VR6 Engine

Volkswagen VR6 Engine – Complete Information

The VR6 Engine and VR6 Engine are internal combustion engines that were first introduced in 1991. They are also known as narrow-angle V shapes which are 10.5 or 15 degrees. It has 6 cylinders. The VR cylinder block contains 2 cylinder banks covered by a sole cylinder head cover.

The R32 is famous for the EA390 series. The VR6 3.2L is naturally aspirated with a gasoline motor. It was introduced by Volkswagen Golf R32 mk4/5. It is also a part of Volkswagen and Audi automobiles. 

The motor of VR6 is featured with a grey cylinder block of cast iron that has 15 degrees with the cylinder banks. It has a valvetrain of 12 valves from 1991-2002 and 24 valves from 2000.

Specifications of the Volkswagen VR6 Engine:- 

The specifications of the Volkswagen VR6 engine are as follows:-

  • The displacement of the VR6 Engine is 3.2L-3.8L.
  • It has a Buick Firewall V-6 (GM3800).
  • It has Buick GNX.
  • It has a horsepower of 276 hp.
  • It has a torque of 232-236 (315-320 Nm)/ 2,500-3,000.
  • It consists of six cylinders.
  • The cylinder block material of V6 is made up of cast iron.
  • The cylinder head material of V6 is made up of aluminium.
  • It has the fuel type of gasoline.
  • It has a Multi-point fuel injection of the fuel system.
  • It has a valvetrain of DOHC.
  • It has the power of 235-250 (173-184kW)/ 6,200-6,300.
  • It has a compression ratio of 11.3:1 and 10.9:1.
  • It has a firing order of 1-5-3-6-2-4.
  • The weight of Engine oil is VW 504.00; SAE 5W-30.

The VR6 engine has a configuration of an internal combustion engine. It was developed in 1980 by Volkswagen and the evolutions are still produced by the manufacturers at the present date and consist of a narrow-angle of 10.6 or 15 degrees. It has a good fuel economy that is exactly similar to V8.

Reliability of V6 Engine:-

Following are the Reliability of the V6 engine is as follows:-

  • 173 kW (235 hp) at 6,200 rpm, 232 ft-lb (315Nm) at 2,950 pm. This is an engine for the Volkswagen Transporter T5.
  • BFH – 177 kW (241 hp) at 6,200 rpm, 236 ft lb (320Nm) at 2,500-3,200 rpm. Application: VW Golf Mk4 R32 for the US market.
  • BML – 177 kW (241 hp) at 6,250 rpm, 236 ft lb (320Nm) at 2,800-3,200 rpm. Application: Australian VW Golf Mk4 R32 engine.
  • DB, BHE, BMJ, BPF, BUB – 184 kW (250 hp) at 6,250 rpm, 236 ft lb (320Nm) at 2,500-3,000 rpm. This engine has a lower compression ratio of 10.85:1 and a different intake manifold. Application: Audi A3, Audi TT, VW Golf Mk5 R32.

Advantages of Volkswagon V6 engine:-

The advantages of the Volkswagon V6 engine are as follows:-

  1. The biggest advantage of the V6 engine comes through engine balancing. In the normal firing order of a straight-six, the pistons move in tandem with their mirror image on the other side of the engine block.
  2. The pistons 1 and 6 reach the top dead Centre, the other four pistons are evenly spaced at 120 degrees and 240 degrees respectively around the engine cycle, meaning that the reciprocating forces balance each other out. 
  3. In 60 or 90-degree configurations, V6s can still be found in numerous performance cars, with the art of turbocharging creating upwards of 500 horsepower from the likes of the MY17 GTR and the latest tech-fest NSX. 
  4. V6s have also been used in much more docile platforms like my own Mondeo ST200, so one of the largest plus points is the engine’s versatility.
  5. It is capable of being shoehorned into numerous engine bays within a manufacturer’s fleet, thus cutting huge costs from having to perform R&D on other engine options.

Disadvantages of Volkswagon V6 engine:-

The disadvantages of the Volkswagon V6 engine are as follows:-

  1. It is featured with the same number of cylinders as its in-line brother, the V6 does not have the same intrinsic balance.
  2. Effectively made up of two in-line three-cylinders stuck together, the V-style engine needs balancing shafts that use specially placed weights to counteract the unwanted inertia created by the reciprocating engine. 
  3. The engine balance is worsened as displacement increases.
  4. DOHC V6 must have four camshafts and potentially 24 valves in total, so the complexity of the additional valvetrain components needed to fill each cylinder head further increases the complexity of this engine setup which can make working on V6s an intimidating prospect for a less-experienced petrolhead. 


The above article tells you about the Volkswagen V6 Engine that contains specifications and advantages and disadvantages and all the features with their Torque, block material,  horsepower(hp), valvetrain, and compression ratio which makes the Engine durable and long-lasting.

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