Volkswagen presented a range of new models at the Bologna Motor Show including the world premieres of the second-generation Volkswagen Golf Plus, the race derived Volkswagen Scirocco Studie R concept and the LPG-powered Volkswagen Golf BiFuel.
Volkswagen Golf Plus
The second-generation Volkswagen Golf Plus makes its world debut in Bologna, with styling revisions forging a link to the design of the new, sixth generation Volkswagen Golf hatchback. Equipped with a range of highly-efficient petrol and common rail diesel engines with improved levels of fuel economy and reduced emissions, the new Volkswagen Golf Plus reaches new levels of quality and refinement while continuing to be one of the most practical and versatile vehicles in its class.
Volkswagen Scirocco Studie R
Volkswagen's latest design study, the Scirocco Studie R, premieres at Bologna and is inspired by the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 which raced to success in its class at the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race earlier this year. Finished in white, the Studie R has contrasting high-gloss black detailing and styling accents in red and green to the wing mirrors and on the "Bologna '08" badging, paying homage to the Show's host nation.
Three large air intakes at the front aid cooling to the uprated 2.0-litre 270 PS engine, while a front splitter is designed to minimise lift. The rear is dominated by a large rear wing and a distinctive revised rear bumper which incorporates a diffuser and twin oval exhausts. The Volkswagen Scirocco Studie R is fitted with racing-derived sports suspension and four-piston brake callipers sit behind specially developed bespoke polished five arm, triple spoke 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, the Volkswagen Scirocco Studie R is upholstered with black and white nappa leather and complemented with low- and high-gloss carbonfibre trim. The Italian-inspired red and green design accents continue on the seams of the Recaro seats, steering wheel, armrest, gearknob and floor mats.
Volkswagen Golf BiFuel
The engine fitted to the Volkswagen Golf BiFuel has been specifically configured and tested for LPG operation making it more durable than modified petrol engines. The vehicle, with both petrol and LPG fuel tanks, has also undergone extensive crash-testing making it safer than aftermarket alternatives.
Volkswagen Passat CC Individual
Volkswagen is also showcasing the Passat CC Individual which features a number of bespoke styling upgrades. The four-door coupe is presented in pearl effect 'Moonlight Blue', with newly designed 18-inch 'Chicago Black' alloy wheels and 'Individual' badging.
The interior of the Volkswagen Passat CC Individual is fitted with six-way power comfort seats upholstered with two-tone soft and nappa leather, complemented by piano black trim and an extended chrome package which includes chrome bezels on the door handles and switches for the electric windows and mirrors. Subtle 'Individual' badging continues with illuminated tread plates in the front and rear doors.
The Volkswagen Passat CC is the fourth 'Individual' model shown by Volkswagen, following the Eos, Passat and Touareg.
Volkswagen Passat TSI EcoFuel Italian premiere
Making its Italian debut, the Volkswagen Passat TSI Ecofuel is fitted with the world's first turbo direct-injection engine developed and configured to operate with natural gas. These developments enable the Volkswagen Passat TSI EcoFuel to run efficiently on both natural gas and petrol and to offer economy and low emissions with no detrimental effect on performance.
Accelerating from a standstill to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds and with a maximum speed of 130 mph the 1.4-litre 150 PS engine, coupled with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox, emits just 119 g/km of CO2 while developing 220 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. A theoretical range of more than 300 miles using only natural gas is supplemented by a 31-litre reserve tank for conventional petrol which offers an additional 260 miles.Published 3 December 2008