Skoda has expanded the Superb range with two new engines, a 2.0-litre TDi diesel and a 3.6-litre V6 petrol.
The 2.0-litre Pumpe-Düse diesel engine pumps out 140bhp and comes with a six-speed DSG gearbox. The seven-speed DSG seen on the 1.8TSI unit isn’t capable of handling the 32kgm of torque from the diesel unit.
Skoda has also unveiled a performance version of the Superb — a 3.6-litre V6 with four-wheel drive! Using VW’s FSI technology, this naturally aspirated V6 engine produces 260bhp and can take the Superb to a top speed of 250kph. To help get the power down cleanly, it is directed to all four wheels using a Haldex clutch at the centre.[BODYAD]
The 2.0-litre diesel Superb is on sale for Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). That puts the diesel at a premium over the 1.8 TSI by well over Rs 2 lakh! The V6 costs Rs 25.3 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Next year, the Superb will also get a common-rail diesel motor. The Superb’s little brother, the Laura, will also get more powerful engines soon. These will include the 1.8TSI petrol currently doing duty in the Superb, and the 2.0-litre TDi with 140bhp. The Laura with these new engines will go on sale next month. Expect to pay a premium for the more powerful engines and the face-lift.