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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck


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


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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Lotus validates Evora 400 at Hethel test track

Lotus has tested its new Evora 400 (above) at Hethel test track in Norfolk, UK, recording a lap time six seconds faster than the previous Evora S.

Two thirds of the 2015 Evora 400 is new, including a supercharged, charge-cooled, mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine. The new power unit produces 406ps and 410Nm of torque. Maximum speed is 300km/h, and the new Evora will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds.

The validation drive, featuring a standard road specification prototype Evora 400, running on road tires and with standard road suspension, saw the new car record a lap time of 1 minute 32 seconds.

“Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off,” says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus.

“The extra 55bhp (56ps) in conjunction with the 22kg weight reduction and the tremendous traction from the limited slip differential, lead to benchmark handling. We are delighted that our customers will soon feel the benefits when the first examples are delivered in August of this year.”

May 7, 2015

7 May 2015


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