Apart from the hot GTI, VW also plans for the next Golf to undertake significant engineering revisions to the 1.4-litre ‘twincharger’ engine, the EA111. Autocar revealed earlier this year that the twincharger will lose its supercharger to persist in production as a soft-turbo petrol engine that has a rating of 150bhp from a single exhaust-driven blower. The new engine will be renamed the EA112.
Looking back in history, the 'Twincharger' engine made its debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Motorshow and was first used in the Mark V Golf GT. Since its introduction, it has won numerous awards, including the prestigious ‘International Engine of The Year’ award for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010. It also won the ‘Best New Engine’ award in 2006. However, we will have to bid goodbye to this little entertainer come 2012. I recalled reading that VW’s decision to kill the ‘Twincharger’ is due to its high cost of production. Without the supercharger, I hope that the EA112 will not suffer from turbo lag in low rpm range.
The illustrous 'Twincharger' engine