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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck

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Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.


Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.


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Turbo V8 for new M5

BMW has revealed a near production-ready version of the upcoming M5 saloon. Although still officially a concept, much is already known about the new M5, which made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show and will go on sales towards the latter end of this year. Power comes from a high-revving V8 engine with twin turbo technology, which marks a first for BMW’s M division, having previously used naturally aspirated powerplants.

The 4,395cc unit will be good for around 525bhp – some 50bhp more than the outgoing 5-liter V10 unit, which is being retired after only seven years of use. New M5’s V8 is based on the X5 M and X6 M heart, but changes have been made to the induction and exhaust systems.

Although being a performance vehicle first and foremost, expect the M5’s S63-based unit to include a stop/start system to improve fuel efficiency. Other eco-friendly measures include brake energy recuperation and a disengaging alternator.

 

 

13 April 2011


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