Top 10 Cars With the Best-Sounding Engines

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Top 10 Cars With the Best-Sounding Engines
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It’s hard to beat the noises a well-designed, high-performance engine makes; experiencing this is of life’s great pleasures, especially when it isn’t adulterated by restrictive exhaust systems or synthesized bullshit piped through a vehicle’s speakers. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Best Engines of 2014

Top 10 Best Engines of 2014
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Since 1999, Engine Technology International Magazine has awarded the International Engine of the Year Award and this year’s winners have been announced. Continue Reading...

TRANS WARS Episode III: Revenge of the Shift

TRANS WARS Episode III: Revenge of the Shift
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Welcome to the final installment of Trans Wars, a three-part miniseries exploring the automatic transmission. So far we’ve compared torque-converter and dual-clutch units, but these two gearboxes aren’t the only ones on the market today. Continue Reading...

TRANS WARS Episode II: Attack of the Clutches

TRANS WARS Episode II: Attack of the Clutches
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In yesterday’s installment of Trans Wars we explored the benefits and downsides of conventional automatic gearboxes, ones that feature fluid-filled torque converters. This type of transmission has been around for more than 50 years; it works well and has pretty much become the industry standard. Continue Reading...

TRANS WARS Episode I: The Phantom Pedal

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TRANS WARS Episode I: The Phantom Pedal
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Join us for a three-part miniseries exploring the ins and outs of automatic transmissions. For the first installment we celebrate heritage by tipping our hats to a great motoring tradition that’s as American as baseball, apple pie and Oldsmobile. This is Trans Wars! Continue Reading...

Everything You Need to Know About McLaren’s 3.8L Twin-Turbo V8

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Everything You Need to Know About McLaren’s 3.8L Twin-Turbo V8
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Like other supercars, McLarens are rarer than Sasquatch-fur coats. It’s hard enough to steal a glimpse of one at an auto show, but the chances of seeing one on the street are about as good as commuting to work on the back of a Pegasus. Continue Reading...

Porsche Boxster, Cayman to Get 4-Cylinder Engines With Up to 395-HP

Porsche Boxster, Cayman to Get 4-Cylinder Engines With Up to 395-HP
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Not even Porsche is immune to pressure from governments and customers to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The legendary German sports-car builder will offer a four-cylinder engine in future versions of both its Boxster and Cayman models. Continue Reading...

Volvo’s Confusing New Trim Levels Explained

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Volvo’s Confusing New Trim Levels Explained
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Luxury automakers like to mess with us. That is the only conclusion we can come up with when looking at various manufacturer’s vehicle nomenclature. Continue Reading...

Hyundai Building ‘Diesel’ Engine that Runs on Gasoline

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Hyundai Building ‘Diesel’ Engine that Runs on Gasoline
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Diesel engines are more efficient than their gasoline counterparts. There are several reasons for this; they burn a more energy-dense fuel, they’re run much higher compression ratios and there are fewer pumping losses since they have no throttle bodies. But what if you could take the best attributes of both powerplant types and combine them… Continue Reading...

Hyundai Aims to Build ‘World’s Best Powertrains’

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Hyundai Aims to Build ‘World’s Best Powertrains’
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No automaker can afford to stand still these days. The pace of development is absolutely relentless, especially when it comes to powertrains. To keep its vehicles as competitive as possible, Hyundai has refined two of its engines. Continue Reading...

Toyota GM Denies Bid for Aston Martin

Toyota GM Denies Bid for Aston Martin
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It’s no secret; Toyota is buddy-buddy with British luxury automaker Aston Martin. The two firms have collaborated before, perhaps most famously the iQ-based Cygnet city car, and the latest gossip indicates is the “capital T” is interested in buying Aston. Continue Reading...

2014 Chevrolet Volt Getting 2.0L Turbo: Rumor

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2014 Chevrolet Volt Getting 2.0L Turbo: Rumor
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Note: After publication this story was revised to accurately reflect the Volt’s drivetrain. Anyone thinking about switching to a Chevrolet Volt should consider waiting, at least if inside information leaked today about the 2014 model year is true. Continue Reading...
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