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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show 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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Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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Ford reveals Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black edition models

Ford has revealed details of its new Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black editions. The two models will be the most powerful 1-liter volume production cars ever. The new 140ps version of the 1-liter EcoBoost offers more power per liter than the Bugatti Veyron and the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

“These two new Fiestas make an unquestionably bold statement on the road and will give drivers an equally distinctive experience behind the wheel with a sportier version of our 1-liter EcoBoost and enhancements to the Fiesta’s acclaimed ride and handling,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford’s European marketing, sales and service vice president.

The 140ps 1-liter EcoBoost features a unique calibration with new settings for turbocharger boost control, valve-timings, intercooler and throttle management to deliver 12% more power and an even sportier driving experience with 0-100km/h acceleration in 9 seconds, and a top speed of 201km/h, while still delivering 4.4l/100km fuel efficiency and 104g CO2/km emissions.

“This new 140ps 1-liter EcoBoost engine now delivers more than twice the power on a liter-for-liter basis than its predecessor – the 1.6-liter 100ps engine that powered the sporty Fiesta S just 10 years ago,” said Andrew Fraser, Ford’s European gasoline calibration manager. “I believe this engine sets a new benchmark for power combined with fuel efficiency from a small petrol engine.”

Ford’s 1-liter EcoBoost engine was named International Engine of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Like the 100ps and 125ps versions of the 1-liter EcoBoost that were chosen by nearly 30% of Fiesta customers in the first quarter of 2014, the 140ps power unit uses turbocharging, twin-independent variable cam timing and high-pressure direct-injection technologies.

The new editions further enhance driving appeal with revised gear ratios for the 5-speed manual transmission and a sport suspension set-up. In addition to new shock absorber and spring settings, the sport suspension uses a stiffer rear axle and revised tuning for the electronic power assisted steering system delivering greater torque build-up for more steering feedback.

18 June 2014


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