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  2. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    yes- Olds sourced basic engine, tho it did get FI in the Seville. And you couldn't get it in other Cadillacs, so it's not like there'd be a question upon opening the hood of a given Cad in this era, but still- these were co-existing engines in the same brand.
  3. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Not to be pedantic, but that 350 was an Oldsmobile engine I've read. (In the Seville)
  4. balthazar

    Rumorpile: Tesla To Halt Model 3 Production for Six Days

    Perhaps, except NOBODY BUILDS SOMETHING LIKE THAT. And that includes the almighty Tesla.
  5. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I can't leave you guys back in the past alone for a few hours without you running amok and drawing on the walls, can I? The Wiki quote is correct RE Olds, they had distinct small & big blocks. Pontiac did not- the 326 up thru the 455 have the same external size block, so Pontiac does NOT have a small and/or big block. OK; the 301 is technically smaller, but it's so utterly forgettable that it's shunned for the purposes of this discussion. Still ... the 301 & 400 overlap, so I guess from '77-79, technically, if you want to be a total jerk about it, Pontiac had a SB & BB. But nobody cares and everyone hates the 301. There; I said it. They are relative terms addressing external V8 engine size within one brand. Chevy, Olds & Buick had SBs & BBs, Pontiac did not, Cadillac only had one displacement until the same-family 472/500 of '70, and no SB (or BB) until the 350 of '76 appeared. Trivia point: even tho Chevy got it's V8 in '55, it wasn't a "small block" until the 348 came out in '58.
  6. Today
  7. William Maley

    Jaguar XK To Make A Possible Return?

    While the spotlight has been on crossovers and their upcoming EV, Jaguar is still committed to building sports cars. “The F-Type has been a huge success. We love sports cars – and I use the plural quite deliberately. Whether that is delivered by a body variant or something else remains to be seen, but for now let’s just say that the body type is very important for us,” said Hanno Kirner, the person overseeing product strategy at Jaguar Land Rover. Emphasis mine. Jaguar only has one sports car at the moment - the F-Type. But according to Autocar, a second coupe being the successor to the XK (departed Jaguar's lineup in 2014). Some of their evidence comes from comments made by Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum last year. “I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design.” Reportedly, Callum's team completed a design concept for an XK replacement but was scrapped when Jaguar killed the XK. Autocar says this new successor to the XK isn't expected until after 2021. Part of this comes down to a new modular platform that is currently being worked on and will debut on the next-generation F-Type - due in 2019. This new platform is reportedly flexible enough to do a 2+2 coupe. Jaguar's Ingenium engine family will provide power for both models and expect some hot versions, including an SVR variant down the road. There is also talk about electrification, but that appears to be a long way out. Source: Autocar
  8. While the spotlight has been on crossovers and their upcoming EV, Jaguar is still committed to building sports cars. “The F-Type has been a huge success. We love sports cars – and I use the plural quite deliberately. Whether that is delivered by a body variant or something else remains to be seen, but for now let’s just say that the body type is very important for us,” said Hanno Kirner, the person overseeing product strategy at Jaguar Land Rover. Emphasis mine. Jaguar only has one sports car at the moment - the F-Type. But according to Autocar, a second coupe being the successor to the XK (departed Jaguar's lineup in 2014). Some of their evidence comes from comments made by Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum last year. “I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design.” Reportedly, Callum's team completed a design concept for an XK replacement but was scrapped when Jaguar killed the XK. Autocar says this new successor to the XK isn't expected until after 2021. Part of this comes down to a new modular platform that is currently being worked on and will debut on the next-generation F-Type - due in 2019. This new platform is reportedly flexible enough to do a 2+2 coupe. Jaguar's Ingenium engine family will provide power for both models and expect some hot versions, including an SVR variant down the road. There is also talk about electrification, but that appears to be a long way out. Source: Autocar View full article
  9. smk4565

    Review: 2018 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium

    Having sat in the Genesis cars, you can definitely see and feel where they cut corners on the interior to save money vs some other luxury cars, but they do have a lot of room and get a lot of features in there for the price. So you get what you pay for but you pay a lot less than you would on a European luxury car. I feel like the G80 is almost as big and roomy as a G90 and has the same powertrains so the G90 seems semi pointless. My big complaint with the Genesis cars is the engines are from a generation ago. That 5.0 V8 came out in the 2012 model year and has had no updates since then.
  10. ocnblu

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Well my hopes are dashed for an updated Colorado/Canyon for the 2019 model year. The order guide is up. No mention of new appearance or the 2.7t four. In the "color & trim" area, you can click on the new colors and get a preview. Nice new blue and orange color, a new gray... but the same style from 2015. New colors, one new wheel design, and some minor upgrades to the interior electronics. Whoopty do.
  11. dfelt

    Rumorpile: Tesla To Halt Model 3 Production for Six Days

    Electric Saturn Sky that would run circles around the petro Miata would be cool!
  12. For some perspective, a 2012 Silverado LT had a 302 hp V8 with 305 lb-ft of torque and the Work Truck had a 195 hp V6. So the 2.0T could easily replace the 4.3 V6, and the 2.7 liter beats that V8 that people trading in a previous generation Silverado are used to.
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  14. regfootball

    Rumorpile: Tesla To Halt Model 3 Production for Six Days

    i think if GM had a tit for tat competitor for Tesla, say a really good looking sexy Cadillac with a killer all electric powertrain (not a CT6 stupid 4 cylinder plug in hybrid) at similar prices, the war would be on. GM could easily morph the Bolt into something Tesla 3 sized with Bolt price. and it would sell like hotcakes. Bolts a little small. Something the size of the previous Equinox in a nice wrapper and all electric at Bolt plus some pricing would sell like hotcakes. An all electric every day sedan like my Malibu (not volt sized) that was an affordable electric only with big range would sell like hotcakes. How about a Fiero clone with a mid engine electric motor instead of gas? I'd even bring back plastic panels.
  15. Oh he's been "SPOKEN TO". Also known as CENSORED, or VILIFIED for stating his perspective. Sounds familiar.
  16. ocnblu

    Cars that should come be brought back (And how)

    Cruze coupe All Pontiacs A compact pickup truck
  17. And you ignore all the toxic by products the Diesel engine puts out. These engines are very dirty in the configuration that the germans sold them in compared to the treatment systems that did clean them up. Yet with that said, today's advances have shown that diesel is not the efficient king it used to be. Moving forward in the 21st century, Hybrids and electrics will continue to improve and replace diesel and petro autos.
  18. dfelt

    Tesla's Model 3 Gets Even More Expensive

    So funny how you twist and take everything out of context.
  19. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Random doggo pics for today. Sitting at a light on the way home from the groomers this afternoon after getting her summer 'do. Raine--a terrier mix of some sort--my youngest dog at 4 years..she is very high energy.
  20. The only thing this reveals (as if it weren't already abundantly clear) is that the standards are too stringent to allow a good performing, efficient engine FOR THE CUSTOMER.
  21. ocnblu

    Rumorpile: Tesla To Halt Model 3 Production for Six Days

    That is because... BOOM! NOBODY WANTS IT!
  22. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Which had some differences from the Buick 215 V8 (which went on to be the Rover V8). I only knew about this engine from reading about its later use in creating the Repco V8 used in the Brabhams that won the '66-67 F1 championships.
  23. ocnblu

    Random Thoughts Thread

    No that was Jaguar/Land Rover. At least in my lifetime. Perhaps it was Olds when you were young?
  24. And this would expose CAFE as an even BIGGER bugaboo. Its time has passed. Technology won't stop... but the law of physics is unrelenting.
  25. Drew Dowdell

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Olds also had the aluminum 215.
  26. I think you inadvertently pointed out part of the problem. The manufacturers are building to Ace the test, but the test in an effort to be fair and uniform is terribly unrealistic. That's why NA V6es often to better in the real world on the highway than smaller displacement but similar power turbo 4s. If the test was more representative of real world driving, we'd see different results.
  27. ocnblu

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Right, sorry for the confusion, what I was saying is there were no small/big block Olds or Pontiac V8s as they were all built on their respective same architectures. That is not like Chevy though, where there was a distinct small and big block architecture.
  28. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I don't think parts would interchange between a Pontiac or Olds V8. But within Olds and Pontiac, there as only one engine family for a generation of engines was my understanding...i.e. no distinct small block or big block. i.e. a Pontiac 301, 350, 400, 455 had a lot of similarities. Or not. I remember once trying to understand the byzantine world of Ford V8s. Like all the 351s.
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