Getting a good sound out of a V6 isn't easy. Some companies have pulled off the feat; others didn't even try.
- Jeremy Korzeniewski
- Dec 10, 2015
Wards' 10 Best Engines list for 2016 includes a great variety of hybrids and naturally aspirated V6 and V8 powertrains, plus some surprises.
During the big Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA US LLC announcement of its five-year plan earlier this year, the strategy for Alfa Romeo was easily summarized by brand boss Harald Wester: "Go back to the Alfa Romeo that people admired." Easier said than done. With the 4C as one step in that procedure, we might see the next when the company unveils its midsize sedan in June with a trio of new engines with up to 480 horsepower.
- Jeremy Korzeniewski
- Dec 11, 2014
This year's list of engines and the vehicles they power runs the gamut from small, economical hatchbacks through high-tech electric cars, hydrogen fuel-cell crossovers, diesel-powered pickups and all the way to supercharged muscle cars.
General Motors has announced a new lineup of Ecotec engines that will power its smaller offerings through the end of the decade. Slated to arrive in both three- and four-cylinder applications, the latest bunch of Ecotecs will arrive first in the Opel Adam and Chinese-spec Chevrolet Cruze, respectively.
Volkswagen built a stonking, narrow-angle V6 in the 1980s and 1990s that was found in three different generations of the Golf (their performance iterations, obviously), three generations of the Passat, the New Beetle, the Corrado and the Touareg, among other VWs, a spate of Audis, Seats, a Skoda, and even the Porsche Cayenne. It was a sad day when it was announced that it'd be put out to pasture.
Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz have spent the past two years becoming BFFs under the covers of their small cars. In addition to the production version of the Infiniti Etherea using the Mercedes A-Class platform and Nissan making engines for Mercedes in Tennessee, two years ago it was reported that the next Infiniti G would get engines from the German automaker. As the launch draws nearer, a report in Autocar indicates that Mercedes four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines will be under the hood fro
Automotive News reports BMW and Hyundai are currently engaged in talks that may lead to the two companies partnering on engine development. A German industry newsletter reported that Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo's son, Chugn Eui-sun, recently met with a small group of BMW executives in Munich, and that the move would likely help the two manufacturers offset the heavy costs of engineering a new engine group. That cost can be as much as $1.3 to $2.6 billion.
The world of Formula One racing is being torn in two. On one side are forces like Renault and the FIA who want to see F1 moving towards more environmentally conscious means of propulsion. On the other are parties like Ferrari, the race promoters and Bernie Ecclestone that are more concerned about abandoning the elements that make grands prix the spectacle that they are.
For the first time in almost 16 years, Suzuki has developed a brand-new engine for its minicar lineup. This 660cc mill is equipped with stop/start technology and is expected to deliver a fuel efficiency rating of nearly 63.5 miles per gallon (U.S.), – a boost of approximately 20 percent versus the automaker's current three-cylinder, 660cc engine. The addition of this high-tech engine would position Suzuki's minicars to achieve a fuel economy rating comparable to that of Daihatsu's Move, wh
Last year, the state of Washington contemplated a tax that would be placed on vehicles dependent upon the displacement of its engine. The displacement tax was eventually discarded but not forgotten. Automakers noted the possibility of this tax cropping up again in the future and marked it in their books.
The next 1- and 3-Series cars from BMW, as well as the Z2 roadster, are rumored to be getting a new range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines as part of BMW's push to cut emissions and fuel consumption. Of the five powerplants reportedly in development, three are 1.35-liter three-cylinder motors developing between 163 hp and 241 hp, with the two 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engines putting out 273 hp and 321 hp, respectively. Sky Motoring says that the four-pots will be reserved fo
Not too long ago, Hyundai didn't compete directly with anything coming out of Germany (or perhaps that's the other way around). Now Hyundai is determined not to let up on its recently-made foes. Today it unveiled the R-Engine, a new diesel in two capacities that the company says "can comfortably beat the power outputs of all German and French competitors." So there.
BMW has been kicking ass and taking names in luxury vehicle sales, and the Bavarian Motor mavens hold the top spot in global luxury sales as proof. Even though sales are more than brisk, top management wants to grow profits, and selling the German automaker's silky-smooth engines to its competitors may be part of the profitability plan. Back in February (and last May), news reports out of Germany said team Bimmer was looking for customers for its engines and transmissions, and now we have verifi
Leave it to a Japanese company to try and make engines cute and friendly. In a new advertising campaign titled "Engines," Honda has unleashed four animated engines (well, three engine and a hydrogen fuel cell) bouncing around a world of expensive gasoline and rising temperatures. Honda says the campaign is intended to be a "comical, yet serious expression of Honda's commitment to providing a cleaner and safer environment for the future generations."