German company Volkswagen Group has unveiled what could be the high-performance bookends of its future engine range: a new powered-up 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a beefy 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine.
The Volkswagen Group's new W12 TSI engine is claimed to be the "most economical twelve-cylinder engine in the luxury car segment", with the 6.0-litre unit featuring cylinder deactivation and a stop-start system. It uses "Audi's FSI direct injection and Bentley's TMPI multi-point injection" in combination.
No official fuel consumption figure has been announced, but the company has confirmed power outputs for the engine - there's 447kW of power and 900Nm of torque. According to a release from the brand, the new engine is apparently able to propel an undisclosed vehicle from 0-100km/h in "less than four seconds", before hitting a top speed of more than 300km/h.
So, is an ultra high-end VW on the cards? Unlikely. This engine is expected to debut in the Bentley Bentayga SUV, and as such it features a range of elements including an "oil circuit suitable for off-road use" and it should be a smooth operator thanks to the engines very own adaptive suspension system that uses "electromagnetic actuators to counteract vibrations induced by the engine".
At the other end of the scale, the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is based on the EA211 unit that was previously seen in the Volkswagen Up! in Australia, but this version has "the genes of the Polo WRC's rally engine".
As such, it produces a mind-blowing 200kW of power and 270Nm of torque as it employs a single-scroll turbocharger and "e-booster". A shot from the company's brochure that was posted online can be seen below.
According to Dr Heinz-Jakob Neußer, who is the Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand with responsibility for development and is also the Volkswagen Group head of powertrain development, described this new tiny terror engine as "a nice example of just how much potential combustion engines still have in them".