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Re: VR5

> From:          ti@bazooka.amb.org (Ti Kan)
> Subject:       Re: VR5
> To:            jwilliam@water.net
> Date:          Fri, 11 Apr 1997 09:03:04 -0700 (PDT)
> Cc:            quattro@coimbra.ans.net, miktip@worldnet.att.net

> Jon W. writes:
> > > In "Golf" magazine,(UK Based) it was reported that VW was
> > > "experimenting"
> > > with a VR5 engine.  Basically a VR6 minus 1 cylinder.  VW was hoping 
> > > the configuration would give "extra space" for other under hood
> > > components, and allow engineers to place the engine in smaller
> > > variants(Polo?, Seat?)
> > 
> > They discussed that engine as being a possibility for the new Passat 
> > when it makes it to North America.
> The VR5 is not just experimental any more.  The April 1997
> issue of "Complete Car" magazine (from the UK) states that
> the VR5 will be available on the 4th-generation Golf/Vento models,
> which are being rolled out in Europe.  There is even a cutaway
> photo of a VR5 engine on page 18.  The exhaust manifold configuration
> on this particular engine is clearly routed for logitudinal
> mounting, which supports its use in the new Passat.
> There were also rumours that the VR5 will find its way into
> the Audi A3 (which is also a Golf-IV base)...
> -Ti
> 96 A4 2.8 quattro
> 84 5000S 2.1 turbo
> 80 4000 2.0

Car & Driver had a shot paragraph along with a picture of the new 
Passat in which they make reference to the VR5.  They also mention 
that the TDI will make its way over although it will probably remain 
a fringe item.

BTW, got behind a TDI Passat the other day.  Don't believe any of the 
tales of how this car doesn't smoke.  It does.

87 Coupe GT