, the Audi RS5 and the beloved E92 M3 in Competition Package trim. Contrary to earlier rumors, the C63 AMG Coupe is powered by Merc’s famous 6.2l V8, resulting in an maximum output of 451hp (481hp with optional AMG Development Pack) and a maximum torque of 443 lb-ft. Mercedes claims 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. The C63 Coupe will be make its US showroom debut … CONTINUED

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The all new 6-series coupe has just been unveiled and we think she’s a beauty. Looks are of course in the eyes of the beholder, but we also think she compares favorably against the predecessor E63 6-series coupe, inside and out. We’ve put together a photo comparison so you can make your own judgements.

Here’s how the new F13 6-series coupe compares with the outgoing model:

192.7 in. (4,894 mm) in length – 2.9 inch (74mm) increase over previous 6-series coupe
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Top Gear: E92 M3 ZCP vs Audi RS5 !

02/20/2011 at 7:22 PM
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Here’s the comparison we’ve all been waiting for – Top Gear’s comparison between the E92 M3 with Competition Package and the Audi RS5. We won’t spoil the result for you, but the comparison starts 4:40 into this video.

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Here’s another BMW vs. Mercedes photo comparison. Shortly after the world debut in their Super Bowl commercial, Mercedes unveiled the all new C-Class Coupe. It’s based on the existing and well known C-Class variants and features — unlike any other coupe Mercedes-Benz makes — a B-pillar and fixed side/rear windows. Size, layout and even some design cues instantly identify it as a strong competitor for the E92 3-series Coupe LCI launched less than a year ago. See for yourself how both fare side to side with … CONTINUED

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Here is an updated comparison of the now officially released C63 AMG facelift photos versus the E90 M3 sedan.

Unlike the CLS 63 AMG, the C63 AMG is still powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2 l V8, rated at 451hp and 443 lb-ft in the C63. Most significant changes are the switch from the traditional 7-speed auto to the AMG-MCT7 and the introduction of a Start/Stop feature. It’s uncertain however if the latter will make it to the US.

Better be fast if you consider the E90 M3 … CONTINUED

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BMW recently unveiled first details on their new 2 litre inline-4 TwinPower Turbo petrol engine. In terms of this engine’s competitors, the first thing that comes to mind in terms of competition is Audi’s 2.0TFSI engine. They currently run two engine generations, the older EA113 as still found in the TT-S and the newer EA888 powering virtually all 2.0TFSI models. The latter also includes Valvelift which is roughly comparable to BMW’s Valvetronic.

Here are all figures you need to know to draw a comparison and figure … CONTINUED

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German AMS has published an interesting article comparing the BMW 525d sedan with the Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 D.

Unlike the name suggests, the 525d is powered by BMW’s N57 3.0l inline-6 Diesel engine, yet with a lower output of 204hp and 450 NM (530d: 258hp). It’s quite popular in Europe because it’s the entry level inline-6 Diesel. The car tested was matched with the optional 8-speed automatic.

Just like the name suggests, the Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 D is powered by a 275ph 3.0l V6 … CONTINUED

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The guys over @ Motor Trend have put up this mega 11 page comparison between the large sedan offerings from all the usual suspects in the large luxury sedan game. But they didn’t just make this a booring old comparison, they threw in all the non-traditional offerings that are available from automakers you wouldn’t have expected 10, 5 or even 1 year ago.

Why all these large luxury sedans in this economic climate anyways? Despite the bad economy, almost every automaker has refreshed their luxo offerings … CONTINUED

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Here’s a first teaser for one of the most heated ‘battles’ in 2011. Audi recently pulled the wraps off their all new A6, and this encouraged the folks at Autozeitung to a first comparison. The contenders: BMW F10 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class.

Autozeitung on the exterior:
“There are no suprises here, all three cars are in good shape and will age well. The Mercedes is rather ‘classic’, the BMW as usual sporty due to it aggresive kidney grilles. The design of the Audi is sharp and … CONTINUED

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Mercedes pulling the wraps off their new SLK (R172) is reason enough for another photo comparison. This one is particularly interesting as BMW’s move to build the current Z4 (E89) with a folding steel roof makes it all the more of a natural rival to the SLK. Mercedes pretty much started the segment of hardtop roadsters by launching the first generation SLK in 1996.

The new SLK appears to incorporate design cues from the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG such as the muscular front fascia. Mercedes also advanced their … CONTINUED

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Car and Driver has published the results of its annual 2011 Lightning Laps showdown at VIR, which includes several BMWs including the M3, 335i, Z4, and 135i. Check out their full lap time results inside.

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Edmunds has pitted the 2011 550i (F10) against the 2011 Infiniti M56. Both are mid-sized sedans powered by powerful V8 motors. Does the M56 have what it takes to unseat the 5-series as the gold standard in the mid-size sedan category? See the review for the verdict.