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The Transporter Movies: Audi, BMW, & Mercedes-Benz

In The Transporter movie series, the film portrays the use of Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes-Benzs. Frank Martin, the protagonist, is represented by Jason Statham for the first three films. Ed Skrein acted as Frank Martin in the reboot movie while Chris Vance handles the television series. The ratio of Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz in this series is 4:1:1. So, from this, you can see that Audi is the prominent car of Frank Martin.

The Transporter: 1999 BMW 735i E38 & Mercedes-Benz W140 S600

 

In the original Transporter movie, Frank Martin drove a 1999 BMW 735i E38 and a Mercedes-Benz W140 S600. The 1999 BMW 735i E38 boasted a V8 engine with around 233 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. The Mercedes-Benz W140 S600 sports a 6.0-liter M12 0V12 engine with 389 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Of these two cars, the Mercedes has a much more power. Although it may be only rumored, the 735i was expected to have a larger engine than specified to produce more power. So, it is possible that the 735i was actually a V12 model but that theory cannot be easily proven.

The Transporter 2: 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12


In the Transporter 2, Frank Martin drives a 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12. The 2006 Audi A8 W12 has a 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 450 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. Compared to the previous movie, this is an addition of 61 horsepower to the transporter’s available power. This car introduced the beginning of the movie’s implementation of Audi for the rest of the series. Although, there is a scene in which Frank drives a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster. The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster also has a V12 engine producing a whopping 572 horsepower to hit 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.

The Transporter 3: 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12


For the Transporter 3, the 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12 was brought to the scene. Basically, Frank decided to upgrade his previous A8 to the new, face-lifted edition. The 2008 Audi A8 W12 is another luxury vehicle with a 6.0-liter W12 producing 450 horsepower. So technically, it contains the same engine as its predecessor. The major difference is on the overall styling of the car and a few technological enhancements.

The Transporter: The Series – Audi A8 4.2 V8


Unfortunately, Frank downgraded his car for the television show, The Transporter: The Series. In the television show, Frank drives a Audi A8 4.2 V8. After driving the W12, I’d suspect Frank isn’t too happy with his new companion’s capabilities. The fact is, his Audi A8 has a 4.2-liter V8 motor that produces 372 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque. It may be a slight downgrade from 450 horsepower, but it is sufficient to do the job… for the most part.

The Transporter Refueled: Audi S8 4.0 V8


Fortunately, in the movie reboot, The Transporter Refueled, Frank upgrades his car to a Audi S8 4.0 V8. Although it is no V12 or W12, the Audi S8 4.0 V8 produces 605 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Wow! Talk about a major upgrade compared to every other car, yet a downgraded motor. The advancement of car technology over a 10-15 year period is astonishing. Not only were they able to make engines more efficient, they downed the size and upped the horsepower. I don’t know about you, but I’d take this 605 horsepower beast over any of the W12 models previously mentioned.

Frank Martin Showed Passion Towards His Audis

Overall, Frank began his journey with BMW and Mercedes-Benz then jumped into the world of Audi. The transporter prefers his Audi A8s but ended up with a S8 in The Transporter Refueled. Over time, his vehicle quality improved until the television show downgraded it. Fortunately for Frank, he received his most powerful car in the most recent movie. In the end, Frank has continued to show his love for fine European luxury automobiles. Who knows what model will be next?

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  • German Car Brand Pronunciation

    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.

    Audi

    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.

    BMW

    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.

    Mercedes-Benz

    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

    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.

    Porsche

    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.

    Volkswagen

    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.

     

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