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BMW started using 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engines as opposed to their well-known naturally
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Or they can do it like Haval who literally named their rugged new SUV Haval Big Dog.
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Another week, another new BMW M car.
most powerful cars, which are either on sale or will be on the market, with a 3-cylinder engine.BMW i8
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Remember the BMW Concept 4?
They're not too narrow actually, but def narrower than M3's rear. 235 square setup, I think the test above used 245's. Supposedly up to 265 will fit up front. (I'm slightly skeptical, my Z4 came with 225 up front and my 255 track set rubs bad enough I need new fender liners...)
well they're wide maybe relative to something like BMW i8 ( 215 front / 245 rear ) but actually my 2018 Camry Hybrid has 235 all around ...anyway the car it should be compared to is the Taycan which based on pictures has MASSIVE rear tires probably as big as on Panamera Turbo.
The bmw i8 is the future now, mad fast crazy looks and a tiny turbo engine and electric motor to put many a big engine to shame
I mostly owned BMWs in my career as a driver, plus an Opel Corsa ("inherited" from my wife). I've also spent significant time in VWs (T3/T4 Caravans), Audis (an A6 Front wheel drive) and a Mustang (which I had when I lived in the US for a while). So here's why I like BMWs: Handling: I've owned exclusively 3 series BMWs (E30, E36, E46, E91). I like the way they handle, their small turn radius, the balance, their just-right tendency to oversteer and many other aspects. The Opel was a catastrophe in comparison: Massive influence of the engine on steering, prone to lifting a wheel because of its uneven weight distribution, and a much larger turn radius, despite being smaller. The A6 (20o9 model) also had significant tendencies to understeer. It handled like a heavy, big car. I think if you go Audi, you really should go Quattro. Engines: Sufficient power, highly fuel efficient. BMW was to my knowledge the first to offer this combination, though others have caught up. My current 320 diesel engine consumes on average 5.2l/100km (~45 MPG), at 184hp. That is a real-use figure which includes autobahn, where i might not always drive 130km/h, and local traffic. Design: OK, BMW makes some cars that I think are really butt-ugly (I am looking at you, X6). However, they also have a lot of cars that emphasize a combination of elegance and sportiveness, which I enjoy. My current favorites include the 6 series coupes, the 5 series station wagons, and the 3 series station wagons. By comparison, Audi either comes off as too aggressive (from the front, I am not a big fan of the gigantic single frame designs they have done for a while now) or too neutral (from all other angles). Reliability: In the 18 years I've owned BMWs, I had two unexpected repairs: On my E46, a turbo broke around 110.000km, which cost close to 1.700 € to repair. On the same car, two high pressure injectors failed at around 105.000km, which cost around 1.200 € to fix. Otherwise, no troubles. My first three BMWs were used cars, which I bought at 4 to 6 years of age. I bought my current one new from the factory seven years ago, and we didn't have any problems with it. Again, comparing to the Opel, which in its first four years had the following major defects: Alternator broke (500 €) Both headlights broke (due to low-quality materials they corroded quickly) (400 € each) Both sleeves on the transmission shaft broke (300 € each) Radiator broke (550 €) Personal Ties: My father works at BMW since 1980, and we've always had BMWs. In the past years, he's been the head of car/process IT interfaces, so he got all kinds of pre-series cars to take home, including a Rolls Royce, a M6 Gran Couple and an i8. I think this might have influenced me slightly - first away from BMW, but then more towards it.
I drove a friend’s Tesla. It was near silent and there is no option to sound like a ‘normal car’. Way cool. I’m totally over the sound of a sequence internal combustion explosions. Mufflers exist for a reason. The fastest car I’ve ever driven (as in acceleration) would be the BMW i8. I own a Z8, an M Coupe, and have driven M3s, M4s, Shelby Cobras, Porsche Turbos, Mercedes AMG 12 cylinder sports cars, Corvettes, etc, and I gotta tell you that little i8 would be showing it’s tail lights to all of them. With a 3 cylinder gas motor and an electric motor working together. But the BMW i8 does have “piped-in” big motor sound - comes into the cabin over the the entertainment system speakers - sounds like a Corvette with low-restriction mufflers. That’s just wrong. Fake motor sound - really?
Perfume Dispensers The Mayback Zeppelin Perfume Atomizer takes your favorite perfume and releases the scent at predetermined intervals, making the interior to smell of whatever you desire. ,Augmented Display Technology BMW has unveiled Vision Future Luxury, a saloon concept car featuring augmented display technology. The augumented Head Up Display will help the driver by projecting real-time information including directions, speed limits and road signs onto the windscreen. ,Reclining Rear Executive Seats The reclining seats bring Business Class comfort to the back of the car. Sit back, relax and experience the ultimate in luxury car travel. ,Designer Car Keys 'Top Speed' Key Bugatti Veyron. Inserting this unique key lowers the Bugatti 2.6 inches from the ground allowing you to hit butt-clenching speeds of 254mph. The Pagani Huayra key is an eccentric aluminium sculpture of the car itself, which splits into two halves. The rear section starts the big turbocharged 720hp V-12 engine. The front section is a USB drive to store all your favourite tunes. Gumpert Apollo Key. This $7,000 Eng-i-Creation custom folding key fob is finished in finest leathers and emebelished with silver and gold. ,Massaging Seats Pulse, stretch, lumbar, and even a "hot stone massage" in modern day luxury cars like the Mercedes Benz S550. ,Illuminated Vents The Mercedes GLA has illuminated vents that light up depending on the temperature of air being blown out. This is a new level of cool... ,Awesome luxurious cars with awesome technology BMWi8- The future is now The latest BMW i8 is a lightweight plug-in hybrid with a muscle car stance. The twin-kidney grill, forward-leaning “shark nose”, and butterfly-styled doors provide a dramatic appearance. Many of these features are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. For instance, the sculptured tail lamps don’t just look amazing, they also improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Besides exterior design, the car’s state-of-the-art technology makes it one of the most revolutionary cars introduced in decades. The LifeDrive architecture makes it nimble on the road. The use of carbon and its low center of gravity 50:50 axle distribution provide the ideal basis for sports car handling. The most unique aspect of the LifeDrive design is the aluminum crafted Drive module, which includes the gas engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery, and other electric parts. The hybrid drive train consists of a 231 horsepower turbo-charged 1.5 liter, three-cylinder engine and a 131 horsepower electric motor. The gas burning engine powers the rear wheels with a six-speed transmission. The electric motor controls the front wheels with a two-stage automatic gearbox. With both engines, the i8 is rated at a combined 362 horsepower. Thanks to the quick charging technology, it is possible to power the battery in 3.5 hours with a 110-volt outlet or 1.5 hours with a 220-volt charger. ,MERCEDES BENZ S550: INTELLIGENT DRIVE TECH The best characteristic of the 2015 Mercedes Benz S550 is the Intelligent Drive tech, which improves safety and helps drivers avoid crashes. Two of the most prominent features, cross-traffic assist and lane keeping assistant, utilize a mixture of radar arrays, sensors, cameras, and physical driver signals to prevent accidents. Cross-traffic assist includes two windshield mounted cameras that read movements at intersections so that additional brake pressure can be applied to avoid hitting another object or being. Lane keeping assistant prevents the vehicle from veering out of lines on the road. The star of the system is selective braking. This unique feature has the ability to activate only one wheel brake or a pair on one side of the automobile, which helps complete a stop or direct the car into a proper position. Another safety feature that can be found in the S550 is the attention assist, which keeps an eye out for drivers who are tired or distracted. Although it does not automatically shift the vehicle, it sends out a warning when the driver removes his or her hands from the wheel for over 10 seconds so that the car can be steered correctly. The interior is packed with gadgets like the large LCD instrument panel, updated voice command, app integration, and luxuries like the in-seat massagers. Everything is easy to read, and the entire design makes it simple to navigate the roads. Under the hood, the S550 has a 4.6 liter V8 engine with direct injection and twin turbos. The drive modes are either Eco or Sport. With one button, the driver adjusts the suspension for maximum comfort. The idle stop function reduces fuel consumption and emissions during stationary periods. Overall, the car responds like a dream. ,AUDI RS7 QUATTRO: AUDI DRIVE SELECT SYSTEM The 2015 Audi RS7 Quattro is an all-wheel drive, four-door vehicle with a twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8 engine, which produces 560 horsepower. An eight-speed Tiptronic transmission provides the performance of a manual shifter in an automatic form so that a driver has control over gear selection without having an actual clutch. The unique Drive Select system helps the car adjust to a specific type of driving. An onscreen menu allows the driver to choose Dynamic, Comfort, or an automatic setting. These change the engine output, transmission, suspension, and exhaust. At the Soft setting, the suspension is firm. The Comfort setting is lighter and better suited for longer trips. The Dynamic setting increases the engine’s pep, and once it’s activated, the exhaust begins to growl. No matter where the Audi RS7 drives, the performance is outstanding. To save fuel, the cylinder deactivation technology is ideal. Depending on input, it shuts intake valves of particular cylinders. In bumper-to-bumper traffic, the engine uses less power and consumes less fuel. Also, safety is a top priority. The 2015 RS7 includes side assist, pre-sense rear, and an optional Innovation package with HUD display and night vision assist. Thanks to the Audi Drive Select system, the driver can customize their driving style like never before. The car grips the road like a pro but remains comfortable and stylish at the same time.
I’ve always rated my “Dream Cars” according to how much I have to spend. The “money is not a factor” category: Porsche 911 Turbo S. Yes, I realize it’s me and everybody else in the world. Or ,if I want to be environment friendly: BMW i8. That car may be the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. And it’s electric, too! The “I’ve done well for myself” category: BMW 630i. I’d put the 650i (5 liter engine version, looks identical), but that would put it quite close in price to the former category. The “Still quite pricey, but I have a lottery membership and keeping my hopes up”: Audi S3. Also a really big contender in the “You will never know what this car can do from looking unless you’re a car enthusiast” category. The “I can actually see myself buying this at a certain point” category: Lexus CT200h. Also wins the title of “The first non-german car in this list”. There are non-hybrid versions, but this is the one I’d get. The “My (probably) actual next car in the very near future” category: Toyota Yaris. Moving from the luxury division of Toyota but still a solid, reliable car. Super-mini, which is what I’m looking for at the moment. The “What I’m driving right now, but boy, do I need to upgrade soon”: Renault Megane 2007. First “Family Car” that had ESP which is now standard in practically every car. (the one in the picture is not mine, partly because I’m at work, partly because it’s at an underground parking, and partly because I haven’t washed it in far too long)
When picturing a modern sports car, you might imagine anything from a lightweight track car or a modern hot hatchback, to a mid-engined two-seater or a front-engined grand touring coupé. For the purposes of this top 10 chart, however, we can narrow our terms of reference down a bit; Caterham Sevens, Ferrari 488s, Alpine A110s and BMW M cars are ranked and dealt with elsewhere. Here, we’re interested in full-sized, fulsomely endowed, fully rounded dedicated sports cars priced between about £60,000 and £120,000. Only grown-up, big-hitting, multi-faceted and purpose-built options get in. Front-, mid- and rear-engined offerings are included, likewise rear-drive and four-wheel-drive layouts, open and closed cockpits and both simple petrol and hybrid powertrains. There are plenty of routes towards the level of indulgent performance, vivid handling poise, immersive driver engagement and character you’d expect of a true sports car, after all. But which should you take – and why? 1. Porsche 911 Carrera So far we’ve driven the new 992 generation of Porsche’s 911 in both rear-driven Carrera S and four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S guises, the former only on track, and yet both early tests suggested that this eighth-generation, rear-engined sporting hero is every inch as great a driver’s car as the 991 it’s replacing this year – and, if anything, stands ready to take the game away from its rivals. Having grown longer and slightly wider than the car it replaces, the 992 is so far only available in 444bhp 3.0-litre turbo ‘S’-derivative form, with an eight-speed PDK gearbox and with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Both versions use what used to be called the 911’s ‘widebody’ shell (which has been lightened by more extensive use of aluminium in its construction), while four-wheel steering is now an option even on non-GT-level cars and mixed-width wheels and tyres come as standard. Although there’s as much reason as ever for the keenest of drivers to stick with the car’s purer rear-driven mechanical layout, the 992’s wider front axle track and quickened steering ratio seem to have sharpened the car’s handling very effectively. Its turbocharged engine might not have the textural qualities of Porsche’s old atmospheric engines, but it makes for very serious real-world performance – and, overall, for a car that remains without equal among direct rivals for usability, for rounded sporting credibility and especially for the accessible, everyday-use, any-occasion brilliance of its driver appeal. 2. Jaguar F-Type The F-Type shows that Jaguar can produce a car of true sporting specialism as well as any German manufacturer. It’s a machine of incredible, multi-faceted allure – and, like the E-Type was, it’s great value. The car falls short of being truly exceptional – it has too many imperfections and shortcomings for that. On usability, it comes up short next to plenty of sports cars, having only two seats, offering slightly cramped accommodation even for two, and limited boot space in convertible forms. And yet, in multi-cylinder engine guises particularly, it has performance and handling dynamism every bit as boisterous as its throaty, vivacious soul – and a driving experience to savour. There can be no question that the F-Type is another landmark in the 21st-century recasting of the Jaguar brand. While not perfect, it is an inspired, wonderful car. 3. Lotus Evora A decade has now passed since the introduction of Lotus’s mid-engined, 2+2 Porsche-chaser, the Evora. At the time of its introduction, the car brought plenty of qualities to embrace but also flaws to regret. Today, it retains a chassis and steering system that both truly deserve top billing. Few sports cars have such immersive, positive steering, or a ride and handling compromise so suited to life on British roads. However, that which was questionable about the Evora’s wider case for ownership back in 2009 has become nothing short of decidedly problematic for it now. This Lotus has never really had the powertrain its chassis deserved. Although Hethel now conjures as much as 430bhp from the car’s soulful Toyota-sourced supercharged V6, the Evora’s truculent transmission remains the limit of your enjoyment of it. A particularly small boot would make weekend touring jaunts difficult, while a tight, inaccessible and relatively antiquated interior stretches the bounds of acceptability on how simple a modern £80,000 sports car ought to be. Still, if you can find a way to enjoy it, you’ll savour every drive in an Evora. Few cars mix the brilliant with the inadequate quite so strikingly. 4. BMW i8 The i8 is one of the most compelling and unusual sports cars we’ve tested in years, not only because of its fascinating plug-in hybrid powertrain, its appealing driving experience and its otherworldly design, but also because of how exquisitely finished it feels as a product – both inside and outside – and how easy it would be to live with. That the car’s handling dynamics fall slightly short of the very best we’d expect of a sports car is a minor drawback for the i8 – but the problem only really takes the edge off the car’s appeal when it comes to track driving. The i8 will pinch sales from the 911, no doubt. And while the Porsche remains far better to drive, you can easily see why you might fancy driving what feels like the sports car of the future instead. 5. Nissan GT-R However long in the tooth he has become, ‘Godzilla’ is in rude health. If out-and-out real-world, any-condition speed is what you crave from your sports car, nothing does it better below £100k than Nissan’s self-identified ‘world’s fastest brick’ – the incredible, indefatigable GT-R. But then speed probably isn’t quite all you want in a modern sports car. Nissan knows this. It has therefore tried to make the GT-R a more rounded, luxurious and mature axe-wielding mentalist of a device over recent years and revisions – and it has made a difference, albeit not a big one. Delicacy and subtlety aren’t this car’s specialisms any more now than before but, compared with the increasingly digital-feeling cars launched around and about it, the GT-R offers more charm than ever. 6. Lexus LC As a keen driver, you feel inclined to make a case for the LC. It has a superbly charismatic and likeable V8 engine, and balanced, spry, involving handling makes it feel, at times, more of a natural rival for a Jaguar F-Type or a Porsche 911 than the mix of two- and four-door sporting grand tourers that Lexus identifies as its true opponents. Hence the car’s inclusion here. The LC seems large, heavy, leaden-footed and a bit cumbersome on the road at times – so you never quite escape a feeling of ambivalence towards the car. On song, its V8 engine is hugely special; on a smooth surface, its sheer agility and balance are quite something. Equally, the car’s cabin, while remarkably luxurious, wants for much in the way of storage space, and its touring credentials are undermined by a particularly unpleasant run-flat-shod secondary ride. Ultimately, depending on how much you’re moved by its virtues or irked by its shortcomings, this car is either a bit of a rough diamond or the dreaded curate’s egg. For us, it’s much closer to the former. 7. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray If you were asked to predict what the Corvette Stingray would be like to drive based purely on its on-paper specification and how it looks, our bet is that you wouldn’t end up too wide of the mark. This is a fairly large supercar with a brawny naturally aspirated engine up front, a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. Sounds very traditional – and it is, to an extent. But the Corvette comes with an interior which, while not causing sleepless nights in much of Germany, is a quantum leap over that of the model it replaces on quality and equipment. There’s plenty of ability here, while the car’s chassis is greatly enjoyable if you can find the right places to deploy it. The car’s character is old-school, unreconstructed and best sampled with the electronic driver aids left switched on. Still, it’s very likeable and dramatic. 8. Maserati GranTurismo That Maserati got so many of the basics right with its GranTurismo coupé makes the car’s remaining few failings all the more frustrating. How difficult could it have been to get the seating position right, for example? Or to fix the odd trim fit defect, or perfect the adjustable damping? More complex, and thus more forgivable, is that just occasionally we wish the GranTurismo’s V8 engine hit a little harder, for all its aural splendour; and that its gearbox felt a little less clunky and antiquated. While we can’t ignore such troubles in our overall rating, we would be the first to admit the GranTurismo remains a truly desirable car – even in its dotage. It’s a car you no longer need to make excuses to buy or to own and, while it’s now a way off the sports car class’s prevailing dynamic standards, still a pleasure to drive. 9. Alfa Romeo 4C The 4C should have been the car to rocket Alfa Romeo back into the headlines and restore its reputation as a maker of world-class driver’s cars. That it took the Giulia saloon to actually achieve that, arriving a few years later than the 4C, says most of what you need to know about this car. This was supposed to be the sports car with which Turin could launch its talons into the North American market all over again. That idea was soon quashed by Alfa’s management when they realised that the finished 4C, with its carbonfibre construction and hardcore temperament, would be much too uncompromising for that. The 4C was withdrawn from sale in the UK back in 2016. The spider that remains makes a bad situation worse as regards the car’s price, which was always £10,000 higher than it ought to have been in order to really tempt people out of Porsche Caymans and Lotus Elises even in cheaper coupé form. The car’s handling is nothing if not direct and involving, and its turbo four-pot engine feels pretty potent in a car this light, though it’s lacking a little on richness. Roundedness and everyday usability are what might prevent you from adopting the 4C: those, at any rate, and the £60k price tag. 10. Morgan Roadster After the deletion of the Plus 8, the V6-engined Roadster now represents the top rung of the model ladder for the Morgan Motor Company. It’s a car with a list price starting just north of £55,000, and likely ending beyond £60,000 once you’ve added the optional extras you’re likely to want. Remembering, of course, that this is a car built on a ladder chassis and wood frame, whose appeal depends about as squarely upon a comfortable pair of rose-tinted glasses as that of mince-based wartime cookery. So you won’t want one with a head-up display and automatic lane keeping – and, as it happens, Morgan doesn’t offer such things. The last Roadster we drove had the car’s old Ford-sourced 3.0-litre V6 engine, while the new one has a 3.7 with considerably more power and torque to motivate its relatively slight 950kg. So it shouldn’t be a car that wants for performance – particularly since the last car’s handling and steering discouraged press-on driving after a point, the former being fairly balanced and nimble but the latter heavy at town speeds and vague thereafter, suffering with notable bump-steer.
A lot of people think it represents status, but it represents size really. A 1 or 2 or Z series is ideal for singles and couples who rarely if ever have to carry anything/anyone other than themselves around. A 3 series works great for a small family or a single/couple who have friends who share their car occasionally. In my opinion the 3 series is the best balance of nimble, agile handling and a comfortable car. A lot of "rich" people buy 3 series even when they can afford a 7 series. A 5 series is somewhat bigger than a 3, it can be compared to an Accord for example in terms of interior space. The handling isn't that agile, it's softer sprung and you feel it's a bigger car in the turns. The suspension is softer. This can be considered a midsize sedan. More oriented towards comfort and luxury than the 3 series. 6 series is just the more sporty-looking coupe and convertible versions of 5 series. This is purely for looks, and it has neither the agility of 1/2/3 series nor the space of 5 series. Similarly, the 4 series is the convertible/coupe version of the 3 series. 7 series is a luxurious boat. Big car, rides soft and is luxurious inside. It's a full sized sedan. X series is a series of SUVs and SAVs. The number following the X corresponds with the size. For example X1 is the size of a 1 series inside, x3 has the interior space of a 3 series, etc. M series is BMWs line of sports cars. Just like x, with the m the number following the m indicates size, but it's important to remember M is its own series. For example, an m3 isn't considered a 3 series. It's an m series. Regardless of how it looks, an m3 has a completely different body, suspension, engine, gearbox and different specs than a 3 series. It's not a souled-up or tuned 3 series, it's more like an M car that looks somewhat like a 3 from the outside with more different than similar parts. Same with m5, m6 etc. But that's not the case with m-branded regular cars like m235i which are not true m cars, that's just a regular 2 series that borrows some m parts like wheels and tires. Same with the msport package on non-M cars, those are just “m-looking” parts and in some cases (like suspension) more sporty but not real M parts. Z is BMWs roadster. In addition to the line and model name, the engines are depicted by 20i, 28i, 35i, 28d etc. these denote different engines with varying amounts of power. 20i is a defined turbo four (with I think 180hp), 28i is a turbo four with 200 (or was it 240? I forget) hp, 35i / 40i indicates a more powerful turbocharged inline six cylinder engine (300 to 320 hp). Typically an "x" there (328xi) indicates all whee drive. The “i” series (i3, i8 etc) is BMW’s line of electric cars.
Depends on how you like your socks. Confused ? Let me explain. 2019 Lamborghini Urus Urus is an SUV (or a Super SUV as Lamborghini is marketing it) that’s powered by a a 4.0 Lt Twin Turbo V8 making 650Bhp and boatloads of torque. This is as fast as an SUV can ever be, topping out at 304Kmph. It can go off the asphalt but…. that’s about it. Not a serious offroader by any means. It’s big, it’s brash, it’s a Lamborghini,. BMW’s i8, on the other hand, is mostly a design exercise gone very right. 2016 BMW i8 Sure, it’s a hybrid with a a Mini’s 1.5lt 3 cylinder engine with the electric motor making about 350 BHP. The car, with those futuristic body lines, those butterfly doors and a hybrid to boot, makes for a great sports car for the environmentally conscious. 2019 BMW i8 Spyder To put it simply, these two are very different to draw a rational comparison, let alone determine which one’s better.
On a broader perspective, the general classification is as follows, Petrol Diesel Now since that is taken care of, lets get into the more exciting stuff, The first type is the basic 3 Cylinder configuration which involves an inline configuration mounted transversely, this is something that is staple in most city hatchbacks and sedans and surprisingly, in the hybrid BMW I8 as well, these types of engines are available in both turbocharged and non-turbocharged forms. The Next type is the Inline 4 Cylinder which can be bought in the transverse as well as longitudinal form depending on the car as well as the manufacturer, this is the go to engine that occupies the engine bay in everything from a hatchback to SUVs, Sports cars and in some instance, luxury sedans as well. These engines depending on the configuration can punch out serious power and are available in turbo and non-turbo forms. The 4 cylinder configuration is also available in a Boxer form where the pistons are laid out in a flat configuration known as the boxer engine and is commonly used in Subaru models. The next type is the increasingly rare 5 Cylinder which today occupies the engine bay in the Audi RS3 punching out close to 400 bhp. These engines initially gained popularity with Volvo and the legendary Audi Quattro (Making 1000 bhp!), however the imbalanced nature of the engine meant that it required quite a lot of work and were eventually ditched in favor of the more practical 4 bangers. The next type is the Inline 6 which defined BMW with the M3, the engine provided big power, gave the car a lot of character, however, the inline configuration meant that it could only be longitudinally mounted and the additional reinforcements due to the longer components used in the engine meant that the use of the Inline configuration was ditched for the V configuration, but, BMW is keeping the engine alive and now even Mercedes has stepped up its game with a new Inline 6 engine. The Next type is the V6 engine which is used in pretty much a wide array of sports cars due to its compact packaging and big potential to produce lots of Delicious horsepower, the 3.5L Twin turbo V6 is what sits in the engine bay of the famous Nissan GT-R and is used in a lot of cars including both iterations of the NSX and even the new Ford GT and the Alfa Guilia Quadrifoglio (Apologies in case of incorrect spelling) The other type is the very famous Flat 6 engine which defines the most iconic sports car of all time, the Porsche 911, this engine is revered to be among the greatest and there is no doubt why, big power, great noise, lots of torque and in a naturally aspirated form, instant power delivery, this engine defines the 911 and has been used rarely in other car models. The next type is the one that is universally loved, the V8, used in everything from a Mustang to even the Agera RS, in either turbocharged or even supercharged forms, V8s produce large amounts of power that can range from 400 bhp to even 1340 bhp, these engines make great noise, have amazing power potential and are the most common engine, especially the small block LS V8 to be swapped into other cars. The next type is the popular V10 engine which is once again used popularly in the Volkswagen group by Audi and Lamborghini, initially gaining notoriety in the Gallardo, the engine now graces the bay of the Huracan and the R8 and is considered the best fit for both the cars and Marquees. Then of course we have the characterful V12 which is often considered an unecessity but many will beg to differ, these engines, especially in the Aventador produce serious horsepower as well as noise and are even available in Mercedes cars in the Biturbo form, you can identify them with the 65 lettering which is reserved exclusively for their V12 Models. There is even the lesser known W12 engine which graces the engine bay of the Bentley line up and previously in the now defunct Volkswagen Phaeton. Then we have the rarer counterparts which is the V16 engine of which very few exist and not really in a production form, in fact, Rolls Royce designed and built a monstrous V16 for the Phantom but was dropped in favour of the V12, the only other recorded instance is in the One-off Cadillac Sixteen which packed this engine, the other instance is in the upcoming (Yeah right) Devel Sixteen which honestly is too far fetched and may not make production. Then of course we have the famous W16 or better known as the Quad Turbo W16 engine which graces the engine bay in the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, producing power in the regions of 1500 bhp, these engines are built to prove one point that they propel the fastest production car in the world with the highest top speed and provided the tires are worked out, the Chiron may eventually knock on the door of even 500 kmph, but no one knows yet. Thanks for reading :)
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