29 April 2004

The Volkswagen Group is developing a new FSI direct-injection 3.6-litre V6 to replace today’s 3.2, as used by models from the A3 to the Touareg.

Power rises to 270bhp, up from around 220-240bhp, depending on application. The new engine will form the basis for a new generation of hot VW Group products – the R36 name has already been registered.

But the new engine has sparked angry words between VW and Porsche. The entry Touareg gets the new 3.6-litre V6 in late 2005.

Porsche, which has a deal with VW for the supply of the 3.2-litre V6 engine for its mechanically identical Cayenne, was reportedly unaware of its SUV partner’s plans, which were recently rubber-stamped by VW chairman, Bernd Pischetsrieder, without the knowledge of Porsche boss, Wendelin Wiedeking.

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