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Aston Martin V8 Cygnet is a one-off ultimate city with 430 bhp of output

Aston Martin Cygnet was best known as the rebadged version of the Toyota iQ city car. Initially sold in the United Kingdom, the Cygnet was considered a failure in terms of sales, and by 2013, it was dead. However, the Cygnet is resurrected from the dead as a commissioned one-off city car with around 430 bhp of potential under its hood.

Compared to its typical base model, the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet is dubbed as as the ultimate city car, both in looks and in power. Making its global debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the V8 Cygnet was commissioned by a customer via the British marque’s bespoke personalization service, the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service.

The project started with the steel body shell and panels of a right-hand drive Aston Martin Cygnet, as welded to a roll cage. To accommodate the 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine from the Aston martin Vantage S, engineers create a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel from sheet metal. Also fitted into the project are subframes and suspension from the previous-generation Vantage as well as a steel fuel tank housing (boot area).

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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.

Read the entire article BMW 8 Series is finally here, with 523 horsepower from its biturbo V8

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.

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

2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport now has a 550 horsepower V8

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.

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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.

Read the entire article Jensen’s Range Rover Chieftain delivers superior off-road capability from 560hp V8 engine

There are so many aftermarket tuners out there that have been turning out pretty amazing Land Rover Defenders. It’s their popularity perhaps that has urged the automaker itself to join the throng. In fact, Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic division has built 150 old-style Defenders right in the outskirts of Coventry.

The special edition Defender was made to celebrate 70 years of the iconic off-roader in 2018, before an all new version of the vehicle makes its debut. It’s said to look very different from the current version.

Under the hood of the Defender Works V8 is a 5.0 liter naturally aspirated V8. This carries out as much as 405 horsepower and 515 Newton-metres (380 pound-feet) of torque. This makes it the most powerful officially sanctioned Defender to hit the road. In just 5.6 seconds, it will reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill, and is capable of hitting a maximum limited top speed of 106 miles per hour (170 kilometers per hour).

Read the entire article Check out this 70th anniversary limited edition V8 Land Rover Defender

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).

Read the entire article 2018 Bentley Bentayga gets new V8 gasoline engine option with 542 hp output

In a recent interview with GM’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, we learned that the automaker is currently developing a more affordable version of the Chevrolet Camaro with a V8 engine. It was also hinted that it won’t be the only variant that will get special attention.

Todd Christensen of Chevrolet said to GM Authority that they are trying to come up with a lower end version of the said vehicle. By doing so, they have to think of ways to repackage and reprice the Camaro. Right now, Christensen says that they are exploring different options for this, and they also noted that the V8 engine seems to have a higher demand than what they have expected.

In fact, when they had the fifth generation Camaro, the automaker sold a lot of V6 engines, thinking that the sixth generation would be the same. But instead, the V8 demand increased for the latter. That being said, Chevrolet still sells more V6 Camaros, it’s just that there is something about the new V8 that are luring more muscle car fans.

Read the entire article Chevrolet may be cooking a cheaper V8 Camaro

Today, buyers of the sought after Bentley Bentayga can get the vehicle with either a 6.0 liter biturbo W12 or a 4.0 liter diesel fueled V8, with an electrically driven supercharger and two turbos.

Auto Motor und Sport, a German publication however stated that the automaker will soon offer a gas-fueled V8 to the range in July next year. We are currently taking this statement as a rumour now because the publication did not share any details regarding their source.

If the rumour is true, then it would probably be the Volkwagen Group’s 4.0 liter biturbo engine in the Porsche Cayenne that will be installed into the Bentayga. That said engine produces as much as 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton metres) of torque. The Lamborghini Urus actually comes equipped with the same engine, but produces 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-metres) of torque instead. All the said models sit on the same MLB platform, and that being said, it shouldn’t be a problem for Bentley’s engineers to fit the engine in.

Read the entire article Bentley Bentayga may offer a gas V8 option by July 2018

BMW has just started the countdown for the eventual launch of the BMW X7 in the end of 2018 by commencing the pre-production stage for the flagship sports utility vehicle. In a twist that waiting fans and potential customers would really appreciate, some juicy details about the new BMW X7 were recently leaked to the public.

All started when someone was able to get hold of the vehicle identification number (VIN) of a BMW X7 built at BMW’s Spartanburg site in South Carolina. This VIN is enough to uncover a number of details about vehicles produced by BMW Group’s brands like BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. One just needs to input the last seven digits of the VIN into the BMW VIN Decoder accessible at the bimmer.work Web site, and the system would generate a list of information about the vehicle that includes its standard features and optional equipment.

By inputting the last seven digits of the VIN of this particular BMW X7 into the bimmer.work Web site, interesting specs were revealed. For instance, this VIN belongs to a BMW X7 xDrive50i made for the United States. This model has five doors and is powered by a twin-turbo DOHC V8 N63M engine with a displacement of 4.40 liters and power output of 340 kW (456 kW). This engine sends power to all wheels (xDrive) via an automatic transmission. The exterior is wrapped in Alpina White and as expected it is well-equipped as standard.

Read the entire article Leaked specs of US-bound BMW X7 xDrive50i show wide array of standard and optional features

As soon as Toyota trademarked the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” at the European Union Intellectual Property Office, speculations have emerged that there could actually be a hardcore performance version of the Lexus LC 2+2 coupe. Just recently, an insider within Lexus has divulged to a Japanese automotive magazine that the LC F hardcore coupe could offer up to 621 hp of output.

In an interview with Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine – and as posted by Japan’s Lawrence Motorcycle X Car – the Lexus insider disclosed that the LC F would be taking on the formula of more power and less weight to offer a high level of performance without any compromise in luxury. This formula entails the employment of a powerful biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that could deliver around 621 hp (463 kW).

The formula also entails the intensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, a material that isn't just strong and rigid, but is also light and easy to shape. According to the Lexus insider, this weight-saving measure is being adopted on the LC F as the carmaker aims to make the hardcore performance car seven percent lighter than the LC coupe. If achieved, the LC F would have a weight of 3,980 lbs (1,778 kg).

Read the entire article Rumored Lexus LC F hardcore performance coupe to offer 621 hp from a bi-turbo V8

There is no doubt that there’s something beautiful about classic cars like the Porsche 911 and the Toyota FJ, but companies like Icon and Singer helped a lot of people ignite their lust for the classics, but this time, it’s upgraded with modern elements. Aside from the companies I mentioned earlier, there is also Mechatronik Engineering, which has the same aspirations but does things differently. For instance, the Pleidelsheim, Germany based company decided to work on classic luxury cars instead of sports cars and off roaders. And their latest work involves a two-door Mercedes-Benz.

This model was originally built between the 60’s and the 70’s, the W111 coupe is the German shop’s latest reworking. Speaking of classic cars with a modern twist, the coupe had been given a Mercedes-AMG SLK 55 5.5 liter V8. This helps the car produce 360 horsepower (268 kilowatts). You might now be wondering how much this vehicle cost. Well, the company listed it on their website for $464,000 (400,000 euros).

Aside from getting a powerful engine upgrade, the W111 now has an improved ABS brake system to ensure that it can stop the coupe when its going too fast. It now sits on a modern chassis too. What’s great about this car is that it can deceive people, and that is the point. For instance, one would not be able to figure out that this comes equipped with an AMG-sourced V8 by simply looking at it. However, if you want to go purely old school, Mechatronik Engineering can revert everything back to OEM spec if that’s what you prefer.

Read the entire article Mechatronik asks $464,000 for restored Mercedes-Benz W111 now equipped with AMG V8

To go along with its phenomenal comeback, Wiesmann Sports Cars GmbH has inked a deal with BMW AG to supply its engines. The announcement came from a brief press release regarding the agreement on the new product development and supply between the two companies. After all, Wiesmann sports cars have been using BMW M division’s motors all the way back since 1993.

The company was originally established by brothers Friedhelm and Martin Wiesmann in the 1980s. However, it was only after Wiesmann introduced the MF30 in 1993 that it became famous.

The final edition from the original Wiesmann was the GT MF4-CS which was built to commemorate the sports car company’s 25th year anniversary. The MF4-CS has held its premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show bearing the BMW-sourced 4.0-liter V8 engine that packs 414hp (309kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of powerful torque.

Read the entire article Wiesmann is set to go back in business with BMW V8 engines in its coupes

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

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

There is no denying that the performance versions of the Jaguar F-Type and the Land Rover Range Rover are definitely hot – both in terms of looks and road dynamics. These are all thanks to the hard work put up by the skilled people of Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. Because of their unique set of skills, these people from SVO could make hot vehicles like the F-Type and the Ranger Rover even much hotter.

SVO, however, might have another surprise for us on the pipeline. That is, if the report from AutoExpress is credible enough to be true.

It hasn’t been very long since Jaguar launched its newest revolutionary model – the XE sedan. When it was launched in 2015, the Jaguar XE did thrill and excite quite a number customers not only in the United Kingdom but also around the world. With nearly two years since its sales commenced in 2015, perhaps it is now high time to release an update this model – into something that would be much better and hotter than the Jaguar XE we know. That is where SVO comes in.

Read the entire article SVO is reportedly developing an SVR version of the Jaguar XE sedan

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

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

What happens when you equip a sporty Toyota GT86 with a powerful race-like engine from a Ferrari 458 Italia? Ask professional drifter Ryan Tuerck, whose GT86 has been fitted with the Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 engine. Working with Gumout and Donut Media, Tuerck embarked on a project to swap the engine of the Toyota GT86 with that of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

The Toyota GT86 – also known as the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S – has been a favorite when it comes to street drifting and even in drifting championships. In fact, Tuerck drives a Scion FR-S in his races. Now, the powerplant that powers a typical Toyota GT86 is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that employs Subaru's horizontally opposed boxer engine design.

This engine is rated to develop up to 200 hp (149 kW, 203 PS) of output at 7,000 rpm and up to 151 lb. ft. (205 Nm) of torque available at 6,000 rpm. Several methods can be employed to make this four-cylinder engine more powerful, like adding a turbocharger. Sans such upgrade, this flat-four engine is regarded by some as underpowered. Well, if compared to a Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 that develops around 562 hp (419 kW), GT86’s engine loses out.

Read the entire article 2016 SEMA: Ferrari 4.5-liter V8-equipped Toyota GT86 becomes GT4586 [w/video]

Fuel economy is now an everyday term we hear and read in the automotive world. Just recently, some car manufacturers got into serious trouble for claiming false statements with regard to fuel consumption. As it turns out, they have a different way of computing the miles per gallon returned by the vehicle.

Cars are easier to sell once the customers know it’s more fuel-efficient. After all, the cars you use daily should be light on the budget. Then it has to be environment friendly. In fact, the CO2 emission standards set by some government have since promoted diesel over petroleum. We have to admit that because of this, we kind of looked at petroleum as the bad guy.

Some vehicles designed for city driving basically lacks on performance but at least there’s more mileage. Most of the time, fuel-efficiency is only featured on entry levels. These economy cars have smaller engines and are more appropriate for everyday use. That means, you can rarely find a top of the line vehicle with big engine that offer fuel savings. But did you know that Ford’s EcoBoost technology makes it all possible?

Read the entire article V8-powered 2016 Ford Mustang GT surprisingly recognised for fuel economy