NEW ECOBOOST-FIGHTER: The Volkswagen group showcased its new one-litre engine that will go head to head with Ford's EcoBoost three-cylinder. Image: Newspress
VIENNA, Austria - Volkswagen unveiled two new engines, a six-litre W12 and a one-litre TSI engine capable of 150kW at the 36th International Vienna Motor Symposium.
Volkswagen will throw its weight behind developing force-fed diesel and petrol combinations. While their direct-shift gearbox (DSG) is their weapon of choice for keeping fuel consumption low and reducing emissions.
VW/Audi is already using a version of the three-cylinder in its small performance cars. See where the new one-litre found its home: the new Audi A1.
SIX-LITRE W12 TSI
The W12 TSI with 447kW was announced as potentially earmarked for top-end brands in the VW stable such as Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi.
The management board member in charge of development said: "The optimisation of the internal combustion engine is still an important field of innovation. High-efficiency TDI and TSI/TFSI engines – ideally in combination with DSG.
The reduction of CO2 emissions from internal combustion engines is pure high-tech nowadays. Examples of this are our high rpm diesel and the high-performance three-cylinder TSI engine."
The big news to come out of Vienna, is a new high-performance one-litre TSI which throws down the gauntlet to Ford's EcoBoost engine currently in the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and EcoSport.
Volkswagen says the engine will deliver 110kW courtesy of a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. For the top-of-the-range engine, with 150kW, the existing two-stage charging was completely redesigned and augmented by another variable turbine geometry in the high pressure stage.
Volkswagen South Africa said there had not been any indication or confirmation of the models that will use the new one-litre engine.
MEGA ENGINE: Volkswagen unveiled a new six-litre W12 engine, capable of 447kW touted for its top brands - Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi. Image: VW