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Old 05-19-2015, 06:41 AM   #1
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Default 2016 Nissan Maxima SR Bests BMW, Audi on the Track

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The Japanese automaker reached out to AMCI Testing to conduct an objective, independent third-party test for the “2016 Nissan Maxima Test Track Challenge,” pitting the new sedan against the Acura TLX 3.5L, BMW 328i and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. All four vehicles were taken to the 1.8-mile Buttonwillow Raceway Park’s West Loop where the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR came out on top with a lap time of 1:18.50. Closest to the Maxima was the BMW 328i that turned in 1:19.48 while the Acura TLX 3.5L was in third, finishing in 1:20.58. Fourth place went to the Audi A4 2.0T Quattro that lagged behind the Maxima SR by 2.71 seconds with a 1:21.21 lap time.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Nissan Maxima is Lower, Longer and Lighter

According to Nissan, AMCI Testing obtained the Acura, Audi and BMW anonymously from manufacturer authorized dealers while the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was supplied by Nissan North America. The certified lap times were set by a pair of AMCI Testing certified test drivers with all stability and traction controls turned off for all laps. Each lap began from a 40-mph “Pace Car” start.

Powering the 2016 Nissan Maxima is a 3.5-liter VQ V6 that has been redesigned for 300 hp and has 60-percent new parts compared to the previous-generation 3.5-liter V6 engine.

“We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. “Following the adage that ‘seeing is believing’, the video highlights that the 2016 Maxima’s drivetrain and powertrain combination is well optimized for performance, meeting the challenge offered by the well-regarded rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive competitors.”
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:43 AM   #2
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Wow that Audi was a pig, the new one coming out has a lot work
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:01 AM   #3
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man, they picked the base model pig of the 328i. (maybe due to price)
Not all 328i are created equally.
the A4 was 80 HP down, so no shock there.
I cannot make any excuses for the Acura.

Interesting, but too many variables to declare anything but on that day, the Nissan was faster than those other 3 cars.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:31 AM   #4
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AMCI is Automotive Marketing Consultants Inc. and Nissan is their client. It's a paid advertisement.

Back when the IS-F was released, Lexus had AMCI stage a comparison with the RS4 and M3 and the results were pretty amusing. Apparently the Lexus can outlaunch an all-wheel drive RS4 with ease and put like half a mile on an M3 in a quarter mile race.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:37 AM   #5
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328i is 240hp you are thinking the 320i. I agree though that a 300hp v-6 isn't really a comparable test to a turbo 4 regardless of price.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:38 AM   #6
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Yep, lets test our top of the line Maxima, with the bottom line BMW/Audi/Acura.

CVT

Ill be honest. I like the looks of the car, but I rented a Altima with CVT and that was the worst car Ive ever driven. Even a Camry I had before was better.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:18 PM   #7
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That car is absolutely ****ing hideous. How much taller can belt lines and hood levels possibly get? Jesus christ. It's like they used a sperm whale for the front end profile and then decided to go as gaudy as possible on the rest of it. If this is any indication of the new z...

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Old 05-19-2015, 12:23 PM   #8
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According to Nissan, AMCI Testing obtained the Acura, Audi and BMW anonymously from manufacturer authorized dealers while the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was supplied by Nissan North America. The certified lap times were set by a pair of AMCI Testing certified test drivers with all stability and traction controls turned off for all laps. Each lap began from a 40-mph “Pace Car” start.
the tell, gentlemen....the TELL
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:49 PM   #9
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328i is 240hp you are thinking the 320i. I agree though that a 300hp v-6 isn't really a comparable test to a turbo 4 regardless of price.
That is also not the sport line/ or M package option for the 328i. Even at that power level the 328 can be spec'd with sportier suspension and tires.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:04 PM   #10
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It wouldn't matter. The BMW could be an M3/M4 and the Maxima would still come out ahead. If Nissan's marketing company is conducting the tests, guess who's going to win.

This is some of AMCI's other work:


Apparently the RS5 is way too oversteery and has traction problems compared to the RWD Lexus. Because that's totally how AWD works.
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AMCI is Automotive Marketing Consultants Inc. and Nissan is their client. It's a paid advertisement.

Back when the IS-F was released, Lexus had AMCI stage a comparison with the RS4 and M3 and the results were pretty amusing. Apparently the Lexus can outlaunch an all-wheel drive RS4 with ease and put like half a mile on an M3 in a quarter mile race.
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It wouldn't matter. The BMW could be an M3/M4 and the Maxima would still come out ahead. If Nissan's marketing company is conducting the tests, guess who's going to win.

This is some of AMCI's other work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njjk3fnNfAI

Apparently the RS5 is way too oversteery and has traction problems compared to the RWD Lexus. Because that's totally how AWD works.

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the tell, gentlemen....the TELL
All true. And yet, here we are talking about it and adding to their page views and search hits. Let's let this thread die a swift and ignominious death.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:03 PM   #12
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^^Dammit! Sroorryy.

Nevermind the Maxima might have been wearing some street legal slicks and the brakes were tuned and the other cars were having "problems" accelerating.

Cash+Wink=Integrity
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Big CVT boat.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:49 PM   #14
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This comparison is like GM orchestrating a comparison where a Camaro SS laps a track faster than an Ecoboost Mustang. Who knew that big sedans down on displacement and power would be slower around a track than a car with a larger engine and more power?
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This gives more confidence to all the jack ass maxima drivers already out there

You've seen them, or know them to be one of your close friends or relatives, or you could be one of them
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:17 PM   #16
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AMCI did a test of AWD with the Toyota Venza vs. the Subaru Outback.

Guess how it turned out for who paid for the test.


It's pretty obvious why there are no inclines included in this test because the result would be obvious either way.

Money well spent since the Venza dies pretty soon here too.

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Old 05-20-2015, 02:46 PM   #17
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This gives more confidence to all the jack ass maxima drivers already out there

You've seen them, or know them to be one of your close friends or relatives, or you could be one of them


Maxima 3.5 drivers >> Altima 3.5 SR drivers
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