VAG fits iconic 5-cylinder engine to CUPRA Formentor VZ5


The CUPRA Formentor VZ5 is fitted with the iconic turbocharged five-cylinder TSI engine. The unit mixes direct-injection and turbocharging to help it achieve its peak power output of 385BHP from between 5,700rpm and 7,000rpm, while peak torque of 480Nm is available from 2,250rpm.

The engine is well known and loved by car enthusiasts, but this car has received additional attention from CUPRA as the package now includes CUPRA Formentor specific design to optimise performance along with changes to the cooling system.

CUPRA Formentor VZ5 with turbocharged 5-cylinder 2.5 TSI 385BHP engine

The CUPRA Formentor VZ5 will be launched in the last quarter of 2021 and is “strictly” limited to a production run of 7000 left-hand-drive units.

2.5 TSI 390PS (287kW) 7-speed DSG 4Drive
Bore and stroke82,5 x 92,8
Compression ratio10
Max. Torque [Nm] @ [1/min]480Nm, between 2.250-5.700
0 to 100 km/h4.2 secs
Maximum speed250km/h*
* limited electronically

What’s a CUV?

With the launch of the Formentor VAG have given us yet another acronym to learn.. CUV. Apparently it means “Crossover Utility Vehicle”. (Technically the term CUV was first used in 1996 by Toyota for its new RAV4, so I guess they are really to blame.)

What’s all the fuss about 5 cylinder engines anyway?

If you are struggling to understand what all the fuss is about then perhaps this video will show you why for so many petrolheads the 5 cylinder engine is one of the most iconic and characterful sounding engines ever made.

The bad news is that this video is conclusive proof that the car has been tested around the Nürburgring.

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By Simon D

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