Combustion simulations and single cylinder engine tests show a clear potential when coupling the Variable Compression Ratio (VCR) engine with the Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technologies.Simulations demonstrate the thermodynamic benefit from increasing the geometric Compression Ratio (CR>18:1) in combination with VVA compared to VVT strategies, thanks to the use of Atkinson / Miller Cycles. 3D combustion simulations of high compression ratio combustion chamber geometries used with Early or Late Intake Valve Closing strategies have been carried out with IFP-C3D™. They show an indicated efficiency increase up to 12 or 13% between compression ratio 10:1 and 18-20:1 at low loads (BMEP < 8 bar).Single cylinder engine tests have been performed with specific combustion chambers up to CR 23:1 and have confirmed the simulation results.0D GT-POWER™ simulations have been correlated to the engine tests and used to extrapolate them to a 3 cylinders 1.1L TGDI VCR-VVA engine, for both EIVC and LIVC intake valve lift strategies.Finally, simulations and tests show correlated thermodynamic benefits of the association of VCR and VVA, improving fuel consumption on driving cycles between 8 and 11% compared to a 10.5:1 fixed compression ratio engine equipped with 2 VVT. Combining the VCR and VVA optimizes each potential far more than when separated (alone). Furthermore, the fuel consumption benefit is robust through driving cycles and downsizing level.