Revealed: TikTok’s most popular cars

Gareth Herincx

10 hours ago
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TikTok is best known for its viral dances and challenges, but did you know that there are also thousands of car videos on the app too?

These videos have racked up billions of views, but which makes and models are the most popular on TikTok?

Researchers at comparison and switching service Uswitch.com have been analysing the number of views on TikTok videos using hashtags mentioned to reveal the most popular cars and brands.

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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, more commonly known as BMW, is the most popular car brand on TikTok, seeing over 17.6 billion views across the app.

The BMW brand has been quick to embrace the social media platform, creating its own hashtag challenges to promote its vehicles.

Top 10 most popular vehicle brands on TikTok 

Rank Brand Views
1 BMW 17,600,000,000
2 Mercedes-Benz 9,100,000,000
3 Lamborghini 8,300,000,000
4 Tesla 7,200,000,000
5 Audi 7,000,000,000
6 Ford 6,500,000,000
7 Honda 6,300,000,000
8 KTM 5,500,000,000
9 Ferrari 4,900,000,000
10 Jeep 4,300,000,000

Looking at the specific models which have received the most views on TikTok, there was a clear winner – the iconic Ford Mustang.

Tied for second place, the Nissan GT-R and the Toyota Supra both received 2.8 billion views.

Top 10 most popular vehicle models on TikTok 

Rank Model Views
1 Ford Mustang 3,900,000,000
2 Nissan GT-R 2,800,000,000
2 Toyota Supra 2,800,000,000
4 Chevrolet Camaro 1,500,000,000
4 Range Rover 1,500,000,000
6 Honda Civic 1,300,000,000
7 Lamborghini Huracan 916,700,000
8 Subaru WRX 851,600,000
9 Lamborghini Aventador 808,800,000
10 Tesla Model 3 760,600,000

“TikTok is no longer just a space for Gen-Z to share viral dances and challenges,” said Joel Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch.com. “The app is now home to many viral car videos, racking up billions of views from car lovers all over the world.” 

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VIDEO: Audi RS e-tron GT vs Tesla Model S

Audi e-tron GT vs. Tesla Model S

carwow pits Audi RS e-tron GT vs Tesla Model S in a 571-mile race from Inverness, Scotland to London, England!

Tesla changed the world with the Model S, proving that electric vehicles could be stylish, luxurious, incredibly fast, and travel long distances. When it arrived, it stood alone and conquered the emerging luxury EV market. But here we are in 2021 with OEMs on every continent chasing Tesla for customers and an all-electric future. Enter the Audi RS e-tron GT, which was co-developed with the Porsche Taycon and is set to debut later this summer here in the US.

In a recent video posted by carwow on YouTube, host Mat Watson sets the stage for the ultimate battle of electric luxury sedans: Audi RS e-tron GT vs Tesla Model S in a 571-mile race from Inverness, Scotland to London, England.

On the surface, the Tesla boasts faster 0-to-60mph times as well as a 390-mile range. But the Audi, with only a 238-mile range, charges faster. Who? Will? Win?

Watch the video to find out, of course. What I will say, though, is that I think this test highlights the subjective nature of buying any new car, EV or not. Spec sheets aren’t the end-all-be-all. Personal issues like style, comfort, features, and daily ergonomics often prevail. Especially at this price range.

What do you think? What would you buy? What’s most important for you in considering a luxury EV?

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RS e-tron GT, Taycan Welcome Tesla to Teutonic EV Drag Battle

Audi RS e-tron GT

Inter-family battle between Audi RS e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan goes intercontinental with Tesla, Germans best the hype machine.

For a long time, the luxury EV space belonged to one entity: Tesla. However, the old guard entered the castle in the late New ’10s, exposing the California ego machine’s flaws and cracks. Among them? The Volkswagen Group, home to Audi and Porsche. The result? The Taycan, and the new RS e-tron GT.

How would the Teutonic titans fare against the aging Hollywood star, though? Carwow‘s Mat Watson invited Yiannimize and Richard “RSymons RSEV” Symons to the runway for an intercontinental drag battle with an inter-family twist, featuring the RS e-tron GT, Taycan, and Model S Performance.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“Let me tell you about this Audi,” said Watson. “It has two electric motors, one in the front, one in the back, so it’s four-wheel drive. And combined, under launch control conditions, it puts out 646 horsepower, [612 lb-ft of torque]. It’s quite heavy because of all the batteries; weighs in at 2.3 tons. It’s quite expensive as well, starts from just under [$159,000].”

Meanwhile, the Taycan weighs the same, and shares the same motors and two-speed gearbox. Yet, it makes 687 horses and 627 lb-ft of torque, and is priced under $164,000 in the United Kingdom. Finally, the Tesla weighs the same, but its pair of motors deliver 778 horsepower and 840 lb-ft of torque. It costs less than either of the Teutonics, too, at less than $100,000. On paper, the Tesla wins. But that’s paper, not a wet runway.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“In the end, with a better launch, the Tesla won,” said Watson. “Just.”

It also took two tries for the Tesla to sweep the RS e-tron GT and Taycan. Before that, the Audi took the first two digs off the line, with the Taycan between a rock and a hard place. However, it would never be this good for Tesla again.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

During the first rolling race from 50 mph, the Taycan beat the RS e-tron GT by a car, while the Tesla (in one-engine-mode) rolls to finish dead last. On the sporty settings, it looked like the Model S would win, only for its speed limiter (set to 155 mph) to kick in. The Audi would’ve tied the Porsche, but it, too, had a speed limiter (166 mph). Yet, the family beat the American overall.

Finally, on the stop from 70 mph, the Porsche’s special brakes won the day. Next was the Audi, then the Tesla.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“Mat, what I’ll say is Richard spoke a good game, give it the big talk, and then, just faded into the beyond,” said Yianni. “[Richard,] what happened to your supersonic Tesla? ‘I’ve got the fastest one, lalalalalalalala.’”

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Leading the charge: Energy Superhub Oxford

“Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging superhub” has been announced and it’s heading to Oxford.

UK-based Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, and Oxford City Council have joined up with Fastned, the European electric vehicle (EV) fast charging company, Tesla Superchargers and Wenea, one of the largest EV charging services providers in Europe, have teamed up to deliver Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO).

It will be the first of up to 40 superhubs, helping to ensure the UK has enough charging infrastructure for the estimated 36 million EVs on the road by 2040.

The superhub will initially feature 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers (the most powerful in a single site) with around 10MW of power on site.

Unlike any other UK charging hub, the site, at Redbridge Park & Ride, is directly connected to the high voltage national electricity grid, to provide the power needed to charge hundreds of EVs at the same time quickly, without putting strain on the local electricity network or requiring costly upgrades.

This innovative network, developed by Pivot Power, has capacity to expand to key locations throughout Oxford to meet mass EV charging needs, from buses and taxis to commercial fleets.

Fastned will initially install 10 chargers at the superhub with 300kW of power, capable of adding 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes for up to hundreds of EVs per day.

The station will be powered by 100% renewable energy, partly generated by the company’s trademark solar roof, and all makes and models of EVs will be able to charge at the highest rates possible simultaneously.

The announcement comes as Oxford is set to launch the UK’s first Zero Emission Zone this August, where vehicles are charged based on their emissions, with EVs able to use the zone for free.

The £41m world-first project, led by Pivot Power, integrates EV charging, battery storage, low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies to support Oxford to be zero carbon by 2040 or earlier.

“Our goal is to help the UK accelerate net zero by delivering power where it is needed to support the EV and renewable energy revolution,” said Matt Allen, CEO at Pivot Power.

“Oxford is one of 40 sites we are developing across the UK, combining up to 2GW of battery storage with high volume power connections for mass EV charging.

“Energy Superhub Oxford supports EDF’s plan to become Europe’s leading e-mobility energy company by 2023, and is a blueprint we want to replicate right across the country, working hand in hand with local communities to create cleaner, more sustainable cities where people want to live and work.”

Tesla Model S – Driven

It’s fair to say our first drive of the Tesla Model S is not entirely going to plan. Fellow scribe Phil Huff is peering through the rear window with a slightly quizzical expression. “You’ve broken it,” he jokes.

Tesla Model S85

Tesla Model S85

It later transpires this assessment might not be so far from the truth. Right now, however, we’re locked outside what could well be the future of motoring, stranded at our photo location just above the Milbrook Hill Route (famously the road on which 007 totalled his Aston Martin in Casino Royale). There are worse places to be marooned, admittedly, and it provides a good opportunity to reflect on what we have gleaned about the car so far.

The Model S has been around for a couple of years now, but recent months have seen a growing number taking to our roads. It’s a discretely handsome sports saloon with a generous luggage capacity and enough room to seat five adults. There’s even the option of two additional rear-facing seats in the boot, should you need them. Outwardly, there are almost no clues to the fact that this is an all-electric vehicle, but as such it’s exempt from road tax and the Congestion Charge. Perhaps more importantly, it also falls into the lowest bracket for company car tax.

Things are a little more radical on the inside. The massive 17-inch touch screen display is not only the largest, but also the cleverest that we’ve encountered, controlling everything from the sat nav to the sunroof. It’s like sitting inside Google.

Tesla Model S85 Interior

Tesla Model S85 Interior

The dashboard itself is a strikingly simple design, clad – in the case of our test car – in Alcantara and carbon fibre. The quality of the materials is first rate and they lend the cabin a bespoke feel that distinguishes the Tesla from its more mainstream competitors.

But enough of the pleasantries, what’s it like to drive? Really rather good, in short. You can feel the mass when pressing on – it weighs a not-inconsiderably 2.1 tons – but the combination of prodigious thrust and near-total silence from the electric powertrain is quite surreal.

Right now the internet is awash with videos of this car’s twin-engined evil twin, the P85D, demolishing supercars from a standing start. Our test car is ‘only’ the single-engined carisoprodol buy rear-wheel drive S85 model, but even this comparatively mild example of the breed feels good for its claimed 5.4 second nought-to-sixty time.

Where the Model S really scores, though, is response. With 440 Nm of torque available instantly, right from a standing start, overtaking urge is never more than a twitch of the toe away. There’s no shortage of grip either, with decent chassis balance and chunky, if somewhat lifeless, steering.

A small confession here: in the brief time we had with the car, I didn’t think to check which of the two braking modes had been selected. As sampled, lifting off the accelerator resulted in something not unlike conventional engine braking, while the middle pedal had a pleasingly natural feel. It certainly wasn’t the alien experience you might expect from a regenerative braking system.

Tesla Model S85

Tesla Model S85

All of this, of course, means little if you can’t get in to drive it. Having soaked up the Bedfordshire sunshine for 20 minutes a support car is dispatched to recover us and the stricken Tesla. The central locking issue is eventually traced to a slightly unlikely culprit, in the form of the dictaphone I’d brought along to record my notes. Apparently this had interfered with the keyless entry fob lying next to it in the centre cupholder. We’ll let you decide whether that constitutes a teething issue or (as one of Tesla’s European representatives insisted) user error.

But the fact is, the fundamentals of this car are superb. The Model S is reassuringly conventional when you want it to be and yet a genuine game-changer in other respects. It’s more than capable of competing with its internal combustion powered competitors in terms of comfort and performance, with anecdotal evidence suggesting there’s enough real-world range to get you from, say, London to Birmingham.

Throw in ultra-low running costs, plus more pioneering technology than you can shake a stick at, and it also starts to look like good value, starting at £59,380 on the road. This not a car reserved for hair shirt environmentalists, nor is it a low-volume concept like Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid XL1. The electric car, it seems, is very much a reality.

2015 Model S 85

Performance & Economy 2015 Tesla Model S 85
Engine 85 kWh Battery
Transmission Automatic gearbox, rear electric-powered motor, all-wheel drive
Power (PS / bhp) 366 / 362
Torque (Nm / lb.ft) 440 / 324
0 – 60 mph (seconds) 5.4
Top Speed (mph) 140
CO2 Emissions (g/km) 0
VED Band A
Combined Economy (mpg) n/a (310 mile range)
Price (OTR) £54,000

Tesla Model S85
Tesla Model S85
Tesla Model S85
Tesla Model S85 Luggage Compartment
Tesla Model S85 Seats In Boot
Tesla Model S85 Interior
Tesla Model S85
Tesla Model S85
Tesla Model S85

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