Euro-Clash: Mercedes E550 Sport vs. BMW 550i Sport vs. Jaguar XF Premium
2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport vs. 2009 BMW 550i Sport vs. 2010 Jaguar XF Premium @ INSIDELINE.COM:
Building an ideal executive-style luxury sedan is not an easy task for a carmaker. If the car turns out too soft and isolated, you lose enthusiasts who aren't quite ready to retire in a Lexus. Too complex or high-strung and you risk alienating your technology-challenged, soft-in-the-middle buyers who expect a measure of mindless comfort. Get the balance just right, and your five-passenger $60,000 midsize sedan will both impress with remarkable dynamics and indulge with palpable comfort.
We've gathered three such vehicles for this comparison: the 2009 BMW 550i, 2010 Jaguar XF Premium and 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport.
The 2009 BMW 550i is widely regarded as the benchmark among sporting luxury sedans with its imposing modern design, 360-horsepower 4.8-liter V8 and legendary sporting dynamics. For a car that's been around for five years, its reputation remains consistently impressive.
All-new in '09, the Jaguar XF now is available in a midlevel model, and this Jaguar XF Premium includes not only a new 385-hp direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 but also more standard features. Riding a 1st-place finish from the last time we collected four similar cars in 2008, the Brit car should be taken seriously.
The new-generation 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport stands a very good chance of improving on its previous 3rd-place finish. Sure, the 382-hp 5.5-liter V8 is a carryover item from the outgoing E-Class, yet Mercedes-Benz has spent a considerable sum to refine this ninth-generation E-Class into a car meant to define this segment of sedans.
BMW & Benz Rev Up @ the Track - BMW 750Li and Mercedes S550
BMW VS. MERCEDES TRACK SMACK @ INSIDELINE.COM:
These are the big guns from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Well, not the biggest guns, but with prices near or above the $100,000 range, they're big enough. The BMW 750Li is all-new for 2009 and looking better than ever. Its 400-horsepower twin-turbo V8 makes it the closest thing to a "Motorsport" 7 Series we have ever seen. The Mercedes-Benz S550 is getting a face-lift next year, but the current model has held up well. And with a 382-horsepower V8 of its own, it doesn't give up much to the new BMW.
One look at the track numbers and you'll be amazed what these 2.25-ton sedans can do. From 13-second quarter-mile sprints to 110-foot stops from 60 mph, these two sedans are perfect examples of what can be accomplished when money is no object. Full details after the jump.
Audi Smokes BMW? 2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i
2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i Comparison Test:
2008 BMW M3 @ the Track Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu7uy6m4rw0
Given all the praise heaped on the BMW 3 Series over the years, we can't blame you for thinking there's more to the story. We've heard all the conspiracy theories, most of them involving checks in large denominations from Munich.
This might seem believable to a certain segment of the population, but there's a far less interesting truth behind all those wins: The BMW was the best car. Sure, certain rivals often upped their game in one area or another, but the 3 Series always put it all together in a way that made it better.
So now the 2010 Audi S4 is here to take another shot. It's all-new this year and the old V8 is gone. There's now a supercharged V6 in its place, along with a lower price designed to better align the S4 with the BMW 335i.
The BMW 3 Series received a face-lift of its own last year. It was mostly minor trim changes and the like, but we're told that iDrive thing was tweaked again, too (oh, lovely).
Sounds like a fair fight, no?
2011 Infiniti M56 vs. 2011 BMW 550i Comparison Test
Edmunds.com puts the 2011 BMW 550i and the 2011 Infiniti M56 in a head to head comparison test of performance luxury sedans.
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German Supercar Shootout! SLS AMG vs R8 V10 vs 911 Turbo
Editor-At-Large Arthur St. Antoine "escapes" to Las Vegas and beyond with three German supercars - the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the 2010 Audi R8 V10 and the 2010 Porsche 911 turbo - in search of "the perfect road".
Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1008_audi_r8_mercedes_benz_sls_amg_porsche_911_turbo_comparison/index.html
Shot by: Mike Suggett, Gordon Green & Terren Lin
Edited by: Mike Suggett
New Audi A6 vs Mercedes E-Class vs BMW 5 Series - Auto Express
Full group test: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/videos/featuresvideos/26724/audi_a6_vs_rivals.html#ixzz1LIqwRaki
The new Audi A6 has barged it's way into the company car park and is determined to stay, but can it live up to the hype and fend off the competition of its premium German rivals?
To find out, Auto Express has grabbed the keys and tested it face-to-face with traditonal rivals the Mercedes E-Class and last-year's class-winning BMW 520d.