Volkswagen has announced details of a record-breaking run using its super-frugal Golf TDI BlueMotion for a trip from Nantes to Copenhagen.
The 50-litre tank was filled and sealed by DEKRA officials before drivers representing the Volkswagen Driving Experience set off from the French city of Nantes; passing through Antwerp, Bremen and Hamburg before reaching Copenhagen. Following a journey time of 20 hours and 45 minutes in regular traffic, the same officials calculated that the Golf had consumed just 2.92 litres of diesel every 100 kilometres (96 MPG) during its 1,602 kilometre excursion meaning it breaks the ‘three-litre’ barrier and undercuts the factory figure of 3.2l/100 km.
Propulsion comes from the company’s EA288 1.6-litre TDI – mated to a wider spaced 6-speed manual gearbox – which develops 81 kW (109 hp) and 250 Nm of torque. Top speed is a respectable 202 km/h (125 mph).
Along with such measures as a Stop/Start system, battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres, the BlueMotion also sits on lower suspension and wears aerodynamically-optimized bodywork including a special roof spoiler, a radiator grille with almost closed slats, partially closed air inlets in the bumper and slippery underfloor panels.