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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


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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Audi S4 debuts with new 3-liter V6

The Frankfurt reveal of the new Audi S4 has introduced a new 3-liter V6 engine to the A4 range.

The sporting S-models will exclusively feature the newly developed V6 engine with direct injection and turbocharging. The turbo is a new addition compared with the previous-generation model, which had a supercharger.

The output of the TFSI motor is increased by 20PS to 354PS and there’s 500Nm torque available between 1,300 and 4,500rpm, a 60Nm increase on the old car.

Performance is suitably brisk, accelerating to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph). Audi says that despite the impressive performance, the V6 engine is still efficient, returning 7.39 l/100km (38.1mpg) and 170g/km CO2 on the NEDC test.

A self-locking differential sends 60% of the engine’s power to the rear axle and 40% to the front, but can send up to 70% of all power to the front axle and up to 85% to the rear to achieve best traction.

A more extreme RS4 model is expected in 2017.

September 22, 2015

22 September 2015


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