drive·train | \ˈdrīv-ˌtrān \

Definition of drivetrain 

: the parts (such as the universal joint and the driveshaft) that connect the transmission with the driving axles of an automobile also : power train the drivetrain warranty

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The drivetrain is straight-up Atlas, with the Tanoak concept employing the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission as the SUV’s optional six-cylinder. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept: It Could Happen!," 29 Mar. 2018 The clutch that separates the motor from the drivetrain reacts quicker too, thanks to electromechanical instead of electro-hydraulic controls. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Porsche's New Cayenne Hybrid Checks Your Route to Pick its Power," 23 May 2018 Indeed, three of the fastest performance models ever built used hybrid drivetrains, including the Porsche 917 Spyder, Ferrari’s La Ferrari and McLaren’s P1. NBC News, "Luxury electric cars lure buyers on performance, not the planet," 9 July 2018 Plus, thanks to special padding that protects the drivetrain, the only disassembly required is the wheels, handlebars, and pedals. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018 The available plug-in hybrid drivetrain is a tempting upgrade, but the awesome Stow ’n Go configurable seating isn’t available with that model. Cherise Threewitt,, "Going camping? The best vehicles for 'glamping' include pickups, vans," 14 Mar. 2018 And up to eight driving modes, four each for on- and off-road setups, allow the Bentayga’s engine, drivetrain, and chassis systems to be honed for varying conditions and driver attitudes. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2019 Bentley Bentayga V-8," 9 Mar. 2018 In fact, the only disappointment in the Type R's drivetrain is aural. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "America finally gets Honda’s best: The 2018 Civic Type R," 22 Jan. 2018 There are also companies like Mellow doing clever things, like trying to sell a drivetrain that can be attached to almost any board. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The best electric skateboard," 29 June 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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