At the 2014 Innovation Workshop held at the Wolfsburg, Germany Volkswagen plant, more than a few game changers were revealed. For instance, take a look at the 2-shaped engine block featuring a dual-clutch transmission. A high performance diesel engine as well as the ten-speed (that’s not a typo!) gearbox with a dual clutch were some of the most talked-about items. Of course, powerful diesel engines is something Volkswagen’s known for—just look at the Touareg V10 TDI or even the Audi’s offering of the Q7 V12 TDI. However, it seems like you really can improve on perfection.
Previously, the diesel version of the Touareg offered 309 horses and a stunning 533 lb.-foot torque. The Audi ponied up 493 horses and 738 lb.-foot of torque, which is actually enough to haul a jumbo jet (just in case any Volkswagen fans have that task). At the annual Innovation Workshop, VW revealed how they made their diesel options even better with more cylinders and bigger displacements. That’s how the 286 horsepower 10-speed DSG TDI diesel was born.
Hell on Wheels
In Europe, the latest Passat boasts a twin-turbo 2.0 liter diesel engine with 236 horses and four cylinders. That’s more than enough to take on the Autobahn, but what if it could be even better? According to Volkswagen engineers, they could make the engine do more. Journalists invited to the workshop report seeing the torque figure go beyond 450 pounds, which easily trumps many of the TDI Audi models.
Of course, what really got people talking was that ten-speed gearbox. The very first DSG was introduced in 2003 in the Golf R32, and the same technology soon followed in the Audi TT. It’s been over ten years, and in that time a number of speed variants, including six and seven, have been available. Other auto manufacturers have tried to mimic VW’s innovation, but Volkswagen is sure to leave everyone in the dust with the world’s first ten-speed option.
Get in Line
Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen has yet to reveal when this technology will actually be produced and available—especially in the US. However, the German leader did tell journalists that right now, a maximum of 405 lb.-foot of torque is achievable and might be added to late-year models soon. Notoriously hush-hush until technology and models are soon to be released, this is one mean machine that you’ll have to add to your future bucket list.
More readily available technology includes a better stop/start system, a lighter weight body paneling system and smarter navigation. The latest VW technology takes note of your driving habits and turns engines off when you roll to a stop. It’s just one step closer to a “smart car”—which, of course, Volkswagen also has up their sleeve.