When the Volkswagen Virtus made its global debut earlier this month, it proved to be a breath of fresh air for enthusiasts who were desperately waiting for a sedan that can provide them with their adrenaline fix. The Virtus has the looks to kill, an impressive feature list to lure in more customers and two potent powertrains to choose from. Needless to say, the 1.5 TSI engine with its 150HP on tap is going to be the pièce de résistance for enthusiasts. However, it is now being reported that the 150PS turbo-petrol engine will exclusively get the 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch auto) transmission and will miss out on a manual transmission.

This gives an upper hand to the Skoda Slavia because Virtus’ Czech cousin gets a manual gearbox paired to the 1.5-litre TSI engine. What’s more disappointing is the fact that in our review of the Slavia 1.5-litre TSI, we found that it can plaster a smile on the driver’s face when it comes to its overall dynamics. We were expecting the Virtus to behave in more or less the same manner with its stick shift. However, this omission is quite understandable because only a handful of buyers opt for a manual tranny at this price point.

Engine options

The new VW Virtus will be offered in two turbocharged petrol guises. The 1-litre, 3-cylinder TSI petrol engine that generates 115 bhp of power and 175 Nm of torque comes mated with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. Another more powerful 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TSI engine is a weapon of choice for all enthusiasts. The 1.5-litre engine generates an impressive 148bhp of power and a whopping 250 Nm of torque which will be available solely with a 7-speed DSG unit.

Pricing and Rivals

The Volkswagen group’s ambitious plan in revolutionizing the sedan segment is highly anticipated by providing class-leading features to modern Indian families with its practical and sporty design offerings. With pricing not yet reviled, we expect it to be somewhere around the Slavia, which starts at Rs 10.69 lakhs and goes up to Rs 11.79 lakhs.

Well, one can pre-book the new Virtus across the 151 sales touchpoints and through the online booking platform on the Volkswagen India website. Once launched, it will go up against Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the latest Skoda Slavia.