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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Fiat reveals Chrysler's powertrain future

Chrysler is to revamp its engine lineup with advanced technology that will contribute to an overall fuel-efficiency improvement of more than 25% in the next four years. The strategy, which was made public at the Detroit Motor Show, comes only months after Fiat Group took control of the troubled US car maker.
According to the plan, the Michigan-headquartered car maker will get access to a range of eco-friendly Fiat powertrains, including the 1.4-liter FIRE Multiair unit and its turbo derivative. Chrysler will also get a 2.4-liter Multiair unit that generates 190bhp and 237Nm of torque.
Chrysler Group will attain leadership by rapidly applying Fiat Powertrain technologies, such as Multiair, direct injection, turbocharging and transmission systems to its powertrain portfolio,” said Paolo Ferrero, Senior Vice President, Chrysler Powertrain. “By 2014 calendar year, more than 80% of Chrysler Group’s current powertrain lineup will undergo a complete makeover.”
But whilst fuel economy and emissions are key to Chrysler’s new powertrain future, the car maker will retain some Detroit V engine product offering in the shape of an all-new V6 Pentastar engine. Details remain sparse about the 3.6-liter unit, but what is known is that the first application for the new powertrain will be the upcoming 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
A Chrysler spokesperson says that the Pentastar V6 will be the “most advanced six-cylinder engine in the history of Chrysler, with an optimized integration of select technologies that deliver refinement, fuel efficiency and performance”. According to Chrysler, new Pentastar delivers a fuel efficiency improvement of up to 8% on average when compared with previous Chrysler Group V6 engines and delivers 90% of its available torque from 1,800 and 6,400rpm. The engine has also been specifically designed to use technologies such as Multiair, direct-injection and turbocharging for future applications.

20 January 2010


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