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  1. According to sources familiar with Tesla software, Tesla is preparing to update the Model S and Model X with new, more efficient motors. Recent software updates have appeared that make reference to the new motors. The new motors with the codename "Raven", are permanent magnet reluctance motors as found in the Model 3. These motors have the benefit of pre-excitation from the magnets giving them an efficiency advantage. They also work to reduce the overall costs of the vehicle. In the Model 3, the motors can achieve an efficiency rating higher than 97% compared to 93% on the Model S/X. The difference in efficiency is even more marked in stop and go traffic where the Model 3 is much more efficient than the AC induction motors in the Models S and X. These upgrades could work out to a longer range and better performance for the pair. Tesla sales, though up year over year, have recently crashed down 31% from the previous quarter . While the timing of the release of these upgrades is not known, there are rumors that Tesla is planning a major interior refresh for the pair for 2020, so it could be matched with those updates. Important timing when vehicles like the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron , and Polestar 2 will be hitting the market over the next 18 months. View full article
  2. According to sources familiar with Tesla software, Tesla is preparing to update the Model S and Model X with new, more efficient motors. Recent software updates have appeared that make reference to the new motors. The new motors with the codename "Raven", are permanent magnet reluctance motors as found in the Model 3. These motors have the benefit of pre-excitation from the magnets giving them an efficiency advantage. They also work to reduce the overall costs of the vehicle. In the Model 3, the motors can achieve an efficiency rating higher than 97% compared to 93% on the Model S/X. The difference in efficiency is even more marked in stop and go traffic where the Model 3 is much more efficient than the AC induction motors in the Models S and X. These upgrades could work out to a longer range and better performance for the pair. Tesla sales, though up year over year, have recently crashed down 31% from the previous quarter . While the timing of the release of these upgrades is not known, there are rumors that Tesla is planning a major interior refresh for the pair for 2020, so it could be matched with those updates. Important timing when vehicles like the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron , and Polestar 2 will be hitting the market over the next 18 months.
  3. This morning on MSN / MotorTrend they had the story "15 optional enginese worth buying"! http://editorial.autos.msn.com/15-optional-engines-worth-buying?icid=autos_5982 The end result was the following list: Audi A6 - Upgrade to the TDI V6 Buick Regal - Upgrade to the Turbo I4 {they state this is German Entry Lux alternative worth the money} Ford Fiesta - Upgrade to Ecoboost Turbo I3 Jaguar F-Type - Upgrade to Supercharged V8 from Supercharged V6 Kia Optima - Upgrade to Turbo I4 Subaru Impreza - Upgrade to WRX VW Golf - Upgrade to the GTI Jeep Grand Cherokee - Upgrade to 3L EcoDiesel V6 over regular V6 Mazda CX-5 - Upgrade to Skyactiv 2.5L I4 Lexus IS 250 - Upgrade to 350 Ford F-150 - Upgrade base to 2.7L EcoBoost V6 option Ram 1500 - Upgrade base engine to 3L EcoDiesel V6 Dodge Challenger SRT - Upgrade to Hellcat as cost is only $63 per pony. Cheap MB SL63 AMG - Upgrade to SL65 Chevy Camero SS - Upgrade to Z28 or LT1 So with this list of optional engine upgrades that they feel you should do, I felt it was a great conversation to have here as there are plenty of other auto's not mentioned here that have optional engines that should be done also. Sound off on what auto's you feel should be had with the optional engines!

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