Self Study Program 360 – The 3.2L and 3.6L FSI Engine

VAG SSP 360. This self-study programme was conceived for use within Volkswagen Group. For this reason, it does not describe the use of the engine in one particular vehicle. The 3.2l, the 3.6l V6 FSI engine and the 3.6l V6 R36 FSI engine are VR engines. Having a smaller V-angle compared with a classic V engine, they have an extremely compact and space-saving design.

VR engines have a long tradition at Volkswagen. The VR success story started in 1991 with the production start of the 2.8l VR6 engine. The VR5 engine followed in 1997 and the VR6 was changed to four-valve technology in 1999. In 2000, the displacement of the VR6 was raised to 3.2 litres allowing outputs of up to 184kW.

The VR engines have a wide range of applications thanks to their compactness.

Where, however, a vehicle is referred to, it is only an example intended to help describe the design and functioning or to simplify the explanations.


  • Introduction
  • Engine Mechanics
    • Crankshaft drive
    • Cylinder head
    • Camshaft adjustment system
    • Internal exhaust gas recirculation system
    • Crankcase breather system
    • Intake manifold
    • Timing chain
    • Poly V-belt drive
    • Lubrication system
    • Cooling circuit
    • Exhaust system
    • FSI technology
  • Engine Management
    • System overview
    • Sensors
    • Actuators
    • Control units for convenience CAN data bus
  • Functional Diagram
  • Service
    • Special tools
  • Test Yourself

The self-study programme shows the design and function of new developments.
The contents will not be updated.
For current testing, adjustment and repair instructions, refer to the relevant service literature.

Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 72

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