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V6 Power for Volkswagen Bora

26 June, 2001

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New Model Is Australia’s Fastest-Ever Volkswagen Sedan

Volkswagen’s new Bora sports sedan lineup includes a V6-powered model which is the fastest production Volkswagen ever sold in Australia.

The Bora 2.8-litre V6 features Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and joins the 2.3-litre V5 and 2.0-litre four cylinder in the revised model lineup.

As part of the running changes, the V5 powerplant has gained extra power and torque – now boasting 125kW at 6200 rpm and 220 Nm at 3200 rpm.

Entry price for the Bora range is just $36,850 (rrp) for the 2.0-litre model. The V5 starts at only $46,200 (rrp) while the glorious V6 4Motion carries a price tag of $54,400 (rrp).

Only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, the Bora V6 4Motion marks the Australian debut of ESP - Volkswagen’s stability control system. Bora V6 4Motion is the only compact sports sedan in Australia retailing for under $55,000 which offers this feature as standard.

When it comes to performance, the Volkswagen Bora V6 4Motion uses its hefty 150 kW to leave behind rival vehicles such as the BMW 325i, and Lexus IS200.

And when you consider value-for-money, Volkswagen’s Bora V6 4Motion has a similarly strong story – as well as ESP, the long list of specifications includes traction control, ABS, standard leather seats, an 8-speaker sound system with 6-stack CD player, 16-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, trip computer, heated front seats, electric glass sunroof, front centre armrest, auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror and tilt/telescopic steering wheel adjustment.

Volkswagen Group Australia’s Managing Director, Mr Peter Nochar, expects the revised model lineup, including the V6 4Motion, will lift monthly Bora sales beyond 125 units.

“When you compare the Bora’s standard features against competitive vehicles such as the BMW 325, Volvo S40 T4 and Lexus IS200, there is no doubt our vehicle delivers incredible value-for-money,” Mr Nochar said. “And clearly, introduction of the V6 4Motion model, as well as more power for the V5, legitimizes Bora’s positioning as a genuine high performance compact sports sedan.”

On the outside, Bora V6 4Motion models are distinguished by 16-inch ‘Brands Hatch’ alloy wheels, standard glass sunroof, twin exhaust tailpipes and distinctive front grille and bootlid badges.

The V5 model Boras have gained extra performance thanks to a new cylinder head which now boasts multi-valve technology (four valves per cylinder). The 20V engine produces an extra 15 Nm of torque (up to 220 Nm at 3200rpm) and an extra 15 Kw of power (up to 125 Kw at 6200 rpm).

Bora V5 models are fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels – the ‘Le Castellet’ model. Standard features are almost identical to the V6 4Motion.

Entry to the Bora lineup is via the powerful 2.0-litre model which develops a handy 85 kW of power at 5200 rpm and 170 Nm of torque at 2400 rpm.

Bora 2.0-litre shares many of the specifications fitted standard to the V5 and V6 models, including important safety items such as four airbags (twin front and two side), ABS brakes, EBD (Electronic Brake Pressure Distribution), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and front seatbelt pretensioners.

Both 2.0-litre and V5-powered Boras have the same suspension – front McPherson struts and coil springs with triangulated lower wishbones and rear Torsion beam axle. Bora V6 4 Motion models have four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars.

Every Bora features Volkswagen’s world famous quality and attention to detail in all areas, including the bodyshell which is fully galvanized, enabling Volkswagen to offer a 12-year guarantee against rust penetration.

The bodyshell has a very high level of torsional rigidity – achieved through the latest production technology with pre-fabricated major panels, laser welding and high-strength bonding. This technology produces minimum shut line and joint dimensions which contribute to the high quality appearance of all Bora models.

Dinstinctive and sporty exterior styling is punctuated at the front by the clear lens headlights and slatted radiator grille. At the rear, the C-pillars look strong and match with the notched boot which features large taillights and an oversize Volkswagen badge.

Inside, Bora offers comfort and surprising space – both in the cabin and the boot.

In fact, the boot is almost a work of art – huge 455 litre capacity, netted storage areas, stainless steel loading strip and 12-volt power outlet.

Bora’s rear seat offers a 60/40 split fold and can be locked to prevent entry from the passenger cabin.

Front seats can be adjusted for height and well as for-and-aft and rake. Lumbar support is provided in the front seats of V5 and V6 4Motion models. Both V5 and V6 4Motion models have leather seats, while the 2.0-litre variant provides high quality ‘trendline’ cloth trim.

As with all Volkswagen passenger models, instrument panel illumination is blue with red highlights. Information from the trip computer is displayed in red dot matrix form in the centre - between the tachometer and speedometer. Cupholders are fitted front and rear.

Volkswagen will be promoting the new Bora lineup with the line “Surprisingly Fast” - a theme reinforced by Mr Nochar.

“There is no doubt the new V6 4Motion Bora is a serious high performance sports sedan which will attract attention from buyers who would not have previously considered purchasing a Volkswagen,” Mr Nochar said.

Volkswagen Bora Pricing

2.0-litre 5-speed man $36,850
4-speed auto $38,950
V5 5-speed man $46,200
5-speed tiptronic $48,300 (on sale 1 Aug.)
V6 4MOTION 6-speed manual $54,400
Metallic/Pearl paint All models $935
Leather package 2-litre $2,990
Electric glass sunroof 2-litre, V5 $1,890

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