Volkswagen Drops New Engine for US Market

Volkswagen 1.8 TSI engine

The US customers are clearly said that there is no replacement or displacement, right? Sounds arrogant? Not really, but we think it is more like demanding. So, as the fairy Godmother, Volkswagen granted the wishes by proposing new engine. For all our beloved US reader, are you ready for your new engine option which specially designed by Das Auto?

Some of Volkswagen vehicles are powered by the 2.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine, right? Well, that is not the case anymore. Say goodbye for the aforementioned engine as VW has developed new engine for the US market in the form of 1.8L turbocharged TSI. Disappointed? Don’t be, let’s see what this powerplant has, shall we?

For comparison, the old 2.5L is naturally-aspirated engine unit which powered the affordable models of Volkswagen Jetta and Passat. This particular engine is able to deliver 172 horsepower with 177 lb-ft of peak torque. Sadly, this engine doesn’t equip with direct injection system and the fuel efficiency figures are almost the same with the 2.0L TSI with direct injection system and turbocharged with 30 horsepower less.

Okay, if Volkswagen proposes the 1.8L TSI engine for the US market, it means that they are synchronizing the US with European market. Could this be as global product movement by Das Auto? Just so you know, the aforementioned engine choice for the US market is currently powering some of VW units and Audi models on the European continent with 160 horsepower.

Does Volkswagen Really Working on Golf GTI Cabriolet?

Golf GTI Cabriolet

Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible has been the victim of Volkswagen’s mean marketing team. A set of photos showing a conceptual Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible have just been released, but no information regarding the model is available, and it’s playing with our minds really bad.

The Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible which is studied recently by the Volkswagen. The study of the recently launched drop-top model could serve more as a marketing tool to bring all eyes on the Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible which we refer as the “Strawberry basket”. While it tours Europe for promotional purposes… At least that is what we think.

Golf GTI Cabriolet - side view

As you can see, the Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible model could very well have the 2.0-liter TSI engine under the hood, but Volkswagen is unlikely to call it a GTI, because this would compromise the performance brand in the eyes of its fans, and they didn’t do it with the EOS despite implanting the same engine. You just can’t have a power-flower attitude on the Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible and eat petrol for breakfast at the same time.

However, the concept of Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible by Volkswagen looks amazing which we just can’t help, but want to see it go into production. The cosmetic upgrades include a bespoke aero kit, a new front bumper, a GTI grille with red accents, a rear diffuser with a honeycomb grille, and unique exhaust tail pipes on either side. A continuous line is formed with the front spoiler, extended wheel arches and side sills, all finished in a piano black hue.

Golf GTI Cabriolet - rear view

Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible by Volkswagen sits close to the ground on huge five-spoke wheels which remind us of those on the Audi RS3. The Golf GTI Cabriolet convertible concept by Volkswagen was shown at the largest annual GTI Meet in the world at lake Worthersee in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia, where the 207 horsepower Golf R Cabriolet design study was also unveiled.

Golf GTI Reifnitz by Volkswagen and APR

Volkswagen APR Golf GTI Reifnitz

Golf GTI Reifnitz by Volkswagen and APR sets new rules when it comes to an anniversary edition. When BMW or Mercedes-Benz celebrate the birthday of a big saloon or drop top, you usually end with cocktail parties taking place around the world, maybe an anniversary edition with an extra leather and shinier paint. Not Volkswagen, people! They intelligently prefer a whole different route which includes parties, stripper poles, and body kits.

What is undoubtedly the most famous hot-hatchback in the world – Golf GTI is celebrating 35 years of existence, and we are literally overwhelmed with all the new cars concept and ideas coming not only from Das Auto themselves, but also the tuning world and sister companies like Skoda and Audi which brought their extreme makeovers to the Golf GTI Reifnitz by Volkswagen and APR event.

The 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco Review

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback is intended to be the cleanest and most efficient vehicle launched by Volkswagen. Some refers the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback as the “Bluemotion”. The 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine which includes stop/start and battery regeneration system to cut out CO2 emissions up to 120g/km.

We think that the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback offers an interesting mix between the appeal of a coupe and the practicality of a hatchback. The vehicle also comes with a range of efficient engines which some of them allow it to offer a high level of performance.

With the turbo-diesel engine, the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback is able to produce 170 horsepower.  As we mentioned before that the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback comes with range of engine variants. Unfortunately, the one of the engine is a match for the 265 horsepower range-topping 2.0 TSI unit found on the Volkswagen Scirocco R, but we have to consider that the petrol one is the power plant used by the Volkswagen Golf GTI, while the oil-burned one is borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf GTD.

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback equips with Chicago alloy rims which use an interesting design, come in a 8×18-inches size and are wrapped in 235/40 tires. The passengers can enjoy a sunroof, electric –powered front seats, a finish which uses a blend of Alcantara and fabric, wireless capabilities, USB connection, aluminum pedals and side sills with Edition logos, privacy glass, a leather finish for the steering wheel, as well as tire pressure sensors.

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback’s engine coupled with six-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen has been revised the engine into TDI version which made the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback has fuel consumption 55.4 mpg and the CO2 emission down from 139g/km to 134g/km.

Unveiling the 2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35

2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35

Volkswagen seems very busy this year because after launching the 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDi and 2011 New VW Golf Cabriolet, they are preparing for celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original model of Golf GTi in 1976 by revealing the 2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35. This will make fans of Golf GTI all over the world filled with excitements.

The company has released the images of the 2011 Edition 35 which will bring a couple of styling and performance enhancements.

The tagged “Edition 35” refers to the special edition differentials itself from the standard version through a set of visual upgrades, including revised front and rear bumpers, smoky light lenses, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, glossy black plastic grille and side mirror trim, and last but not the least the new alloy wheels and ‘35’ badging. Volkswagen really puts their best effort to wrap the 35th anniversary of the Golf GTI and expects that the 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35 to be one sophisticated hatchback.

The ‘35’ pattern of the Golf GTI Edition 35 represents the interior, on the door sills, the head rests and the center of the seats. Volkswagen surely spoils the fans of Golf GTI by applying sport fabric upholstery that has a honeycomb-like pattern instead of the standard models – the tartan theme. Another visual modification is the golf ball-shaped gearshift lever.

Since this is the 35th anniversary of Golf GTI, what sort of engine that Volkswagen applied on the 2011 Edition 35? Well, the Golf GTI Edition 35 powered by a revised version of a 2.0-liter TSI engine, tuned to deliver an extra 25 horsepower, adding up a total 235 horsepower. Unfortunately, Volkswagen saves up some mysteries about the torque figure and acceleration times to add the excitement of the anniversary surprise.

The official launch date for the 2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 will be on June 1st 2011 at the 2011 Worthersee hot hatch festival in Austria. The price tag for this desirable hatchback is €30,425 (about $43,789 – at the current exchange rate) in Germany. The standard model of 2011 Edition 35 in the domestic market costs €27,275 ($39,257 – at the current exchange rate).

The way we see it, the 2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 is a must-have car because of its unique design which is the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Golf GTI model.