5 New Engine Technologies That Make Cars More Fun to Drive


EV Power Boost

Over the past decade and more, electric-gasoline hybrid systems have become commonplace. There isn't a city in America that doesn't have a Toyota Prius, Ford Escape, or any other hybrid tooling around its streets. The technology works, the batteries last and the gas mileage is some of the best in the world.

But the fun factor for many hybrids is admittedly low. Jaguar is set to remedy that, with its "push to pass" button in the C-X16 concept shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It's powered by a supercharged 3-liter V-6 gasoline engine and an electric motor, just as most hybrids are.

The difference is in the "push to pass" button on the steering wheel. Pressing this accesses the electric motor for a 70 horsepower boost, much like the KERS system used in Formula 1 racing. Put it all together, and the Jaguar C-X16 can go 186 miles per hour (299.3 kilometers per hour) and reach 60 miles per hour (96.6 kilometers per hour) from a standstill in less than four and a half seconds.