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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS will arrive with 700 hp and 749 Nm of torque

The E3 video game expo this year isn’t just about video games. During last weekend’s expo at Los Angeles, Porsche surprised many with the new 911 GT2 RS. Not only does it look visually stunning in person, but it left people talking about the car’s horsepower.

Before it made its appearance, we heard rumours that the new 911 would be producing more than 640 horsepower. But during the event, it was confirmed by Automobile Magazine that the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS can produce 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet of torque (749 Newton-metres), as they were one of the first few to hitch a ride in the sports car. However, Porsche does not confirm the publication’s statement and calls it a “speculation”.

Whether that is true or not, what we know is that the power comes from a 3.8-liter biturbo inline-six. In just 2.9 seconds, the 911 GT2 RS can speed up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour), and it has a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour). And for the record, the RS only weighs 3,306 pounds (1,500 kilograms). Supposedly.

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2018 Honda Accord gets 2 turbo gas engines and next-gen hybrid system

Honda Accord has been considered by mid-size sedan buyers as the top choice if one is searching for an excellently built, low maintenance and respectable sporty vehicle for the previous years. Now the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will follow an identifiable trend of utilizing turbos and transmission to boost both power and performance without fully neglecting fuel economy when it will be rolled out to dealers this fall.

10th-gen Honda Accord will be released in the latter part of this year. Honda revealed that when it will be released, the 2018 sedan will be equipped with an array of new and updated powertrains that includes 2 turbocharged gas engines and specifically the next-gen of the Japanese automaker's 2-motor hybrid system. For the standard sedan, Honda will provide it with a 1.5 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, likely the version that is currently utilized in Civic and R-V models.

The official output of the sedan has not been released yet, but the Japanese automaker hinted that the engine will be offered with both a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The previous version of Accord's optional V6 engine will be replaced by a greater output, 2.0 L turbo-four that will be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Read the entire article 2018 Honda Accord gets 2 turbo gas engines and next-gen hybrid system

Land Rover Defender will receive the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used on the Mustang and Focus RS

No matter how much owners of the Land Rover Defender sports utility vehicle want their rides to become less adverse – if not actually friendly – to the environment, they really couldn’t. This is primarily because the Land Rover Defender, in its most eco-friendly form, still emits 266 grams of carbon dioxide to the air for every kilometer it travels (when using the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine).

Fortunately though, an engineering company lurking within the Coventry neighborhood – yes, the place where Jaguar Land Rover is headquartered – is currently working on a project that should allow the Land Rover to become a bit friendlier to Mother Nature. How? Well, JE Motorworks is trying an engine conversion for the Land Rover Defender, replacing the only available mill for the SUV – the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost unit that is fitted on the Ford Mustang and on Ford Focus RS sports models.

While both engines have similar displacements and are four-cylinder units, the EcoBoost unit uses up gasoline (petrol) and the mill on the now discontinued Defender sips on diesel. Comparing their power levels, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine on the Focus RS delivers 350 hp (345 PS or 257 kW) of max output and up to 470 Nm (350 lb.-ft.) of torque. On the other hand, the 2.2-liter diesel mill on the Land Rover Defender churns out 122 PS (90 kW) of max output and 360 Nm of torque. In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine returns only 175 g/km on the Ford Focus RS while the 2.2-liter diesel engine emits 266 g/km on the Land Rover Defender 90 (hard top, soft top and pickup).

Read the entire article Land Rover Defender will receive the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used on the Mustang and Focus RS

Mercedes-AMG Project One engine specs officially revealed

In line with its 50th anniversary, Mercedes-AMG has been dishing out more information about the $2.4 million limited production hypercar. This took place right before the Nürburgring endurance race kicked off earlier this week. Finally, the "once obscure" details of Mercedes-AMG Project One are getting a clearer picture after the German tuner’s recent revelation.

To offer a glimpse of the powertrain, Mercedes-AMG reveals an insane turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 derived from none other than Lewis Hamilton’s 2015 Formula 1 race car. The engine unit however has been equipped with new pistons, a modified crankshaft plus an overhauled electronic system for the road-going model.

The V6 idles at 4,000rpm and revs up to 13,500rpm with two electric motors working with the 6-cylinders. Rated at 107hp (80kW), the first motor keeps the turbocharger spooled up permanently while the motor connected to the crankshaft is capable of up to 161hp (120kW).

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG Project One engine specs officially revealed

Volkswagen of America has a nice surprise for potential customers of the new VW Tiguan (2018 model year). The latest iteration of the Tiguan – set to arrive in the United States this summer -- will be the first VW model to be fitted with the new advanced version of the German carmaker’s EA888 four-cylinder gasoline engine.

This new engine is a revised yet improved version of VW’s third-generation (Generation 3) EA888 that boasts of a displacement of 1.8 liters. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 Gen 3 engine (1.8 TSI) is still what powers current models of the VW Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat. VW has made certain updates to its four-stroke cycle to improve not only its levels of power and efficiency, but also its responsiveness, resulting to the creation of the 2.0-liter EA888 Gen 3B engine (2.0 TSI).

Updates implemented on the EA888 Gen 3 engine include using a longer piston stroke, a tweak which was responsible for the increase in the updated mill’s displacement. The piston stroke on the 1.8 TSI is 84.1 mm while on the 2.0 TSI, it is 92.8 mm. VW also modified the engine’s piston crown and combustion chamber, resulting to a higher compression ratio of 11.7:1.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Tiguan receives new 2.0-liter TSI engine

You guys are probably aware of the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan. Knowing this, you would expect that both companies will come up with something impressive. Sources say that the partnership has been working on some new gasoline four-cylinder engines. However, rather than developing a more powerful engine, they seem to have come up with 1.2- and 1.4-liter engines instead. Why small engines, you might want to ask?

The reason behind the downsizing is because the German company aims to lower emissions while increasing the efficiency of the new engines. The new 1.2- and 1.4-liter units will benefit from direct injection, and will be a standard in the next generation base variants of the A-Class and B-Class lineups, according to reports from Autocar. There are currently eight cars lined up for Mercedes’ compact models for 2018 including: the A-Class hatchback, A-Class Sedan, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, B-Class, GLA, a rumoured GLB, and an unknown model that has yet to be announced by the company.

The new four-cylinder units, which currently go under the codename M282, are being engineered exclusively for transverse applications. Therefore, these engines will not be available for use in larger Mercedes-Benz models. These new units will be joined by an updated version of the “M274” which will soon be given a codename that is “M260”. The M260 will be bigger and is going to be available in two versions: 1.6- and 2.0-liter units.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan to downsize engines, will use 1.2- and 1.4-liter powerplants

It appears that the Dieselgate scandal masterminded and perpetrated by Volkswagen AG isn’t limited with company, but also has affected, albeit indirectly, its fellow carmakers from Germany. In fact, automotive customers in the United States might not be able to buy new diesel models from German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz (2017 model year).

Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler AG disclosed that it had dropped plans to have Mercedes’ diesel cars and engines certified in the US. Sans any certification, Mercedes-Benz cannot sell its diesel-powered 2017 premium vehicles in the country. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News that the company is putting on hold the certification process for its diesel passenger cars in the US, as part of a review of the carmaker’s portfolio offerings.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t decided if it would totally exit from the American passenger diesel market, even though it would not be selling 2017 models in the region. However, given the current situation, an exodus from the American passenger diesel market in the future by Mercedes-Benz won’t be a surprise.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz drops plans to sell 2017 diesel models in the United States

A seductively long hood, strictly raked windshield and wide rear haunches – these characteristics are what makes the Jaguar F-Type. Add in a snarling 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, and the equation is complete.

Via a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, this stunner runs with 340 horsepower on its rear wheels while the S models get up to 380 horsepower on all wheels with the automatic transmission. The F-type is truly powerful; however, it may prove to be an impractical choice for rough roads.

For 2018, Jaguar decided to tone it down with the F-Type, giving it a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four base engine, making a total of 10 powertrain options (a grand total of 24 model variants). It has been a while since news of a four-cylinder F-Type circulated, so this addition to the line is not too surprising. This particular F-Type runs exclusively on rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, producing only 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque at 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. With this powertrain, the F-Type can launch itself from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph.

Read the entire article Jaguar F-Type arrives a bit restrained for 2018 with 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine

Ford Global Technologies filed a patent in 2015 and only recently was it published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It detailed a technology with high potential that Blue Oval came up with -- a tech in which any electric vehicle with a built-in internal combustion engine could automatically start the said engine to recharge its own battery. Now that is sweet.

Electric vehicles are all the buzz right now in the automotive industry. There are several prominent variants of electric vehicles currently introduced in the market: including pure electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf, and plug in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford C-MAX Energi. According to Paul Scott, a founding member of the EV advocacy group Plug in America, the main difference is that the hybrid has a small scale combustible engine that is being hooked to a generator. It runs via electricity but still utilizing the oil and engine to generate that electricity. In summary, the hybrid car will run on the electric charge alone and when the battery is nearly depleted, the engine will take over for the battery to charge. This will allow the client to drive farther locations until it will be eventually recharged or refuelled.

The idea of Ford is that it keeps the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charged by using the gas engine even though the car is parked and there's no one on the driving seat. It's a bit disturbing for a car to just do that by itself but Ford thinks otherwise. The patent is officially labelled as "Electrified Vehicle Method and System for Charging During a Non-Drive Cycle."

Read the entire article Ford has patent to turn on engine and charge EV battery while it’s parked (in open space)

There have been talks that a V8-powered DB11 will be debuting in the upcoming 2017 Shanghai Auto Show in mid-April, but sorry to burst your bubble, Aston Martin diehards. An Aston Martin spokesman has shut down and is claiming that indeed no V8 DB11 will debut in Shanghai.

The future success of the British Automaker powerhouse depends on the performance in sales of the DB11 as the company is aiming to modernize its releases. Aston Martin DB11 has debuted in Geneva last year and is already in the production line, and will be made available with the brand's V12 engine.

In a previous report, it was announced that the British powerhouse will only release a V12 powered sports car in the coming Shanghai auto show in the middle of April. However, there will be no V8 variant that will accompany the V12 in the said show. No reasons were released on why this will not happen. It was rumoured that the DB11 will arrive in the shores of Shanghai powered by Mercedes AMG-sourced 4.0 liter 8 cylinder bi-turbo motor intended to provide more than 530 hp (39 kW) of pure awesomeness. This will be considered as a British variant of the Mercedes AMG GT S, which also uses the identical engine.

Read the entire article Spokesman says talks of Aston Martin DB11 V8 debuting in Shanghai are incorrect

McLaren is said to be designing the next generation of Sports Series, which could include a V6 hybrid among its powertrain options. It was earlier reported that the British automaker has a 6-year plan to develop hybrid electric powertrains for its supercars. McLaren however did not elaborate much on the details about its “Track 22” project.

In a recent interview with Car & Driver, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt said that it’s all about the character. For them, it doesn’t matter if it is going to be a V6, a V8, a V10 or a V12 as long as its performance is good. Also, as much as most people love the “manual-shifting V12”, he thinks it’s rather outdated by twenty years. This is why they are not so attached to the “cylinder count” from the very beginning. Instead, the CEO pointed out the fact that they are more into “performance and excitement”.

Having just come out with V8 engines a couple of years back, the McLaren 570 S and 540C are still using the same updated engine versions of the V8. Though not yet confirmed, the current V8 could be replaced especially after Flewitt commented that they are working on a new V6 hybrid powertrain.

Read the entire article Next generation McLaren Sports Series could get a V6 hybrid drivetrain

No, Mercedes-AMG didn’t take the veil off its new hypercar -- the Mercedes-AMG Project One – at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It might because there are still some details or specs of the AMG Project One that need to be taken care of. Perhaps, Mercedes-Benz thinks it would be best to unveil its new ultimate creation at an event closer at home – the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Mercedes-AMG is set to unveil the Formula One-powered AMG Project One road-going car in its near-complete form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September as part of AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration. However, that didn’t prevent AMG from providing more details about the Project One at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

In September 2016, Mercedes-AMG did confirm that a hypercar was under development, with a power output that could reach four digits. This means that the Project One hypercar – known then through an internal codename of R50 – would have an engine that could develop at least 1,000 horsepower, which is basically the same power level of the AMG’s championship-winning W07 racer in qualifying mode at Formula. In fact, Formula One was more than just an inspiration for AMG, since the engine that will become as the core of the AMG Project One is a powered-down version of the technology used in its W07 Hybrid race car.

Read the entire article F1 engine in Mercedes-AMG Project One will have a rev limit of 11,000 rpm

During the The Grand Tour’s final episode, host Richard Hammond did what few people expected him to do. He had a Porsche 918 Spyder race against what appears to be standard Nissan Patrol.

You would think you know the result of this battle but the thing is, this is not your typical Nissan SUV. It is fitted with a turbocharged engine, like the one inside the GT-R. Rather than the usual 285 hp (212 kW), this engine is capable of 1,900 hp (1,416 kW). As such, it resulted in a maximum speed of 205 mph (329 km/h).

You probably know where we are going with this so it won’t be surprising then to know that when the race was done on the streets of Dubai, the Nissan Patrol dominated and left the Porsche 918 far behind. No wonder the internet is now calling it as the “918 Killer.”

Read the entire article Nissan Patrol with GT-R engine outperforms Porsche 918 Spyder in Dubai [w/video]

Jaguar is placing three new Ingenium engines on the F-Pace crossover, XF saloon and XE sedan for the 2018 model year. According to Jaguar’s recent announcement, the updates will also be including new equipment and advanced technology.

As stated, there will be a 236 hp 2.0-liter twin turbo four-cylinder diesel engine for the 2018 F-Pace, XF and XE. This is the first time for a Jaguar Land Rover engine to be equipped with twin turbochargers along with newly updated fuel injectors, crankshaft and pistons to boot.

In line with this, Jaguar also offers two 2.0-liter petrol powertrains with either 197 hp or 246 hp engine performance. The 197 hp 2.0 liter petrol by all means is more practical for the compact XE range as compared with the much bigger XF saloon model. Except for the F-Pace, both XF and XE will be offered with a 197 hp 2.0-liter new engine.

Read the entire article 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, XE and XF to be fitted with three new Ingenium powertrains

Aston Martin and Red Bull’s AM-RB 001 hypercar project is moving along quickly. This time, the project partners have already commissioned a number of technical partners that would help in the development and creation of a new mobile unit that is bound to challenge the current hypercar Trinity.

Nearly a year since Aston Martin, Red Bull and AF Racing announced the project, the partners had the chance to shop for more key technical members that could provide the expertise to achieve utmost success. According to Aston Martin and Red Bull, these key technical partners – Cosworth, Ricardo, Rimac, Multimatic, Alcon, Surface Transforms, Bosch and Wipac – were chosen because of their unrivalled expertise as well as their willingness to further push performance boundaries. These companies will work alongside Adrian Newey and David King, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, respectively.

Overseeing the engine for the new AM-RB 001 is renowned engine-maker Cosworth. Cosworth is an engineering company that specializes in building high-performance engines used in high-speed races. In fact, Cosworth boasts of 176 wins as the engine supplier in Formula One, just behind Ferrari. Cosworth will be in charge of designing and building a high-revving 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine for the AM-RB 001.

Read the entire article Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar will use a Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 engine

Come on baby, light my fire… Suddenly, a recall becomes a sensational news for more than 12 minutes and 33 seconds. Lamborghini earlier this week announced it is issuing a recall on the Aventador model range. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall includes the Super Veloce, the Pirelli Edition, the Miura Homage and the Aventador LP720-4 50 Anniversario.

The notice said there are issues concerning the vehicle’s Evaporative Emission Control System, which had to do with some faulty purge valves and defective ROV (roll over valve) along its fuel tank.

The ROV basically seals off the valve opening in order to prevent fuel leaks under unfortunate circumstances. The purge valve meanwhile controls how much fuel vapor is purged from the carbon canister.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Aventador recalled due to engine fire risk, Veneno not part of it

Soon, we will be able see VW Group's new frugal turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine underneath the hood of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift. This engine – the 1.5-liter TSI Evo powerplant --will be one of the five available engines for the 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift.

When Skoda announced the face-lifted version of the Octavia in October 2016, it also disclosed that its power will be sourced from four available engines – two petrol and two diesel engines – in the United Kingdom. The petrol engines include a 1.0 TSI that delivers 115 PS and a 1.4 TSI that provides up to 150 PS. Meanwhile the diesel powerplants include a 1.6 TDI that generates 115 PS and a 2.0 TDI that develops max output of 150 PS. Available transmission systems include a manual gearbox and a DSG transmission with six or seven gears.

Now, the 1.5-liter TSI Evo petrol engine is not entirely a new powerplant. It is in fact, an evolution or an upgraded version of the 150-PS 1.4 TSI unit that is available as one of the cores for the 2017 Skoda Octavia. Featuring cylinder deactivation, this 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine is able to deliver 150 hp (110 kW) of max output and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This means that the petrol versions of the new 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will be available with either a 1.0 TSI with 115 PS or a 1.5 TSI Evo with 150 PS. As for the 1.4 TSI petrol engine in the Skoda Octavia, it will be gradually replaced with the evolved unit starting the second half of the year.

Read the entire article 2017 Skoda Octavia will feature VW's turbocharged 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine

So, it will be goodbye for Volkswagen’s 1.5-liter TDI engine that was intended to replace the carmaker’s current 1.6-liter TDI unit. This comes as the German carmaker has decided not to continue the development of a replacement diesel unit that could have made its debut in the new generation of the VW Polo.

This was revealed by Frank Welsch, the chief of research and development at VW, to Autocar during a recent international media launching event for the carmaker’s new Golf in Spain. Welsch disclosed that VW is now abandoning its small diesel engine strategy due to many factors and will instead pursue a new venue to power its compact vehicles. Aside from stopping the development of its 1.5-liter TDI engine, VW is also halting its turbocharged 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine. This smaller diesel engine is currently available for the present generation of the Polo.

The scrapped 1.5-liter TDI engine is an aluminum block high-pressure common rail powerplant intended to become a vital part of the German carmaker’s new small engine offensive. It will go in tandem with VW’s newly unfurled turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine that is found in the seventh-generation Golf facelift.

Read the entire article VW scraps new 1.5-liter TDI diesel engine in favor of small hybrid powertrains

The year 2018 could be a joyous time for Honda fans and enthusiasts. Aside from the fact that Japanese carmaker Honda will be celebrating its 70th anniversary next year, it might also bring back to life its S2000 sports roadster or launch an equivalent successor.

While there are yet no official confirmations from Honda about the new S2000 or its eventual replacement, there are quite a number of reasons and hints that point to the possible return of the carmaker’s iconic roadster.

First of all, 2018 marks Honda’s 70th birthday. As far as we could remember, Honda introduced the production version of the S2000 in 1998 to mark its golden anniversary – three years after the carmaker unveiled its concept form at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Honda decides to unveil a new generation of the S2000 as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations – nearly 10 years after its production was ceased.

Read the entire article Honda might resurrect the S2000 sports roadster in 2018 with 2-liter engine and 320 hp

The Lamborghini Aventador supercar remains as strong and as appealing as when it was introduced in 2011. Already nearing six years old, the V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador managed to remain fresh, especially when the super sports car maker just recently revealed the Lamborghini Aventador S. In fact, the replacement model for the Aventador is not bound to appear in the next five to six years.

One of the central pieces of the Lamborghini Aventador has been its naturally aspirated V12 engine. Known for monstrous power outputs and torques, V12 engines have been the powerplants of choice for Lamborghini’s flagships. And when Lamborghini finally replaces the Aventador, the new super sports car will still be powered by a V12 engine, chief executive Stefano Domenicali was quoted by Car Advice as saying.

In a regular Aventador (Aventador LP 700–4), this 235-kg 6.5-liter 60-degree V12 engine delivers 700 PS (510 kW or 690 bhp) of max output and 508 lb.-ft. (689 Nm) of peak torque. In the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce (SV) unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine was seen to develop 750 hp (552 kW) at 8,400 rpm and 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The V12 engine in the Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage, meanwhile, generates 700 hp (515 kW) of max output and 507 lb.-ft. (690 Nm). The latest version of the super sports car, the Lamborghini Aventador, features a V12 engine that provides 740 hp of max output and 690 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Aventador’s replacement to arrive as early as 2022, will keep the V12
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