During this year Vienna Motor Symposium, Volkswagen unveiled a completely new three cylinder engine, using the experience achieved with its Polo R WRC in the World Rally Championship.
The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer introduced a revolutionary 1.0 litre unit, delivering impressive results. The high-performance three-cylinder TSI is based on the EA211 gasoline engine.
With the genes of the Polo WRC’s rally engine, this power unit is capable of generating 272 hp and 270 Nm of torque from just one litre of displacement thanks to a monoscroll turbocharger and e-booster.
“A nice example of just how much potential combustion engines still have in them”, according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for Development and Volkswagen Group Head of Powertrain Development.
Laser roughening coating technique, which the Volkswagen Group will use in large-scale production in future, contributes significantly to reducing friction in the engine and to boosting performance.
Neußer pointed out that this is an important innovation in manufacturing technology, since laser roughening not only reduces tool wear to zero, but also achieves consistent results and can be used for all materials.