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5 Rebadged Cars Most People Had No Idea Came From DIFFERENT Manufactures!

5 Rebadged Cars Most People Had No Idea Came From DIFFERENT Manufactures!

So I thought it’d be fun to make a video featuring
cars that aren’t quite as original as some may think. Badge engineering as some people call it,
has been around for sometime now. Essentially it allows car manufacturers to
take an already existing platform, tweak it and make it their own, well kind of. Because some manufactures don’t even try to
make it their own and just slap their badge on it. Of course I expect most car enthusiasts to
already be familiar with the rebadged cars I included in this video but for non car people,
you’re in for a big surprise! First car on the list is the Chevy SS. First things first, this car is here is one
hell of a sleeper. It may just look like an ordinary lifeless
Chevy Malibu when see on the road, but what you get is far from it. It started it’s life a Holden Commodore
and then radged and brought over to the United States as the Chevy SS from 2014 to 2017. The SS is essentially a complete copy and
paste of the Commodore, the only thing really differentiating them is the badging of course. And speaking about badging, I find it very
funny that you can actually go on Chevy’s official website under accessories for the
SS and you can literally purchase Holden Emblems for $250! I gotta say that would be a great way to keep
people guessing here in the US as to what car you’re driving. That said, the performance package you get
with the SS is something only car enthusiasts can really appreciate. It comes equipped with powerful naturally
6.2L LS3 V8 that produces 415HP and 415lb-ft and it sends all that power to the rear wheels. 0-60 is acheived in just 4.5 seconds. And when you think it couldn’t get any better,
well it can. It comes with a traditional 6 speed manual. What’s not to like? Over 400HP, rwd, naturally aspirated, stick
shift, all packaged in a low profile family sedan that nobody expects to be fast. It’s definitely a rare breed especially
in the modern era and it’s a shame they aren’t produced no more. Sadly, it just didn’t sell well, it flew
under the radar and that could be for several reasons. Price point which started at over 40K, no
advertising from Chevy because honestly they really didn’t care about the SS and was
just fulfilling an agreement with GM Australia and because of the industry shift to more
fuel efficient vehicles. Even though you can’t find them new anymore
you can buy them used for much less than when they were first released. Not only will you get a family car with straight
raw performance but you also get handy features for it that can assist with daily driving
like heated and ventilated seats, a heads up display, blind spot monitoring, lane departure
warning, rear park assist and chevy’s awesome magnetic ride control which adjust based on
the surface you’re driving on. And if you want to take it to the track, then
go for it. It’s track ready tuned and comes standard
with brembo brakes on all 4 wheels! 2nd car is the Subaru BRZ. So this one is a bit tricky, as some would
say the BRZ is just a rebadged Toyota GT 86 or Scion FRS, while others will say vise versa. I ultimately decided to classify the BRZ as
the one that did the rebadging since Toyota first came up with the concept and then brought
it over to Subaru in a way to get them to work together on new sports car. Result was probably one of the best joint
collaborations between two auto manufactures. An affordable RWD, front engine sports car
that is not a MX-5. Sure one of its drawbacks heard by many car
guys is the underwhelming lack of power coming from Subabru’s 2.0L Boxer engine. It only manages to produce 205HP and 156lb-ft
of torque. But see what many fail to realize is that,
straight line performance is not what Subaru and Toyota wanted from it, but more so having
an emphasis on handling. And let me tell you from a person that has
personally driven both the FRS and BRZ, these cars are more fun to drive than some of the
more powerful sports out there especially on twisty roads. The main difference between the BRZ, and the
GT 86 is the front end, the suspension tuning and and the emblems. Other than that they are pretty much identical. Same platform, same flat 4 engine and even
and the interior are very alike. And for those that are not aware the BRZ,
GT 86 and FRS all came out as 2013 models, The GT 86 was not sold in the US and it wasn’t
until Toyota decided to close the curtains on the Scion brand that they reintroduced
the triplet as just the 86 in 2017. I figured I’d clarify that since for those
that may find all these models a bit confusing. That said, the BRZ is a pretty sweet car no
matter how bad people talk about it. For the price there is not much more you can
get. If you’re in the market for one I’d recommend
the face lift version from years 2017 and up mainly because you can get it with the
performance package that features specially tuned shocks, brembo brakes and wider aluminum
wheels and tires. I know I was a little unfair to the BRZ in
past on one of my old videos, for it’s lack of performance but for what it’s worth we
are lucky to have such an affodable nimble sports car in today’s market. I mean 0-60 in 6.2 seconds isn’t too slow,
or is it? What do you guys think? 3rd rebadged car is the Dodge Stealth. Manufactured from 1991-1996 the Americans
and the Japanese came together and created this bad boy. Essentially the Stealth was nothing more than
a restyled Mitsubishi 3000GT. You see back in the 90s this was very common
practice for manufacturers to collab and make two similar cars since the industry was so
competitive. Just like the 3000GT the Stealth had multiple
trims to choose from which include the base model that carried a 3L V6 that only produced
164HP to the cream of the crop R/T twin turbo model which featured an awd system, all wheel
steering and performance that was seen as insane at the time. The R/T turbo engine produced 300HP and 307lb-ft
of torque! 0-60 happened in around 5 seconds, and keep
this in mind, this was back in the 90s! That goes to show you how ahead of their time
both the Stealth and 3000GT were! This car definitely fulfilled what Dodge wanted
it to be, a sporty and quick sports car. And just when you thought things couldn’t
get any better, in 1994 the Stealth R/T turbo received a pretty sweet makeover which included
6 speed manual which replaced the 5 speed, upgraded brakes, 18 inch wheels, and 20 horsepower
bump. And yes I’m mainly talking about the R/T
turbo model because in my opinion that was the only one that was really worth buying. Whether iit was in a straight line or around
the track the Stealth did not disappoint. The combination of it’s two mode suspension,
4 wheel steering and 0.33 drag coefficient made this car one of the best performers of
it’s time. Sure the exterior design wasn’t very innovative
mainly due to the partnership between mitsubishi and dodge, i mean it was literally built in
the same factory in Japan as the 3000GT. Either way it was a solid partnership and
the Stealth ended up being a sports coupe that combined the best of what each manufacturer
had to offer. Which one would you prefer? The Dodge Stealth R/T turbo or the Mitsubishi
3000GT VR4? 4ht car on the list is the Chrysler Crossfire. It first made an appearance as a show car
in 2001 before launching in 2004. While it may not seem like it, this car is
more European than one might think. It shares most of it’s design with the Mercedes
Benz SLK. At the time Chrysler was combining forces
with Mercedes from the 1990s to the late 2000s, so something like this was bound to happen. Yikes what a combo, makes me wonder which
team of two would Scotty Kilmer hate more, Chrysler with Fiat or with Mercedes! Compared to some of the others featured in
this video, the Crossfire and SLK are not exactly twins but you can definitely see the
resemblance. The interior mainly from the vents down look
very similar except that the crossfire has a much cheaper finish with this odd silver
coloring to the center console. But at a starting price of 10K dollars less
than the SLK, what do you expect. Both the transmission and the engine the Crossfire
carries is pulled directly from the SLK320. It’s a 3.2L V6 that produces 215HP and 229lb-ft. Not exactly impressive for such a heavy car
but if you wanted more power there was an SRT 6 version available with a supercharger
that increased the power to 330HP. Now that’s more like it. This was definitely a bizarre and interesting
car at the time and surprisingly out sold it’s competitors during the first year. It sold around 36K units which was more than
both the BMW Z4 and Audi TT. I know some may question those two luxury
cars as Chrysler’s competitor, but see the Crossfire has quite of bit of Mercedes in
there, you can pretty much call it a bargain SLK. If you’re interested in one well you can
get it in two flavors with either a fixed roof or a fabric topped convertible. And both come included massive heavy wheels! 5th and final rebadged car on the list is
the Opel GT. And no we are not talking about the iconic
GT that existed from 1968 to 1973. Opel actually decided to do things a little
bit different this time around. They took their well known GT nameplate slapped
it on a Saturn Sky, which was based off the Pontiac Solstice. The only major changes the Opel GT received
involved the badging just like every car featured on this video, the tail lights and grille
trim. Back then many praised that the Opel GT and
Saturn Sky stood out in what was one of the most exciting classes. It’s RWD, has a wide stance, long hood,
has an interesting shape many actually thought was pretty cool and while it didn’t appear
to be fast, it actually kind of was. It comes equipped with a 2.2L 4 cylinder turbo
engine that produces 264HP which helped the GT sprint from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. Weight distribution is spot on which is expected
from a RWD front engine car. There is something special about this car. I remember in my young teenage years seeing
a Saturn Sky for the first time and thinking it was must have car. I mean I don’t quite feel the same now as
I did before but it’s definitely very unique. Even though the Opel Gt was built in the US
at Wilmington Delaware along with its other siblings, I never got to see one in person
since it wasn’t sold here in the US. But honestly, seeing the Sky and Solstice
was close enough. I’m glad Opel decided to continue the tradition
of the first Opel GT but was it the right way to do it? By rebadging an already existing car? IDK. Either way the reintroduced Opel GT nameplate
did not last very long because by 2010 Saturn and Pontiac pretty much reached the end of
the road as brands which ultimately lead to the end of the Opel GT. I’m curious, how many of the cars on this
list did you already know were rebadged. Let me know in the comment section below. I really do hope you guys enjoyed the video
and if you did make sure to like it, these types of video normally take me around 15-20
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100 thoughts on “5 Rebadged Cars Most People Had No Idea Came From DIFFERENT Manufactures!

  1. You put me up on game with the frs and its clones Haha i thought dumb people jus changed the badges from toyota to Subaru .

  2. I would have mentioned Pontiac Firebird being a rebadged Camaro. Although the Firebird was definitely the better looking of the two, little biased tho, as I got a 2001 bird lol.

    Great vid as always.

  3. "ONLY AN ENTHUSIAST COULD REALLY APPRECIATE?" LOOKING FOR THAT GM CASH IN? Have to peddle junk, eat crow and bullshit for hits? The ss is a bottomless repair pit from hell and you get a thumbs down.

  4. I was 3/5 . I don't know that the Chrysler Crossfire was a Rebadged SLK or the Opel GT. However, what about the Eagle Talon (Mitsubishi Eclipse/Plymouth Laser), Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix), or the Chevrolet Prizm/ Toyota Corolla from 1998 or something? Yeah I know those were boring cars compared to the ones you listed. By the way, I appreciate the research you do on cars

  5. Thanks Christian for this video. I actually knew every rebase, but kinda surprised that the Mitsubishi – Eagle rebase wasn't mentioned. Perhaps in part 2? Or the International Scout – Ford Bronco? Best wishes as always bother and Peace Out!

  6. The Mercury Cougar was a Mazda, my mom had one.
    This is HILARIOUS, I had a Ford Tempo. I was at the AutoZone where I worked and I was getting parts. They asked me if it was the high performance model, I thought they weren't kidding, the whole place stopped and turned around, it was actually in the computer.
    0 to 60 in 7.8… MINUTES.

  7. I knew about all of these except that the Sky and Soltice were derived from the Opel GT. For some reason, you omitted mentioning the Pontiac G8 was the first rebaged version of the Holden Commodore in the U.S.. Nonetheless, good video.

  8. 5 rebadged cars? Man you might as well make a 1 hour video of this because there is well over 5 re-badged cars in this world

  9. Christian I didn't know most of them actually 😮😮

    I only knew about the 86 and BRZ

    Also I liked very much the Crossfire when it came out and still do .. in fact I like it more than all SLK generations personally

  10. How about a trio of Mitsubishi Eclipse,eagle talon and Plymouth laser

    Also dodge intrepid and eagle vision.

    Doesn’t the panther platform cars count? Ford crown Vic and mercury grand marquis

    Ford probe gt and Mazda mx-5 v6 shared the same engine if I’m not mistaken.

  11. I saw this video and I think of GM

    It’s sad for you Americans you only got the ss not the vf hsv’s 😂
    Supercharged v8 burnouts 😍

  12. Found more for you to feature on another list!

    Pontiac GTO (Chevy Lumina SS from the middle east or Holden Manaro)
    Kia Elan (Lotus Elan)
    Chevy Cruze (Holden Astra)
    Chrysler Conquest (Mitsubishi Starion)
    Cadillac XLR (Chevy Corvette)
    Saab 9-2X (Subaru Outback)
    Acura TSX (Euro Honda Accord)
    Suzuki Equator (Nissan Frontier)
    Honda Passport (Isuzu Rodeo)
    Acura SLX (Isuzu Trooper)

  13. Got another great idea for your next video too! You should do a top 7 cars from each decade starting from the 1950s till the 2010s. Keep up the great content! Love watching your videos

  14. Chev SS, A COMMODORE; "YEAH BABY YEAH!" Christian, can I sell some HSV badges from Victoria where these beasts were designed?! GM is regarded as a catastrophic company in Europe & Australia and I'm a Holden, Saab & Benz owner so 2 of my 3 were screwed over by the buffoons in Detroit😡😡😡

  15. The Chevy SS was mostly available as a 6 speed automatic. The manual came much later and near the end of the SS’ life here in the United States. Both transmissions have their pros and cons but both suit the car no matter which one you choose. I’d take the automatic for obvious reasons (I’m lazy bro lol)

  16. Actually today many cars look the same to me. cookie cutter cars. I like cars with style and they are getting harder and harder to find. Like a 69 Firebird. Or a 95 3000 GT VR4. Or a Viper. Or the stingray vette years. Who makes anything that looks like those today? Maybe Ferrari or a Ford GT that is about it. I am not a fan of the angular lines of the new vettes or the Lambos.

  17. I think the Opel GT has a link to the Lotus Eilse. And I think the Lotus Elise has a link to the Tesla Roadster.

  18. Love the SS but would have been nice for you to include the Pontiac G8 which is why Chevy found itself in the predicament with GM Aussies.

    Own the Sky…which was rebaged as an Opel GT AND Daewoo G2X. And that engine shot of the "Opel GT" engine, was that the original car because it sure wasn't the new one. LOL

    Son owns a 3000GT VR-4.

    Knew about all of them being rebadges.

  19. ALL of these cars,Repair wise, were WOEFULLY short lived because of their QUALITY!! A WISE Individual would NOT buy thse cars unless they're Not adverse to getting a TOOLKIT!!

  20. I honestly prefer the 3009gt over the Dodge Stealth mainly because I happen to drive a 3000gt but haven’t driven the stealth yet

  21. Did know about the opel gt existance… Hey i was in the uk, i saw a dogde magnum with chrysler clothes on. I think they flip badges there on that car

  22. Before the Chevy SS was rebadged from it’s Holden brother down under the Pontiac G8 was sold and based on the same platform.

  23. You also forgot about the recent Fiat 124 Spyder (soon to be discontinued), which is a rebadged Mazda MX-5 Miata. And I gave it the not so clever nor original nickname of the "Fiata." Also the A90 Supra and 2020 BMW Z4 wouldn't be one as they only really share a platform.

  24. You got the Opel Gt, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice story mixed up. The engine you showed wasn’t the redline or GXP engine. You need to redo that one. Shoddy research.

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