Volkswagen developing new twin-turbocharged VR6 engine

Volkswagen Design Vision GTI
According to reports, Volkswagen is planning a replacement for the company’s outmoded VR6 engine.

Based on the powerplant in the Design Vision GTI, which uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0 V6-TSI unit developing 375 kW (503 hp) and a maximum torque figure of 560 Nm, production versions will develop between 254 kW (340 hp) and 336 kW (450 hp) when they appear in the Passat, the CC and forthcoming CrossBlue SUV, which is due to appear in 2015.
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BMW M6 Gran Coupe by 3D Design

BMW M6 Gran Coupe by 3D Design
Japanese styling specialist 3D Design has released new components for the current BMW M6 Gran Coupe as well as the M6 Coupe and Cabriolet.

Manufactured from carbon fibre, the aero package comprises of a front lip spoiler with two separate splitters, a pair of side skirts, a trunk lid spoiler inspired by the MotoGP F10 M5 and a two-piece diffuser section for the rear bumper.

Priced at ¥1,363,400 (€10,263) collectively, 3D will also offering a performance exhaust systems with adjustable flaps and 100 mm tailpipes later this year.
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Volkswagen developing Ducati-powered XL1 sports car

Volkswagen XL1
Volkswagen is capitalizing on its family connections with Ducati by creating a hot version of the XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle jointly with the Audi-owned motorcycle manufacturer.

Rather than the combination of an 800 cc two-cylinder TDI engine developing 35 kW (48 hp) and 120 Nm of torque, along with an electric motor producing 20 kW (27 hp) and 100 Nm, the XL Sport will utilize the 1199 Panigale’s twin-cylinder with 145 kW (195 hp) and 133 Nm at its disposal.

Speaking to a group of students at the Vienna University of Technology speech, Ferdinand Piëch showed an image of the steroidal design study, which features widened box arches, a more aggressive fascia and ventilated hood. The weight of the additional bodywork will be offset by the removal of the hybrid drive, meaning a ridiculously low curb weight of less than 795 kg.

[Source: Bild via Autoblog]

 

Volkswagen’s cross up! goes on sale

Volkswagen cross up!
Volkswagen’s dinky cross up! variant has gone on sale in its dealerships this week.

With a 15 mm raised ride height, black wheel arch extensions and panelling along the flanks, the five-door cross up! wears silver roof rails, mirror casings and bumpers sections, while the 16-inch five-double-spoke alloy wheels are also exclusive to this variant.

Moving inside, past the embossed sill plates, customers can choose between red or grey seats in a special trim, with the dashpad available in red, black or dark silver. The steering wheel and handbrake handle are covered in leather, while the air vents and speedometer wear chrome surrounds.

Standard equipment consists of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), fog lamps, electric front windows and mirrors, remote control central locking, a tachometer and multifunction display.

Propelled by the 55 kW (75 hp) three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, pricing in Germany starts at €13,950 with five body colours available for selection: white, red, dark blue metallic, light silver metallic and black pearl.
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Steinmetz Opel Mokka

Steinmetz Opel Mokka
Aachen-based Opel tuning specialist, Steinmetz, has unveiled its new program for the Mokka.

Body components include a black radiator grille section, a matte black front bar and side steps, stainless steel mirror casings and door handles.

A sport suspension kit lowers the Mokka by 25 mm, while the company’s 19-inch ST10 alloys are available in a package with 225/45 tyres. There’s also a complete exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipe and a four-piece floor mat set.
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Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet video

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Porsche has released a new promotional video for its recently revealed 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

Sharing the same engine as the Coupe; namely a turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six developing 520 hp (383 kW) and 560 hp (412 kW) in the Turbo S, power is sent to all four wheels via the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, resulting in a 0-100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds (Turbo S 3.2s), with both capable of achieving a top speed of 318 mph (197 mph).

Due to be launched in Germany this December, pricing starts at €174,431 for the Turbo and €207,989 for the Turbo S.
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