Volkswagen Unveils New W12 At Vienna Motor Symposium

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
volkswagen unveils new w12 at vienna motor symposium

Volkswagen’s new 6.0-liter W12 TSI made its global debut at the 36th International Vienna Motor Symposium last Friday.

The next-gen W12 combines Audi’s FSI direct injection and Bentley’s TMPI multi-point injection systems together, and is augmented by a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, an oil circuit for off-road applications, APS-coated cylinders, active engine mounts with hydraulic basic damping, cooling with integrated temperature management, cylinder deactivation, and start-stop.

Power output for the W12 comes to 600 horses and 664 lb-ft of torque, slotting between the mills used by the Bentley Continental GT W12 and GT Speed on the power scale.

Depending on the application, the new engine could move a vehicle from nil to 62 mph in under four seconds, with top speeds reaching 186 mph.

[Photo credit: Volkswagen]

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  • Mfh Mfh on May 12, 2015

    This smells of the next VW Qauntum lump to soon refail in the market. This has the scent of Piech in it.

  • VW4motion VW4motion on May 12, 2015

    The real news was no included in this article. VW introduced a 1.0L what puts out a 268HP.

  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on May 12, 2015

    Image if they put that much effort into improving quality and understanding the American market.

  • 87 Morgan 87 Morgan on May 12, 2015

    I have several questions...... Timing belt, timing chain, maintenance intervals: do the buyers/leasee of the vehicle in question keep the car long enough to have that concern? Seems like that is the second owners problem. A comment was made: essentially indicating people care about cylinder count, seemingly above 8? I have never met anyone who was insistent they have a v12 or w12. I can't say that I have ever met anyone who owned a carwith greater than 10 cylinders: Viper. I know a bunch with the v10 ford buts suspect this mill in the article will not find its way into a 1 ton anything. I could be wrong though. This seems like an awful lot of engineering and expense to produce 600 hp from a really complicated mill. 600 hp is really not that hard to produce anymore with 8 or more, I suppose, Pistons. I would think the buyer for the car this will go into would have less forgiveness for temperamental quirkiness than say someone like myself who still considers a GM v8 to be the best available option for reliable HP. Help me understand what question this motor answers.