BMW, Mercedes, Audi or Porsche: Can You Correctly Identify the Makes of These German Cars?

By: Craig
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German auto manufacturers simply do not get more iconic than BMW, Mercedes, Audi or Porsche. But would you be able to identify these German brands by just looking at an image? Let's see!

Audi first formed in 1909 and was started by August Horch. After a merger with three other companies in 1932, the famous four-ring logo was used on all vehicles. Audi produces a range of modern vehicles, including the A1, launched in 2010 in the super-mini class. The A1 has a number of powerplant options, from 1.2-liter petrol engines to a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel. This car is favored by drivers who want a sporty offering, but a relatively small car at the same time. Audi is currently a brand of the Volkswagen group.

One of the world’s leading sport car brands, Porsche was started by Ferdinand Porsche in 1948. The 991 Carrera S was introduced in 2011. It is powered by a 350 brake horsepower 3.4-liter engine.

The massive Mercedes SL500/600 certainly told the world that you had arrived... and in style. Typical of Mercedes, the SL500/600 was luxury personified, combined with excellent performance.

Introduced to the market in 1994, the Audi A4 still remains a popular executive car. All in all, the car has been respecced six times in the past 23 years, with the B9 the current model. It has a range of power options, including gas and diesel engine from 1,800 to 3,000 cc. For those of us who like a little bit more power, the top of the range S4 produces 450 brake horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

A hybrid sports car first seen in 2014, the i8 is not only good for the environment but it is also possibly one of the best-looking cars on the road today. And, for a hybrid, it is incredibly quick, going from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Now in its seventh generation, the BMW 5 Series first hit the roads of Europe in 1972. This range was always intended for those who wanted a larger car than the iconic 3 Series. This was the first BMW model to use the number naming convention.

Interestingly, the 911 GT3 has a flat six engine. It still goes like the clappers, however. This beautiful sports car first appeared in 1999 and is built to this day.

Developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 team, McLaren, the SLR made its debut in 2003 and was built until 2010. With a 5.4 L supercharged M155 SLR V8 under the hood and a manual gearbox, the SLR was somewhat of a monster and generated over 600 brake horsepower!

Despite its small back seat and minimal trunk space, the Audi A3 more than makes up for it in the fact that it is fun to drive, with excellent handling and peppy acceleration.

Introduced in 2002, the 1 Series offered BMW fans a smaller car than either the 3 or 5 Series. The first generation included a hatchback, not a model type often found in the BMW range.

The iconic Mercedes-Benz company came about in 1926, with the merger of Benz & Cie and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG), briefly called Daimler-Benz. They have produced many models over the years. The B Class is one of their newer models, first introduced in 2005, marketed as a sports tourer.

Porsche introduced a four-door luxury sedan, the Panamera, in 2009. Don’t worry, the German sports car maker isn’t selling out. The Panamera still has that German power that you associate with the brand. In fact, the S model includes a 4.8-liter turbo engine, producing 542 brake horsepower.

BMW M models have a reputation as some of the finest passenger cars ever produced. The M5 was no different, but this was also a beast thanks to its 400 brake horsepower V8 engine.

Although it had a strange shape (often called the clown shoe) the M Coupe was another winner from BMW in the 1990s. Released in 1998, the first generation was powered by a 3.2-liter straight -six engine.

The smallest of BMW's SUV offerings, the X1 is one of the best accelerating and handling SUVs on the market. Not only that, it is spacious and offers ample luggage space.

With its ample cargo space, an incredible range of engine options, great handling and refined luxury, the Audi A7 is an impressive part of the German manufacturer's fleet. It also comes standard with a ton of features.

The 7 Series was introduced by BMW in 1977. It is currently in its sixth generation and is the flagship of this German automaker’s fleet. It comes with a range of engine options, including a hybrid model.

A two-seat rear wheel drive sports car from Porsche, the Cayman was introduced in 2005. It is named after the Caiman, a reptile similar to an alligator. Porsche, however, chose a different spelling.

The largest of Audi's crossover SUV offerings, the Q7 is not only fun to drive but it is also comfortable and packed with many features. It is also extremely safe.

Introduced by BMW in 1975, the 3 Series is one of this German car maker's top-selling brands. The first generation was only available as a two-door, but options have since expanded.

Brilliant performance, a beautiful and refined interior, tons of features but below par gas mileage is what to expect from the 2018 Mercedes Benz E Class. This posh German manufacturer's vehicles are always stunning but of course, that comes at a price higher than most other manufacturers in the segment. It remains extremely popular, however.

Another model from Porsche as they branch out into other markets, the Macan is a five-door compact luxury crossover, first introduced in 2014. The top-of-the-range model is driven by a 3.6-litre V6 twin-turbo engine through a 7-speed transmission.

One of the most expensive luxury cars in the world, the S63 AMG is powered by a Mercedes-Benz M156 V8 engine, which produces 518 brake horsepower. Of course, the interior of this vehicle is as luxurious as you would expect from a Mercedes.

The most expensive model from BMW, the Gran Coupe was first introduced in 2011. It has a range of powerplant options, including diesel and gas, with the biggest engine being a 4.4 L S63 V8 twin-turbo.

This mid-engined two-seat sports car was first marketed by Audi in 2006. It is available as a coupe and convertible and uses Audi's all-wheel-drive system. This, along with the 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine, gives the R8 plenty of oomph!

The Z4 Roadster first hit the streets in 2002 and still forms part of the BMW fleet. Although the first generation included a convertible with a soft top roof, this was changed to a retractable hardtop by the second generation of the Z4.

A true classic from the '50s, the 300 SL started life as a racing car in 1952, but soon became a production car in 1954 as a two-door coupe. The 300 SL was instantly recognizable, thanks to its gullwing doors. Just over 3,200 of the coupe and roadster were built until 1963.

Marketed by Porsche between 2004 and 2012, the 997 is available as a two-door coupe, convertible, speedster or Targa. Interestingly, the largest engine put into the 997 was just a 4.0-liter flat six.

The A8, a full-size luxury four-door sedan has been in production since 1992. During that time, Audi has launched four generations, with the latest, the D5, hitting the market in 2017 where it appeared as a product placement in the movie "Spiderman: Homecoming." Top-of-the-range models are powered by a monstrous 6.0-liter TFSI W12 engine.

The X3 is a compact crossover SUV and part of the X range. It is based on the 3 Series platform and was first produced in 2003. The second generation X3 offers two gas and two diesel engined models.

Paying homage to the '50s 300 SL, the SLS AMG was introduced by Mercedes in 2010 and in production until 2015. Available as a two-door roadster or coupe, it featured gullwing doors.

A midsized luxury crossover SUV, the M Class has been in production for over 20 years. During this time, it has seen three generations, the latest of which is powered by a range of engines. The top-of-the-range powerplant option is a 5.5L Bi-turbo V8 which produces 517 brake horsepower.

An entry-level Porsche built between 1965 and 1969, the 912 is a variant of the 911. Initially, it even outsold its more famous sibling. Although it was not as powerful as the 911, it was very fuel efficient.

The Audi 100 is a mid-sized luxury car that formed part of the Audi fleet from 1968 to 1994. During this time, Audi produced four generations. These incorporated various model types, including two and four-door cars as well as a 5-door wagon.

The X6 is a mid-sized luxury crossover SUV based on the BMW 6 Series platform, first produced in 2007. Now in its second generation, around 7,000 are sold in the United States each year.

Produced between 1928 and 1932, the SSK was a short-wheelbase roadster designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Only 40 were built, of which half were used for racing. The SSK was powered by a 7.0-liter engine through 4-speed automatic or manual transmission.

The smallest of BMW's SUV models, the X1 entered the market in 2009. It is currently in its second generation, which is powered by either turbo petrol or diesel engines.

This luxury 4-door sedan with fastback styling entered production in 2004. This was Mercedes' first executive coupe since 1995. The CLS even has an AMG model, powered by a 5.5L V8 Twin Turbo

Designed by Erwin Komenda, the 356 coupe was produced between 1948 and 1965. This was the first vehicle offered by the company and started off its rear-engined, rear-wheel drive design philosophy. Over 76,000 were built and it is estimated that half still survive.

A commercial van model, the Sprinter first entered the market in 1995. It is also available as a people carrier.

Initially introduced into the subcompact car market in 1997, Mercedes Benz’s A Class moved to the compact car segment in 2012. Only sold in Europe, the Mercedes Benz A Class is a very popular option in the compact car segment.

Produced between 1980 and 1991, the Quattro was a 2-door coupe with four-wheel drive. Not only was it popular with the public but it dominated the rally scene in the mid-‘80s.

Released in 1996, the Boxter is a 2-door, 2-seat roadster. This Porsche was driven by a water-cooled, flat six-cylinder engine. Although not as quick as some of its rivals, it handles beautifully.

The G Wagon, a luxury SUV, is not something that you would normally associate with the Mercedes brand. There clearly is a market for it, although if we are honest, it’s not the prettiest car ever made. More like a box on wheels! It was first produced in 1979.

The i3 is an electric vehicle offering from BMW. Obviously, people buy cars such as these to have as little impact on the environment as possible, but as you would expect from a BMW model, the i3 offers so much more. Performance and handling are both impressive, while the interior is top class. This is the perfect car for the environmentally conscious.

The Cayenne, a luxury crossover SUV, certainly raised eyebrows when it was released in 2002. It produced a number of firsts, in that it was the first four-door vehicle ever produced by Porsche and the first off-road machine designed and built by Porsche.

Mercedes Benz has always produced top quality cars and, of course, the C-Class is no different. This executive car was first introduced into the Mercedes range in 1993. The W204, the fourth generation of this vehicle is available in four body styles, including sedan, estate, convertible and coupe.

A compact car from BMW, the 2 Series has a range of body styles, including a coupe, active tourer and grand tourer. It was first introduced in 2013.

There have been three generations of the Audi TT 2-door sports car since 1998. It is available as both a coupe and roadster, and also includes an all-wheel-drive Quattro model. In the '90s it became an immediate head-turner, thanks to its sleek lines and excellent performance figures.

Mini cars have a certain charm, and perhaps the most famous of them all is the Isetta. Interestingly, this was not a BMW design, but built under license. Most people, however, remember the BMW model above any others. BMW built the Isetta between 1953 and 1961.

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