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Ferrari patents a fancy and fascinating electric turbocharger

Turbine and compressor aren’t physically connected

The turbine and compressor aren't physically connected.

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GM patent reveals new two-stage turbocharger

New two-stage turbocharger utilizes a low-pressure and high-pressure turbine in a series.

General Motors has filed a patent for a new two-stage turbocharger that should increase performance and negate lag.

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Ford patent spoofs bigger engine sound for fuel savings

By virtually doubling cylinder count, Ford wants drivers who shift themselves to save fuel by changing gears earlier.

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Entry-level Audi R8 to go turbo after all?

The days might be numbered for the Audi R8's 4.2-liter V8, as a report claims the base model will offer a new 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 in its place.

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A cool boost to turbocharger performance

With turbocharged downsized engines gaining popularity, the old concept of supercooling intake air to add power may finally see production.

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Audi execs mulling turbocharged, entry-level R8

Lending more evidence to an earlier rumor, several Audi execs seem quite serious about bringing forced induction to the R8 for the bottom of the supercar's range. The engine might be the company's 2.5-liter five-cylinder.

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Turbochargers boost performance, sales

Turbochargers are becoming increasingly popular with both consumers and manufacturers, representing 1 in 5 new vehicles, a figure that's set to grow quickly.

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Porsche says turbo'd 911 engines will still be revvy

According to Porsche, the upcoming line of turbocharged 911s won't be missing in the current car's revvy character or iconic exhaust note.

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Next Honda Civic to get 1.5L turbo

Honda is reportedly using its upcoming 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base choice in the next-gen Civic. It's possible that they could both be fully unveiled by the end of 2015.

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Xcar drives the Mercedes-AMG C63 S

There's some concern among a portion of drivers that the move from big displacement, naturally aspirated performance engines towards smaller, turbocharged units is somehow diluting the experience behind the wheel. Xcar Films tries to suss out whether that's actually the case during its drive of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S.

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By 2017, under 50% of new cars will use conventional gas engines

An investigation from Navigant Research predicts less than 50 percent of new vehicles globally will use conventional gasoline-fueled engines by 2017. However, the study's definition even takes turbocharging into account as being outside the norm. The report also estimates that stop/start systems will be in nearly 60 percent of models by 2025.

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Is Subaru close to ditching 6-cylinder engines?

Subaru's 3.6-liter flat-six engine might not be long for this world, at least in some markets. According to one of the company's engineers, the Japanese brand may drop the mill from its models in favor of a focus on the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four.

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Electric turbos promise big performance and efficiency gains in the near future

We Dive Deep With Audi's Revolutionary New Turbo Tech

An electric turbo system boosts efficiency between 15 and 20 percent, according to Audi.

Hyundai twin-charged 1.8L GDCI gas engine expected to be more efficient than 2.0L diesel [UPDATE]

Despite the growing trend of automakers offering diesel-powered or electrified powertrains, there's still a whole lot that can be done with the good-old gasoline internal combustion engine. And at Hyundai, that's exactly what's being worked on – new gasoline engine technologies that improve both performance and efficiency. During an event at the automaker's technical center in Superior Township, MI on Friday, Hyundai gave Autoblog a

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Toyota to buck engine downsizing trend, may go larger and turbo-free

Turbocharging isn't really Toyota's specialty, and the Japanese automaker isn't being shy about acknowledging it. Koei Saga, a senior managing officer in charge of drivetrain research and development, says that eschewing turbos and increasing displacement of engines using the Atkinson cycle can produce better power gains without sacrificing fuel economy, Damon Lowney

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Toyota planning 2.0T, more CVTs among other powertrain developments

Aside from its hybrid technology, Toyota has fallen behind the competition in terms of vehicle powertrains which could leave popular cars like the Toyota Camry and Toyota RAV4 lagging behind the competition. While most of its rivals have started using gasoline direct injection<

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Stricter fuel-economy standards reduce electric-drive investment

Some may call it a variation on the low-hanging fruit theory. Others may call it a daft conclusion.

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Will fuel-saving gadgets like turbochargers hinder plug-in vehicle adoption?

In the global battle to reduce emissions, automakers have made considerable strides in boosting the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines thanks to fuel-saving gadgets like turbochargers.

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