FIRST GEAR: A Briefing About Things in Your Automotive World

by Sam Sweet

Americans love the Ford F-150, especially the outrageous Raptor. So when Ford released the 2019 ranger and allowed Americans to buy it, a Raptor edition was inevitable. Europeans get an all new 2.0L twin turbo diesel with at least 210 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque. Americans get the 2.7L Ecoboost V6. Four wheel drive and the ten speed auto are standard.

Due to whatever reason, AMG will stop producing the V12 engine after a final edition G65. Pagani should be unaffected, as their engines are separately produced from Mercedes ones. Expect electrified V8 engines in the future.

The Mazda Miata gets 30 extra horsepower, so Miata is still the answer, along with “More power is better.”

Ram will make the Rebel TRX, basically a Hellcat truck. Because stuffing a 6.2 liter supercharged engine into a truck is a good idea. Oh, and a less powerful 7.0L NA V8 will also be available. The BMW M5 is supposedly rated at 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque at the crank. However, the dyno chart shows 625 horsepower and 608 lb-ft of torque AT THE WHEELS. Factoring in the 10% drivetrain loss, this determined the engine output at at least 690 horsepower and around 670 lb-ft of torque.

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