Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

Tom writes about suppliers, automotive technology and other wide-ranging topics.

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Fastest Bentley Ever Rated at 700 hp
The 6.0L W-12 in the Continental Supersports was significantly redesigned, incorporating larger turbochargers and larger charge-air cooling and exhaust systems, both for better breathing. Brake-based torque vectoring is standard.
Conti Launching More-Reliable LiDAR in 2020
Intended to be placed at each corner of an autonomous vehicle, the supplier says its High Resolution 3D Flash LiDAR has no moving parts, works well in bad weather and should be less expensive than current cumbersome LiDAR scanners.
2017 Winner: Honda Accord Hybrid 2.0L 4-Cyl./Dual Motor HEV
If Honda engineers suffer from an inferiority complex because rival Toyota gets all the hybrid love, the new Accord Hybrid gives them reason to stand taller today.
2017 Winner: Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4L Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl.
Time and again, Hyundai has demonstrated its ability to transform an engine that could be pedestrian in a modest grocery getter into something so much more. Its new pint-sized powerplant checks all our boxes.
Shots From the Floor: CES 2017 Las Vegas
The anticipated arrival of self-driving cars has automakers rethinking interiors and how they will look and feel in the future, as seen in several concepts exhibited at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
ZF, NVIDIA Claim First AI Car Computer
Outpacing the computing power of current automotive-grade processors, the ZF ProAI technology will enable vehicles to understand their environment by using deep learning to process sensor and camera data for highly automated driving, the companies say.
Intelligent Cars Promise Free Time, Bosch Says
In the U.S., Germany and much of China, safety systems and cloud-based functions potentially can prevent about 260,000 injury accidents, save 390,000 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions and offer average drivers an extra 31 hours of free time on the highway, study says.
2017 Winner: BMW M240i 3.0L DOHC Turbo-6
Other automakers would give up corporate secrets in exchange for just one of BMW’s excellent inline-6 turbos. With two of them, BMW guards the I-6 legacy, as well as its brand heritage.
Fuel Economy Has Become Great Equalizer 3
New propulsion systems have improved so dramatically in the areas of power delivery, response and refinement that we find ourselves looking increasingly at observed fuel economy to break ties and seal our picks.
WardsAuto Editors in 10 Best Engines Testing Mode
WardsAuto editors spent October and November driving and evaluating 40 vehicles in selecting the 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines.
Judges’ Decision Knocks Out Porsche’s Boxer 3
Yes, I bonded with Porsche’s 2.0L welterweight fighter, and my emotional attachment became stronger as I realized my coaching from the corner was falling on deaf ears.
Seven Turbos, Three Hybrids Share Wards 10 Best Engines Honors 2
For the first time in 23 years of testing, a V-8 fails to earn a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list, but many high-output turbocharged 6-cyl. engines are generating enough horsepower and torque to fill the void.
2017 Wards 10 Best Engines Winners 3
WardsAuto editors evaluated the 40 vehicles in October and November, driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend roadtrips. There is no instrumented testing. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $62,000 to be eligible.
2017 Wards 10 Best Engines: Falling in Love With 6-Cyl. Turbos 2
BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque.
Turbos, HEVs Vie for Wards 10 Best Engines Honors
Divergent powertrain strategies are evident as high-output turbocharged engines and fuel-sipping hybrids and plug-ins dominate the field of 40 powertrains under review for the 2017 competition.
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Feb 10, 2017
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