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VW TDI Torque Specifications

by Hunkar Ozyasar

TDI stands for "turbocharged direct injection" and is a technology available on several models across Volkswagen's lineup. TDI technology maximizes fuel economy while reducing harmful pollutants emitted by vehicles. As enthusiasts are aware, diesels usually produce greater torque than comparable gasoline engines, and Volkswagen's TDI line is no different.

Golf TDI

The Volkswagen Golf is available in two- and four-door trims with gasoline or TDI-equipped diesel engines. The diesel engine features a 2-liter or 120.1 cubic inch in-line four cylinder engine, aided by a turbocharger. The four cylinders are fired in a typical 1-3-4-2 order and achieve a compression ratio of 16.5-to-1. Peak torque of 236 foot-pounds comes in at 1,750 rpm and stays unchanged until 2,500 rpm. Peak power is achieved at 4,000 rpm. Maximum horsepower is 140 horsepower. Fuel economy is 30 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway.

Touareg TDI

The Touareg weighs 4,974 lbs. and is equipped with a turbo-powered 3-liter V-6 diesel that produces 226 horsepower and 406 foot-pounds. Peak torque is achieved at 1,750 rpm, remaining unchanged until 2,250 rpm, while peak power comes in at 3,500 rpm. The Touareg has a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. and a maximum payload of 1,331 lbs. All diesel Touaregs come with permanent all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The SUV goes 0 to sixty in 7.9 seconds and achieves fuel economy of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Jetta Sportwagen TDI

The Jetta Sportwagen TDI features the identical engine used in the diesel version of the Golf, producing 236 foot-pounds of torque at 1,750 rpm and 140 horsepower. Fuel consumption is also identical, with 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

About the Author

Hunkar Ozyasar is the former high-yield bond strategist for Deutsche Bank. He has been quoted in publications including "Financial Times" and the "Wall Street Journal." His book, "When Time Management Fails," is published in 12 countries while Ozyasar’s finance articles are featured on Nikkei, Japan’s premier financial news service. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School.

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