Monthly Archives January 2015

2017 Ford F150 Raptor with V6 Turbo Engine: Just Debuted (with Live Photos)

2017 Ford F150 Raptor

Ford is really showing off its latest technology at the Detroit auto show. Besides the new Ford GT and GT350R Mustang, take the 2017 Ford F150 Raptor (goes on sale fall 2016) as example, it debuts the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission.


As shown in the below drawing in the US Patent #8834310 granted to Ford, the Ford 10R transmission has 6 under drive ratios, 1 direct drive ratio and 3 overdrive ratios. The 10 speed gears are implemented using 4 planetary gear sets, which is the same as the ZF 8HP and GM 8L series (but with only 8 speeds); the gear sets are controlled by 6 shift elements (2 brakes + 4 clutches).


At each gear, 4 of the sh...

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2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is Track Ready (with Live Photos)

Make Way For the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R

It is a big day for Ford today, as they debut three performance models with the most state-of-the-art technology.


Take the just-announced 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang as example, it has everything that the 2016 GT350 Mustang has (the 5.2L flatplane V8, the MagneRide electronically controlled dampers, Torsen LSD etc), with some significant high-tech upgrades.

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang highlights

– Carbon-fiber wheel, which is 13-lb less than the conventional aluminum wheel rim
– Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires
– Exhaust resonators is removed for weight reduction, also creates special exhaust notes
– Re...

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Just Announced: The 2016 Ford GT Comes in V6 Turbo Power

2016 Ford GT Goes Turbo

Ford made the last unit of the GT super car back in 2006 and discontinued it since then. Today the new generation GT was finally announced and will be going in production starting 2016.


Ford applies some cool high-end technology in this flagship super car:

– 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, with output more than 600hp
– 7-speed automatic double-clutch transmission
– Car body made with advanced materials: carbon fiber passenger cell, aluminum front and rear subframes hosted in structural carbon fiber body panels

Enjoy the below official images and dig up more details in the following press release.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport: Officially Announced

The Detroit Auto Show has kicked off today and Mercedes-Benz just announced a new member in the C Class family: the 2016 C450 AMG Sport.


But please do not be confused with the “AMG” in its name, the C450 AMG Sport is not a AMG car like the C63 AMG. It is in fact a C Class with some AMG treatments, like the M Sport in BMW, or the S-Line in Audi.  One major upgrade for the C450 AMG Sport is the engine: although it is shared with the C400’s 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6, its output is boosted up to 362hp and 384 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Highlights

– 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6,362hp and 384 lb-ft of torque
– 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission
– 4Mat...

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Cadillac Brings Down CTS Pricing

Cadillac CTS Price Drop

When you want your product to upmarket, the typical way is enhancing your product design and quality, and then raising its price.

This was exactly what Cadillac had done to its latest 3rd-gen CTS sedan: the new CTS sedan is way better than its predecessor in all aspects, plus it’s more expensive. It looks like Cadillac shouldn’t worry about its sales.


But in fact, the sales of the new CTS sedan is now proven to be big trouble to the auto maker...

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