Volkswagen debuts all-new 6.0-liter TSI W12

Volkswagen debuts all-new 6.0-liter TSI W12 image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen | posted May 11, 2015 07:55

Next-gen VW W12 engine makes world premiere in Vienna

Automotive giant Volkswagen has just debuted an all-new W12 TSI engine at this year’s Vienna Motor Symposium that will power future luxury cars from Volkswagen AG. Besides being billed by Volkswagen as their most fuel-efficient 12-cylinder powerplant, the next-generation W12 also features an array of tech that makes the most out of the engine.

Displacing 6.0-liters, Volkswagen stated that the engine combines Audi’s FSI direct injection and Bentley’s own TMPI multi-point injection along with bi-turbo charging, giving the engine its Turbocharged Stratified Injection (TSI) credential.

Other features present in the engine include: an oil circuit for off-road use with a switchable oil pump, dual fuel injection with high and low pressure manifold injection, cylinder deactivation for each bank of cylinders and a start/stop system that can reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

A top-view of the W12's inner workings

Furthermore, Volkswagen also revealed that the W12 has an adaptive engine suspension with hydraulic basic damping and electromagnetic actuators that negate vibrations.

Power-wise, Volkswagen said the W12 TSI engine produces 608 PS at 6,000 rpm along with 900 Nm of torque that is available between 1,500 – 4,500 rpm. In addition, the automaker also claimed that with its current power rating, the W12 engine can pull a vehicle from 0 – 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 300km/h.

No fuel economy rating has been released by Volkswagen yet but the company did say that the engine only emits 250g of C02 per km.

Volkswagen did not announce on where will the engine be fitted but with features such as an oil circuit suited for off-road use and an adaptive engine suspension, this may be the powerplant that will drive Bentley’s upcoming Bentayga luxury SUV.