You reckon the Amarok could do with a power boost? That maybe the current 2.0 litre TDI could do with a beefier, grunt-filled partner?
A lot of people would agree with you. Maybe even Volkswagen.
At its recent ‘innovation workshop’ at Wolfsburg HQ, Volkswagen pulled the covers off a heavily pumped version of its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI diesel engine.
Based on the current EA288 unit widely exploited across the Volkswagen line-up, the addition of variable valve-train technology, high pressure common-rail injection and electric turbo-charging, boosts the output of the 2.0 litre TDI to a very respectable 268bhp, a neat 200kW.
Now that’s more like it.
The impetus within Volkswagen is to meet increasingly stringent CO2 emissions targets due to sit across Europe by 2020.
The new faster, stronger TDI will also be mated, according to Volkswagen, to a 10-speed DSG (codenamed DQ511) with the capability of handling a masterful 550Nm.
The new drivetrain is also expected to feature a ‘coasting’ function and brake energy recuperation.
And why the DSG? Because "...no other automatic shifts faster, and no other automatic operates more fuel-efficiently," Volkswagen said.
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