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Differential on the 2012 Volkswagen Vento 1.6 diesel

20th May 2016 12:17 pm

What type of differential does the car use?

What is the type of differential on the 2012 Volkswagen Vento 1.6 diesel model? Open or limited slip?
Anonymous, via email

AAA A car’s differential allows the outer drive wheel to rotate faster than the inner drive wheel while turning. This is necessary because the wheel that is travelling around the outside of the turning curve needs to roll farther and faster than the one on the inside. On the other hand, the wheel that has less traction (and maybe spinning) will continue to receive the majority of torque compared to the wheel that is stationary.

In case of a limited slip differential (LSD), where one wheel starts to slip (and spin faster than the wheel with traction), torque is reduced to the slipping wheel and provided to the slower wheel. This functionality is particularly handy in high-powered cars, especially FWDs, where too much
torque going (unequally) to the front wheels leads to torque steer. A LSD helps distribute torque more evenly, cutting on torque steer and giving better handling through the corners.

Now, to answer your question, the 2012 Vento did not come with LSD. The performance of the car simply doesn’t demand it as it adds extra cost.

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