What is a Dual-Clutch Transmission?

dual clutch transmission

Many people consider dual-clutch transmissions to be just as engaging as regular manual transmissions but without any of the downsides. To some extent, that’s true. That’s what helped Audi dominate the Group B rally scene in 1985. Dual-clutch transmissions are one of the few choices around that allow you to … Read more

Heated Seat Subscriptions and Other Tomfoolery

heated seats buttons

Car manufacturers are pushing subscriptions on buyers to bolster their bottom lines. If automakers have their way, you may soon pay a monthly charge for heated seats, remote start, infotainment system connectivity, and a host of other features or services included in the upfront price. Yes, tomfoolery abounds in an … Read more

The Function and Purpose of a Catalytic Converter

catalytic converter

Thanks to strict pollution norms enforced around the globe, catalytic converters have become mandatory. That’s because a catalytic converter can change highly noxious gases into agreeable compounds due to the clever usage of precious metals and chemistry. Platinum, rhodium, and palladium aid a chemical reaction by working as a catalyst, … Read more

Nissan is the Latest to Ditch V8s

2023 Nissan Armada

Car manufacturers are running away from V8 engines at a steady clip or at least it seems that way. This week, we learned that Nissan will replace the 5.6-liter V8 powering its Armada SUV with a twin-turbocharged V6. We cannot say for certain if the Titan pickup truck will be … Read more

How Do Manual Transmissions Work?

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Manual transmissions are the original kind of transmission, as ancient as the first cars produced. However, their design changed massively over the years. Even so, manufacturers and people alike wish to phase them out, thanks to the convenience of automatics and the emergence of electric vehicles. But how does a … Read more

What is a Boxer Engine? (How It Works)

Subaru boxer engine

Every engine has a V-engine layout to some degree. The regular in-line engines have a cylinder bank angle, that’s the angle between two nearby connecting rods, of 0 degrees, hence the name of “in-line”. Consequently, we can find 60-degree angle V-engines, 90-degree, 15-degree in the case of VR engines, or … Read more