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BMW M still not interested in four-cylinder engines, unless electrified

BMW’s pure M and M-performance are currently being offered with six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged engines. But while German premium rival Mercedes-Benz offers – through its AMG division – a line of performance models (with 45 badge) powered by four-cylinder mills, BMW is adamant in not pursuing such power options unless some issues are addressed promptly and properly.

BMW isn't likely to employ four-cylinder engine due to power concerns, this was disclosed to the media by Frank Van Meel, chief executive of BMW’s high M Division. According to Van Meel, BMW and BMW W have been happy with its six-cylinder engines because they consider this mill as their heritage engine. He noted that six-cylinder engines have a long history with BMW, since it was the mill that first powered the M1, and that was in 1978. He also noted that a six-cylinder is an iconic engine, and BMW is a six-cylinder inline company.

As for a four-cylinder engine powering an M car, Van Meel shrugs off such possibility. He remarked that four-cylinder engines don’t have the characteristics or attributes necessary for an M car, even if it is a turbocharged four-cylinder mill. Van Meel has a valid point here, since four-cylinder engines – even those boosted by turbochargers don’t develop enough torque at low engine revs, which should affect performance especially during standstill accelerations. He noted that the typical attributes and overall drivability of an M car would be lost if it is powered by a four-cylinder engine.

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Frankfurt: 2018 Opel Insignia receives new 2.0 Biturbo diesel

Several days ahead of its world debut, Opel throws in a surprise by adding a new range–topping biturbo diesel as part of Insignia’s 2nd generation lineup. The 210 hp (154kW) 2.0-liter biturbo diesel variant, which will come paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive system will be sharing the stage with Opel Insignia’s GSi and Grandland X compact crossover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this coming week.

The Euro-spec 2.0 biturbo diesel version should be able to take off at 0-60mph (0-100km/h) in 7.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 145mph (233km/h). Offered within the entire range of Insignia variants such as the Country Tourer, Sports Tourer and Grand Sport, the newest addition to the diesel range should be ready for taking orders any day now as it is slated for production shortly after the premiere.

Opel places the 2.0 biturbo at the top of the line, meaning it’s also more expensive while offering more benefits than the single turbocharger. The two-stage turbocharging technology or BiTurbo provides better output and lower fuel consumption as compared to the existing 125kW/170PS 2.0-liter diesel unit. The Biturbo version packs a powerful output of 154kW/210hp at 4000 rounds per minute and 480 Newton Meters of torque from 1500 rpm. Other than the Insignia model range, Opel’s biturbo diesel is being offered with the Movano midsize van, the Vivaro minibus and the Astra C-segment model line.

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Next-generation Toyota Supra offers 400+hp V6 turbo engine and a manual transmission

Toyota has been silently preparing for the eventual comeback of the Toyota Supra sports car for some time now. Because of this silence, it has been left to discerning fans and enthusiasts as well as potential customers to dig further into the details about the next generation of the Supra. Just recently, some juicy details sprouted in a certain online forum about the upcoming Supra.

These details were divulged to forum member Canyonero by a certain Toyota representative who goes by the name of Dave. It turned out that Canyonero had dinner with Dave, and that was when the Toyota rep started spilling the beans.

The information about the next generation Supra was rather short, but it already tells a lot. According to Canyonero, Dave said that Toyota will commence sales of the new Supra sports car in early 2019. Power would be sourced from an engine jointly developed by Toyota and BMW.

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Ford brings out new powerful yet efficient engines for 2018 F-150 and Expedition

Here are some things that potential buyers of the Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition could look forward to for the 2018 model year. The 2018 models of the F-150 pickup truck and the Expedition sports utility vehicle are now available with new engines that don’t only offer greater performance, but also provide better efficiency than the mills they are replacing.

Ford notes that the 75 percent of 2017 F-150 trucks sold were powered by V6 engines. Thus, the carmaker is now introducing new engines, including a new V6 mill. The 2018 F-150 could be powered by a new 3.3-liter V6 engine that provides more power output and torque – as well as more efficient -- than the larger 3.5-liter V6 it replaced. Ford was able to squeeze greater levels of performance and efficiency into this smaller V6 engine by adding dual port and direct-injection technology.

Compared to 3.5-liter V6 engine in the 2017 F-150, the new 3.3-liter V6 mill in the 2018 F-150 produces 8 hp more max output (290 hp at 6,500 rpm) and 12 lb.-ft. more peak torque (265 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm).

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Every year, Mazda gives their cars upgrades in small increments, and customers definitely appreciate the changes that the Mazda3 has gotten. This year, according to Motoring, the company is stepping up its game in terms of combustion engine efficiency with the new powerplant they are releasing - with homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI). This will be launched in August at a technology conference that will take place in Frankfurt.

HCCI is a gas-powered engine that works like a diesel mill. It compresses the mixture of air and fuel in the cylinder until combustion. Apparently, the Mazda engine (a Skyactiv II engine) will use spark plugs at lower speeds, but when the car goes faster, the powerplant will switch to HCCI.

The company further added that the Skyactiv II engine is going to be more efficient by 30 percent compared to current gasoline-fueled engines. This means that the new Mazda 3 could have a fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon compared to the current 32 mpg combined.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda3 with sparkless ignition engine technology will make its debut in Frankfurt

Aston Martin is indeed taking powertrain technology (including engines, transmissions and electrification projects) very seriously as the British carmaker has tapped a man very well suited to the job of leading the development of these systems. Aston Martin has named Joerg Ross to one of its top positions, as Powertrain Chief Engineer.

Ross’ new role at Aston Martin makes him the man in charge of and responsible for the development of the carmaker engines, transmissions and electrification. Boasting more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ross’ previous post was at Maserati, where he served as the Italian carmaker’s chief of advanced powertrain development. He also had held senior management roles at German engineering IAV, Scuderia Ferrari F1 and Ford.

Born in Remscheid, Germany, Ross has a degree and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He is fluent in a number of languages like German, English, and Italian. His appointment at Aston Martin follows the selection of Maximilian Szwaj, former chief of chassis and body engineering at Ferrari, as Chief Technical Officer and Vice President in December. Ross will be based at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Read the entire article Aston Martin taps Maserati’s Joerg Ross as its powertrain chief engineer

The UK it seems is about to take the same road as its neighbouring country France by banning sales of petrol and diesel vehicles beginning 2040. As reported by The Guardian, the move will help the government solve the nation’s major health concerns particularly those caused by the increasing levels of nitrogen oxide or air pollution. The UK government’s clean air plan is similar to what Nicolas Hulot, France’s environmental minister has announced earlier this month.

A spokesman for the British government explains how poor air quality is considered the biggest environmental threat to public health and is costing the UK about 2.7 billion pounds in productivity loss each year. To immediately resolve the current issue, the UK government has provided councils with new funding for the development of the local initiatives. Part of this 3 billion programme is the clean air plan that aims to clean up the air around Britain’s public roads.

After the sales ban of diesel and petrol cars, the UK government is planning to enforce additional solutions to manage the nation’s air quality. This will include replacing the engines of public transport such as the ones on the buses. In connection to this, many groups have once again expressed their support for the so-called T-Charge in London but it is too early to tell if the councils will be imposing such rules.

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Good news for Audi EU5 and EU6 diesel car owners in Europe. They can now update their cars to fit six-cylinder or eight-cylinder TDI engines through a retrofit program, and the best part is that the company will give it to you for free. In addition, the new engines will improve your car’s emissions even beyond the current legal requirements. Audi will be installing this new software in a total of 850,000 cars.

But it is not just Audi vehicles that will take advantage of this update as Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles that carry the same engine now will get a recall too. As such, a wide number of vehicles across the VW group is affected. This was made possible by Germany’s Federal Motor Transportation Authority (KBA) and Audi.

Audi is doing this to counteract the idea of banning diesel-fueled vehicles in the near future, and to contribute towards the improvement of air quality. The company is taking this action, among others, in order to avoid emission scandals like what Volkswagen faced back in 2015. Mercedes-Benz also faced the same issue in Europe, which made them recall more than 3 million cars to lower the amount of nitrogen oxide emission for the vehicles.

Read the entire article Audi voluntarily recalls 850,000 cars with V6 and V8 diesel engines, software updates to be given

If you are a huge fan of the hardcore GTS version, you probably know that the closest you could get to that model is the upgraded model of the M4 -- the BMW M4 CS that has a 460 horsepower (343-kilowatt) engine capable of going from 0-62 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. But guess what? It seems like the four-door M3 will be getting the same treatment sometime soon.

Well, the German company has been making use of their “CS” trademark filings. BMW has filed “CS” names with trademarks that range from “M1 CS” to “M8 CS” - that is a lot if you think about it. This is probably their strategy to keep up with the growing lineup of Mercedes-AMG vehicles.

In fact, it was stated by Bimmer Today, a German publication, that the new M3 (F80) CS will be the most powerful M3 of all time, and it is scheduled to come out next year. It will be getting 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) from the same 3.0-liter biturbo six-cylinder engine, as that of the M4 CS. According to some rumours, the engine will be paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Read the entire article BMW M3 (F80) CS with 460 hp will arrive in 2018

Audi’s intention to bring out the Renn Sport Racing version of the Q5 was made clear when it unveiled the Audi SQ5 at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show early this year. Amazingly, the new Audi RS Q5 is expected to show off its high-performance nature by having under its elegantly sporty bonnet a powerful engine that is already fitted in the new Audi RS 5 Coupe.

Following the reveal of the SQ5 in January 2017, it was widely expected that Audi would take the wraps off the new RS Q5 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. To the dismay of many Audi fans and enthusiasts, that unveiling didn’t happen, and the guessing game for the new Audi RS Q5 continues. Of course, one of the matters being debated is the core of the any vehicle – the engine.

As revealed, the Audi SQ5 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 TFSI aluminum engine that delivers 260 kW (354 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (368.8 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available between 1,370 rp and 4,500 rpm. This allows the SQ5 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds on the way to reaching an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).

Read the entire article Audi RS Q5 will be powered by the 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 from RS 5 Coupe

Earlier this month, we learned that France has made moves to ban diesel and gasoline fueled cars by stopping them from entering the city. More than that, they plan to completely get rid of these cars by 2040. Also, it is not just France that has plans on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as other European countries including the Netherlands and Germany may follow suit.

Having said that, how will automakers cope with this? Well, they only have one choice and that is to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and push them out to the market quickly. And that is exactly what Porsche has in mind. We all know that the whole VW Group is in trouble due to the emission scandal it faced, and the company will have to pay over $25 million for it as well as buy back the cars it has sold. This is why Porsche may have to totally drop diesel engines by 2020.

Therefore, the German company should soon make a decision whether their latest diesel-powered cars will truly be the last. Keep in mind that this will affect their current production line and perhaps their long-term plan. But they are already getting accusations of using steering movements to cheat emissions.

Read the entire article Porsche may drop diesel engines entirely by 2020

The new 2018 Buick Regal GS is definitely coming to town, it turns out, and it will do so with a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that could deliver 310 horsepower of output. This piece of information isn’t a guess, but a detail leaked from the brand’s own magazine.

Quite a lot of details have already been known to the public about the new Buick Regal GS, which is essentially the performance-oriented version of the Regal. Most of the information was known thanks to the probing eyes of our journalistic colleagues. However, it should be noted that Buick and General Motors – intentionally or unintentionally – leaked details about the new Regal GS.

When Buick unveiled the next generation of the Regal, it only took the wraps off the Sportback and TourX wagon forms, which would be launched later this year. Remarkably missing from the debut of the next-gen Regal was the highly anticipated GS model. Buick hasn’t officially revealed any details about the next-gen Regal GS, but the brand is expected to offer such a model considering the fact that the previous generation has a GS version and this performance-oriented was quite a hit.

Read the entire article 2018 Buick Regal GS will get a V6 engine delivering 310 hp

Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz have recently joined forces, and the first fruit of their collaboration has finally been revealed. The Aston Martin DB11 is equipped with a 4.0 liter turbocharged V8 powertrain as an option.

This is the first model to benefit from the deal since Daimler AG, Mercedes’ parent company, and Aston first joined forced in 2013, when the German multinational company bought five percent of the British company’s shares. Both companies go hand in hand like adding cocoa powder to a cup of dark hot chocolate.

The V8 is a familiar sounding term to many, and yes, it is the same V8 that you may be thinking of. In fact, it is the same engine that you will find in most Mercedes models, just like the 503-horsepower AMG GT S. To ensure that the DB11 still reminds you of an Aston Martin, the engineers did a little bit of calibration, reprogramming, and ECU-relates items so that the car still feels and sounds like an Aston Martin.

Read the entire article 2018 Aston Martin DB11 gets a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine

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.

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS will arrive with 700 hp and 749 Nm of torque

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

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

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
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