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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? 


Panamera inherits Cayenne hybrid drive

Porsche has extended its Cayenne-based hybrid drive technology the Panamera range. According to the German car maker, the Panamera S Hybrid will combine a total power output of 380bhp with emissions of 159g/km and 41.5mpg fuel economy on combined mode.

The Panamera S Hybrid’s pure electric driving range is 1.25 miles, with driving in this mode possible for 53mph. The Porsche hybrid drive offering is the only system in the world able to exploit additional consumption reserves thanks to its so-called ‘sailing’ function. During phases when no power is required from the combustion engine, ‘sailing’ entails switching off the engine and disengaging the drivetrain at speeds of up to 103mph in the Panamera S Hybrid and 97mph in the Cayenne S Hybrid.

Like the SUV, the Panamera S Hybrid features a supercharged 3-liter V6 engine delivering 333bhp, which is supported by a 47bhp electric motor. The electric motor operates as a generator and a starter and together with the separating clutch, it forms the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the transmission. The electric motor is connected to a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery where the electrical energy recovered while braking and driving is stored. Power transmission is handled by the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic S, with a wide spread of ratios, as already fitted to the Cayenne. Efficiency levels of the Panamera S Hybrid are further boosted thanks to lower rolling resistance tires specially-developed by Michelin.

With the introduction of the new hybrid, the Panamera range now comprises six different models with a choice of two- and four-wheel drive systems and four engines.


22 February 2011


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