A spectacle of the 1980s, the Porsche 959 was manufactured by Porsche from 1986 to 1988. Originally, the 959 was designed to be a Group B rally car. Thereafter, the Porsche 959 became a legal street car that met the requirements of FIA homologation regulations. Porsche produced only 337 Porsche 959 from 1986 to 1988. From 1992 to 1993, the 959 was also produced but only 8 units were built in total.
2.8-Liter Twin-Turbocharged Flat-6 Engine
From the engine, to the exterior, to the interior, the Porsche 959 contains multiple perks. The 959 sports a 2.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine. The 2849 cc motor is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 959 motor produces 450 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 370 lb.-ft. of torque at 5500 rpm. With that power, the 959 can hit 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds (includes Komfort and Sport).
Komfort vs. Sport Models
The Porsche 959 had two separate models: the Komfort and the Sport. The 959 Komfort hit 100 mph in 8.8 seconds while the 959 Sport reaches it in only 8.2 seconds. The Sports version is limited to 29 units and has 515 horsepower. The top speed of the Komfort model is 198 mph while the Sport can reach 211 mph. The 959 Sport can complete a quarter mile in only 11.9 seconds at 119.5 mph.
King of the 1980s
Overall, the Porsche 959 can be considered the king of the 1980s. There were many fine sports cars in the 80s but this one is one of the most popularly known. From its 2.8-liter flat-6 to its 450 horsepower, the 959 was a true sports car. Today, the 959 Komfort can be seen for sale for over $1,000,000! This value holds with cars having over 10k miles. The Porsche 959 is a true car collector’s gem.
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.