VW starts assembling the new EA888 1.8T and 2.0T engine in Mexico 11


Car and driver reports that Volkswagen has started assembling the new generation of the EA888 1.8T and 2.0T engines. The new 1.8T is set to replace the 2.5L engine in the near future. To read the full article head over to Caranddriver.com 



11 thoughts on “VW starts assembling the new EA888 1.8T and 2.0T engine in Mexico

  1. TheNit Jan 16,2013 10:30 pm

    The Car and Driver article says that the 1.8T engine is rated at 168 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque (the outgoing 2.5 engine makes 170/177) matched with a 5 speed stick or a 6 speed automatic while the earlier Passat Performance Concept release article says that it would be 250 hp (184Kw) matched with a 6 speed automatic. There is a serious discrepancy here.

    • Jay Pichardo Jan 16,2013 11:18 pm

      That was a special tune just for the concept

      • TheNit Jan 16,2013 11:38 pm

        So what does this mean? Will we be getting a 1.8T with no more power than the current 2.5L? It may get better mileage but it sure wouldn’t be any more exciting than the current engine. I won’t be returning to Passat unless I can get more power than my 2002 Passat 1.8T which has about the same horsepower as this new 1.8T but is also a much smaller car. I thought the concept was something that we could look forward to.

        • Rocketred Jan 17,2013 6:56 pm

          Get a GLI. It’s about the same size as a 2002 Passat, if not bigger. And meets your performance requirements. If you still want an actual Passat—a real, German one—get a CC.

  2. TheNit Jan 17,2013 8:03 pm

    I tried the GLI but I want a little larger car. I liked the 6 speed MT but it looked too much like a boy racer to me. Actually the biggest problem is the lack of power seats. I just couldn’t get into the CC (tried all of them including the 4Motion). It felt too low, cramped, had low visibility and the trunk was a weird shape (too shallow). I want a trunk that will handle 2 sets of golf clubs and some luggage but a spirited car (with a manual transmission), kind of like my current 2002 Passat but with more horsepower.

      • TheNit Jan 18,2013 3:24 pm

        Sorry, I should have clarified that the passenger seat is not (completely) power. My wife is short and the problem with a lot of cars is that the passenger seat cannot be raised any higher. She cannot get comfortable in my 2002 Passat. Even a Hyundai Genesis has power passenger seats that cannot be raised and her eyes are halfway up the dash. The driver’s seath in the GLI is 6 way. What are the 6 directions – forward, backward, seat back forward and backward and up and down? The only power in the passenger seat is the seatback tilting forward or backward.

  3. CB Jan 17,2013 8:41 pm

    Off topic:
    Any chance the new TDI engine will show up in 2014 models? That would be a perfect match for the Passat.

  4. dan casio Jan 20,2013 10:00 pm

    AN $18K golf with a 1.8t engine for $17k? Sounds like a GTi killer to me! APR will be all over this…

  5. dan casio Jan 20,2013 10:03 pm

    How are they going to justify asking $6-7k more for a GTi that has only ~20hp/tq more..? Is the GTi going to get more power? I mean it needs enough to keep up with the ST, MS3, WRX, etc if it wants to stay relevant in the US right?

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