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Daily News: Monday 1/15/18

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RAM Trucks Introduces All-New 2019 RAM 1500

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RAM trucks has taken to the 2018 North American International Auto Show taking place in Detroit to reveal their all new 2019 RAM 1500. Coming on the heels of an updated F-150 and an all new Chevrolet 1500, the new RAM refines the formula the company has stuck with over the past few years.

Like the other trucks, the RAM’s new frame is not only lighter–nearly 225lbs lighter–but is also slightly stronger, giving it the ‘most efficient frame in its class’, whatever that means. The RAM has the highest payload options, if selected properly, with loads increasing to 2,300lbs in the bed and 12,750lbs towed.

The main advancements for the truck come in the form of powertrain options. For the first time I can recall, every gasoline powered version of a truck, this truck to be precise, will be a mild-hybrid. RAM has equipped both the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and HEMI V8 with a 48-volt electric system, dubbed eTorque.

This eTorque system combines a belt-driven motor/generator/alternator unit with a 48-Volt battery pack to enable stop/start functionality, sort-term torque assist, and brake energy regeneration. Not only does this allow greater efficiency, owners will notice more power when they need it; V6 models can have their eTorque system add up to 90lb-ft of torque and the HEMI’s 130lb-ft, when needed.

Power is sent to either the rear or all four wheels via an updated 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. This transmission also lends itself to an improved efficiency figure.

The rest of the truck is more of the same, simply updated. New, updated air suspension is still available, and the interior is given a nice technology update for drivers and passengers alike.

Expect the all-new 2019 RAM 1500 later this year.

Hyundai Veloster Returns; Receives High Performance ‘N’ Variant 

Veloster N

Hyundai’s funky three-door hatchback, the Veloster–two on the passengers side and a single door on the drivers side–has received a second-generation for the U.S. market. While the base model and the turbo model are both coming back, the real news comes with the addition of a new high-performance variant, the Hyundai Veloster N.

Characterizing the development of the car by saying that development focused on ‘[Heart]Beats-per-Minute’ rather than ‘Revs-per-Minute’, the Veloster N is decidedly an enthusiast vehicle. Born in Namyang, South Korea and developed extensively on the Nurburgring, the Veloster N–the N comes from those two locations–promises to be more than just a Hyundai with a fast engine.

The engine is no slouch, however, as it is a 2.0L turbo unit which produces 275hp and 260lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to meaty 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires or optional 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero summer rubber via a beefed-up six-speed manual transmission.

Brakes, suspension, the interior, the exterior, and essentially every bit of the new Veloster has been touched by its ‘N’ treatment, promising a serious, serious, vehicle. Hyundai is aiming for the Honda Civic Type-R with this one.

Look for the all-new Veloster alter this year, with the N-variant quickly following.

Acura Revives ‘Type-S’ Designation; New Turbo V6 in Development

Accura Type S

Acura has announced the revival of their much-lauded Type-S performance variant for future models in the coming year. While not much is known on the upcoming model designation, Acura has said the Type-S designation will grace multiple models in the coming years.

The previous Type-S model, the 2008 Acura TL Type-S is an attractive looking vehicle, with special chassis tuning, suspension tuning, upgraded brakes, wheels and tires, as well as slightly more power. We can likely expect the same formula for the upcoming models.

Acura also announced the likely engine for Type-S models, with the announcement of a new turbocharged V6 that they are bringing to multiple models soon. Taking development cues from the Acura NSX’s twin-turbocharged V6, Acura promises this new engine will be performance-oriented.

As they carefully are saying ‘turbocharged’ rather than ‘twin-turbocharged’, I would not be surprised if it was a single turbo engine, like Audi’s new unit.

Look for more Acura news as 2018 progresses.

Mercedes-AMG Breathes on New Mild-Hybrid Straight-Six, Creates 53-Designation

Merc straight 6

Mercedes-AMG has released proof that their naming designations have very little grounding in reality today with the release of their new engine. The engine in question is Mercedes-Benz new corporate mild-hybrid 3.0L straight-six(!) turbocharged engine. In AMG trim the engine produces 429hp and 384lb-ft of torque. Those numbers can be boosted by 21hp and 184lb-ft of torque using the on-board 48V starter/alternator.

This engine will be placed in 53-series designated CLS, E-Class Coupe, and E-Class Cabriolet vehicles; i.e. a CLS53. Normally, the number following the model designation in an AMG denotes the engine capacity or output. As far as I can tell, ’53’ in this case stands for neither of those, and is instead an arbitrarily made-up number.

The closest number I can come-up with to a ’53’ is the combined torque figure, which equals nearly 570lb-ft of torque. Since hybrid power numbers are not as easily estimated as adding the combustion power and the electric power, the actual number may be closer to 530lb-ft of torque, lending the ’53 designation’.

Just a theory.

Regardless of whether owners choose a CLS or an E-Class ’53’-series AMG, power will be sent through a 9-speed automatic gearbox to a fully-variable all-wheel drive system. This is good for an estimated 0-60mph time of 4.4seconds.

The 53-series models will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.

Ford Teases New 700+HP Mustang GT500

Ford has released the above teaser video for the new Mustang GT500, and besides the projected HP figure of over 700hp, we know very little about the car.

Expect more info in the coming months.

(Was that a supercharger whine I hear at 0:35? Hmmm…can you supercharge a Voodoo engine? 5.2L Flat-Plane Crank Supercharged V8, YES PLEASE!)

 

 

Stephen Hyden View All

I recently recieved a degree in History from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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