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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.

Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor


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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New biturbo V8 confirmed for next-generation C 63 AMG

Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that an all-new 4-liter biturbo engine will power the next-generation C 63 that will make its debut at next week’s Paris Motor Show.

The hand built engine, codenamed M177, is a sister unit to the M178 found in the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which will also be shown at Paris, but for the C 63 it’s been tweaked to produce 476hp and 650Nm torque and for the C 63 S the V8 generates 510hp and 700Nm. And while such power outputs are impressive from a compact V8, arguably even more remarkable is that it’s nearly a third more efficient than the engine it replaces, with CO2 output being 192g/km. The means that the C 63 sedan offers fuel consumption of 34.5mpg while the estate is said to be good for 33.6mpg. The same efficiency ratings also apply for the more powerful S derivatives.

Displacing 3,982cc and equipped with twin turbochargers neatly packaged in the ‘V’ of the cylinder banks, the M177 is cooled via a special duct built in the bonnet of the car. A heavily revised version of the AMG SpeedShift MCT 7-speed transmission features on the C 63 – but now with significantly quicker shift times to improve responses, says the German OEM.

In sedan form, the C 63 AMG weighs from 1,715kg while the estate weighs from 1,785kg. The former takes just 4.1 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph while the latter is just 0.1 seconds slower. The S sedan takes 4.0 seconds to cover the same distance while the S estate comes in at 4.1 seconds.

25 September 2014


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