Mike Stevens | Jan 20, 2011

Despite winning the illustrious International Engine of the Year award in 2009 and 2010, Volkswagen's 1.4 litre TSI Twincharger may soon be destined for the scrap heap - or so reports out of Europe would have us believe.

Driving the current Golf 118 TSI, among other Volkswagen Group models, the engine utilises not only turbocharging (now common technology for modern small engines) but also a supercharger and direct injection, minimising turbo lag and improving driveability in the process.

Producing 118kW and 240Nm of torque, a belt-driven supercharger is utilised to deliver torque at lower engine speeds, before the turbo takes over.

In winning the Green Engine of the Year award, the regular petrol-powered 1.4 litre Twincharger beat out the petrol-electric hybrid Toyota Prius and Honda Insight models.

As reported in Europe this week however, Volkswagen has decided that the complicated engine is too expensive to build, and that newer turbo technology will produce similar figures with less complex architecture.

The engine is currently offered with a number of Volkswagen models, from the Golf, Scirocco, Tiguan, Jetta and Eos through to Skoda's Octavia and Superb and the Seat Ibiza Cupra.

Whether these reports are to be believed, remains to be seen.


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