Volkswagen’s tech packed 2013 Polo BlueGT hatchback is releases onto the interweb
Volkswagen has revealed all that there is to the 2013 Polo BlueGT hatchback, which is a harbinger of change, if we could call it that, for the car is one of the first budget hatchbacks to feature the fuel sipping/emission cutting cylinder deactivation technology. And while it saves fuel, the car will show that its no slouch when it comes to performance as the 1.4 Liter turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine is a cracker of a mill. The engine outputs a peak power of 140 PS with peak torque rated at a meaty 250 Nm, good enough for a ought to hundred sprint of under 8 seconds, all the way up to a top speed of 210 Kph. Hot hatch anyone?
The tech packed 1.4 TSI engine is mated to a choice of two transmissions, a 6 speed stick shifter and a 7 speed dual clutch DSG automatic. Coming to the cylinder deactivation technology nestling under the hood of the Polo BlueGT, two cylinders out of the four cylinder turbo petrol engine will shut down during periods of relaxed cruising. When the driver of the car gets spirited with a heavy right foot, the cylinders are reactivated by the car’s ECU to harness the full power of the car. When the cylinders are deactivated, the engine pumps out about 25 Nm to 100 Nm, between the rpms of 1,250 and 4,000.
This technology conserves fuel during highway cruising, resulting in a stupendous fuel economy of about 22 Kmpl, which for this high performance engine, is truly a splendid figure. Now, as this technology filters down to cars with smaller engines in the future, expect fuel economy to go up massively. Therefore, cylinder deactivation technology making it to the engine of a mass market car like the Polo represents the general direction that the internal combustion engine will take in the years to come even as its existence is coming under increasing threat from the likes of electric car technology.
apart from cylinder deactivation technology, the 2013 Polo BlueGT also gets a start-stop system and brake energy regeneration to further boost fuel economy and cut down on tail pipe emissions, making this car the most fuel efficient car in it class, despite the ample pep on offer, right from word go. Now, if a high performance turbo petrol engine can deliver a stunning 22 Kmpl, one can only imagine what this technology can achieve on a turbo diesel engine. The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT will go on sale in Europe over the next few weeks.