Acura or BMW: Only 1 in 18 People Can Correctly Identify the Make of These Vehicles! Can You?

By: Kennita Leon

This luxury sports model was a variant of the Acura Integra, which was officially marketed as the Honda Integra.

Production for the high-performance M version of the BMW 1 series began in 2011 and was ceased in 2012 with a total of 6,309 units built.

Since its introduction in 2013 for 2014 model year, this subcompact luxury vehicle has won several awards including two "World Car of the year" award.

The Acura Arx-05 is a 2018 race car which will be used by Team Penske at the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Championship.

The GT3 was introduced during the second generation of the Honda NSX at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

This E36/8 Z3M coupe was a model of the BMW E36, which was the third generation of the BMW 3 Series.

1991 – 1994 marks the production period of the third generation of this four-door mid-size/compact car.

The 507 roadster is a two-door convertible which was assembled in Germany and was later replaced by the BMW Z1 and Z8, years after its discontinuation.

Designs for this plug-in hybrid sports car were based on the turbodiesel concept car which was revealed at the 2009 International Motor Show in Germany.

This subcompact executive vehicle is Acura's first hybrid vehicle and has been in production since 2012.

This BMW E9 model was manufactured for five years and was frequently used in various race car championships.

The first generation of this sports car, which ran from 1990 - 2005, was originally available as a coupe, and later on, a Targa top.

The Acura TL is a mid-size luxury car which has been manufactured from 1995 to 2014 over four model generations.

The X6 M50d wagon is a model within the second generation of the BMW X, which was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2014.

This mid-size coupe, of which there are two model generations, was the first Acura model to be manufactured in the U.S.

This sports car, which made its first appearance at the 1985 Amsterdam Motor Show, was the first car of the BMW M5 model line.

The BMW M2 Coupe, also referred to as the F87, was the indirect replacement for the 1 Series M Coupe.

The Acura RLX is a full-size luxury/mid-size/executive car which has been in production since its official release in 2013.

The BMW 633CSi, a model within the first generation of BMW 6 Series, was launched in September 1977 as the replacement of the 630CSi.

The Acura TLX, a mid-size luxury sedan, has been in production since its first appearance in July 2014 for the 2015 model year.

The BMW E26 was the first version of the M6 which was released in North America and Japan in 1987.

Formally marketed as the BMW E26 M1, this sports car was ended its production in 1981 with a total of 435 units built.

This rebadged and modified Isuzu Trooper made its debut during the second model generation and was sold by Acura from 1995 to 1999.

The Acura ZDX is a mid-size luxury crossover which is characterized by its five-door liftback body style and front-engine, rear/all-wheel drive layout.

Development for this roadster, which is a performance version of the BMW Z4 and the BMW Z3, spanned from 1998 – 2002, and then from 2006 – 2008.

Officially sold as the Honda Integra DC5, the Acura RSX was produced from 2001 to 2006 as the fourth and final model generation of the Honda Integra.

The cabriolet was a model from the second generation of the BMW 3 Series which began in 1982 and ended in 1994.

The 750iL was a model of the third generation of BMW 7 Series which replaced the second generation in 1994.

The RDX is Acura's first compact luxury crossover SUV of which there are currently two model generations; the third is set to begin in 2019.

Sold only in the North American market, the GS-R was a hatchback which was produced for the 1992 to 1993 model years.

Designed by Christopher Well, the BMW X4 is a compact luxury crossover SUV which has been in production since 2014.

This mid-size luxury sedan was launched in 2014 for the 2015 model year and has been in production since.

The BMW 540i was wagon/estate model which was introduced in 1996 during the fourth generation of the BMW 5 Series.

The E3 2500 was a full-size luxury sedan of the E3 series which was introduced to U.S. market in 1969 and discontinued in 1977.

A total of 126,895 units of this executive car were manufactured from its production years of 1987 to 1992.

Released in the U.S. market in June 2017, the TL A-Spec was marketed as an upgraded version of the Acura TLX.

The BMW E36/7, which was launched in October 1995, was a roadster model of the second generation of the BMW Z3

Launched during the first generation of the BMW E31, the 850CSi is a grand tourer which is characterized by its two-door coupe body style.

This sports hybrid variant of the RLX, which was sold as a Honda Legend in Japan, made its first appearance at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2013.

The Acura Integra is sport compact automobile which is officially sold as the Honda Integra, and in some markets as the Rover 416i.

The 325iS coupe model was produced in 1993 during the third generation of this line of executive compact cars.

The 2014 model of this mid-size luxury crossover marked the beginning of its third generation, which is still in production.

The Acura 3.5RL is a full-size luxury sedan which entered its first generation in 1996 as a replacement for the Honda Legend.

This roadster, which was discontinued in 2003, made its first appearance at the Tokyo Auto Show in October 1997.

The BMW 2002, of which there were several variants, was a model within the BMW 02 Series line of compact executive cars.

This two-seat, mid-engine sports car began its second generation in 2016, after an 11-year hiatus following the end of its first.

The 1978 733i was a first generation model of the BMW 7 Series which ended in 1987 with 285,029 units built.

The sedan version of the Acura Legend made its debut in the North American market in 1987.

Production for the first model generation of the Acura TSX ran from 2004 to 2008, during which it received slight modifications.

Identified by its egg-like shape, the BMW variant of the Italian Isetta was launched in the UK 1957 with the production of 300 models.

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About This Quiz

Welcome one and all to another round of the battle of the car brands. Today, the Japanese are going against the Germans in an Acura versus BMW quiz. Can you tell us the differences between the brand that has been in existence for over 100 and the one that has just a third of that experience? Let's find out! 

Acura, whose parent company is Honda, is relatively new to the automotive game, with just over 30 years of experience in the field. In the US, they have been averaging sales of about 150,000 units every year. A fun fact about Acura is that they've been in partnership with Marvel since 2010 and have featured their cars in "Iron Man 2," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and a few other movies. 

Not many people know this, but BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, or Bavarian Motor Works, in English. This German company has been in existence for over a hundred years and shows no signs of slowing down, especially with their heavy involvement in motorsports and their over $6 billion (Euro) income. 

So if you think you can tell the difference between how the Germans and Japanese do luxury, take our quiz! Maybe you'll work for one of them one day. 

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