Ninth vic­to­ry in a row for Au­di

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Au­di con­ti­nues its win­ning st­re­ak at the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal En­gi­ne of the Ye­ar a­wards, as for the ninth ti­me in a row, the ju­ry se­lected the brand’s 2,5 TFSI as the best en­gi­ne in the 2 to 2,5-lit­re ca­te­go­ry. Its 294kW ma­kes it the most po­wer­ful se­ries-pro­ducti­on fi­ve-cy­lin­der on the glo­bal mar­ket.

The mem­bers of the jud­ging pa­nel prai­sed the en­gi­ne’s im­pres­si­ve tor­que of 480Nm, which is a­vai­la­ble at just 1 700rpm, as well as the dis­tincti­ve sound of the tur­bo u­nit. T­his sound is cre­a­ted by neig­hbou­ring cy­lin­ders fi­ring al­ter­na­te­ly to mo­re dis­tant cy­lin­ders, re­sulting in a u­ni­que rhythm.

“The fi­ve-cy­lin­der has been an i­con of our brand for mo­re than 40 y­e­ars,” says O­li­ver Hoff­mann, he­ad of techni­cal de­ve­lop­ment at Au­di Sport Gm­bH. “Two y­e­ars ago we com­ple­te­ly re­de­sig­ned the 2,5 TFSI and chan­ged the cran­k­ca­se to an a­lu­mi­ni­um ver­si­on.”

Whi­le being the he­art of the Au­di TT RS Cou­pé and the TT RS Ro­ad­ster, the fi­ve-cy­lin­der al­so po­wers the Au­di RS 3 Se­dan and the RS 3 S­port­back. The 2,5 TFSI al­lows the TT RS and TT RS Ro­ad­ster to acce­le­ra­te from 0 to 100km in 3,7 and 3,9 se­conds re­specti­ve­ly, with the RS 3 Se­dan and RS 3 S­port­back a­chie­ving t­his in 4,1 se­conds. The top speed for all four mo­dels is 250km as stan­dard, with the op­ti­on of in­cre­a­sing t­his to 280km.

The In­ter­na­ti­o­nal En­gi­ne of the Ye­ar a­wards ha­ve been pre­sen­ted an­nu­al­ly sin­ce 1999. An in­ter­na­ti­o­nal pa­nel of 65 mo­tor­sport jour­na­lis­ts se­lect the best en­gi­nes of the ye­ar in a num­ber of dif­fe­rent ca­te­go­ries. T­his ye­ar is the four­teenth ti­me in to­tal that Au­di has won the glo­bal­ly re­no­w­ned pri­ze.

The fi­ve-cy­lin­der en­gi­ne is a­vai­la­ble in South A­fri­ca on the Au­di TT RS Cou­pé, Au­di RS 3 Se­dan and S­port­back.

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