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

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.

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

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)

Spokesman says talks of Aston Martin DB11 V8 debuting in Shanghai are incorrect

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

Next generation McLaren Sports Series could get a V6 hybrid drivetrain

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

Here is good news for those planning to purchase a new Toyota Yaris in Europe – a new powerplant is on the way. This new engine will be more powerful – with more output and more torque – than the powerplant that it is replacing.

Soon to be gone from the Toyota Yaris will be the current 1.33-liter 16-valve DOHC Dual VVT-i engine that slots above the 1.0-liter entry-level powerplant. With a displacement of 1,329 cc, this engine is able to deliver up to 99 hp of output and up to 125 Nm of torque available at 4,000 rpm. When paired to a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i petrol engine consumes just 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined). When mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), this 1.33-liter engine eats up 5.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined). In combined driving, this powerplant only emits 114 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, both when paired to either the manual gearbox or the CVT.

In terms of performance, the 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i engine allows the Toyota Yaris subcompact car to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in around 11.7 seconds for the manual version and 12.6 seconds for the CVT version of the subcompact.

Read the entire article Toyota replaces 1.33-liter engine in Yaris with more efficient 1.5-liter unit

Toyota designed the GT86 as a well-balanced machine capable of executing even the most aggressive drifts. In fact, the Toyota GT86 – a.k.a. the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S – has been a favorite choice in street drifting and even in drifting championships. Drifting a Toyota GT86 is a lovely sight, but it isn’t that rare nowadays. But how about a GT86 powered by a 570-hp engine derived from the Ferrari 458 Italia? That would be mesmerizing to watch.

Well, we were recently enthralled by the drifting stunts executed using a very special GT86. Yes, this GT86 has a 4.5-liter V8 that also powers the Ferrari 458 Italia. Christened as the GT4586 (458 Italia plus GT86), this wonderfully powered drift machine is a project by professional drifter Ryan Tuerck, who collaborated with Gumout and Donut Media to swap the engine of the Toyota GT86 with that of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

The Toyota GT86 is not a new machine to Tuerck. As a matter of fact, Tuerck drives a Scion FR-S in his drift races. A standard Toyota GT86 is powered a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that is rated to deliver 200 hp (149 kW, 203 PS) of max output at 7,000 rpm and up to 151 lb. ft. (205 Nm) of peak torque available at 6,000 rpm. Now, when compared to the Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 engine, this four-cylinder engine doesn’t quite come up to scratch.

Read the entire article Video: Ryan Tuerck tests 570hp Ferrari-powered Toyota GT4586 at drift show in California

It looks like Porsche will be very busy throughout 2017 as it prepares for the eventual launch of its two new models this year – the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS – and the likely arrival of the new Porsche Cayman GT4 RS.

A black 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 was spotted being driven at the famed Nurburgring in October 2016 without any disguise – giving us a good glimpse on the updated looks of the newest iteration of the car. Still in the 991 generation, this Porsche 911 GT3 features a tweaked front end with more imposing air intakes on the front bumper. Its front end also comes with a redesigned front spoiler and new LED indicators. A new diffuser is also found on the rear. Its rear wing and central twin exhausts remain the same, just as its slit grilles both on the front and back.

According to reports from Auto Express and AutoCar, power will come from an evolved version of the 4.0-liter flat six engine installed in the current Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 911 R. This evolved engine could produce at least around 500 hp or around 25 hp more than the 3.8-liter engine in the present GT3. Power will be sent to the wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. Porsche is expected to unveil the new Porsche 911 GT3 at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

Read the entire article 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 will receive a 4.0-litre flat six engine

Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate saga continues, but it appears the German company would be able to get out of trouble, but it would not be unscathed. This development comes as Volkswagen entered into an agreement with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate customers whose vehicles are powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines implicated in the emissions cheating scandal in 2015.

The new settlement agreement covers 83,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI V6 engines that have been found to have employed software that helps them evade the emissions testing process. No thanks to this software, these V6 diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are. Parties in the agreement – coming in the form of a proposed Consent Decree – include Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, US DOJ, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General. The latest settlement agreement is more or less similar to the one that covers Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter TDI engines.

Under the proposed Consent Decree, Volkswagen has agreed to recall and/or buy back the affected 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands. The program will be separated into two parts.

Read the entire article VW reaches agreement to recall and modify 3.0L V6 diesel engines involved in dieselgate scandal

The 2018 model year could be an exciting year for fans and enthusiasts of the Chevrolet Corvette. This comes as the 2018 version of the Corvette is bound to feature a powerful 6.2-liter DOHC V8 LT5 engine; although it remains unknown which Corvette would be lucky enough to be fitted with this new powerplant.

This development was not officially confirmed yet by GM, but this is neither a rumor or speculation. This development was confirmed by an internal document from the GM service department. The fifth page of this internal document – which contains information such as internal codes that will be employed for the 2018 model year vehicles – shows a table in which a section was dubbed as “Passenger Car Engines for GMNA.”

On the last portion of this section, the following descriptions were listed: ENGINE GAS 8 CYL, 6.2L, SIDI, DOHC, VVT, ALUM and GM. This means that this new powerplant is a 6.2-liter gasoline aluminum V8 engine with Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technologies. In addition, this engine is catalogued with the book code “Y,” which internally means that this powerplant will only be fitted in the Corvette with an internal name LT5.

Read the entire article New 6.2-liter DOHC LT5 V8 engine bound to arrive in 2018 Chevrolet Corvette

If you’re an owner of any Volkswagen diesel vehicle covered by the recent court-approved buyback program in the United States and is considering stripping down your unit before turning it over to the carmaker, perhaps you shouldn’t do so, for now.

As it turned out, Volkswagen seems to not be happy about stripped-down diesel cars being resold to them, and is not keen on buying these vehicles back. Earlier this month it was reported that some owners of affected diesel vehicles were taking advantage of the term “operable” as defined by the buyback program. The buyback program defines an operable vehicle as one that can be driven under its own 2.0-liter TDI engine power.

This simply means that vehicle’s 2.0-liter TDI engine should still be able to function and drive the unit. Not a few believed that this could mean that even if an affected vehicle has been stripped down, it is still eligible for the buyback program as long as it can still be driven by its diesel engine. There was a claim that a customer was able to cash in from the program even if he removed the front fascia and headlights of his Golf GTI. Similar claims have also surfaced.

Read the entire article VW is unwilling to buy back stripped-down Dieselgate vehicles in the US

While Volkswagen is now on a steam to buy back models powered by its emissions-cheating diesel engine in the United States, owners of these vehicles were also trying to get back at the German carmaker. More likely, VW car owners are trying to get more of their money back.

In October this year, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California green-lighted an agreement settling the differences between the carmaker and private plaintiffs. Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates entered in April into an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate vehicle owners whose units were affected by the so-called dieselgate scandal in 2015.

The agreement meant that owners could opt for either a buyback or a modification subject to government approval. Moreover, customers whose VW cars are leased could cancel the lease and return their units to the carmaker. Around 500,000 VW cars powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine in the US are affected. It was late 2015 when VW was found out to have been employing software that helps it evade emissions testing process and make its diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are. The settlement is expected to cost the carmaker around $14.7 billion, of which around $10.33 billion will be used to buy back affected vehicles in the US.

Read the entire article Owners strip off VW Dieselgate cars before bringing them in for the buyback program
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