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2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe, 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, Shelby GT500 engine: This Week’s Top Photos

BMW this week revealed its stunning 8-Series Gran Coupe, which goes on sale later this year to fill the void of the 6-Series Gran Coupe—and yes there will be an M8 variant with over 600 horsepower. At the entry point, there’s an 840i with 335 hp. 2020 BMW X4 M Competition Also headed to BMW showrooms shortly are the X3 M and X4 M. The hot-rod crossover SUVs arrive with up to 503 horsepower and a top speed of 177 mph, and that’s just to start. Find out what they’re…

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Aston Martin embraces V-12, wants to keep engine alive

As long as it’s possible, Aston Martin will keep the V-12 engine alive.  The commitment comes as automakers begin to take a hard look at large-displacement engines. New emissions and fuel economy regulations around the world will make it more difficult for an engine like the V-12 to comply. Marek Reichman, executive vice president and chief creative officer for both Aston Martin and Lagonda, told Top Gear in a report published Friday that he believes the automaker has the ability to keep the V-12 in production for some time and…

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Zen out with this time-lapse rebuild of a Pontiac GTO 389 V-8 engine

There’s something satisfying about time-lapse videos, which make daunting tasks look effortless. Rebuilding an engine is anything but effortless, but sped up and compressed to 10 minutes, it’s a pleasant ordeal to watch. Hagerty’s series of “Redline Rebuild” videos recently saved a beat up 389 Tri-Power V-8 engine. The 389 cubic-inch V-8 engine hails from the Pontiac GTO and features three two-barrel carburetors that pushed the engine up to 348 horsepower back in the day. Regular 389 V-8 engines made 325 hp. We don’t know the full story behind this…

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Watch a 2JZ engine teardown and learn what makes them so tough

The 2JZ inline-6 engine from Toyota is a legendary powerplant within the automotive community, but why? A new video dives into the engine’s internals and explains what makes it so ideal to make big power on stock internals. The video comes from Papadakis Racing and the engine is basically the engine that came in the previous Toyota Supra. It’s actually from a Toyota Aristo, what the U.S. knows as the Lexus GS, and features variable camshaft timing on the intake. The majority of the video basically shows the process used…

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Insider claims Koenigsegg $1.15M “entry-level” supercar has 1,050-hp hybrid engine

Work is well underway on, and we use the term loosely, an “entry-level” supercar from Koenigsegg with a $1.15 million price. Now, we may know how much power the hybrid powertrain makes along with a few minor details. Twitter user AutoPap published a tweet on Wednesday saying he’d just seen a new car close to production that makes 1,050 horsepower. When users pressed him as to what kind of car it was, he simply said it’s a “son of Koenigsegg.” The key giveaway that this was, in fact, the newly…

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New $1.15M “entry-level” Koenigsegg supercar in the works with camless engine

Koenigsegg is hardly a budget brand, but the Swedish supercar maker has plans for what could be considered an “entry-level” supercar. And it’s going to be a hybrid. Top Gear spoke with founder and CEO Cristian von Koenigsegg, who said the latest deal with China’s NEVS will pave the way for a new supercar to increase the company’s volume into the hundreds. Today, Koenigsegg builds about 20 cars per year with multi-year waiting lists. The new car will not replace the Agera or Regera, and a proper successor to the…

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2020 Toyota Supra engine deep dive: This isn’t a 2JZ

As we’re all well aware of by now, the 2020 Toyota Supra uses a lot of BMW engineering and components. One of the main elements borrowed from BMW is the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine. Engineering guru and explainer extraordinaire Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained dedicated an entire episode to provide a deep dive into the fifth-generation Supra’s engine. It’s clear: this isn’t a 2JZ, but that’s not a bad thing. Jason begins by discussing what the engine code means. BMW’s internal code for the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 is “B58B30O1.” It’s basically the…

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Rumored 2019 Corvette special edition could be last with engine up front

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Chevrolet is set to introduce its highly anticipated mid-engine Corvette later this year. The new car represents the eighth generation of the Corvette line and its arrival will likely mark the end of the nameplate’s front-engine era. This means a special-edition Corvette that Chevy is rumored to be presenting on January 25 at a pre-event for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona could be the last new Corvette sporting the classic layout. In a post made on Thursday, Corvette Blogger highlights a schedule for the Daytona…

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Dive into this 3D-printed rotary engine

If you’ve ever wondered what makes up the famed rotary engine from Mazda, now is the chance to dive in. Engineering Explained showed off an incredible 3D-printed rotary engine scale model, and host Jason Fenske walks us through what makes the peculiar powertrain tick. Specifically, this is a 1.3-liter 13B rotary engine from a Mazda RX-7, at about the third of the size of the real thing. The Japanese automaker manufactured the engine from 1992 until 2002. It features twin turbochargers and it’s seriously tiny. While the model is at one-third…

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Current Audi R8 to stick with V-10 engine, no twin-turbo V-6

2019 Audi R8 After patiently waiting for years, the twin-turbo-V-6 powered Audi R8 is officially dead. The R8’s project manager, Bjorn Friedrich, confirmed to Car Throttle in a Thursday report the current-generation of the supercar will stick with a V-10 engine. And that’s the final answer. “It’s the best engine for the car,” Friedrich said. The executive’s confirmation follows an Audi source who claimed the long-rumored twin-turbo V-6 was dead this past March. The possibility of a V-6-powered R8 first came to light in 2016. A leaked product roadmap showed such a…

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