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Volkswagen‘s VR6 powerplant has been extremely popular over the year, and despite its success in the new Passat, Touareg and Porsche‘s Cayenne, VW is considering alternatives to their VR6 for future production vehicles.
The VR6 incorporates a “Vee-Row” design, with the two banks of cylinders offset and tilted from each other by a narrow angle of 10.6-degrees or 15-degrees rather than the conventional 45-degrees, 60-degrees or 90-degrees found in typical “Vee” engines. But the VR6 has become expensive to build and to import to America, so replacement for the VR6 are under consideration by VW.
Interestingly enough Dr. Ulrich Hackenburg, a member of Volkswagen’s board of management that oversees research and development, stated that they’ll either decide to use the VR6 in more American products, or scrap the motor completely and replace it with something more cost efficient.
Audi‘s turbo-five is being heavily considered as a replacement for the VR6 since it can be produced in America, helping cut costs. Currently the turbo-five can be found in the TT RS that makes 360-hp and 343 lb-ft of torque and also the newly-announced Q3 with 314-hp.
[Source: Car & Driver]
The Japanese Earthquake disaster of March 11, 2011, has wreaked havoc all around the world and has affected Volkswagen by interrupting supply of their backup cameras. Consumers that want a rear view camera fitted to their VW may have to wait for shipments to resume.
The VW models affected include the CC Lux Plus, Lux Limited and VR6, all Touraeg models and the Tiguan SEL with premium navigation. On VW salesman said the German automaker is on the hunt for a new supplier. When Volkswagen was approached for an official statement, they said the matter was being investigated.
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is powered by a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine producing 170-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices include a standard transmission 5-speed manual while an optional 6-speed automatic is available. There is also a pricier 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel 4-cylinder powerplant producing 140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. If mated to a 6-sped DSG transmission, the 2012 Passat TDI can achieve 43 mpg on the highway and have a fuel range of 800 miles. Buyers also have the choice of the powerful 3.6-liter VR6 engine that produces 280-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is capable of 28 mpg. 2012 Passat pricing will start around $20,000.
[Source: EGM Car Tech]
Volkswagen fanatics looking for two-wheeled transportation, your motorcycle has arrived. Long dormant motorcycle brand Horex is being revived by a group of German industrialists, and the new bikes will be powered by a VR6 engine, long a staple of VW’s Golf and Jetta lineup.
Rather than the familiar 2.8L or 3.2L VR6 used by VW, Horex designed a bespoke unit displacing 1.2L. Coupled with a supercharger, the unit makes an awesome 200 horsepower at 8500 rpm.
In light of Volkswagen’s move to small displacement, forced induction engines, the Horex VR6 would be an interesting addition to some of their smaller cars, although the seemingly peaky power delivery may not be appropriate for anything but high performance driving. Nonetheless, as gearheads we’re automatically attracted to these sorts of novelty powerplants and are hoping to see more in the future.