Hybrids

  • Ferrari 458 Speciale, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Ferrari will reveal a new hybrid supercar on May 31, but details have slowly begun to trickle out ahead of time. While we learned last week the supercar may pack 986 horsepower, a new report claims it will also have all-wheel drive. German website Auto Motor und Sport reported more powertrain and drivetrain details for the electrified supercar. Specifically, the website said to expect a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 paired with three electric motors. The V-8 engine should come directly from the mid-engine F8 Tributo, where it makes 710 horsepower. It seems quite possible the V-8 will make an...

  • 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
    2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI revealed as first of Audi's next-gen plug-in hybrids

    After years of promises, Audi is finally ready to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of its core models globally. They will feature the automaker's next-generation plug-in hybrid powertrain, and the first of them was confirmed on Tuesday as the Q5 55 TFSI e. Others will include A6-, and A7- and...

  • Ferrari hybrid supercar spied testing near Maranello, Italy
    Get a taste of the explosive acceleration of the new hybrid Ferrari

    Update: This article has been updated with a new video that replaces the original, which was removed by its owner. Ferrari is set to unveil a hybrid supercar on May 31, and information gleaned from an invite to the unveiling recently mailed to loyal customers revealed the car will have 986...

  • McLaren hybrid test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    McLaren spied testing new hybrid

    A tester for McLaren's next hybrid has been spotted. The new McLaren is still at the test mule stage, with the new mechanicals hidden beneath the makeshift body of a 720S. We know the tester features electrification because of the mandated “Hybrid” sticker on the windshield and doors...

  • Mercedes-Benz Ambition 2039
    Mercedes estimates plug-in hybrids and EVs will be half of sales by 2030

    Mercedes-Benz on Monday announced the ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2039. That's 20 years away or less than three product cycles, which for an automaker the size of Mercedes is a short time to transform its entire operations. Key to reaching the goal will be expanding the number of...

  • Ferrari 812 Superfast, 2017 Geneva Motor Show
    New 986-horsepower Ferrari to debut May 31

    An invitation to the debut of the Ferrari supercar appears to spill details on its power output. Posted to Ferrari Chat by user ppg70, the invite claims Ferrari will show a "Super Ferrari" with 986 horsepower on May 31. We expect it to be a hybrid. The invitation appears to be real, and is written...

  • 2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

    Germany's Opel on Monday unveiled its first plug-in hybrid in the form of the Grandland X Hybrid4. First previewed as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the Grandland X Hybrid4 small SUV will start deliveries in markets where Opel (and Vauxhall) operates in early 2020. Pricing hasn't been announced but the standard Grandland X starts at 24,250 euros (approximately $27,250) in Opel's home market. The Grandland X Hybrid4's powertrain is borrowed from the parts bin of Opel's PSA Group parent and includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to an electric motor and...

  • 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 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman T
    Porsche reportedly plans electric 718 sports car by 2022

    Porsche is developing an electric 718 sports car for launch around 2022, Autocar reported on Tuesday. Prototype 718s with electric powertrains are being developed alongside one with a hybrid powertrain, the British publication has learned from Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. “We have prototypes of...

  • 2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered
    Volvo adds 415-hp Polestar Engineered option for V60, XC60

    Polestar may be a standalone brand within Volvo Cars these days, but the former performance arm is still working its magic on various Volvo models. The latest models to receive the Polestar Engineered option are the V60 wagon and XC60 SUV, Volvo announced on Wednesday. The Polestar Engineered...

  • Mystery Ford Mustang teaser
    Ford files to trademark "Mustang Mach-E" name

    A new trademark filing points to a likely name for Ford's upcoming Mustang hybrid. The automaker has filed with the European Union Property Rights Office for the rights to the name "Mustang Mach-E." All Ford Mustangs first discovered the trademark fling and reported it on Tuesday. Motor Authority...

  • Puritalia Berlinetta
    Puritalia returns with 965-horsepower Berlinetta GT

    Niche Italian sports car marque Puritalia made a name for itself earlier this decade with the introduction of the 427 roadster, a lightweight sports car with a Ford V-8 that we imagine Carroll Shelby might have built had he grown up in the hills around Modena. Now Puritalia is back with a hard-top...

  • BMW X3 xDrive30e

    BMW didn't have much in the way of surprises at this week's 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, but the automaker did roll out a new plug-in hybrid version of the X3. The vehicle is badged an xDrive30e and packs the same powertrain as the new 330e sedan. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 works together with an electric motor integrated with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and drive is to all four wheels. Peak output is 252 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, but an XtraBoost feature adds an extra 41 hp when the vehicle is in Sport mode and there's sufficient charge in the onboard...

  • Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q5 plug-in hybrids
    Audi readies A8, A7, A6 and Q5 plug-in hybrids for Geneva auto show

    After years of promising, Audi is finally ready to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of its core models globally. The automaker on Monday announced that plug-in hybrid versions of the Q5, A6, A7 Sportback and A8 will be presented next week during the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The cars...

  • Cupra Formentor concept
    SEAT's Cupra performance brand readies Formentor SUV concept

    Spain's Cupra performance brand will present a concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show potentially previewing a new model in the works. Cupra for years has served as the performance arm of SEAT, a mainstream brand from Spain owned by the Volkswagen Group, but in 2018 it was transformed...

  • Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept
    Peugeot previews performance hybrid lineup with 508 sport sedan concept

    French automaker Peugeot last October announced plans to launch a new range of high-performance plug-in hybrid vehicles starting from 2020. The cars, to be developed with the Peugeot Sport motorsport department, form a key part of Peugeot's overall strategy to transition to an electrified lineup...

  • 2019 Lincoln MKC
    2020 Lincoln Corsair to offer 3 powertrains, including plug-in hybrid

    A redesigned MKC is coming for 2020, only it won't be called an MKC as Lincoln has ditched its confusing three-letter naming strategy in favor of proper names that just so happen to feature a nautical theme. Look for the MKC replacement to debut later this year as the Corsair, an old French term...

  • Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept
    Lamborghini hybrid hypercar reportedly set for Frankfurt debut, all 63 sold

    Lamborghini is planning a hybrid hypercar, and it could debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It's the same model we reported on in December, and it wears the codename LB48H. Australian website Motoring reported Monday that Lamborghini’s Chief Commercial Officer, Federico...

  • 2010 Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept Edit

    In 2010, Lotus toyed with the idea of a hybrid Evora sports car with the Evora 414E Extended-Range hybrid concept. Today, the car is for sale. Listed on Lotus For Sale and first reported by Motor1, the show car ended in private hands and now seeks a new owner. The current owner doesn't explain how he acquired the car, but it's likely Lotus quietly sold the prototype after testing the car. The powertrain marries a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine to two electric motors. The engine is the range extender, while a battery pack supplies power to the electric motors for 35 miles. After the...

  • Koenigsegg Agera FE Thor and Vader
    New "entry-level" Koenigsegg supercar in the works with camless engine

    Koenigsegg is hardly a budget brand, but the Swedish supercar maker has plans for what could be considered an "entry-level" supercar. And it's going to be a hybrid. Top Gear spoke with founder and CEO Cristian von Koenigsegg, who said the latest deal with China's NEVS will pave the way for a new...

  • Mystery Ford Mustang teaser
    Ford hybrid V-8 patent discovered, could power Mustang and/or F-150

    We've known for two years that Ford has a Mustang hybrid planned, but a new patent gives us a glimpse at what could be the electrified pony's powertrain. The best news: eight cylinders are pictured, which indicates any Ford Mustang hybrid will keep a V-8 engine and only add electric motors for more...

  • Toyota President Akio Toyoda (left) and Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga
    Toyota and Panasonic to form battery joint venture

    Toyota and Panasonic on Tuesday confirmed plans for a joint-venture company responsible for production of vehicle batteries, not only to supply Toyota but also rivals. Pending approval by regulatory authorities, which is expected to take until late 2020, the joint-venture company will be...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
    FCA boss: Next Challenger to use electric boost, skip 700-hp supercharged V-8

    You better get them while they last, folks, as the next Dodge Challenger looks like it's going to be a very different beast to the car on sale today. That's the word of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley, who took over following the sudden death of his predecessor, Sergio Marchionne, last...

  • 2018 Infiniti QX30
    Clock ticking for QX30: Infiniti boss says cute-ute tie-up with Mercedes-Benz won't be renewed

    Infiniti's new president Christian Meunier said Monday that the Infiniti QX30 luxury crossover won't return for a second generation in its current form. "(The QX30 is) not a very successful product. We’ll keep selling it for now...but this is not a product that has a future beyond its current...

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