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getting on the wagon - the boost wagon, that is - as the world's auto makers turn to forced induction to lower emissions without penalising power outputs.

GM is believed to be developing a direct-injection 3.0-litre V6 with twin turbochargers in order for the General to compete with Ford's 265kW 3.5-litre EcoboostV6. The new engine, which is said to carry the codenarne If 3, would likely debut in the new Cadillac flagship, the XTS, in late 2011 and would be a no-biainer for the Commodore. This could ^ iead to a high-output version based on the larger 3.6-litre V6. GM recently made a one-off Carnaro show car, featuring a 317kW twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6. for talk show host Jay Leno. Holden itself built a 280kW/480Nm twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6 for the Tbrana concept car of 2004.

In the blue camp, Ford Australia's old cast-iron 5.4-litnsVS doesn't meet Euro 4 emissions standards, and the company is said to be working on a boosted V8 for the Falcon and FPV range. A report from GoAuto in Australia suggests that Ford

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has received formal homologation approval for a supercharged 5.0-litre petrol V8 that delivers 315kW at 650Qrpm and 550Nm for use in an XR8. Based on the new 5.0-litre Coyote V8, which delivers 307kW and 529Nm in standard tune in the Mustang GT the supercharger won't be blowing too hard in the XR8, but it leaves room for a more pcwerful FPV version, with rumours of 335kW and 600Nm.

While Ford Australia is pursuing the supercharging route, the Americans are believed to be developing a twin-turbo version of the engine for a new Shelby GT500. The first local Ecoboost Ford will be the four-cylinder Falcon next year with its 2.0-litre four-cylinder, said to deliver 175kW and 310Nm. EC

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