Volkswagens VR6 Replacement Could Be Audis Turbo-Five

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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