The Ferrari Enzo, a legendary sports car, was produced between the years 2002-2004 for the base model. The production of the Enzo FXX went until 2007 and the FXX Evoluzione went until 2009. In total, there were 400 Enzo models produced by Ferrari. Ken Okayama of Pininfarina designed the Ferrari Enzo for the manufacturer. Lastly, the Ferrari Enzo was named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari.
6.0-liter V12 with 651 Horsepower
The Ferrari Enzo boasts a 6.0-liter Tipo F140 B V12 engine producing 651 horsepower and 485 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor was designed with a redline at 8,200 rpm, similar to the Porsche Carrera GT. The Enzo has the F1 gearbox which is a semi-automatic transmission with a clutch. Amazingly, the Enzo can hit 60 mph in only 3.14 seconds. On top of that, the Enzo can hit 100 mph in only 6.6 seconds, faster than many cars can hit 60.
Quarter Mile: ~11 Seconds
The quarter mile time of the Ferrari Enzo is around 11 seconds, also similar to the Porsche Carrera GT. On the skid pad, the car reached 1.05 g and a top speed of 221 mph is on record. On the downside, the Enzo only gets 7 mpg in the city and 12 mpg on the highway. With a passenger on board, the Enzo lapped Silverstone Stowe Circuit in only 58.31 seconds. Lastly, the Enzo has a power to weight ratio of 4.48 lb per horsepower.
Ferrari Enzo is an Auto Collector’s Dream
Overall, the Ferrari Enzo is a legendary sports car. From its amazing styling to its powerful engine, the Enzo is a dream come true. Although released in the 2000s, the Enzo has only gone up in price since then. The original MSRP of the car was $659,330. Now, the car is sold in used for condition at over $3,000,000. As of today, some models are closing in towards the higher end of the $3 million range (~$3.7 million USD). The Ferrari Enzo is the collector car of a lifetime and owning one is a major goal of any true auto enthusiast.
For years, people have been debating how to properly pronounce German car brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. For many of us, it was simply based on local letter sounds leading to a few varieties of how to say them properly. Now, a German YouTuber called Speed Comparer shared a video correcting the people of the world. The video not only discloses how to properly say German car brand names, it it overall quite hilarious. In this article, we will go over how to properly pronounce German car brands according to Speed Comparer.
For Audi, many people pronounce this wrong due to language sound basics. For instance, letters are pronounced different in English than German. The correct way to say Audi is “Ou-Dee”. The “Ou” sounds similar to saying “Ow” as if you were expressing a sudden pain. Saying “Aww-Dee” or “Auh-Dee” are incorrect according to the German language. Most people pronounce the first two letters of Audi incorrectly leading to the problem. Please note, it is harder to convey how a brand should sound via writing so I am doing my best to sound it out according to the video.
In the case of BMW, most people outside of Germany say literally “BMW”. In Germany, the “W” sounds different which leads to the real name sounding like “BMV”. “BMW” stands for “Bayerische Motoren Werke” which translates to “Bavarian Motor Works”. As expected, “Bayerische Motoren Werke” sounds more like “Buy-Er-Shurr Motoren Verker”. Again, hopefully you are able to sound it correctly from the text but please refer to the video just in case.
For Mercedes-Benz, most people say it exactly how it sounds “Mercedes-Benz” with a long sounded “Benz”. The real way to say this in German sounds like “Murrsaydees-Benz” where the “Benz” is very quickly stated. This is probably the least off-sounding pronunciation compared to the rest. Basically, stating “Mercedes-Benz” in German is much faster paced and sounds more direct to the point while in English it tends to drag on. This is also part of the reason many Americans will refer to Mercedes-Benz as simply “Benz”.
Opel, another German manufacturer, is another example of a mispronounced name. Most people say “O-Pall” while it should be “O-Pell!”. As stated, “Every booger drives an Opel”. Opel is not sold in the United States so it is less commonly spoke of, but still incorrectly. Speed Comparer refers to the Opel as a car for 16-17 year old girl.
One of the most popular German brands, Porsche, is stated completely wrong by most Americans. In the U.S., most people state “Poor-Shh” while it is properly stated as “Poor-Shah”. You can also think of it as saying “Porscia” where the “c” sounds like a “sh”. You may be thinking that sounds like a girls name, but it is definitely one hell of a car. Porsches are a beautiful feat of engineering and stating the name properly should be the way it is.
Lastly, Volkswagen, or VW, is another common mispronunciation. First, “VW” is pronounced like “Fahl-Vey”. This sounds completely different than speed in English but that is how it sounds. The entire name, “Volkswagen”, sounds like “Fahlkswagen”. The Volkswagen means the “car of the people”. This name probably has the biggest gap in mispronunciation due to letters sounding differently.
Saying German Car Names Incorrectly is a Way of Life
Overall, saying German car names incorrectly is a way of life in the U.S. and other parts of the world. This article is simply to bring to light the correct pronunciation of car names, whether you use them or not. Honestly, most people in the U.S. and other parts of the world will probably say your stating it wrong. But, in reality, the German way is how the names are properly stated. Hopefully, you found this article entertaining as well as received help on how to properly say German car brands.