Engines

  • Why the inline-6 is making a comeback

    Engineering Explained examines the comeback of the inline-6, from the manufacturing synergies to the smoothness to the reduced parts cost.

  • 2019 Audi R8
    Audi Sport boss wants a V-10 in next-gen R8

    The halo car from Audi was reportedly set for an electric powertrain, but the Audi Sport boss may be fighting for a V-10.

  • Mazda Vision Coupe concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Mazda readies new SkyActiv-X inline-6 engine

    An internal document lists a new Skyactive-X inline-6 engine for future large-architecture Mazdas, and the company has confirmed it is developing the new engine.

  • 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

    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 posted photos to Instagram of his latest Formula D drift car and they show the 2JZ engine under the hood. This could very well be the world's first 2JZ swap for the 2020 Supra, since the car hasn't gone on sale in any market yet. We knew it was inevitable, even Toyota knew it was inevitable, that the...

  • 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
    2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport nixes the V-6, debuts new inline-6

    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...

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    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

    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 and compression ratio rises in turbocharged engines. It's called ACMZ, and it uses copper as a strengthening component. Most aluminum alloy mixes feature silicon, which offers heat protection in cylinder heads up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit. With ACMZ, a cylinder head can withstand temperatures up to...

  • 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?
    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...

  • 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

    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 won’t be the last option coming soon to the F-150: the automaker has already confirmed that a seventh, a hybrid powertrain, is on the way. With hundreds of thousands of pickups sold in the U.S. each year, it may be no surprise that Ford would consider adding more variety to its powertrain lineup...

  • 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
    This Chevy LT-1 V-8 runs without the car

    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...

  • 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...

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