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Old 05-30-2014, 02:43 PM   #501 (permalink)
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However, that engine really is ancient, and I doubt that they could hit their fuel economy targets with it, even adding sequential port injection (which the turbo and I think 4-cylinder versions had).

Also, I think the only engine still being produced in that family is a 1.0 DOHC 4-cylinder for Pakistan. Not exactly my choice for maximum fuel efficiency.

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Sure the G-series engine is kinda outdated, but is still not really a bad option at all. A 12-valve head would be a good improvement, alongside MPFI which was only available for the turbocharged versions. It actually seems to make sense to use the G-series because of its light weight and a good throttle response for an engine at its displacement class.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:39 PM   #503 (permalink)
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Took a bit too long for me. I was happy with a small Aspire about 6 years ago and wanted an Elio 6 years ago; but more large SUVs, RVs, pickups and delivery vans were crowding roads more and more - very quickly. Worried me enough to jump from 40 m.p.g. to a 20 m.p.g. pickup. I doubt I could go back to "small".
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The 'Confined Space' warning sign would be appropriate. A multicolor paint scheme helps as well. I have driven all sizes of car and light/medium trucks safely. There is a myth that mass alone makes a vehicle safe. The design geometry and materials used are crucial to passenger protection. Trucks take longer to stop than a sedan. Most cars and light trucks weigh around 3500 lb. If you are truly worried about crash protection then wear a helmet and knee pads.
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Maybe they should buy the rights to the old BMW K75 fuel injected 3 ? Smooth, torquey and 75 hp. Not bad fuel consumption either.
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However, that engine really is ancient, and I doubt that they could hit their fuel economy targets with it, even adding sequential port injection (which the turbo and I think 4-cylinder versions had).

Also, I think the only engine still being produced in that family is a 1.0 DOHC 4-cylinder for Pakistan. Not exactly my choice for maximum fuel efficiency.
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Maybe they should buy the rights to the old BMW K75 fuel injected 3 ? Smooth, torquey and 75 hp. Not bad fuel consumption either.
Got me thinking about fitting the entire driveline of a Russian IMZ-Ural motorcycle into an Elio. Well, even the newer water-cooled engine in the R1200 would be an interesting option...

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