The 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine under the hood of many Volkswagen models has never been a favorite of ours, and it appears VW may finally be over it as well. Car and Driver reports that a pair of VW sources have indicated that the 2.5 will be replaced with a 1.8-liter turbo four.
As we announced a few months ago, Saab is finally offering its full range of 9-3 vehicles with E85 capability in all of Europe. Besides the improvements for the 2.0 turbo powerplant, Saab has tuned the base 1.8 liter engine to create an E85-capable version, which, according to the brand, outdoes the regular powerplant. When running on E85, the BioPower engine provides 17 percent more maximum power (175 hp v 150 hp) and 10 percent more torque (195 v 177 lb-ft) compared to running on straight gaso