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12 hours ago

Video inside New Honda NSX interior and exterior In Geneva 2015

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16 hours ago

Image inside Brabus Rocket Cranks Mercedes Power to the 887HP Edge

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The top end of the luxury super-sedan market is effectively a game of numbers: who can pack the most power in the best dressed package. German tuning house Brabus knows a thing or two about sky-high horsepower and itÂ’s latest offering is no deviation.

Meet the Brabus Rocket 900: the 887 horsepower, 1,106 lb-ft of torque, 217 mph twisted cousin of the Mercedes S65. Whilst being ridiculously quick, itÂ’s also a car designed for the business elite. Complete with BrabusÂ’ iBusiness infotainment suite, it might just be one of the fastest mobile offices in the world.

So how does fast become blisteringly fast? The Brabus team starts out with the already quick S65 and eagerly lays into its biturbo V12 engine. Modifications include a new billet crankshaft with a longer stroke, a cylinder bore eked out to 6.3-liters, and two hefty turbochargers to replace the production pinwheels. Power gets sent through a revised seven-speed automatic gearbox with a new limited slip differential.

All totaled, the engine and drivetrain modifications will ‘rocket’ the Brabus 900 from zero to 60 mph in a slight 3.7 seconds and onto the 120 mph mark in a speedy 9.1 ticks of the second hand. And it ought to sound properly vicious through every gear change thanks to Brabus’ reworked butterfly valve exhaust.

All things considered, this massive luxury saloon is as much of a track star as it is mathlete. Tucked behind the front passengerÂ’s seat is what Brabus calls its iBusiness system, which features an iPad mini connected to a Mac mini central computer, from which we suspect many types of business can be performedÂ… all while screaming across the autobahn at 217 miles per hour.

Then again, you’ll have to be quite the business pro to afford one. The Brabus Rocket will retail for a stunning €347,719 (or around $390,600 at today’s rates).

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19 hours ago

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1 day ago

Image inside SCG003, a $2.6 million American supercar

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This is the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 003. It's a modular supercar, where key components like the engine and suspension can be interchanged easily so the car could compete in, say, the Nurburgring 24 Hours, and then drive home the next afternoon. In fact, Jim Glickenhaus plans to do just that later this year, just as bespoke race car builders like Ferrari and Briggs Cunningham did in the '50s and '60s.

Visually, there's lots of Ferrari Enzo in the design. That's not surprising, as Glickenhaus was responsible for bringing the wild Enzo-based Ferrari P4/5 to market. Glickenhaus told Yahoo Autos a short while back that he envisaged a world where many of the top racing series competed using the same vehicle platform, making it technically possible for a car to compete in NASCAR, German touring racing and Le Mans GT events -- and at low cost, since the cars would share the same fundamental architechture and rules.

That world seems as far away from reality as Doc's Delorean and Marty's self-drying jacket, but according to Glickenhaus, the desire for a movement such as this stretches far beyond just his wishes.

Back to the present: The SCG003, revealed here ahead of its official unveiling in Geneva next week, has a carbon fiber chassis and carbon fiber suspension pickup points located on a rear frame allowing for easy interchangeability. The engine in the race version of the SCG003, the Competizione model, is a heavily reworked twin-turbo Honda 3.5-liter V-6. Power levels are contentious, with some publications pointing to over 600 hp, while others state it will be more like 530 hp. Regardless, with a weight of 2,976 lbs., either will be enough to push you back into the seat. That mass will be distributed 49:51 front:rear.

We don't yet know any technical specifications on the street-going SCG003 Stradale. Glickenhaus says the road car can be fitted either with a twin-turbo Honda V-6 or one of Volkswagen's earth-turing W-12 engines; while the W-12 would produce more power, the twin-turbo may make for a better balanced machine.

What we do know is that the Glickenhaus SCG003 won't come cheap. It will, in fact, cost roughly $2.59 million. And if you really do want to drive the car from the racetrack back to your garage at home, you might want to employ an army of mechanics to help turn the car from Competizione (race) mode to Stradale (street) mode, and ask the hotel for an especially late check-out. Deliveries begin late this year.

Most people in this league of racing lust would likely just buy two cars, but we applaud Jim for his ingenuity, and we can't wait to see the SCG003 tearing up the racetrack in Germany later this year -- and one day, maybe, Le Mans.

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2 days ago

Image inside Koenigsegg Regera

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Christian von Koenigsegg isn't a fan of standing still. His eponymous Swedish auto company has been turning out high quality, low-volume supercars now for just over a decade, challenging the likes of Bugatti and other artisanal builders for superlatives in speed and handling.

Yet today, Koenigsegg launched his most ambitious car yet, one meant to stand on the stage with Ferrari, Porsche and any other builder. This is the Koenigsegg Regera, an 1,800-hp, $1.9 million machine capable of hitting 248 mph — in less than 20 seconds.

While four-digit horsepower figures are rare but not unheard of in small-production cars, the method by which Koenigsegg gets its power may be as impressive as its totals. The back hatch holds a twin-turbo V-8 capable of 1,100 hp on regular high-octane fuel. That engine doesn't use a transmission; rather, Koenigsegg has fitted what he calls a hydraulic drive unit that's coupled with two electric motors on the rear axle. A third electric motor on the front of the engine provides additional energy — up to 700 hp total from all three.

The result is a hypercar that can also drive 31 miles on electricity alone, and take a recharge to its 9.7-kWh battery pack from a plug-in port from the rear. Koenigsegg claims the system only adds about 200 lbs. compared to what the Regera might weigh with a traditional 7-speed transmission, in line with the company's obsession towards light vehicles.

That hasn't kept Koenigsegg from upgrading the interior of the Regera; where its previous interiors had a hint of small-carbuilder restrictions, the new one looks as finished as any from an established company. And there are several other trick pieces of engineering deployed throughout the car, from the now-trademark swing-up doors to titanium tailpipes shaped into vertical splitters that aid in creating downforce.

There's an old saying that anyone can build a car that goes fast once; the trick is repeating it, steadily. The challenge for Koenigsegg and other small builders also comes from meeting the bevy of requirements for safety that keep most low-volume cars out of the United States. For the Regera, Koenigsegg claims to have tackled those problems: the 80 cars it will sell, starting at $1.9 million, will be street-legal everywhere including the United States.

It's probably not possible to prove the Regera is the world's fastest production car — the only track long enough to run such a test belongs to Volkswagen, which build the current record holder (the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport) — but Koenigsegg suspects given enough room, the Regera might hit 270 mph. Given how much innovation the Regera brings to the supercar world, it's hard to bet against it.

https://autos.yahoo.com/p...373749557.html

 
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2 days ago

Video inside New EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept Hints At Potential Bentley Sports Car

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Last summer, Bentley CEO Wolfgang DĂĽrheimer revealed the British automaker was looking to add a fifth model to its existing Continental, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and soon-to-arrive Bentayga nameplates, and that it had two leading proposals: a two-seater sports car and a more conventional offering (possibly a four-door coupe) positioned between the Continental GT and Mulsanne.

Now, at this week’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley is hinting at one of those proposals, the sports car, with a new concept dubbed the “EXP 10 Speed 6”. The concept’s arrival doesn’t guarantee production of a new Bentley sports car, but rather the automaker plans to use the vehicle to gauge potential interest in a production version, just as it did with the Bentayga-previewing EXP 9 F concept unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

“EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley’s future—a powerful, exquisite and individual concept,” Dürheimer said at tonight’s reveal in Geneva. “It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family.”

Importantly, the EXP 10 Speed 6 also previews future design elements and technology coming to BentleyÂ’s other lines, namely, the next-generation Continental due in the coming years. We especially like the muscular, athletic surfaces that look like the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. ThereÂ’s also a new interpretation of the iconic Bentley grille and the automaker's signature four-round headlamps design.

Inside, Bentley has also stuck with current themes—but with a thoroughly modern twist. The inspiration here comes from the continuous line that runs around the cabin, driving through the console and into two symmetrical wings before flowing into the door and looping back into the console armrest.

Two quilted bucket seats are positioned either side of the narrow center console which houses most of the driver controls and a 12-inch, curved touchscreen display. The rest of the surfaces are all lined in the finest leather, wood and aluminum materials.

Copper accents, found both in the cabin and on the exterior, highlight the vehicleÂ’s hybrid powertrain. Bentley doesnÂ’t go into detail but says any production version should have a top speed that challenge competitors and defines a new segment benchmark. Rivals in this segment would include the production version of MaseratiÂ’s Alfieri sports car, the new Mercedes-AMG GT and high-end versions of the iconic Porsche 911. Interestingly, the platform underpinning the EXP 10 Speed 6 is likely to be the Volkswagen GroupÂ’s new MSB for front-engined, rear-wheel-drive cars, which was developed primarily by Porsche.

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2 days ago

Video inside BRABUS - S Class, S Class Coupe, & G Wagon

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2 days ago

Image inside The Sport Coupe Concept GTE

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If you think that VolkswagenÂ’s current cars are a little, um, forgettable, youÂ’re certainly not alone. But if VWÂ’s new Sport Coupe Concept GTE, which just made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, is any indication of where VW is going, there might well be some VWs worth remembering in the future.

With a broad, chiseled face that bears a striking resemblance to the new Aston Martin Lagonda, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE is being billed as a car that could fill the gap between the Passat and the aging Phaeton luxury sedan that VW phased out of its U.S. lineup years ago. It is also the latest automobile to push the definition of the word “coupe,” with its four-door hatchback body and four spacious seats. It is edgy and sexy, however, without looking forced. Particularly well executed are the grill slats that blend into the LED running lamps, the chamfered tailgate, and elegant wheel bugles that convey a muscular stance without looking steroidal. Think of it as an Audi A7 with a VW badge.

While we still have a hard time calling any four-door a “coupe,” we do agree with that the word “sport” applies in this case. Powering this sexy concept car (and indeed, that which puts the “GTE” in its name) is a 375-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. With a turbocharged V-6 and a small electric motor integrated within the gearbox up front and a second, more powerful electric motor driving the rear wheels, the Sport Coupe Concept thus features all-wheel drive without sacrificing cabin space for a drive shaft. Volkswagen claims that the car can accelerate from zero to 62 in five seconds flat, with a top speed of 155 mph. As a plug-in hybrid with a lithium ion battery, much of one’s daily driving could be done on electricity alone, thus enabling the car to average a whopping 118 mpg. While that latter number is not according to the U.S. EPA’s way of measuring fuel economy, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE could generate huge efficiency numbers.

The interior, meanwhile, is simultaneously high-tech and beautiful. Once again, the concept takes after Audi — in this case the Prologue concept — with elegantly shaped touch screens, aluminum strips and wood planks, mostly horizontal in arrangement to accentuate width, and an architectural “floating” center console. Nifty tech features include the ability to perform a biometric driver “vitality” check via smartwatch or wristband, navigation that can automatically tailor routes depending on the driver’s known penchant for taking the shortest or the most scenic routes, and a vehicle-to-vehicle information system that gathers real-time information about traffic and weather conditions on the road ahead from fellow drivers.

VW did not say how serious it is about turning the Sport Coupe Concept GTE into a Sport Coupe GTE reality; even if it doesnÂ’t happen, weÂ’d would love to see the styling trickle down to the rest of the VW line. LetÂ’s just hope VW gives this one a new name.

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2 days ago

Image inside Aston Martin DBX Crossover Concept

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James Bond would probably like this one, for its silent speed and rough-terrain capability.

And it's even an Aston Martin.

At today's Geneva Motor Show, the British sports-car maker unveiled a surprise concept: a sporty crossover utility vehicle with an all-electric powertrain.

Given that Aston hasn't mentioned electric propulsion thus far, the concept came as a surprise both for its electric power and its crossover shape.

The Aston Martin DBX Concept takes the body of a GT coupe and pairs it with the taller ride height and all-wheel-drive system of a sport-utility vehicle, similar to a recent Audi concept.

In its presentation, the company explains that the DBX concept widens the appeal of the iconic British brand and lets it reach out to a more diverse global audience.

That essentially means luxury buyers in markets like China, Russia, and Brazil, where poor roads outside the major cities make its low-riding traditional sports cars impractical.

It's the same reason that Porsche created its Cayenne SUV.

Not only did they appeal to wealthy North Americans with families, but they specifically allowed Chinese buyers who wanted to travel outside Beijing and Shanghai to consider buying a Porsche.

While the company had shown a Lagonda concept at the Geneva Motor Show fully six years ago, that large SUV never sent into production.

But now the company has new financial backing, new executives, and a new direction--and clearly it intends to make an impression on Geneva show-goers.

As for that all-electric powertrain, note that Aston Martin's new CEO, Andy Palmer, was previously product chief at Nissan, which has built more battery-electric cars than any other maker.

“This is, clearly, not a production-ready sports GT car," Palmer said at today's reveal.

"But it is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about what Aston Martin GT customers around the world could request of us in the future."

“We will, in due course, be entering a car into the new DBX space," Palmer concluded, "and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this concept is received."

The lithium-sulfur battery pack, of unspecified capacity, powers in-wheel electric motors in the Aston Martin DBX.

It has the by-now-requisite active LED headlights, rear-view cameras rather than side mirrors, and heads-up displays for both driver and front passnger.

There's also drive-by-wire electric steering, auto-dimming glass, and carbon-ceramic brakes incorporating a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).

The look of the DBX evolves the brand's design language, led by chief designer Marek Reichman. A large front grille in the traditional shape and a flowing fastback roofline mark it as an Aston Martin.

Inside, materials used in the 2+2 cabin include machined billet aluminum, carbon fiber, velvet-like Nubuck leather, and Alcantara.

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

Image inside Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Koenigsegg has brought a new, more potent version of its Agera supercar to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new version is called the “Agera RS”, and it packs a 1,160-horsepower version of the Swedish marque’s familiar twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8. That figure, Koenigsegg tells us, was achieved using regular pump gas.

By comparison, the current Agera R only musters up 960 hp on pump gas and the Agera S manages 1,016 hp. Incredibly, Agera RS buyers looking for even more power need only fill their tank with E85 fuel. Of course, Koenigsegg’s One:1 and new Regera ‘megacars’ remain supreme with their respective 1,341 hp and 1,500 hp outputs.

In addition to a more potent engine, the Agera RS also benefits from a number of enhancements gleaned from the One:1. These include advanced lightweight sound insulation, new aero components aimed at boosting downforce, (front splitter, front winglets, side skirts, advanced dynamic underbody flap system and a dynamically active rear spoiler) and new vents behind the front wheels. Downforce is said to have been increased to as much as 990 pounds at 155 mph. The transmission, meanwhile, is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

On top of these standard upgrades, there is also a long list of options for Agera RS buyers that can further boost the carÂ’s performance. These include a separate aero package, active suspension with pre-defined setups for some of the worldÂ’s top race tracks, active sound cancellation, a roof scoop and an active shock absorber system.

For the interior, Agera RS buyers can add anodizing for some of the surfaces, accent stitching, a backup camera, a luggage set and even a diamond-encrusted key fob. Like all of KoenigseggÂ’s models, the Agera RS also features a detachable and storable roof.

Just 25 examples of the Agera RS are destined for production, and already 10 of the build slots have been reserved. Together with the new Regera, Koenigsegg will for the first time be producing two distinct models simultaneously. While the Regera is aimed at buyers seeking a luxurious performance car, the Agera RS is positioned as the ultimate track tool. In fact, Koenigsegg is likely to use it in its quest to set a new production car lap record for the ‘Ring, a record that currently stands at 6:57, as set by the Porsche 918 Hybrid in 2013.

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2 days ago

Image inside Honda Civic Type R 2015 preview: 306bhp and 0-60 in 5.7-seconds

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The new Civic Type R has finally arrived, and itÂ’s the most extreme Honda Type R model ever sold.

Two figures in particular stand out from the manufacturer's specification sheet: its 306bhp peak power output and a 167mph top speed – but there needs to be substance behind the bare figures and aggressive styling for Honda's latest hot hatch to be taken seriously.

The engine in particular will be a sticking point for some Honda fans, as the first ever Type R model fed via turbocharger rather than natural aspiration. The unit is all-new and displaces 2.0 litres, producing its lofty output at 6500rpm before reaching a 7000rpm red line – where previous Type Rs developed their maximum well into the sevens and eights.

Engine and Performance

The tradeoff, performance-wise at least, is the torque – its 295lb ft output is over double the previous Civic R’s 142lb ft and produced at 2500rpm, rather than 5600rpm of the old car.*Honda claims a 5.7-second 0-62mph sprint – the quickest among front-wheel drive hot hatchbacks – and a 167mph top speed.Unusually for an otherwise technology-focused car, Honda has opted to stick with a manual transmission for the new Type R – a six-speed unit feeding power to the front wheels alone. No automatic or dual-clutch is confirmed.

Nurburgring lap time

Honda has now confirmed an incredbile 7 minutes and 50 seconds lap time for the new Civic Type-R. That is a new front wheel drive record.









 
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6 days ago

Video inside Lexus RC-F vs BMW M4 (Drag Race & Drift)

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7 days ago

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7 days ago

Image inside 2016 Audi R8

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In the annals of supercars, the Audi R8 has always suffered from the curse of the tweener. While successful in racing, it's overshadowed by the Le Mans-dominating Audi diesel race cars; inside the Volkswagen empire, the shadow comes from the Lamborghinis that use the same V-10. With Porsche assimilated into VW, there's even more potential for internecine thunder-stealing.

So Audi decided to ensure the new R8 has thunder to spare.

The 2016 model that will be shown live for the first time in Geneva next week hones the R8 into more of a pure sportscar. The V-8 editions are cast out (for now); the only power source is the V-10, either in 540 hp or 610 hp states of tune, equal to what's granted those flashy Italian models. Power runs through a refreshed seven-speed automatic transmission and a bolstered Quattro all-wheel-drive system which will route all of it to either the front or rear axles as called for. And the revised aluminum-and-carbon fiber chassis sheds 110 lbs. from the first generation R8 — a necessary move, as it's the basis for the GT3 race-car edition.

The result: the R8 now hits 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, a half-second faster than before, with a top speed of 205 mph — the fastest car to ever wear the four rings from the factory to the public road.

In typical Audi fashion, the styling changes inside and out involve alterations rather than renovations — although the new R8 face looks tauter in every direction, the dimensions have barely changed. Other supercar brands can cite their low volume as a reason to skimp on amenities despite their price tags, but Audi has a luxury reputation to uphold, and throws every option it has at the R8, from carbon-ceramic brake discs to custom-stitched Alcantara headliner to in-car WiFi for what must be the world's most blasĂ© passengers. And in a nod to the real world, the V10 now features both cylinder deactivation and a "coasting" mode to save that precious high-octane fuel.

The GT3 version of the R8 due next year will use 50 percent of the road car's parts, including a detuned version of the V10. While the R8 V10 eschews the modern trend toward hybrid supercar power, Audi says it will build all-electric versions on the R8 on order. The new R8 e-tron is the first car from an established manufacturer to hold more electric power than a Tesla Model S — 92 kWh, which Audi says gives the e-tron a range of 279 miles, and can be recharged in two hours with Audi's high-energy charger. The e-tron is slower than the V-10 — 3.9 seconds to 62 mph, and a top speed limited to 155 mph — and Audi will only build them upon request, at a price that wasn't disclosed but is guaranteed to be breathtaking. It's the kind of engineering muscle-flexing that's not possible in Maranello or Sant'Agata or Stuttgart, and with the new R8, Audi has made it clear it wants to be second to none.

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7 days ago

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7 days ago

Article inside Best New Car Lease Deals: February 2015

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We're going to bet someone in your life has told you leasing a new car is a bad idea. Yes, you technically don't own the car and won't get any money back when you turn it in. But leasing has its advantages: it allows you to get into a new vehicle for a relatively low monthly payment. And it means you can get behind the wheel of a different ride every two or three years. It's really not that bad of an option in many cases.
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The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a premium compact SUV. It offers an ideal mix of on- and off-road capability, ideal suburbon size and efficient highway cruising.




Nissan Murano

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Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway

Customer Cash Deal: $319/month for 36 months, $2,699 down, 12,000 miles/year, Exp: 3/2/15

The Nissan Murano is a crossover vehicle that integrates function and high fashion. The new third-generation Murano kicks it up many notches with its concept car-like styling, quality interior and advanced technology.




Ford Fusion

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Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway

Customer Cash Deal: $179/month for 24 months with $2,599 down, 21,000 miles, Exp: 3/31/15

The Ford Fusion is an expressive and efficient top choice among midsize sedans.






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Customer Cash Deal: $219/month for 36 months, $3,299 down, 10,000 miles/year, Exp: 3/2/15

The Ram 1500 is a highly capable fullsize pickup truck that's available with a wide variety of trim levels, engine options, cabin styles and bed lengths.





BMW X1 xDrive28i

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Customer Cash Deal: $299/month for 36 months, $3,844 down, 10,000 miles, Exp: 3/2/15

The X1 is a recent addition to BMW's Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) lineup - a fresh interpretation of form meets function in the premium compact segment that blends unique styling, responsive driving dynamics and adaptable interior space.



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1 week ago

Image inside Hyundai’s New 3.3L Twin-Turbo V6 Engine Specs Leaked

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Hyundai has a new twin-turbo V6 engine in the works.


Expected to power the next-generation Genesis coupe, previewed above in the HND-9 concept, details of the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 have leaked onto the Internet.

Engine output will reportedly be rated at 365 hp with 379 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the current 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine, the twin-turbo mill provides 27 more horsepower and 84 lb-ft of torque. It is also expected to be a more fuel efficient engine.
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2 weeks ago

Lasers set to zap engines into running more efficiently

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PEW pew! For a week last November an internal combustion engine hummed away in a lab near Chicago. Why the excitement? This particular engine sets fire to fuel with lasers instead of spark plugs, burning fuel more efficiently than normal. Laser-fired engines could lead to cleaner, greener cars.

In a normal combustion engine, a mix of fuel and air enters a chamber where it is ignited by a spark plug. Hot, expanding gases from the burning fuel then exert force on a moving part such as a piston – generating mechanical energy that can be used to turn the wheels of a car, for example. But because each combustion cycle happens very quickly, it is hard to get all of the fuel mixture to burn. The problem is that spark plugs can only ignite the fuel at one end of the chamber, says Chuni Ghosh, CEO of New Jersey-based Princeton Optronics, the firm that developed the new ignition system.

In Ghosh's engine, a laser ignites the fuel in the middle of the chamber instead, burning more of the fuel and improving combustion efficiency by 27 per cent. Laser ignition could boost the fuel efficiency of a car from 40 kilometers per litre up to around 50, for example. The more complete burn also emits fewer polluting by-products such as nitrogen dioxide.

Lasers are also better at keeping up with the thousands of cycles a minute at which a car engine runs. They can be tuned more precisely than spark plugs so that they fire at the optimal instant for ignition. They can even be fired multiple times during the same cycle into different parts of the cylinder to maximize fuel burn.

The engine was presented for the first time at the ARPA-e energy innovation summit last week in Washington DC. The idea itself is not new, but Princeton Optronics is the first to show that it works in a real engine, with the heat and extreme forces that thousands of revolutions per minute produce. Toyota toyed with a similar system in 2011, but never tested it in these conditions.

Cars are not the only vehicles that stand to gain. Back-up generators and ships' engines could benefit too. "There is a lot of pressure on the shipping companies to reduce the pollution from their ships," says Ghosh. "One shipping company we are talking to is interested in retrofitting their existing engines with laser ignition."

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2 weeks ago

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