The Ford Mustang almost got a V-10 based on a truck engine

The Ford Mustang almost got a V-10 based on a truck engine

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[ad_1] The Ford Mustang has never had an engine with more than eight cylinders, but in the early 2000s, Ford considered upping the cylinder count. Engineers briefly worked on an aluminum V-10 for the Mustang, according to a recent DrivingLine report. The Mustang V-10 would have been based on the 6.8-liter Triton V-10, used in the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck and Excursion SUV at the time, as well as E-Series vans and buses. The Triton engine was an outgrowth of Ford's modular line of V-8 engines; it was effectively a 5.4-liter V-8 with two cylinders added on. To create the Mustang V-10, engineers at Ford's Powertrain Research and Advanced Engine Development group took the same approach, but with the smaller 4.6-liter V-8. This resulted in a 5.8-liter V-10 that…
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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, company’s first EV, costs $53,990

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, company’s first EV, costs $53,990

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[ad_1] Volvo revealed its first fully electric vehicle, the 2021 XC40 Recharge, in October 2019 and on Wednesday we learned the price. Part of the company's larger effort to reduce carbon emissions, the EV crossover SUV will start at $53,990 before the available $7,500 federal tax credit. The XC40 Recharge rides on the same Compact Modular Architecture platform as the gas-powered XC40. It places a 78-kwh battery pack under the front seats, and Volvo says the layout not only doesn't affect interior space, but the vehicle also adds cargo space thanks to a new front trunk. A pair of 150-kw motors, one on each axle create, create a 402 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque to push the XC40 Recharge to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Volvo quotes a 248-mile…
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Electric Ford F-150 might be available with bed-mounted gas range extender

Electric Ford F-150 might be available with bed-mounted gas range extender

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[ad_1] Ford has filed a patent application for what appears to be a bed-mounted gasoline range extender for electric pickup trucks. While an electric Ford F-150 is scheduled to go on sale in mid-2022, it's unclear if it will get this feature. First spotted by The Drive, the application is for "electrified vehicles with removable and interchangeable range-extending generators." It was submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in April 2018, and published on September 15. Drawings accompanying the patent applications show a box-shaped generator unit—containing a small engine, fuel tank, control electronics and exhaust system—that would go in the bed of a pickup truck. The generator would plug into the truck using connectors similar to those used for charging stations. Automakers often file patent applications to protect…
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BMW builds a Golf GTI rival

BMW builds a Golf GTI rival

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[ad_1] BMW is preparing a front-wheel-drive hot hatch in the form of the new 128ti, based on the automaker's latest 1-Series hatchback. Prototypes are now in the final stages and a launch in Europe is slated for November. The latest 1-Series hatch isn't sold in the United States, so don't expect to see the 128ti here. BMW's ti badge dates back to the 1800 Ti of 1963. Short for “Turismo Internazionale,” it signified a practical car that was also sporty. It was later revived for the unloved 318ti of the 1990s. With only two doors and a wimpy 138-horsepower engine, the car was neither practical nor sporty. Thankfully, the new 128ti is closer in ethos to the 1800 Ti than the 318ti. It comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 good…
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Door cam spies kid on driveway, so owner adds racetrack

Door cam spies kid on driveway, so owner adds racetrack

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[ad_1] When kids play on neighbors' driveways, the result is often raised voices and scowls of disapproval. But when one suburban resident noticed a kid riding a bicycle around his driveway, he decided to turn it into a racetrack. This was documented in a video posted on Twitter Thursday. After seeing the kid on his driveway security camera, the homeowner decided to build a track or, more accurately, draw it. Outlined with sidewalk chalk, it features plenty of turns, a long-ish back straight, and warnings like "slow" and "eyes up." "I don't know who's having more fun with this, him or me," the track's creator said in the video. He's one of the people behind motorcycle website CanyonChasers, and the video was originally posted to that site in a slightly…
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2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 provides a welcome escape

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 provides a welcome escape

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[ad_1] Sunglasses. Check. Ballcap. Check. Sunscreen. Check. Spending the afternoon with the top down in a 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 instead of slaving over automotive safety ratings and proper hyphen usage. Check, please. Life during coronavirus has stripped us of many of the leisure activities we hold dear, but a top-down convertible drive on a sunny 87-degree day is still a simple joy that the virus can’t touch. The Targa 4 before me is absolutely stunning. Painted Gentian Blue, shod with $3,740 RS Spyder Design wheels, and wearing a classic aluminum Targa bar, it looks sinister, beautiful, and expensive. The looks aren’t deceiving. This is my first chance to drive a 992-generation 911 convertible and my first shot at the base powertrain. With relatively open mid-workday Michigan roads ahead…
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Travel to Santorini in 2020!

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Travel to Santorini in 2020!   Santorini – Santorini car rental– is an island which can be described in three words; wonderful, romantic, unique. It welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world every summer. Most people mention it for its unique sunset with its beautiful colors, they photograph it and advertise it with amazing photos or videos. If you want to discover it you will find much more besides the sunset on the caldera. An island full of beauties and we could very happily enjoy it every year without getting hurt, discovering different aspects of it each time. The beautiful waters, the wonderful view, the way the houses are built, their white color, the blue of the sea, the boats that go and come to the surrounding islands,…
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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS spy shots

2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS spy shots

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[ad_1] Mercedes-Benz is committed to launching at least 10 electric cars by 2022. The first has been revealed as the EQC small SUV, and others we know of include the upcoming EQA and EQB compact SUVs, electric commercials like the eVito and eSprinter vans, and an EQE sedan and EQE SUV. We now have fresh spy shots of an EQS, a large electric sedan to sit alongside the S-Class. Mercedes execs have previously hinted at the car starting production in 2020, which means we'll likely see it arrive in showrooms as a 2021 model. 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien The latest prototypes have lost a lot of the camouflage gear of earlier testers, revealing that the EQS is a liftback sedan akin to the Tesla Model…
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Mercedes’ Bottas comes out on top at 2020 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix

Mercedes’ Bottas comes out on top at 2020 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix

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[ad_1] The 2020 Formula One World Championship finally got underway on Sunday after the long delay caused by the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The first race on the calendar, which is still being finalized, was the Austrian Grand Prix, held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. It was a closely fought battle that saw Mercedes-AMG's Valtteri Bottas cross the finish line first. He was followed by teammate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton in second, and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in third, though Hamilton was later demoted to fourth place after being handed a five-second penalty for contact with Red Bull Racing's Alex Albon. It meant Leclerc was classified second, 2.7 seconds behind Bottas, and McLaren's Lando Norris was classified third, 5.491 seconds behind the winner. Hamilton took home fourth…
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2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan and wagon return to put the hammer down

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan and wagon return to put the hammer down

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[ad_1] We already know the refreshed 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will get a tweaked design, updated technology, and revised powertrains. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class hasn't even launched yet but now we learn the mac-daddy AMG model will launch with similar upgrades to smack down on rivals. On Wednesday, Mercedes unveiled the refreshed 2021 AMG E63 S sedan and wagon with an updated design and easier-to-use technology, but no extra power. 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Like the more pedestrian E-Class, the E63 lineup receives extensive visual tweaks, including rounder LED headlights, a new bumper, and the AMG Panamericana grille with a wider lower opening. At the rear, the cars get new bumpers and CLA-like two-piece taillights that droop on the sides. The AMG-specific quad square exhaust outlets return. Inside, the the E63…
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