Saturday, October 18, 2014

Engine technology (more car geek stuff)...

Car technology has continued to improve year after year and is now at a point where all the new technology is exciting and most importantly... FUN.

In 1974 my family purchased a German made Mercury Capri with a 2 litre Overhead Cam 4 cylinder engine that produced 80 horsepower and 98 lb/ft of torque. 0-60mph was 13.5 seconds and got 25 mpg.

Fast forward 40 years to 2014.  Another German made 2 liter 4 cylinder engine.  This time in a BMW 228i.  Horsepower is now at 240 and torque is up to 255 lb/ft.  0-60 is now 5.4 seconds and gets 35 mpg.

My 1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 with a 5 liter (302 V8 put out 225 horses and 300 lb/ft of torque with a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds and got roughly 21 mpg.

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