Volkswagen built a stonking, narrow-angle V6 in the 1980s and 1990s that was found in three different generations of the Golf (their performance iterations, obviously), three generations of the Passat, the New Beetle, the Corrado and the Touareg, among other VWs, a spate of Audis, Seats, a Skoda, and even the Porsche Cayenne. It was a sad day when it was announced that it'd be put out to pasture.

Rejoice, though, fans of the venerable VR6, because Volkswagen has a new, modern variant in the works that, according to AutoWeek, features direct injection and can easily be fitted with forced induction. In fact, AW mentions Volkswagen insiders that claim this unit will spawn a production version of the twin-turbo V6 shown on the Design Vision GTI from this year's Wörthersee festival. That unit produced an epic 503 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.

Don't expect a production unit with that level of power (although it would make a hardy RS4 powerplant), though. In reality, AutoWeek is suspecting anywhere from 340 to 450 horsepower from the new mill. When it arrives at an undisclosed date in the future, it'll likely be found in the Passat and Passat CC as well as the production version of the CrossBlue.


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      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Passat R Awd VR6 twin turbo please.
      Storm
      • 1 Year Ago
      manual or gtfo
        LW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Storm
        give me non-robotized (ABS) braking and individual throttle for each of the driven wheel.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      The next gen Golf R is going to be epic if they use that motor.
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      Loved my VR6. It was thirsty, but it made sounds that companies can only achieve with fake sound symposium bullcrap today with all the 4-bangers coming out.
      mkM3
      • 1 Year Ago
      In an era where every pound counts, I wonder if they've found a way to make the block of aluminum and still meet the special strength requirements of the unique VR layout.
      Pandabear
      • 1 Year Ago
      Until the carbon build up breaks it.
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't remember a VR6 New Beetle.... anyone else??
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes it sound like VW stopped making a VR6 which is incorrect. There were different versions of it, yes, but the narrow angle, single-head design did not go out of production. You can get it in the B7 Passat and the CC (last year). Also, the current VR6 engine has DI and has had it for a while. I won't be holding my breath to see a 450hp VW CC or B7 Passat. Anyway, any FWD car with more than 300hp needs a proper full time AWD system, which VW does not have for cars, so there is no reason to slap turbos on the current DI VR6 which makes 280hp (300 in European trim) on premium already.
        pqfoursix
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RocketRed
        The haldex system their using now can handle this power. Turbo wookies! emmmmmmmmm!
          PlopFace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pqfoursix
          Yes the TT RS makes 335hp and uses haldex. The current transmissions are much more likely to be the weakest link. Ever since I sold my mk4 R in 06 I haven't had any interest in a VW but a turbo vr6 would bring me back.
        Dmack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RocketRed
        Yea right more Hp then the M3 and RS5 no way. I would say more like 300 to 315hp. I would say they will be using super charger just like the basic Audi A6 3.0.
          William Flesher
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmack
          The Audi A6 uses a supercharged V6. That V6 has nothing in common with the VR6, and there is no reason to believe that the narrow angle engine will utilize a supercharger. As far as specific output is concerned, the new VR6 will likely be available in different states of tune, depending on the application.
          LW
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmack
          Why would this only produce 300hp when the 2.5T is going to be making in the 380hp range?
        Conza
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RocketRed
        Well what about the GTI's new mechanical front diff (electronically controlled?), It can send 100% of the power to either wheel, surely that'll help things if used in other applications, especially with haldex, or if we're blessed, quattro awd systems...
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      VR6s are the best. There is NO engine today which can match the amazing sound of the 2.8 or 3.2 VR6s. I speak from personal experience. I had a Mk4 Jetta VR6 wagon and a Mk5 R32 in the past.
        LW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        sound is not the only thing. Just look how the muffled turbo sound is becoming the accepted standard. Anyway, the volumetric efficiency of the VR6 is not that great due to these long runners that has reside inside the head, thus they can only get 78hp/liter out of the 3.2/3.6, much lower than of many luxo-barge's cruiser engine. Look at when they went from mk4 to mk5, they only got an 10hp increase, not great when everybody else were having 50hp jumps in their engines when the platform changed.
          J
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LW
          > Just look how the muffled turbo sound is becoming the accepted standard. If that's what it takes to send the fart-can sound into extinction, I'm all for it!
        Clark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        "NO" engine today huh? Give me a break.
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Agreed. Short of a BMW I-6, there's not a much better sounding 6cyl on the market. I miss my mk4, I really wish I had never traded it in. Been hankering for another VR6 to take its place pretty much ever since.
      JTPohl
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm still rolling in a VR6. Bring this mill to the US in a CC and I think you will finally convince me to purchase a big boy car.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      For me the second best Golf,first MK2
      Eddie
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hopefully with a manual option this time or BS
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