Some of the most iconic models in the Volkswagen line-up are being revamped: with the emphasis firmly on fuel economy.
The Volkswagen Jetta GLI, Volkswagen Beetle Turbo (pictured) and the Beetle Turbo Convertible will all benefit from a number of changes ahead of the 2013 model year: with the most notable being the introduction of an EA888 Gen 3 2.0litre turbocharged and direct injection TSI petrol engine.
According to manufacturer's estimates, the Beetle models will benefit from a four-eight per cent improvement in fuel economy; with the new engine capable of producing 210hp: an increase of 10hp compared to the previous Gen 2 TSI engine.
In addition, the peak power can be generated 200 revs higher in the engine range, at 5,300rpm. Torque remains the same at 280Nm. As such, the Volkswagen Beetle Turbo is able to race from 0-60mph in 6.6seconds: an improvement of 0.2 seconds compared to the previous model.
Meanwhile the Volkswagen Jetta GLI is also a tenth faster at 6.7seconds to race from 0-60mph.
Most of the benefits arrive because the EA888 Gen 3 engine is made to be both lighter and more fuel efficient: with engine weight reduced by 8lbs. In addition, it benefits from a thin-wall crankcase casting; a smaller diameter for the main bearings; roller bearings for the twin balancer shafts; and exhaust headers that are integrated within the cylinder head.
The EA888 engine will be made at a new factory in Silao, Mexico, for the North American market; as well as being produced in both Europe and China.
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