Standard with a manual transmission, the 365-hp M2 coupe will be available with an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch automatic. Also unveiled in Detroit is the X4 M40i utility vehicle, using the same N55 3.0L turbocharged inline-6.
As TRW, with its electronics, chassis, safety and steering systems, comes together with driveline specialist ZF, engineers from both sides are collaborating on ideas for more than 400 products that might be possible from the new organization.
As the Toyota Research Institute steps up its work in autonomous vehicles, the automaker realizes people can tolerate human error but are less forgiving of machines. Cars must become incapable of causing accidents.
With the arrival of high-efficiency hybrids, there’s something comforting and nostalgic in an engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that needs a giant hood scoop to pull in enough air to let the intercooler do its job. That’s kickin’ it old-school.
Two diesels, the Nissan/Cummins 5.0L V-8 and General Motors’ 2.8L Duramax 4-cyl., were in the running for Wards 10 Best Engines but could not keep up with the Ram 1500’s 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6, which completes a three-peat of fairy-tale proportions.
For more than 20 years, the Nissan VQ’s calling card has been its unmistakably creamy midrange. But the new version displays a lot more composure when pushed hard, even to the brink of the 6,600-rpm redline.
In 2020, the supplier expects massive savings at its 250 manufacturing plants worldwide because “Industry 4.0” hardware and software will allow assessing data in real time, ensuring unprecedented gains in production flexibility, logistics and safety.
Ford dismantled a perfectly good 5.0L V-8 and put it back together with more displacement, less friction, a volumetric efficiency of 110%, higher compression, 100 more horsepower and the ability to spin at a jaw-dropping 8,250 rpm without forced induction.
GM’s new 335-hp 3.6L direct-injection V-6 muscles its way onto this year’s list because it so powerfully completes the Chevy Camaro tandem. It’s the right hand to the V-8’s left. It’s so good that certain editors prefer it to the V-8.
BMW’s B58 I-6, springing from a new EfficientDynamics modular family of 3-, 4- and 6-cyl. engines, has a larger turbocharger, all-new water-to-air intercooler, longer stroke, more horsepower and torque and several fuel-saving technologies.
When an editor lobbies for the powertrain that scores dead last in our competition (and shall remain nameless), it speaks volumes about the progressive leaps being achieved in noise attenuation, power delivery and drivability.
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A massive increase in Defender thefts has followed JLR’s January termination of the all-wheel-drive workhorse’s 67-year production run. Rural insurer NFU Mutual says more than 500 Defenders were stolen across the U.K. last year....More