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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Coupe and Cabrio come with clever M264 four-cylinder engine

Mercedes-Benz will attempt to achieve what you never thought would go together in a vehicle - a gasoline engine that has low fuel consumption like that of a diesel. And this will be demonstrated on the new two-door E-Class models that will be equipped with the M 264 engine. This four-cylinder engine has been turbocharged and promises to have an output of 299 horsepower (220 kilowatts) from 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-metres) from 3,000 rpm.

What makes it different from any other four-cylinder 2.0 liter mill is the fact that it has been tweaked, and a 48 V starter-alternator and an electric 48 V water pump have been added. The “EQ Boost” branded starter-alternator enables the boost function to be available at an engine speed range of 2,500 rpm, while increasing output by 14 horsepower (10 kilowatts) and 110 pound-feet (150 Newton metres). This is not the only performance upgrade it has, but Mercedes promises that start up and acceleration will be silky smooth as well.

To save fuel, the M 264 unit can be switched off when the car does not need to use its power, like when coasting or decelerating. This helps the vehicle save fuel when the driver is not stepping on the gas pedal. There is a difference between the coupe and the cabriolet. The four-cylinder unit in the former consumes 6.7 liters / 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, where it emits 149 g/km of CO2 emissions. The latter, on the other hand, uses up 6.8 liters while emitting 154 g/km.

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

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.

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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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2017 Audi Q7 gets 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine for US market

Starting early 2017, the new Audi Q7 will be available with the new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that makes it not only faster but also lighter and more efficient than the 3.0T-powered Q7 of the previous generation. Aside from better fuel efficiency, this new powertrain would mean savings of a few thousand dollars from the price tag of the new 2017 Audi Q7. The 2017 Audi Q7 2.0 T Quattro starts at $49,000 for the Premium trim and at $53,000 for the Premium Plus level.

This new turbocharged 2.0T engine provides up to 252 hp of output available between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and up to 273 lb-ft of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The four-cylinder engine is mated to the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive.

Compared to the previous generation 2015 Audi Q7 3.0T V6 model, the 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T could reach the speed of 60 mph (from standstill) around half a second faster while delivering 22 percent better fuel efficiency. In fact, the new 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T is expected to boast an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city/highway and combined.

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The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has just been unveiled and as expected, the muscle car arrives with plenty of goodies in order to take on the all-new 2016 Ford Mustang. General Motors says that the 2016 Camaro offers a leaner design as well as a broader engine lineup and will go on sale in the fourth quarter, in LT and SS trim levels.

When it comes to design, the vehicle retains the overall shape of its predecessor and offers new lightning signatures as well as 10 exterior colors. GM says that the engineers needed 350 hours of wind tunnel testing in order to reduce drag on LT models and improve downforce on SS. Camaro’s structural rigidity was increased by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).

Other significant weight savings came from using an aluminum instrument panel instead of steel, saving 9.2 pounds (4.2 kg), the new five-link rear suspension system that saved 26 pounds (12 kg). The total curb weight for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was reduced by more than 200 pounds (90 kg). All Camaro models are offered with Brembo brakes (standard on SS models).

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be introduced in January at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show but details are already starting to emerge. According to General Motors, the next-generation Volt plug-in hybrid will get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine which will act as its range extender, which means that the new version will get a bigger engine that the current 1.4-liter powerplant.

This engine is part of a new, more fuel-efficient family of small engines that will be used by the new GM vehicles globally. Although previous reports said that the new Volt will get a three-cylinder engine, GM has other plans and we don’t expect to see a problem with the bigger engine as the plug-in hybrid car will definitely be more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

According to GM CEO Mary Barra, the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be built at the company’s engine plant in Flint, Michigan while the battery cells will be supplied by LG Chem in Holland, Michigan.

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The BMW 2-Series Coupe was unveiled in October 2013, which means it was time for a small update. As a result, the Bavarian manufacturer introduced today an updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine on the 220d Coupe, delivering 190 hp (140 kW) and 400 Nm of torque. If you don’t remember, the current version of the engine delivers 184 hp (135 kW) and 380 Nm of torque.

Bolted to the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the new diesel engine offers an average fuel consumption of 4.4 to 4.1 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions are 115 to 107 g/km.

As an option, the 2015 BMW 220d Coupe is available with an 8-speed automatic Steptronic transmission that makes the vehicle even more fuel-efficient because it needs between 4.1 to 3.8 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions between 107 and 99 grams per km.

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Back in November, Porsche launched the Macan crossover in three versions: one powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine, one using a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine and the turbo version powered by a 3.6-liter V6 powerplant. According to AutoExpress, it appears that the German carmaker is currently developing a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with horizontally opposed pistons.

Dr. Thomas Casper a.k.a. Porsche’s manager of transmission and drivetrain development said that the sound of the engine is a top priority of the company. Still, he promised that the four-cylinder Macan will be a proper Porsche.

The new engine that will be found on the Macan will be closely related to the four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine used by the new Porsche LMP1 hybrid prototype that will compete in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

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Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.

Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.

The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.

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Mopar just brought a mammoth at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mopar is introducing a new crate engine that is like an elephant from hell. Dubbed as the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate Hemi engine, this new powerplant isn't just massive in size, but also in performance.

Hellephant is essentially a brand-new HEMI-engine that borrows its name from the massive land mammal – because of its large size as well as its ability to deliver huge power figures. As Mopar disclosed, the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine can deliver up to 1,000 hp of humongous output and up to 950 lb.-ft. of torque. This new Hellephant engine is the first 1,000-hp crate engine kit ever offered by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

To achieve 1,000 hp of output, the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine is developed to be much larger that your usual HEMI engine. In fact, it boasts of 4.0 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches. The Hellephant engine features an all-aluminum block, which made it much lighter than other engines of its size.

Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: This Hellephant 426 is 1,000-hp Supercharged Mopar Crate Hemi engine

The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is just around the corner and Chevrolet won't just sit idle. It intends to get impressive at the 2018 edition of the event by displaying three vintage vehicles that are powered by Chevrolet Performance’s newest crate engines.

Up for display at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 30 to November 2, 2018 are: a 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna powered by the all-new LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine; a 1967 Chevrolet C/10 with the all-new ZZ6 EFI 5.7-liter V-8 crate engine; and a 1978 Chevrolet Silverado installed with the L96 6.0-liter V-8 crate engine.

The new LT5 6.2L supercharged crate engine in the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna is derived from mill found under the hood of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Tuned to deliver 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque, the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine is Chevy’s most powerful production engine so far. This crate engine employs technologies like a new, larger-displacement supercharger and the carmaker’s first dual-fuel system with direct injection and supplementary port injection.

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Quite a number of carmakers are already reducing or even stopping their lineup of diesel-powered vehicles, as sparked by the diesel emissions scandal at the Volkswagen Group. Nonetheless, German premium automaker BMW seems not affected by backlash against diesel engines. Instead, BMW has just confirmed its commitment to diesel technology.

As quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, BMW AG board member for development Klaus Froehlich boasted of the carmaker’s accomplishments in the field of diesel technology. He remarked that from BMW’s perspective, the development of diesel engines is quite dramatic as the carmaker has managed to develop cleaner diesel-powered mills.

Moreover, Froehlich claimed at Paris that BMW has the best diesel engine, adding that all tests have shown that the German premium carmaker’s offerings have the lowest emissions among diesel-powered vehicles.

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When BMW finally commences sales of the heavily anticipated 8-Series Coupe, it will offer the all-new flagship in two powerful engine variants – a petrol-powered biturbo 4.4 liter V8 unit and a diesel-fueled 3.0 liter biturbo inline six mill. Nonetheless, there are customers hoping that new BMW 8 Series would be offered with a V12 engine or a plug-in hybrid drive, but the German premium has no plans for those.

Carsten Groeber, vice-president of product management at BMW Group, was quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show as saying that a V12-powered 8 Series won't happen. The BMW 7 Series -- the M760Li xDrive in particular – is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 petrol engine that can provide 601 hp (448 kW) of output and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of peak torque. This allows the M760Li xDrive to dash from zero to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

Groeber noted that the V8 engine and the in-line six unit already allows for a perfect weight distribution with the new 8 Series. Since the V12 engine is a very heavy mill, it would destroy this weight distribution, particularly making the front too heavy. He remarked that the V8-powered 8 Series is already a proper sportscar.

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There have been no straight six-cylinder engines at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles since 2007, when Jeep launched the Wrangler JK generation. While Chrysler had been using straight six-cylinder engines since 1964, it eventually decided that it was already enough for this mill.

Just recently, rumors have been sprouting about the possibility of the rebirth of straight inline six-cylinder engines at Fiat Chrysler. These rumors also came up in 2017, but so far, no inline six-cylinder engines have been confirmed or even spied. The latest speculation was a result of a published report from Allpar, the same Web site that reported a similar rumor last year. Of course, these are just speculations, and we don’t vouch for their authenticity.

According to Allpar, Fiat Chrysler is reportedly developing a new straight-six engine as a complement to the new GME four-cylinder mills. These smooth yet compact new straight-six engines are to be derived from the new GME four-cylinder units.

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It is better not to expect any new diesel engines from Cadillac, the luxury vehicle division of General Motors. After all, following much considerations of a number of factors, the top management of Cadillac has now decided to stop the development of diesel engine within the luxury carmaker.

During the North American launch of the Cadillac XT4 compact crossover in Seattle, Washington, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle revealed that the luxury car brand is indeed re-evaluating diesel technology. He noted that Cadillac has been working on diesel technology. However, the conditions in the markets around the world – especially their attitude towards diesel engines – have been changing more quickly than the company has anticipated.

It is well known that for the past years, Cadillac had been concentrating its engine development works on diesel mills, in particular four- and six-cylinder units. This diesel engine development work forms part of the luxury carmaker to further penetrate the premium car market in Europe. In addition, Cadillac was also planning to create and offer a number of vehicles powered by diesel engines in the US. In fact, the new XT4 was slated to have a version powered by diesel engine, as slated to arrive before or by the end of the decade (2020). GM’s luxury division had also expected to introduce diesel engines in more of its models.

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When Bugatti Automobiles unveiled the new Bugatti Divo, it announced that this new performance monster would be powered by the carmaker’s eight-liter W16 engine that provides 1,500 PS of output. Boasting of 16 cylinders in W formation – hence its name – the W16 is the same source of power for the Bugatti Chiron. The hypercar before the Chiron, the Bugatti Veyron, also had a W16 as its core.

Now, a source of pride at Bugatti, the W16 engine inside the Divo and the Chiron will have no replacement. This was revealed to CarAdvice by no less than the chief executive of Bugatti Automobiles, Stephan Winkelmann. The hypercar maker’s top honcho said that that there would be no new 16-cylinder engine, and the W16 will be the last of its kind.

Make no mistake; the W16 is still alive and kicking. It has been so since it was first installed under the hood of the Bugatti Veyron in 2005 or 13 years ago. In the first iteration of the Veyron, this W16 engine was tuned to deliver 1,001 PS (736 kW or 987 hp) of max output and 1,250 Nm (922 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. The final installment of the Veyron – the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse – had the W16 mill develop 1,200 PS (880 kW or 1,200 hp) of max output and 1,500 Nm (1,100 lb.-ft.) of peak torque.

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The engine is probably one of the most complicated elements of your car. Its workings are more complicated than you may think. It features many parts, components and accessories, one of which is the timing belt or the timing chain.

The timing belt and the timing chain aren’t the same thing, but they perform the same function -- mechanical engine timing.

They don’t coexist simply because they do the same work, which means the engine has either a timing belt or a timing chain. But before this article discusses the difference between a timing belt and a timing chain, it will talk about their importance.

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One of the most important parts of any car is the engine. It is considered as the heart of the car, as it is responsible for bringing it to life. Without an engine, no power can be sent to the wheels and the car won’t be able to move. Every time your car is driven, the engine is put into work. Eventually, your car’s engine will stop from working after some time. After all, engines are designed to last for a long time.

The lifespan of engines aren’t measured by years, but by the distance the car has traveled. Essentially, most carmakers design and develop the engines of their cars to last more than 100,000 miles. Theoretically, if you drive around 100 miles each day in a year, you would have broken the 100,000-mile barrier in less than three years. If you are driving 50 miles a day, the barrier would be reached in five and a half years.

In the real world, there have been engines that went the scrap yards even before reaching 40,000 miles. There have also been engines that managed to last more than 300,000 miles on the road. There have been reports of few engines going beyond 500,000 miles. Just lately, more and more engines have been able to go beyond 200,000 miles before finally saying goodbye.

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There is no denying that a battery is important in a car. The battery is needed start the engine and is employed in stabilizing, filtering and providing the power for ignition, lights, electrical components and other accessories that need electricity.

Thus, a battery drain is always the dread of any driver. At worst, you won't be able to start your car. If you’re in a hurry to leave the garage for a trip, a drained battery can be your nightmare. Most of the time, a drained battery is caused – not by a malfunctioning battery or alternator -- by an electrical issue. This issue acts like a parasite that draws electric power from your battery. In this case, you car maybe suffering from an issue called parasitic draw or parasitic drain.

How would you know if the battery drain is caused by a parasitic battery draw? There is way to find out. But first, you need these tools and materials: a digital multimeter with a 20 amp fuse (as set to read 200mA), gloves and eye protection.

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The engine is considered as the heart of any vehicle. It basically generates power that will be sent to the wheels, thereby propelling the vehicle. Without the engine, no vehicle can move. But no thanks to continued use and abuse, the car would get very dirty and would need to be cleaned up properly.

Cleaning an engine is job you can do. You can save some money as you don’t have to pay for the services of an engine cleaning professional. Nonetheless, it would be a great help if you have a guide on how you should you clean your engine. Below are the steps you can take to clean your car’s engine.

Step 1. Prepare the materials needed. You would need a bucket, gloves, bristled cleaning brush (or dish scrubber), water (preferably hot), water hose with trigger nozzle (or a spray bottle), shop vacuum (or an air hose), plastic bags and engine degreaser solution. You may also need safety glasses.

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