Driving the 300hp BYD Qin plug-in hybrid

On the 300hp BYD Qin, using both engine and electromotor in hybrid mode to accelerate spectacularly in quiet Eco or throaty Sport setting, the Dual Mode II plug-in powerplant also charges the battery when you cruise, keeping you off city power grids.

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Driving the Tata Vista Ini with its 75ps 1.4L SAFIRE engine

On the Tata Vista Ini with its 75ps 1.4L SAFIRE petrol burner, we discover that the engine from FIAT delivers rich torque at the low end (as expected on an 8-valve SOHC) but stands following the Rule of Twos, to address the wide ratio gap between first and second gears:  get past the 20km/h and … Continue reading Driving the Tata Vista Ini with its 75ps 1.4L SAFIRE engine

Off-road with the Isuzu D-Max 4×4 LS-A 3.0L

We try Isuzu's off-road challenge with their just-introduced D-Max variant with the bigger 3.0L CRDi VGT turbodiesel.  Delivering peak power and torque of 160hp @ 3200rpm and 280lb-ft @ 1800~2200rpm, the new 2,994cc engine adds 27hp and 44lb-ft to the numbers of the former top-spec 2.5L engine. The diesel's not so high top-end reigns back … Continue reading Off-road with the Isuzu D-Max 4×4 LS-A 3.0L

Off-road with the Isuzu mu-X 4×4 LS-A 3.0L

We try Isuzu's off-road challenge with their just-introduced mu-X variant with the bigger 3.0L CRDi VGT turbodiesel.  Delivering peak power and torque of 160hp @ 3200rpm and 280lb-ft @ 1800~2200rpm, the new 2,994cc engine adds 27hp and 44lb-ft to the numbers of the former top-spec 2.5L engine. The diesel's not so high top-end reigns back … Continue reading Off-road with the Isuzu mu-X 4×4 LS-A 3.0L