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First Drive: BMW i8 [Chris Harris On Cars]

Chris Harris takes a 24 hour trip to Los Angeles to drive the new BMW i8. He hated the flight, but the i8 left a positive impression on the team.

Capable of 23 miles all electric before the 3-cylinder turbocharged motor kicks in to recharge the batteries.

This is one of the closest production cars we’ve ever seen that looks almost identical to the concept car it’s based on.

2014 BMW M235i vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG! [Head 2 Head Episode 53]

Fast, small German cars are back with a vengeance on this episode of Head 2 Head!

Join host Jonny Lieberman as he compares and contrasts the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG with the brand new BMW M235i.

Mercedes and BMW have had small car rivalries like this in the past, most notably the Benz’s 190E 2.3-16 versus Bimmer’s E30 M3. Fast forward three decades, and times have changed. Forget natural aspiration, as turbocharging rules the day. The CLA45’s engine is even mounted sideways in a complete departure from Mercedes’ tradition. Regardless of the details, both cars are fast and fun.

So much so that Jonny feels the need to get racecar driver Randy Pobst involved in the decision-making process. In the end, this one proves to be the closest H2H comparison yet. Watch and enjoy!

2014 BMW M5 Competition vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model! [Head 2 Head Episode 44]

On this episode of Head 2 Head Jonny Lieberman is joined by Mike Shaffer and two extremely potent hyper sedans, the 2014 BMW M5 Competition and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model.

Between the two of them, these two mighty Germans produce 1152horsepower and 1092 pound-feet of torque. On paper. After a day of horsing around/testing Shaffer and Lieberman grow suspicious of each twin-turbo V-8’s actual output. So, they take them to the dyno gurus at K&N engineering to learn what’s what.

The results very well may shock and amaze you. However, the boys come to the conclusion that numbers are only exactly that: only numbers, and numbers only matter so much. One true test of a super sedan is how it handles a twisting stretch of tarmac. The other is how much you yearn for the car after you’ve walked away from it.

How much the keys itch in your pocket. While the results are definitive, this Head 2 Head is much closer than most. Have a watch!

Tuned 2012 BMW 335i vs 2013 Cadillac ATS by D3! [Head 2 Head Episode 39]

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Mike Febbo pits two tuner cars against each other.

In one corner, the BMW 335i loaded with an BMW M Performance kit and aftermarket options. In the opposing corner, the Cadillac ATS tuned by D3. Because both cars are modified, Mike puts them on the dyno at european auto source.

The contenders then head out for dynamic testing and real-world driving impressions. Do the combined forces of Cadillac and D3 have what it takes to out-run the German powerhouse? Find out in this episode, and check out Greg Emmerson’s in-depth story in the December 2013 issue of european car Magazine or at europeancarweb.com

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG vs BMW M135i on Road and Track [Chris Harris On Cars]

Stuttgart v Munich in the battle of the super hatches. Includes road, track, lap times, standing start acceleration. And sheep. And a little jump.

2013 BMW 750Li vs 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged! [Head 2 Head Episode 35]

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman gets behind the wheel of two of the finest long wheelbase luxury sedans - the 2013 BMW 750Li and the Jaguar XJL Supercharged - to see which one of them does justice to their $100,000 plus price tags.

First, Jonny heads to the track to see what kinds of numbers these large, premium sedans put down, then he sees how they both handle on the rough roads outside of Santa Barbara, before finally getting chauffered in the back seat of the cars to examine their distinct approaches to high-end luxury.

So which one will stand out as the best in its class? Stay tuned to find out.

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