The Volkswagen Group has unveiled two new petrol engines at the annual Vienna Motor Symposium, effectively ‘book-ending’ its powerplant line-up in the process.
At the Symposium, the carmaker declared that the future of the internal combustion engine will see diesel engines with increasingly higher RPM red lines, and high-performance three-cylinder petrol engines.
As if to prove that point, the first of the two new powerplants is a 1.0 litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engine producing a healthy 200kW and 270Nm.
The new three-cylinder unit is based on the EA211 engine that powered the Volkswagen up! during its somewhat brief appearance in Australian showrooms, which now boasts a ‘monoscroll’ turbocharger and an ‘e-booster’.
Volkswagen says the new engine has “the genes of the Polo WRC’s rally engine”, which displays “just how much potential combustion engines still have in them”.
A new ‘laser roughening’ technique has been used during construction which coats engine parts to reduce friction, and Volkswagen says the method will soon be used in its large-scale production.
At the other end of the spectrum is a new 6.0 litre twin-scroll bi-turbocharged W12 (pictured, top of page), which boasts 447kW of power and 900Nm of torque.
Some models fitted with the W12 are expected to see the 0-100km/h sprint over in less than four seconds, with top speeds beyond 300km/h.
Volkswagen quotes CO2 emissions of less than 250g/km, thanks in part to cylinder deactivation and a stop/start system, but hasn’t estimated the W12’s fuel consumption for any models.
Such models within the Volkswagen Group stables are likely to include the new Bentley Bentayga SUV, as the carmaker states the W12’s cooling system and oil pump are “suitable for off-road use”.
Volkswagen also unveiled a new 2.0 litre TDI turbo-diesel engine in Vienna for light-duty vehicles, which is EU6 emissions compliant.
With the new powerplant on board, the carmaker says these models will see a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 14 percent.
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