Volkswagen Developing 272-hp(!) Diesel Four-Cylinder, 10-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

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    Das Epic: Volkswagen Developing 272-hp(!) Diesel Four-Cylinder, 10-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

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    When you hear the words “technology workshop,” a typical response might be to yawn, or to find something else to talk about, but today we’re telling you to stop and pay attention. That’s because Volkswagen just threw a technology workshop, and in addition to expanding on several technologies first mentioned at the Vienna Motor Symposium—which we covered earlier this year—it launched no fewer than 18 new fuel-saving technologies, including two powertrain advancements that won’t put you to sleep.

    Volkswagen’s first hit of ammonium carbonate comes in the form of an ultrapowerful four-cylinder diesel engine. If news of VW’s 240-horsepower twin-turbo four-cylinder TDI already on sale in Europe doesn’t wake you up, the technology workshop revealed that there will be an even more powerful four-cylinder diesel. According to VW, “An intelligent advanced development of this TDI might take the following form: the power of the two-litre engine could be increased to 200 kW / 272 PS [272 horsepower!] by the use of a variable valve train, further optimised gas exchange cycles, and what is known as an electric booster.”

    One key takeaway is this: VW doesn’t elaborate on what, exactly, an “electric booster” is, but given that Audi recently debuted a similar-sounding technology in the form of a diesel V-6 with an electric supercharger (and two turbos!), we’re willing to bet that the automaker is referring to an electric turbocharger. While we await a response to our inquiry on the matter with Volkswagen, let us mention that the company could also be referring to some form of hybridization, but either way, 272 horsepower from a four-pot diesel is impressive.

    The other awesome technology Volkswagen unveiled at the workshop? A ten-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, one that’s capable of handling up to 406 lb-ft of torque. Currently, the highest gear count in a U.S.-spec VW with a dual-clutch is seven (found in the Jetta Hybrid).

    As for the gaggle of other future innovations Volkswagen rolled out, there’s the company’s latest engine stop-start system, which now shuts down the engine at 4 mph or, as part of a “sailing” function, at even higher speeds when no throttle is needed. The company also showcased lightweight technology in the form of “sandwich” construction techniques, which use thermoplastic squeezed between two thin sheets of steel, as well as a panoramic roof and a dashboard that reflect infrared light, aiding the air-conditioning system by lowering cabin temperatures. Further efficiency gains will be found in connected infotainment systems, which can display vehicle statuses and use the navigation system to check drivers’ favorite routes for traffic and suggest alternate—presumably less thirsty—directions.

    Okay, we admit, those last bits probably lost a few of you, which means it’s time to wrap up strong. Yes, we, too, are most excited about the 272-horsepower TDI diesel engine. It’s likely to be offered in European-market models like the new Passat (pictured up top) and perhaps the next-generation Touareg SUV. Will it come to the U.S.? That isn’t likely—the market still needs to prove its commitment to diesel technology before VW brings in the awesome stuff.
     
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    magnummrk SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    VW does make some nice daily cars
     
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    70Cuda Yep, its got a HEMI

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    yep but they cost a small fortune to repair and maintain as they get older and heaven forbid if you need body work.
     
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    I agree. My boss has 2 diesel Touregs (one is a V10) and when they go in for repairs it has always been a fiasco. I used his V6 to trailer my Prowler to Deadwood a few years ago and it pulled it like I had nothing behind me, plus it got 16mpg.
     

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