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A tall order to say the least, former British brand MG hopes to find its roots while finding a “next breed of sports car.”
We may have just got the new Ford Focus (seen above), but it’s already time to start thinking about the beefed up RS version.
Rumors are swirling about Ford ditching the Volvo derived 2.5L, five-cylinder engine and going with a 2.3L four-cylinder with a turbo. The new engine will likely be more efficient, but no word on if it’ll be called an EcoBoost. All this could amount to power somewhere in the range of 320 horsepower. That may seem like a lot for a front wheel drive car, but Fords RevoKnuckle front suspension is likely to be thrown in to help deal with torque-steer.
Other rumors that are being tossed around as that the car is coming as a five-door, instead of the previous three-door version and that the engine being used in this Focus might also be making its way into a Ford Mustang.
Regardless, if any or all of these factors come true, the Focus RS could be one heck of a car.
[Source: Top Gear]
Maseratis exude power, style and sex appeal. They do not, on the other hand, evoke anything close to the unrefined image of a diesel engine. Or at least they haven’t in the past.
According to a report by AutoBild, Maserati is making a smaller version of its yet-to-be-release Quattroporte luxury sedan and it seems the Italian automaker plans to package it with a V6 diesel, a first for the company.
Wait! Don’t reach for the barf bag just yet. The oil burner is actually supposed to make 300 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque, not too bad for a car that’s supposed to be somewhat smaller than the automakers usual preference.
There’s no official name tag on this one yet, but it’s being called the ““Maseratina” for now and will probably try to stack up next to the likes of the BMW M5, or Audi S6. Those might seem like a couple of tall glasses to fill for engines that notoriously top out ahead of the game, but we’re excited nonetheless.
[Source: AutoBild via GT Spirit]