Engines

  • Mazda Vision Coupe concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    In an industry focused on electrification and alternative powertrains, Mazda is prepared to buck the trend. The Japanese automaker confirmed it has a new inline-6 engine in the pipeline. Yes, a much smaller automaker with a fraction of the profitability is readying the same kind of engine Toyota opted to not develop for its fifth-generation Supra, citing production and vehicle costs. Jalopnik first discovered news of the SkyActiv-X inline-6 and reported Thursday that the new powertrain was found hiding in a seemingly mundane "Fiscal Year 2019 March Results" online presentation. Page 25...

  • AMG 53 Deep Dive
    AMG 53 deep dive: Mercedes-AMG's straight shot at hybrid performance throws a few curves

    The AMG 53 Series looks to the past for its future in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. In addition to the CLS-Class, E-Class, and upcoming GLE-Class, the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that defines AMG 53s is likely to appear in nearly every Mercedes model soon. Related to the inline-6 found in the 450...

  • 2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR
    Aston Martin embraces V-12, wants to keep engine alive

    As long as it's possible, Aston Martin will keep the V-12 engine alive. The commitment comes as automakers begin to take a hard look at large-displacement engines. New emissions and fuel economy regulations around the world will make it more difficult for an engine like the V-12 to comply. Marek...

  • 2020 BMW 7-Series
    BMW says it will be a challenge to keep V-12 after 2023

    BMW will champion the V-12 engine for at least another four years, but after 2023 the German luxury marque said it will be a challenge to keep the powerplant in its vehicles. Michael Bayer, head of BMW powertains, said the brand has no plans to abandon the V-12 engine, which serves the 2020...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra Formula D car with 2JZ engine swap
    2020 Toyota Supra headed to Formula D with 2JZ engine swap

    The 2020 Toyota Supra is headed to Formula Drift, but its BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 won't burn up its rear tires. Instead, it's headed to the top drift series with a venerable 3.0-liter 2JZ inline-6 from the fourth-generation car under the hood. Professional drifter Daigo Saito...

  • Hagerty rebuilds 389 ci Tri-Power Pontiac V-8 engine
    Zen out with this time-lapse rebuild of a Pontiac GTO 389 V-8 engine

    There's something satisfying about time-lapse videos, which make daunting tasks look effortless. Rebuilding an engine is anything but effortless, but sped up and compressed to 10 minutes, it's a pleasant ordeal to watch. Hagerty's series of "Redline Rebuild" videos recently saved a beat up 389...

  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

    As we've speculated for years, Jaguar-Land Rover has a new inline-6 engine, and on Monday the company announced it will first find a home in the Land Rover Range Rover Sport lineup. The new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 replaces the dated supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and is part of the Ingenium family of engines The supercharged V-6 suffers from numerous inefficiencies, including the fact that it is actually a V-8 that simply doesn't use two cylinders. The inline-6 shares components with the company's 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, itself part of the Ingenium engine family. Unlike the inline-4...

  • FCA US LLC logo
    FCA planning turbocharged inline-6 to replace Pentastar V-6?

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could say so-long to the V-6 engine and usher in a new inline-6 engine instead. On Tuesday, Allpar, a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles enthusiast website, reported on the possible straight-6 engine in development at FCA, noting that it would eventually find its way under the...

  • T1 Turbine concept race car
    Race car concept has illegal turbine powertrain, aims to replace F1 race cars

    Turbine-powered race cars were banned long ago by the racing community's sanctioning bodies, but that won't stop Keith Hylton and his dream to bring the Turbine T1 to life. Hylton, a California-based businessman with team ownership experience, calls his T1 Turbine concept race car a new-generation...

  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ during Nürburgring lap record attempt
    The Aventador SVJ is the last non-hybrid V-12 Lamborghini

    Before its public debut at Pebble Beach in August, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is already well known for one thing: it's the quickest street-legal production car around the famed Nürburgring. But, it will also be the last Lamborghini model to sport a V-12 engine without some form of...

  • FCA creates new aluminum alloy for turbo engines
    FCA has developed a new aluminum alloy for turbocharged engines to better withstand heat

    It's a common engineering practice: find ways to improve performance without sacrificing efficiency. In the automotive world, it means more horsepower and better fuel economy. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has a solution in a new aluminum alloy that can better withstand heat as the boost is cranked up...

  • Why the pushrod engine still exists
    5 reasons why pushrod engines still exist

    The pushrod engine is a rather archaic piece of engineering, but automakers have stuck by it to this day. Notably, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors still shove pushrod V-8 engines under the hoods of hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Why has the pushrod engine failed to die, especially...

  • Why don't pushrod engines have high redlines?

    Pushrod engines may not be high-tech by today's standards, but they soldier on and have benefits of their own. One downfall, however, is their ability to rev. Pushrod engines tend to have rather low redlines. You won't find a GM small-block V-8 revving to 9,000 rpm, but there's a reason for it all. Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to help us understand why we can't push a pushrod engine to higher rpm limits. It comes down to valve float, which is when the pushrod assembly begins to lose contact with the camshaft profile. As the pushrod forces the rocker arm down to activate the...

  • Why the Ford flathead V-8 engine died
    Why Ford's flathead V-8 engine died

    Ford's famed flathead V-8 was revolutionary when the automaker put the engine into production in 1932. It brought the V-8 to the mass market and ready power to hot rodders for decades to come. But its design would eventually make it outdated. After more than two decades of service, the flathead V-8...

  • 2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive
    Infiniti's variable-compression engine: witchcraft explained

    Infiniti introduced the world's first variable compression-ratio engine, a technology it claims to have been working on for two decades, at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. A variable compression-ratio engine is a feat of automotive engineering, flummoxing automakers since long before Infiniti...

  • Mercedes-Benz 3.0-liter inline-6
    Mercedes-Benz phasing out V-6 engines in favor of inline-6s

    Mercedes-Benz V-6 engines are not long for this world, but it's not all bad news. Ola Källenius, head of Mercedes research and development, did confirm the brand will phase out V-6 engine, but it means a return of the inline-6. Road & Track reported on Källenius' comments on Tuesday...

  • 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
    Diesel Ford F-150 specs revealed: 250 hp, tows up to 11,400 pounds, on sale in spring

    Favorable climates breed diversity in any species. Ford detailed this week its 2018 F-150 Power Stroke diesel engine, the first time a diesel has been offered in the mega-selling pickup in its 70-year history, and the sixth engine configuration available to shoppers today. The diesel engine...

  • Subaru Viziv Performance concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Flat-lined? New Subaru WRX may ditch boxer engine

    The next-generation Subaru WRX may skip one of its signature details when it's released in 2020, a report from Autocar suggested Monday. While all-wheel drive and horizontally opposed pistons are to Subaru what bad chili and worse pasta are to Cincinnati cuisine, it appears that tightening...

  • A Chevy crate engine that works in the crate

    Ordering a crate engine for your project car build is sure to be an exciting experience. With so many top notch motor choices out there, it's hard to go wrong. Sometimes though, you want to save a few bucks and that's when you turn to a dropout engine. A dropout isn't an engine that left automotive finishing school early, but rather one plucked from a vehicle that was most likely in an accident. The engine, however, wasn't affected and it gets removed from the mangled machine, cleaned up, and offered for sale. The one you see here is in such good shape, it will run right out of the box...er...

  • Katech 416 ci LS3-based V-8 short block.
    Katech 416 is a short-block V-8, long on 600-plus-horsepower

    Most car enthusiasts are well aware that a project car comes with a whole lot of baggage, namely in picking and sourcing appropriate parts. The engine is especially important, and depending on the individual's goals, making a lot of horsepower can get really expensive, really quickly. Enter Katech...

  • 2018 BMW M5
    Current 4-cylinder engines aren't good enough for BMW M

    The automotive industry at large may be working to downsize engines to extract greater fuel efficiency from cars, but not BMW's M division. Today's modern 4-cylinder engines aren't up to par for the performance division and BMW M's chief, Frank van Meel, said there won't be an M car powered by a...

  • Mazda twin-turbo electric supercharged engine patent
    Mazda patents engine with two turbos and an electric supercharger

    We have to hand it to Mazda. Lately, the small Japanese automaker has punched well above its weight with the announcement it would bring a gasoline Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) to market in 2019, dubbed Skyactiv-X. But, what's this? Another piece of news surrounding a future Mazda...

  • Singer Williams Porsche flat-6 engine
    Singer and Williams team up for 500-hp, 9,000-rpm Porsche 911 engine

    Singer Vehicle Design and Williams Advanced Engineering are clearly trying to coax us into making poor financial decisions because the duo have announced plans for one hell of an engine collaboration. It's an air-cooled, 4.0-liter Porsche flat-6 engine that makes—wait for it—500...

  • 2018 Honda Accord sedan prototype, Honda Tochigi R&D Center, Japan, June 2017
    2018 Honda Accord drops V-6 engine, gains turbocharged 4-cylinders

    The Honda Accord has been one of the final holdouts in a sea of midsize sedans powered by 4-cylinder engines. It has held onto its V-6 engine for longer than anyone could have imagined, but that changes for 2018. The 2018 Honda Accord will arrive with two turbocharged inline-4 engines and wave...

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