Audi’s 5-cylinder turbo is here to stay

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2019 Audi RS 3 engine | Photo: Audi

The highly popular and powerful 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged engine found in the Audi RS 3, among others, is here to stay says Audi Sport boss.

The automotive industry is slowly turning towards greener powertrains, with the electrification attracting more and more consumers. However, we should not forget the reduction in engine displacement in internal combustion mechanics in the equation. For several years, manufacturers have been offering more fuel-efficient engines with the sole aim of reducing the ecological footprint of their respective models.

This explains the decline of the V8, V10 and V12 engines in favor of the 4-cylinder turbo and 6-cylinder turbo available on the market. The same could apply to Audi‘s venerable 5-cylinder turbocharged engine, the 2.5-liter that is bolted under the hood of the RS tattooed models, the TT-RS coupe or the astonishing RS 3 sedan for example. With a power output of 400 horsepower and an equally generous torque of 354 lb-ft, this engine has nothing to envy to other performance engines available in the performance niche.

And with this gradual decrease in engine capacity, it would be legitimate to think that the good old 5-cylinder turbo would also be expected to disappear. However, it seems that the Audi engine of is not yet threatened. Audi Sport division boss Oliver Hoffmann told the Australian WhichCar website.

Hoffmann confirmed that the 5-cylinder turbo was part of the future strategy of the brand, the engine that would soon have to meet the Euro 7 requirements for the European continent. Audi Sport Product Planner Annette Mollhoff added that the 5-cylinder turbo engine was unique on the market and that fans were happy every time it was offered in a redesigned model.

It’s too early to know how the engineers will succeed in transforming the 5-cylinder so that it is less polluting, but there is reason to believe to the addition of an in-house hybrid technology, unless the deactivation of the cylinders is also among the solutions envisaged.

What is important for the fans of this remarkable engine is that it is not going to disappear.

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