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Cooley on the shrinking engine: Cylinders are an endangered species

Combustion engines won’t die, they’ll just shrink! Brian Cooley explores the trend of killing and shrinking cylinders on Car Tech 101. Get the latest news at

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  • Zach Litton
    July 27, 2018

    Ok… interesting but it isn't the whole story. Newer engines from Mazda, Toyota, and Honda are producing near v6 power some even with turbocharged 4 bangers. These optimized designs are giving us equal or more power in terms of torque with improved fuel economy. And… 4 cylinder engines are a couple hundred pounds lighter than v6 or larger engine given them better power to weight ratios. You simply don't need v6 in midsized vehicles anymore. Gas isn't getting any cheaper… back in the good old days of v8 in every car available gas was relatively cheap. (However I have never counted for inflation)

  • 7s29
    July 27, 2018

    Fuel crises and environmental issues are bullshit all designed to tax people to the hilt.

  • highlandrab19
    July 27, 2018

    v12's are best and funny how americans cry about fuel prices when its so ridiculously cheap in the usa

  • Weeb's Gaming
    July 27, 2018

    Fun Fact: they did actually tried to make a car that had a combustion engine that didn't use cylinders at all. It instead used an engine mainly found in helicopters which is a Gas Turbine Engine. I believed Ford was involved in the production of it and their prototypes were surprisingly successful. The car just had to many complications for maintenance and the project was scrapped.
    Another thing is Jaguar also has a running prototype that also uses a gas turbine engine. Two micro ones mounted mid-rear that drives the generator for the electric power train making it a hybrid. This Car is called the CX-75 if I'm not mistaken but it was supposed to be a super efficient sports car.
    I mostly believe that future cars will probably be gas turbine hybrids or full electric due to the development in car technology.

  • Andre P
    July 27, 2018

    Oh my god!! Can’t you see the obvious… the obvious most elegant solution is an electric engine. You refuse to acknowledge the future… like Kodak and Nokia…

  • Code Red
    July 27, 2018

    Isnt a dead cylinder bad for fuel economy

  • kc kale
    July 27, 2018

    nah i think ill keep my truck with a good ole carbed v-8 that i can fix and dont need to pay a ludicrous amount for someone else to fix and smiles per gallon trumps miles per gallon

  • TheRocket995
    July 27, 2018

    Dumbest thing ever. Fucking idiot

    July 27, 2018

    Fuck environmental awareness and science.

  • skaiis
    July 27, 2018

    First they came for our manual transmissions… Then they came for our cylinders..

  • Ron Ernst
    July 27, 2018

    Now that Trump is President, You can build cars the way the people want them. POWERFUL and RELIABLE. Screw the E.P.A.

  • Rau Kenneth
    July 27, 2018

    I live in a place where people let their car run for half an hour to warm up. They don’t care about fuel usage.

  • Robert Drake
    July 27, 2018

    Vega's didn't have good mileage, I know, owned one.

  • Nathan unknown
    July 27, 2018

    1991 geo metro. Fuck all.

  • maurijm21
    July 28, 2018

    I got 3cyl 2015 mirage

  • Paulo Moniz
    July 28, 2018

    Yeah, cars and fuel are only cheap in America. Rest of the world they are crazy expensive.

  • HairyDeck
    July 28, 2018

    V8 is the king so much power you don’t even care about 5mpg

  • Cypress Thunder
    July 28, 2018

    Ya know what i welcome sll this new tech if it keeps greenpeace at bay ill stick with my pre 70s n/a v8 and pre 90s n/a i4

  • Isauro Banuelos
    July 28, 2018

    I hate the cyn deactivation on the 1500

  • Sir Lime
    July 28, 2018

    All this so the Saudis can produce less oil for the same money, and the Eastern Europeans can feel "Green" while driving a car.

  • AlainHubert
    July 28, 2018

    Cylinders should be obsolete in 2018. They're over a century old polluting, noisy, messy, expensive to maintain technology. Time for the electric motor to take its long overdue place, as it should have been the technology of choice from the start for the automotive industry. It lost to gasoline engines solely because gas was cheap back then. That's not the case anymore, for a long time now.

  • Alex Dark
    July 28, 2018

    3 rotor rx 7

  • Steven Wilkins
    July 28, 2018

    Electric cars are coming, but they will be boring.
    Everyone will have the same electric motor, same touchscreen. ect
    The car will just be another thing that we can not longer tinker with, upgrade by ourselves. Without being punished. And cut off from the grid.
    Yes, i'm looking at you tesla.

  • Gordon Reiher
    July 28, 2018

    I just read that the 2019 Camaro will have a standard 2.0 liter turbo 4. Smh.

  • upside downdog
    July 29, 2018

    How much will THAT ECM cost to replace? My wife's baby, a 93 Civic EX, cost over 700 bucks new, we got a repaired one for $280.

  • GeoStreber
    July 29, 2018

    I think the next decade will be the time of the 3-cylinder plugin hybrids, followed by the 2030s in which the internal combustion engine will die out completely for most cars.

  • WhisperKick
    July 29, 2018

    Okay I'm getting sick of car stats. Not the presenter but how car stats themselves are made. More 4 cylinders are being bought because more cars have them than ever before. If more cars had V6's they would still beat 4 cylinders but they're simply not a choice anymore. Saying more people want 4 cylinders because nowadays is like saying China wants to vote for the Communist Party. THERE'S NO CHOICE.

  • Mustang Rt
    August 1, 2018

    rather drive old V-style engine cars until there are no more

  • capnskiddies
    August 2, 2018

    What's wrong with 4 cylinder cars? 90% of Europe has been fine for the last 40 or 50 years with them. People Drive em, they fix em and they drive em again. 250,000 miles is not a problem. That would typically have fewer motorway/highway miles than US cars in their lives.

  • MarquisDeSang
    August 4, 2018

    The solution to all problems is shrinking the cars (3 500 pounds just to move a 200 pound person) is illogical. Smaller and lighter cars made of stronger and lighter material is the solution.

  • Ratsunz
    August 5, 2018

    Over engineering i will stick to my 240z.

  • UberTech
    August 5, 2018

    Start Stop = Premature Starter Motor Failure.

    Manufacturers just put this feature in there to be able to pass fuel emission standards for city driving. They also make sure that the starter will survive the warranty period. After that, forget about it. All those fuel saving will just go to the labor and cost of a new starter.

  • Mark G
    August 8, 2018

    I got 8 cylinders and I use them all !!!

  • abz1248
    August 12, 2018

    The vast majority of modern consumers have no idea of what an engine looks like, or how it works. They want reliability and acceptable gas mileage.

  • Spicey French Toast
    August 24, 2018

    Just Vote with your wallet!

  • C A
    September 12, 2018

    You’re the coolest Cooley!!! Keep making these videos

  • Dichotomy & Balance
    November 5, 2018

    I honestly only look for 4-cyl turbo engines in my cars nowadays. I overall think NA 4-cyl engines are underpowered (I like 200-250+ hp) and I think 6-cyl engines are unnecessary unless you're driving a truck or a huge SUV… but hardly anyone really needs a truck or giant SUV, despite demand. Just look at folks in CO. Truck owners here don't haul anything except skis.

  • Lin Y
    January 3, 2019

    Rev up your 3 cylinders!!!!

  • Woox Au
    March 19, 2019

    I hate cylinders. Keep having to replace those pesky piston return springs.
    (Watch chrisfix if this comment doesn’t make sense)

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2019

    Most consumers do not care how many cylinders their car has. Continue to pump fake or "enhanced" engine noise into the cabin, strap on a turbo charger and the automotive consumer will care less about buy.

  • maxpowers3732
    April 7, 2019

    The average Porsche Cayman buyers sure cares how many cylinders. No one wants to drive a turbo 4, hence why sales are so poor. One of my friends just bought a 12 cylinder car. So much smoother than these tiny turbo engines.

  • Irfan Tarique
    April 12, 2019

    Why not have compressed air to keep the engine running at idle. A small compressor that compresses air when decelerating. That would also allow smooth start stop. Oh downside is having a compressed air tank. Plus side is that you can also inflate your tires using that.

  • Agent 008
    April 12, 2019

    Trump 2020!!!

  • Sidney Hemphill
    May 15, 2019

    Go electric.

  • 8 year old
    August 27, 2019

    Hair are endangered species

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