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BMW 8 Series is finally here, with 523 horsepower from its biturbo V8

It seems like we are reporting about BMW cars every week. And this week, we are going to talk about the BMW 8 Series, because first, we have been waiting for its arrival, and second, it comes with a handful of technology, as well as two engine options. Therefore, there is no excuse that we don’t talk about this.

Overall, the production 8 Series looks like a toned down version of last year’s concept. The production model now has a long, low nose with a narrow take on BMW’s kidney grille. The hood then continues to a double bubble roof that flows back to a gently sloping tail. Large trapezoidal tail pipes dominate the view from the rear end.

LED headlights come as a standard feature, but these can be upgraded to laser lights. To cut down on weight, buyers can then spec a carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and there’s an available Carbon Package that uses CFRP for parts like the mirror caps, intakes, rear spoiler and diffuser.

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Mercedes-AMG says that 805 hp hybrid V8 will enter production

Before we saw the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe make its debut, it was previewed by a concept that’s even crazier with a biturbocharged 4.0 liter hybrid V8 that brings out as much as 805 horsepower (600 kilowatts). Now, the good news here is that we could see the same engine in the AMG vehicle down the line, but the bad news is that this engine didn’t get carried over to the final production model.

During an interview between Mercedes boss, Tobias Moers and Digital Trends, it was confirmed that the hybrid V8 engine will go into production “one day”. However, he did not say which particular model will get the said engine. However, he promised that engineers have been working on a production version.

Moers even brought up the GT concept that came out in Geneva last year. That particular model had a V8 engine in the front and an electric motor on the rear axle. He then added that everything here is in development and that the said model will go into production one day.

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2018 Opel Grandland X gets PSA’s new 1.5 liter diesel

The Opel Grandland X indeed has French roots, but we know that it also has taken some German lessons, especially now that Opel is positioned underneath PSA’s umbrella. Without a surprise, people from Rüsselsheim had just made an announcement regarding this.

Grandland X will now be powered by a 1.5 liter four cylinder turbodiesel that can be ordered from Peugeot 3008-based Grandland X, giving an output of 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) and a maximum torque of 300 Newton metres (221 pound feet) which can be accessed from 1,750 rpm.

This engine could be paired with either of the two transmissions: a standard six speed manual transmission, that lets it burn 4.1 to 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, or an eight speed automatic transmission that burns a little less, at 3.9 to 4.0 liters for every 100 kilometers. The PSA-sourced mill now replaces the former 1.6 liter diesel, which offered less power (120 horsepower / 88 kilowatts), and used up more fuel (by 4 percent) too.

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It’s official! Here are some details of the new 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe

Good news for those who have been patiently waiting for the new BMW 8 Series Coupe new luxury sports car. Soon enough, the 8 Series Coupe will be hitting the streets as a final model. Right now, BMW is already on the final stage of the series production development process for the 8 Series Coupe, and the carmaker will be offering an M-flavored model in the guise of the new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe.

Just being clear, BMW has yet to officially unveil the second generation of the BMW 8 Series, as the German premium carmaker is currently holding driving dynamics tests in Wales, which are fully dedicated to the final coordination of all drive and suspension systems. These tests are being carried out also to ensure that new 8 Series Coupe does not only offer remarkable racing performance but also long-distance ride comfort.

In terms of performance, the new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe could be considered as an embodiment of the true potential of the 8 Series Coupe. The perfect recipe of different dynamic elements -- such as a completely redeveloped V8 engine, state-of-the-art intelligent four-wheel drive technology, Integral Active Steering, an active rear axle differential lock, and adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilization – allows the new M850i xDrive Coupe to blend superb levels of sportiness and comfort.

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During the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles decided to tease European pickup truck enthusiasts with a more powerful version of the V6 Amarok that’s dressed in a striking Turmeric Yellow Metallic. This model is called the Aventura Exclusive Concept, and now has a direct road going rival in the shape of a new range topping version of the luxury workhorse.

Today, the strongest Amarok is packed with 221 horsepower (165 kilowatts) and 406 pound feet (550 Newton metres) of torque. All these come from the 3.0 liter TDI V6 engine. This version has a little more power at 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) and 428 pound feet (580 Newton meters) of torque. This stands for as much as 34 horsepower improvement of 34 Hp and 22 pound feet (30 Nm) of torque.

That is not all though, because it will be equipped with an overboost function that will temporarily increase the current output of the vehicle by an extra 13 horsepower, totaling up to 268 hp (200 kw). Having said that, this engine is paired to a 4Motion all-wheel drive system through a standard eight speed automatic transmission. The maximum torque is rated at a low 1,400 rpm, whereas the full version is available from 3,250 rpm.

Read the entire article More potent VW Amarok is meant to rival the Mercedes-Benz X Class

During the 2016 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, Renault surprised us with an unusual turbocharged 2.0 liter engine of the previous generation Megane RS inside the Clio R.S. 16 concept. After debuting the said model, Patrice Ratti, Renault Sports Cars General Manager, said that Renault had actually been considering a small batch of road going models, and that he is just waiting for the approval of the executives.

The sad part is that his plan never pushed through, and it seems like it won’t happen again this generation because it is a bit too late considering that the new Clio will debut this fall.

What we can look forward to though is the Clio RS’s next iteration with a Megane RS engine that Renault is currently working on. According to automotive blog Caradisiac, they have been hearing rumours that the new flagship version of the supermini will borrow the automaker’s new turbocharged four cylinder 1.8 liter engine. Not only is this engine in the Megane RS, as it is also in the Alpine A110.

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It has been less than a month since we saw the new 2019 Audi A6 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. And already, people have been starting rumours about the upcoming S6 and RS6 versions. Today, the reports have focused more on the latter. A new report suggests that this model could have a sedan variant, and it could be offered with an engine that will enable it to produce 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts) on tap - that is, when it debuts in 2019.

We first heard about this news from Autobild, as they suggest that markets like United States and China could be the main candidates for a four door version of Audi’s most potent A6.

Competitors of this model including the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 are currently being offered in a four door trim, while the E63 is also available as a wagon. Therefore, Audi could actually be following a similar strategy.

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For many years, the internet has been making noise about a new Audi R8, and recent reports said that Audi will finally introduce an entry level R8 that will be equipped with a biturbo 2.9 liter V6 engine at the upcoming 2018 New York Auto Show. But apparently, all that was just a false alarm. In an interview between Road and Track and an Audi spokesperson, it was revealed that the R8 is not getting a V6 engine.

For quite some time now, the automaker did mention that the company is planning on installing a new V6 like that of the RS5 Coupe and RS4 Avant, in a cheaper R8 version, just below the V10 version. To further support that statement, there was a roadmap that was revealed around two years ago showing that the V6 powered R8 will be launched in 2018.

We do think that the automaker really planned on building one, but they had probably changed their mind and decided that they would instead keep the V10 model that produces 540 horsepower as the base version of the mid-engined supercar.

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Cadillac CT6 will apparently be getting a major power upgrade since the new V Sport model will be the first model to get a direct injected 4.2 liter biturbo V8 that is said to carry out 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 627 pound feet (850 Newton metres) of torque in the top output, but there will also be a smaller, 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) version.

The engine, supposedly has a completely clean sheet design. In fact, the engineering emphasized that despite the compact packaging, this can still produce substantial performance. Cadillac has this thing they called the “hot V” where the exhaust exits from the valley between the heads, instead of on the outside like that on most V8s. Aside from that, it also works with the two twin-scroll turbos in the exhaust that manifolds at the top of the engine. According to the automaker, this set up does not only create a tighter package, but also reduces turbo lag.

The engine is also made with lightweight materials like an aluminum block and pistons to cut down on weight. There is also a forged steel crankshaft and pistons, ensuring that the powerplant can handle the turbo’s 20 pounds (1.38 bar) of boost.

Read the entire article 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport now has a 550 horsepower V8

With all the issues going around the automotive industry, car makers have to be more mindful of their moves, especially when it comes to the development and production of cars.

Like now, European spec cars had just been given a new set of requirements, and this will mean a production shutdown for BMW’s flagship 7 Series sedan for an entire year. To be more specific, this shutdown really only affects gas powered vehicles, and diesel engine will still be produced. This is quite an odd thing considering that diesel variants have a reputation of being the more polluted engines, especially with the Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal.

The decision to shut down engines began when the new requirements of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (also known as WLTP) were implemented. These rules began in 2017 after new forms of emissions testing has been done, and apparently, these are a better way to measure vehicle emission in real world driving.

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To jump onto the next step of going greener, Porsche announced that they will be getting rid of the last few vehicles that have diesel-fueled engines in their lineup, so that they could focus on electrifying their vehicles. In fact, European countries will no longer offer the Panamera and Macan with the oil burning mills. The first Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel initially came out nine years ago.

In an interview between Autocar and Porsche, the automaker cited a cultural shift as the reason for the decision. There was also a regulatory reason behind the choice as there has been a software update that has recently been involved in an “ongoing consultation with the authorities”.

This was decided after the automaker chose not to launch the new version of its Cayenne SUV with a diesel engine. In fact, the Cayenne was actually the very first Porsche to offer diesel power back in 2009.

Read the entire article Porsche purges last diesel engines in lineup amid cultural shift to electrification

Porsche recently decided that they will stick to their roots as long as they possibly could, and I mean as long as the market allows it. The automaker is assuring its buyers that it is still committed to rear-mounted, naturally aspirated engines as well as manual gearboxes despite the news circulating that the new 911 GT3 is allegedly gaining a turbocharged engine, while losing the manual gearbox.

Dr. Frank Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s head of GT motorsport and GT road cars, in his interview with Australian publication Drive during the Bathurst 12 Hour, denied reports of a fully turbocharged engine lineup.

The said engine lineup will likely be paired with an aluminum architecture shared with other cars like the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan. He added that a sports car will fit a normally aspirated engine, and that with a turbocharged engine, performance will be different. Furthermore, he states that the automaker will continue using naturally aspirated engines as long as they could.

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We have all heard of Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine technology, even if it has not gone on sale yet. And despite that, the Japanese automaker has already begun a new major internal combustion project, which they are calling the Skyactiv 3. What they plan for this is to boost the powerplant’s thermal efficient to around 56 percent, and this will deliver a well to wheel emissions on par with an EV, says Automotive News.

This claim by Mazda was made based on the carbon dioxide emissions from producing electricity for charging an electric vehicle versus pumping oil out of the ground to turn this into gasoline.

However, the main issue with this calculation is that there are a number of ways to produce electricity, and each way produces a different amount of carbon dioxide. For instance, it will definitely be cleaner to get power from renewable resources rather than getting power from a region with a coal-fired powerplant.

Read the entire article Mazda asserts Skyactiv 3 or Skyactiv-X will be cleaner or at least at par with an EV

When looking at this Range Rover Chieftain that was tuned by Jensen International, the first word that will enter your mind would probably be “classic” or “old school”. But that is before you see how this off roader performs. Yup, it is not just like any truck out there as it is built to conquer Mt. Everest, and you can totally rely on its skills.

Thanks to Jensen International for giving its CTS-V a little more push. Yes, the same 6.2 liter V8 had been supercharged, now giving it an output of 560 horsepower and it now comes with 556 pound-feet of torque. This engine then works with a six speed automatic transmission that is connected to a GM-sourced transfer box.

But the modern engine is not the only thing that has been added into the Chieftain’s retro body, as it now sits on Land Rover Discovery’s third generation platform and a ladder-frame chassis. This enables the Chieftain to have the necessary chops for superb off-road capability.

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During the recent 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed to us the new CLS53 and E53. Both of these were equipped with the same 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline six engine, with a light electrification system that the automaker refers to as the EQ Boost. This motor, according to Road & Track, will likely find its way into other future models.

The V6 engines will soon be phased out. This is being implemented so that the automaker can prioritize Mercedes-Benz’s straight six engines, referring primarily to the M256 motor. Ola Källenius, Mercedes Benz’s Research and Development, said that this change has to do with the emergence of four cylinder engines.

Källenius said that currently, four-cylinder engines are considered to be the most dominating engine formula for the world, and it just makes sense to add the straight six engines into that. Unlike before, the old strategy was to offer both the V8 and V6 in the same model.

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In the United States, diesel engines were never really that big. Sales of cars with diesel engines were even more dismal. And if there is one type of vehicle where diesel has had the most success, it would be the pickup trucks. In fact, automakers like Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram now offer diesel options in half-ton trucks. Meanwhile, Chevy offers a diesel in its mid-size Colorado, Jeep, on the other hand will soon offer its new Wrangler with a diesel model.

Clearly, there are disadvantages to offering diesel variants. Mercedes-Benz has decided to scrap its plan to offer it in its lineup. In fact, the only model it has that still has this engine is its Sprinter van. Ola Kallenius, who oversees Mercedes’ research and development, said that there is simply not enough demand for this in the United States for them to justify the extra effort.

He told The Detroit Bureau during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that the diesel engine just does not fit into the US portfolio. But instead, it does much better in complying with the standard for emissions in Europe.

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The very first time we ever saw Bentley’s SUV, the Bentayga, was back in September 2015 when it came out with the impressive W12 engine. A year after that, it shifted to a different powertrain, which was the Audi SQ7’s biturbo 4.0 liter V8 TDI for the diesel powered engine. Today, it decides to spice up their range even more by coming up with a V8 version, but this time with a 4.0 liter gasoline engine that works with a pair of turbochargers.

The new powertrain produces as much as 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-metres) of torque, which is the same as the Cayenne Turbo and the Porsche Panamera. In only 4.5 seconds, the SUV’s new engine propels the vehicle to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill, and it has a top speed of 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour). That makes the W12 variant just a little bit quicker in the sprint and with a better maximum velocity.

The rear wheel drive comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, where 60 percent of the torque is sent to the rear axle. It is not like the Bentayga market really cares, but the V8 gasoline version only uses up 11.4 liters for every 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, returning 20.6 miles per gallon in the US (24.8 mpg in UK). The new gas engine is definitely more economical than the W12. When fully loaded, it can run for as far as 464 miles (746 kilometers).

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For those who are expecting to see the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, we have got some bad news for you as it seems like the model will not be making its debut there, even after all the CAD drawings that we saw earlier.

Hagerty first said that the C8 will make its debut in Detroit, but this model will not make its debut until next year. And we really are not surprised because Chevrolet recently just unveiled the Corvette ZR1, but not a lot of people are happy with it.

Despite the bad news, we also have a good one too, and this will definitely not disappoint any of you. That is because Hagerty just reported that the C8 will be offered in a better engine lineup, and that means a better version of the company’s 6.2 liter LT1 V8 engine. The engine will enable the car to produce as much as 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts), thanks to a higher compression ratio and less restrictive exhaust. Alongside this engine would be other ones that will be added to the lineup later on. This may include a V8 like that in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Read the entire article Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette will offer a hybrid powertrain with as much as 1,000+ horsepower

Ford Motor Co. revealed that it will be offering a new Power Stroke 3.0-liter V6 engine for its F-150 trucks. With this addition, customers now have a total of six choices for the engine of the F-150.

The new engine is capable of delivering 250 hp with peak torque of 440 lb.-ft., figures that customers are sure to love. Fuel efficiency meanwhile is expected to be at an EPA-estimated value of 30 mpg highway. Towing capacity is projected to be the best for its segment at 11,400 lbs. with payload capacity measured to be at 2,020 lbs.

This latest engine was designed by none other than the same powertrain team responsible for coming up with the Power Stroke 6.7-liter engine used in Ford’s Super Duty trucks going back as far as 2011. The new engine was developed in order to meet the specific demands of F-150 customers in North America. These are customers that haul and tow more frequently compared to customers in other markets. Proof of this is the fact that the maximum torque is accessible at 1,750 rpm, with strong torque being delivered all across the rpm range. These features make the F-150 the best vehicle to haul, or even tow, heavy loads across long distances.

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A couple of days ago, official sketches of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine emerged online. And now, The Truth About Cars just found out that the pony is capable of reaching the 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) mark.

Sources say that there had been leaked information about the speedometer verification procedure, and that the car’s speedometer will reach 214 miles per hour (344 kilometers per hour), which means that the GT500 performs a little better than its rivals now.

Apart from its new and impressive top speed now, there had also been leaked documents indicating that the car will gain a couple of driving modes to improve its performance. There is a “Drag Strip” setting as well as a Launch Control function.

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