The Truth About Cars » Top 10 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Top 10 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Average Gas Engine Specific Output Isn’t Quite 100 HP/L, Yet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/average-gas-engine-specific-output-isnt-quite-100-hpl-yet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/average-gas-engine-specific-output-isnt-quite-100-hpl-yet/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1126465 It was nearly 15 years ago that Honda was touting their magic number — 118.5 hp/L. This was the specific output for the U.S.-spec Honda S2000 powered by a high-strung, 237-horsepower, 2-liter engine and it was a marvel of engineering, trumping the Viper and many other more expensive machines. Fast forward to today and there […]

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Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. Photo courtesy Autoblog

It was nearly 15 years ago that Honda was touting their magic number — 118.5 hp/L. This was the specific output for the U.S.-spec Honda S2000 powered by a high-strung, 237-horsepower, 2-liter engine and it was a marvel of engineering, trumping the Viper and many other more expensive machines.

Fast forward to today and there are only a few naturally aspirated vehicles that top Honda’s claim to fame, but many that easily beat it with some form of forced induction. Yet, even with this plethora of new high-output, small-displacement engines, the average specific output of gasoline and flex fuel vehicles in the United States is still below the record set by Honda back in 1999.

Thanks to data provided by iSeeCars, we came up with some interesting data when it comes to specific output for 2015 model year vehicles.

For one, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 (pictured above) and the GLA45 with which it shares its turbocharged, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine are the top performers with specific outputs of 177.5 hp/L. It should be no surprise that turbocharged engines dominate the top 100 engines ranked by specific output, but there are some exceptions. The top naturally aspirated mill in the mix — the 597-hp, 4.5-liter V-8 in the Ferrari 458 Speciale — has a specific output of 132.7 hp/L. Porsche’s 911 GT3 is solidly mid-pack with 125 hp/L.

On the other end of the scale, trucks score quite low on the specific output meter, as the Ford F-350 equipped with a 316-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 struggles to make 51 hp/L. The lower output may not be representative of a behind-the-times engine, but rather it could be characteristic of their applications. Trucks need torque more than horsepower to do the work they were built to do.

Overall, the average for specific output for non-hybrid, gasoline and flex fuel engines sits at 93.3 hp/L, just 25.2 hp/L shy of the naturally aspirated benchmark set by the Honda S2000. However, as more automakers downsize their engines and boost output with turbocharging, we may just see the overall average crest this high-water mark in the coming years.

Below is a list of the top and bottom 10 vehicles available on the retail market for the 2015 model year ranked by specific output.

Top 10

  1. Mercedes-AMG CLA45/GLA45
    2-liter turbocharged I-4, 355 horsepower
    177.5 hp/L
  2. McLaren 650S Coupe/Spider
    3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, 641 horsepower
    168.7 hp/L
  3. Nissan GT-R NISMO
    3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, 600 horsepower
    157.9 hp/L
  4. Volvo S60/XC60
    2-liter twincharged I-4, 302 horsepower
    151.0 hp/L
  5. Porsche 911 Turbo S
    3.8-liter twin-turbocharged H-6, 560 horsepower
    147.4 hp/L
  6. Audi S3/Volkswagen Golf R
    2-liter turbocharged I-4, 292 horsepower
    146.0 hp/L
  7. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
    2-liter turbocharged I-4, 291 horsepower
    145.5 hp/L
  8. Nissan GT-R
    3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, 545 horsepower
    143.4 hp/L
  9. Bentley Continental GT3-R
    4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, 572 horsepower
    143 hp/L
  10. Ferrari California T
    3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, 553 horsepower
    141.8 hp/L

Bottom 10

  1. Ford F-350 Super Duty
    6.2-liter V-8, 316 horsepower
    51.0 hp/L
  2. Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 3500HD
    6-liter V-8, 322 horsepower
    53.7 hp/L
  3. Nissan Titan/NV Cargo/NV Passenger/Armada
    5.6-liter V-8, 317 horsepower
    56.6 hp/L
  4. Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana (Cargo/Passenger/Cutaway)
    6-liter V-8, 342 horsepower
    57.0 hp/L
  5. Volkswagen Jetta
    2-liter I-4, 115 horsepower
    57.5 hp/L
  6. Ram Chassis 3500
    6.4-liter V-8, 370 horsepower
    57.8 hp/L
  7. Toyota Tacoma
    2.7-liter I-4, 159 horsepower
    58.9 hp/L
  8. Toyota Tacoma
    4-liter V-6, 236 horsepower
    59.0 hp/L
  9. Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana (Cargo/Passenger/Cutaway)
    4.8-liter V-8, 285 horsepower
    59.4 hp/L
  10. Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD
    6-liter V-8, 360 horsepower
    60.0 hp/L

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Video o.k. for network TV in Brazil, but NSFW in certain jurisdictions. Do not click if naked derrieres offend you.

The numbers for the first eleven months of the year have been consolidated. The first fortnight of December has been basically more of the same. It’s now quasi-official: Fiat is the biggest pig in the sty for the eleventh time in a row. They already have an ad out celebrating the fact. Last year the Italians waited until January to commemorate. This year they had no such compunctions.

Curious is the theme they chose to celebrate their victory. Don’t think a green-eyed spermatozoon, masturbation and bodily functions would be GM’s choice to celebrate their market dominance in stodgy America. Oh, those racy Italians!

According to a conversation I had with a senior Fiat suit last week, maybe this has to do with the fact that they are feeling the heat from VW and think they need to rub their leadership of the market in (due to VW being leader for 50 years and the Gol having been the most sold car for over 25 years, many Brazilians still believe VW is the leader in our market).

The Fiat grandee expects that next year VW will launch in the up! in Brazil. This car will be priced lower than the Gol and could give the Germans the lead in Brazil again after a decade’s hiatus. Fiat will have nothing new to fight the up!. Moreover, VW has recently hired the Fiat veteran who was basically responsible for car pricing in Brazil. This guy has his finger all over the market’s pulse and raised and lowered Fiat’s prices until he found the sweet spots. As other makers nowadays set their prices after Fiat’s lead (VWs start 5 to 10 percent over Fiat and Renault-Nissan low-balls Fiat 5 to 10 percent), the Italians worry (the exec confided to me) that VW now has the brains to regain for themselves the ability to establish pricing in Brazil.

Relative to the market, Fiat, Nissan and Kia made the most waves this year, according to Brazilian car specialist site webmotors. Fiat and Nissan in a big way and Kia in a negative way.

Despite increased competition and capacity constraints Fiat gained a little over 1 percent on the market by selling 11 percent more cars year-on-year. Nissan was the company to gain the most in sales (72 percent) while Kia lost almost 47 percent. Kia has not fallen out of favor with consumers but they suffered the most at the hands of government policy. Parent Hyundai also suffered. So much so that, relative to last year, they were overcome by their Japanese nemeses Honda, Toyota and Nissan.

Due to Nissan’s rise, Peugeot was shown the door of the top 10.

To put all of this in perspective, Brazil is the world’s fourth largest car market. Behind China, the US and Japan, but bigger than Germany, the UK or India.

Top 10 Brands, Brazil

Position (in 2012) Brand

Sales Jan-Nov 2011

Percentage

Sales Jan-Nov 2012

Percentage

Change (%)

1 Fiat

684,970

22.12

763,952

23.21

1.08

2 Volkswagen

633,876

20.47

697,782

21.20

0.72

3 Chevrolet

571,232

18.45

580,210

17.63

-0.82

4 Ford

285,620

9.22

292.,811

8.89

-0.33

5 Renault

172,722

5.58

219,342

6.67

1.08

6 Honda

86,948

2.81

122,699

3.73

0.92

7 Toyota

86,913

2.81

99,097

3.01

0.20

8 Nissan

55,624

1.80

95,608

2.90

1.11

9 Hyundai

104,110

3.36

91,544

2.78

-0.58

10 Citroën

82,236

2.66

67,846

2.06

-0.59

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