• Aug 7, 2007
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The A5 is Audi's latest salvo in its battle to rule the luxury automotive landscape, and the German automaker is putting its technical might behind the launch. The A5 was launched in June in Europe, and now two all-new six cylinder engines are under the svelte coupe's bonnet. Audi's 3.2L engine isn't all-new, but direct injection and variable lift control have been updated to produce an impressive 265 hp. The 3.2L will be available in the U.S. at launch this fall.

In Europe, oil-burning engines are necessary to compete in any significant segment, and Audi is packing its common-rail fuel injected 2.7L turbo-diesel under the A5's hood. The engine produces 190 hp, which is enough grunt to get the diesel A5 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds. It also returns 35.3 mpg! As is the case with all euro diesel powerplants, U.S. customers likely won't be able to check that option for a while, if ever.

[Source: Audi]




PRESS RELEASE:

New engines for the Audi A5

* Range extended for the coupé
* Two high-revving and efficient six-cylinder engines
* Continuously variable multitronic for comfort-oriented drivers

The Audi A5, successfully launched on the market in mid-June, is now available in two new engine versions: as a 2.7 TDI and as a 3.2 FSI, each combined with continuously variable multitronic transmission. Audi is thus continuing to extend its range in the high-quality coupé segment.

Both the petrol and the diesel version come in the guise of impressive six-cylinder engines with direct injection. The 2.7 TDI has a power output of 140 kW (190 bhp). This model's peak torque of 400 Nm is available at between 1,400 and 3,250 rpm. The high-tech diesel engine with a common-rail fuel injection system reaches the 100 km/h mark in just 7.6 seconds, and goes on to a top speed of 232 km/h. It uses an average of just 6.7 litres of diesel per 100 km.

The V6 petrol direct injection engine with a capacity of 3.2 litres is remarkable for its output of 195 kW (265 bhp) and its maximum torque of 330 Newton metres. This engine is equipped with the Audi valvelift system (AVS). Thanks to this variable valve lift control, fuel consumption can be considerably reduced and the efficiency of the engine further increased. The Audi A5 3.2 FSI accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds and has an average fuel consumption of 8.7 litres.

The latest two models in the A5 model line are available from 40,850 euros for the Audi A5 2.7 TDI and 44,000 euros for the 3.2 FSI.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      265 HP for the updated 3.2L is not all that impressive. Honda, Nissan and Toyota have had 3.5L motors that had higher output than the old 3.2L Audi motor and some of those motors didn't require premium fuel and get better gas mileage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        other than Honda, Nissan and Toyota the V6 in the Audi A5 are not the top of the line engines they are just the cheap cruiser engines... there is no need to get as much as possible hp out of them... if you want a power A5 you buy a S5 with a normal V8 and later for the hp ilk freaks you geht a high rev TT 450hp 4.2l V8...were are the Honda Nissan Toyota engines that match that perfromance... never build..
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Aud V6 is only 3.1 liters. 261.5hp, 243ft-lbs (3000-5000)
        Secondly, the upgrades are basically the Audi VTEC (the low load cams are asymmetric in lift, implemented for mileage/emissions, and so Audi can remove the charge motion control flaps)
        Audi could have pushed the engine to ~300hp, like the RoadJet concept, which sacrificed low end for top end (5000-7500). But Audis are heavy and have traction, so that isn't a good strategic direction.

        The 2gr-fe is an economy engine foremost (notice the 6400 rev limiter) The shown redline of the Audi V6 is 6800, also the 2gr-fe doesn't hit 330mN until ~4000rpm, so the audi has superior low speed torque. (it has dual length intake runners) The 2gr-fe takes 95RON.
        The VQ35 is a premium fuel engine, and the new altima is finally showing some results 270hp, 258ft-bs.
        The Honda 3.5V6 puts out good numbers if it is using VTEC, just imagine if someone pulled the electrical connector for the VTEC solenoid. Neutered in the 5000-7000 region, 10% off the top end is reasonable, The TL's 286hp would probably not even be 260hp.

        The press release was that front drive multitronic is 58/42 and the S5 is 56/44, and A5 is 55/45 (vs. the 328xi 53/47)
      • 7 Years Ago
      We were told for months the A5 would only be offered with the V8 at launch. This is a turn-around, but no one mentioned this fact.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What I read everywhere was the S5 (V8) would be first at launch, then later on comes the A5 (V6).
        • 7 Years Ago
        The S5 was the V8 while the V6 was the only A5 engine for the US. Nothing changed there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The engines were already available at launch. What's new is the CVT transmission.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2.7 TDI???

      No thanks. How about a 2.7 Twin Turbo? Those were the days.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Those engines were beastly. I had a 2002 audi s4 with the 2.7tt for about 3 years. I chipped it and did stage 2+, fastest car I ever owned.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I still drive my 2000 A6 2.7T today. Boy, when it's running, the engine is quite fun. It's funny to hear the BMW people (like 540i owners) who laughed at our Audi turbocharged 6s talk about how much they love the new turbo 6 335i. Welcome to the party, guys.

        But these cars were never mechanically wonderful (esp. the S4s with their tighter engine bay) to start with and at older ages, they're a handful. That reminds me, time to get new BPVs again, the tweeting is getting annoying.

        I never chipped this thing, although I have a spare ECU (mine predates the immobilizer, so it was easy to get one). When it was new, I didn't want to void the warranty and now I wonder if the drivetrain is really still sound enough to produce 300HP reliably. It's still fast unchipped.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Most Audi's don't last 6 years ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      "battle to rule the luxury automotive landscape"... ha ha ha... I laughed so hard I almost drove my BMW off the road. Audi will rule when BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus decide to leave the landscape... AUDI, third rate German luxo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. Overpriced VW's. Always copying BMW. And always pretend to be BMW'S.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Audi is growing considerably faster than BMW and Benz, and they're already ahead in quality, interior design, fit and finish. BMW's are getting uglier, and less reliable (my old man's M5 spends 40% of time at the stealership). Mercedes is already there, unreliable as hell. If nothing changes, it's quite possible Audi will surpass both in 5~8 years from now. They're already there in their home market, in Germany, the A6 is the number one in it's category.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Edmunds had a lot of things inconsistent in that article. For example, they talk about 18" wheels and 19" wheels on this same S5, among some other incorrect statements. Audi mentions the MLP platform is near 50/50 but other magazines have stated 52/48 for the S5 Quattro. I've also seen 54/46 posted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw the first S5's today at VW of America. They are 10x sexier in person
      • 7 Years Ago
      any word on pricing for the A5 V6 and TDI?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A5 2.0Tdi ?? - Does anyone know if there are plans for the launch of a 2 litre diesel engine in the A5. I currently drive a A6 2.0Tdi and feel that the engine performs well. As my car is a company car and I'm trying to keeep my tax bill down I'm looking to keep the Co2 level and List price as low as possible. Is there any gossip on this one becoming avialable any time soon ? Automatic preferably also ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 35 mpg estimate is from where?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the Edmunds weight distribution measurment was in error.
      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FullTests/articleId=121924
      58/42 is no more rear heavy than the RS4.
      Hopefully it is wrong, and is actually 56/44
      About as heavy as the 335xi 54/46
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, where on the Edmunds review did you find the weight distrib specs? I checked each page on the linked review but didn't see those specs
      • 7 Years Ago
      the new bmw 3 series has an oil level sensor in it. no dipstick. when the oil gets low, light comes on and you go to the dealership for them to drain, measure and fill the oil. and the new maintenance uses the gps type system to tell the dealership if your can is busted. no second level shops soon. thats why i cant justify buying a new one.
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