VW Reportedly Developing New Twin-Turbo VR6 Engine with Up to 450 HP

Volkswagen is working on a new narrow-angle V6 direct-injection gasoline engine, a report citing sources from the carmaker’s engineering headquarters claims. AutoWeek reports the new powerplant is being developed at VW’s Braunschweig engineering headquarters under the supervision of the carmaker’s new head of engine development, Fritz Eichler. He has previously worked for Mercedes AMG and has been responsible for the development of the current generation of AMG engines. The new VR6 engine has a 3.0-liter displacement, with the two banks of cylinders being disposed at a tight 15-degree angle. This ensures that the size of the engine remains as compact as possible. Another reason for this is that the unit has been conceived for transverse mounting. However, unlike VW‘s previous naturally aspirated VR6 engines (which have been mounted on the VW Golf R32, Passat R36 and CC VR6, among other models), the new unit will feature forced induction, with sources saying it will have a twin-turbocharged setup. That’s precisely the engine that the VW Design Vision GTI study had under the hood. Revealed at this year’s GTI Meet in Worthersee, the concept featured a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with a narrow angle design producing 496hp (503PS) and 560Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. However, production versions of the engine will be less powerful, likely between 340hp and 450hp. That’s well above the most powerful version of the original VR6 family, the 295hp 3.6-liter engine in the Passat R36. The new twin-turbocharged VR6 engine will be used on future VW models including the next-generation Passat, CC, Scirocco and the production version of the CrossBlue concept. By Dan Mihalascu

  • john1168

    A CC with 450hp and AWD??? Yes please!!!

  • Matt Frawley

    I think Volkswagen will be first twin turbo VR6 will be 450 hp like V8 engine. I think twin turbo V6 420 for Cadillac. the twin turbo V6 is very expensive worth . I think called ” Turboster “

  • smartacus

    why VR6? why not I6?

    Haven’t VW’s grown wide enough for transversely fitting an inline 6 yet?
    Even the old Suzuki Verona had an inline 6.

    • emjayay


      • smartacus

        use a little imagination

  • thehaggis

    ooooooooh doggy!

  • emjayay

    I just keep thinking about how much all these turbos will cost to replace at 100K miles. If not sooner.

    • That Ross Chap

      What sort of car enthusiast are you? Turbo’s save fuel and give more power for a small amount of space. Yes, they aren’t as fast responding as a naturally aspirated car but seriously, repair costs is what you think about?

      And it’s VW we’re talking about – it’ll be reliable

      • TheHake

        I agree. With everybody’s experience with turbos growing daily, it should bo ok! Bimmers already have Twin Turbo setups and they are pretty reliable.

    • MD

      I’m gonna go out a limb and say twice as much as when a single one goes out any VW 2.0T…

  • Ken Lyns

    That engine bay is even less accessible now. Might as well start bending over and practicing the VAG “service position”.

  • KAG25

    HPA has been making a 650 hp VR6 twin turbo since the MK4 Golf, would love to see a CC with that motor.

  • aaronbbrown

    Another forward-looking manufacturer following in the footsteps of Nissan and the GT-R. Who else so far, Volvo and Renault, I think that’s it.