The Best Thing About the Upcoming European Passat that Everyone Missed- a Twin Turbo 2.0 TDI with 500Nm of Torque

Over the 4th of July weekend, Volkswagen announced details of the all-new MQB-based European market Passat sedan.  While many focused on the impressive technological advances and equipment available on the vehicle, most (if not all) missed what is perhaps the most interesting tidbit of information, especially to enthusiasts- a 2.0 Bi-TDI with 240PS (236.6hp) and a massive 500Nm (369 ft-lbs) of torque.


Here is what the Volkswagen Press Release had to say:

Most powerful Passat diesel ever: New 2.0 TDI develops 240 PS and up to 500 Nm of torque
The new Passat will be launched with a range of engine power from 88 kW / 120 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS. A highlight here is the most powerful four-cylinder diesel injection engine ever offered by Volkswagen: a newly developed 2.0 litre bi-turbo engine delivering 176 kW / 240 PS. Its extraordinarily high maximum torque of 500 Nm is available from as low as 1,750 rpm. Despite its supreme output potential, the 2.0 TDI consumes, for example in the Passat saloon, just over 5 l/100 km.

Facts about the new 2.0 TDI as a bi-turbo:

1. 7-speed DSG. The 240-PS TDI is being offered with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard.

2. 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Due to the high level of torque, Volkswagen will be launching the TDI top version with 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard.

3. Up to 3.8 bar of turbo boost. The starting point for the new engines is the EA288 series engines that are based on the modular diesel component system (MDB). In order to achieve the high specific output of 120 PS per litre of cubic capacity, a compact bi-turbo module with a high-pressure and low-pressure turbine was developed for the engine. The module enables turbo boost levels of up to 3.8 bar.

4. Reinforced. The cylinder crankcase, crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons were adapted to the high maximum combustion pressure of 200 bar. In addition a high-performance cylinder head is also being used for the first time.

5. New injectors. Another new feature is the newly developed injection system with piezo injectors. This fuel injection system enables injection pressures of up to 2,500 bar.

6. Clean. Positioning the oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and SCR system (selective catalytic reduction using reducing agent AdBlue) close to the engine makes the emission control components react especially quickly. The new 2.0 TDI complies with the Euro 6 exhaust gas standard.

7. Centrifugal pendulum absorber. In order to optimise comfort at low engine speeds, a newly developed centrifugal pendulum absorber is being used in the gearbox of the 2.0 TDI.

8. Low revs. This enables the gear shift points to be lowered still further, lowering the rev levels, which contributes to the excellent fuel consumption figures of the TDI.

Just to recap- that is 236.6hp and 369 ft-lbs torque, boost pressure of 55psi, and measured consumption of 47mpg (for a Passat-sized vehicle), routed through a 7-speed DSG transmission feeding power to a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

Now, with that motor available for sale and through emissions testing, it would make sense that it become available in other vehicles, and perhaps other markets as well.  Given it is launching in an MQB product from Volkswagen, it seems natural that it could also find its way into a performance TDI variant of any other MQB based vehicle like the Golf or the upcoming third generation Audi TT.

Whether or not it makes it to the USA remains to be seen. Our sources tell us that the Volkswagen Group continues to consider the 3.0 Bi-TDI for the US market, and that’s good news, because it would make for one hell of a GTD.