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VW may kill off their award winning 'Twincharger' engine

By Rigval on 27 Jan 2011

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Volkswagen may pull the plug on their award winning 'Twincharger' engine. The innovative supercharged and turbocharged 1.4liter engine that makes as much horsepower as a normally aspirated 2.0liter engine (but a whole lot more torque) has won 'Engine of the Year' twice (2009-2010) but this little feat has not stopped VW evaluating whether they should stop producing it due to expensive production costs.

The sources inside VW said that while innovative and technically sound, the TSI forced induction engine isn't cheap to manufacture. Of course it isn't. You have to be quite blind if you don't see the complexity in the dual type forced induction engine. It has to have the engine, a turbocharger and a supercharger. Most cars have an engine and one or the other item. Having three major power making components is certainly more costly than having two components. Imagine if you make a million cars without a supercharger. The end result is that you save millions by not ordering a supercharger.

The same source also says that VW now have the technology to ensure that a single turbocharged direct injection engine may have enough punch and tractability as a Twincharged one. Of course VW will make such a statement come true. But the reality is, it all boils down to cutting costs. Cutting costs is a large fact of life these days and it is especially true with large conglomerates like VW. Let's just wait and see what happens next.

In the meantime, those of you that are thinking of getting a VW 1.4TSI Golf, Scirocco, Polo, you should go get one as you may never see such engineering innovation in a car again IF VW do decide to kill the Twincharger.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Silver_blade Jan 27 2011 01:32 PM
Read about some time ago. I think such 'tech' will only be reserved for higher value cars in the future.
Jetabout777 Jan 27 2011 09:18 PM
I don't understand why VW's general omv is so low if these engines are so expensive to produce.
Rigval Jan 28 2011 01:55 PM
again, its more about getting more returns....if a large company can save 1 dollar for a million items it means a million dollars in savings. Losing the supercharger saves them millions which in turn can be paid out as bonuses to the shareholders and the clever engineers etc. etc. who supposedly thought about the savings in the first place.
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