• Aug 28, 2009
Audi A4 TDI - click above for a high-res image gallery

Audi will be launching at least three new models next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, two of which seem like they have a good chance of coming to North America and one that doesn't. The A4 TDI clean diesel will make its debut at the German show with the latest edition of the firm's 3.0-liter diesel V6. While the TDI V6 has been available in the current generation A4 since it launched early last year, the new one adds the same 2,000 BAR common rail fuel system and urea injection found on the Q7 and VW Touareg now available in the U.S. market. The V6 TDI A4 has always seemed like a natural fit for the torque loving American market and it now seems likely to arrive, especially since the gas V6 was discontinued for 2010. In sedan form, it's rated at 34.6 mpg (U.S.) which is consistent with what we've seen driving the existing A4.

The A3 gets a new 1.2-liter TFSI (turbocharged and direct injected) gas engine with 105 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. This little engine gets the A3 to 42.8 mpg (U.S.) although the 0-62 mph time is a more relaxed 11.1 seconds. This one could probably pass U.S. emissions with ease, but given Audi's premium position in the market, they are less likely to offer it here anytime soon.

Finally, Audi will also publicly show the new A5 Sportback which it has already said will not be offered in the States. The five-door hatch A5 will get the same 333 hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 going into the new S4 to start, but it will also likely get the other engines available in the A4/A5 eventually.


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press release

Ingolstadt, 2009-08-28 Dynamics and Efficiency: Three New Models at the IAA

  • The S5 Sportback uses a powerful, supercharged V6
  • A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro with stunningly clean exhaust
  • The A3 1.2 TFSI consumes just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (42.77 mpg)

Audi will unveil three new vehicles at Frankfurt's International Motor Show (IAA): the remarkably dynamic S5 Sportback, the extremely low-emission A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro, and the especially efficient A3 1.2 TFSI. These innovative engines boast some very different key data, yet they share something in common: They embody Audi's conviction that dynamics and efficiency are not mutually exclusive; on the contrary, they go hand in hand and are mutually complementary.

Elegant dynamics: Audi S5 Sportback
The S5 Sportback is the pinnacle of the new Sportback model line. This elegant, five-door coupé is propelled by a three-liter V6 with a mechanical compressor. From a displacement of 2,995 cm3 (182.77 in3), the small turbo engine delivers 245 kW (333 hp) and 440 Nm (324.53 lb.-ft.) of torque between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm. The S5 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.4 seconds [provisional figure]; its top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is limited by an electronic governor. It averages just 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.25 mpg) [provisional figures] - the best in this power-output category.

Concerning the powertrain, the Audi S5 Sportback similarly underscores its superiority: a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive are standard equipment. Upon request, Audi will include the sport differential. It variably distributes power on the rear axle between the rear wheels. This new "top model" has a sportily configured chassis with 18-inch aluminum wheels fitted with 245/40 tires; black brake calipers bear S5 emblems at the front. Speed-dependent servotronic steering is also standard.

Small yet striking exterior and interior features visually distinguish the Audi S5 Sportback. Equipment highlights include electrically adjustable S sports seats covered with Silk Nappa leather. Sales of the Audi S5 Sportback will start in Spring 2010; its basic price will be 57,900 euros.

Extremely clean: Audi A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro
Audi debuted the 3.0 TDI clean diesel engine in its large Q7 SUV; now, the world's cleanest diesel technology will also be available in the best-selling A4.

A package of technologies boasts an array of innovative solutions for engines and the after-treatment of exhaust gas.

At the engine, a new common-rail injection system (which generates up to 2,000 bars of pressure), innovative pressure sensors in the combustion chamber, and an especially high-performance exhaust recirculating system collectively ensure a highly efficient and low-emission combustion process. A novel DeNOX catalytic converter, integrated within the end of the exhaust system, reduces residual nitrogen oxides. Just upstream of it, a pump injects an additive named AdBlue into the hot exhaust flow; there, this aqueous solution decomposes into ammonia - which splits the nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and water.

The A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro already complies with the emission limits of the EU's Euro 6 standard, expected to become law in 2014. It is also very fuel-efficient, averaging only 6.7 liters (Avant: 6.8 liters) of fuel per 100 km (35.11 and 34.59 miles per U.S. gallon). And this TDI engine is indeed a powerful performer, needing only 6.2 seconds (Avant: 6.3 seconds) to go from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph). Top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

In conjunction with a six-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, this vehicle guarantees a high degree of comfort and superior traction.

Efficient Downsizing: Audi A3 and A3 Sportback 1.2 TFSI
Downsizing is a cornerstone of Audi's efficiency strategy - and Audi is relentlessly committed. The A3 model line will soon introduce yet another turbocharged gasoline engine featuring lower displacement. It unites maximum performance with minimum consumption.

Designed from scratch, the new 1.2 TFSI generates 77 kW (105 hp) from a displacement of 1,197 cm3 (73.05 in3). And as is typical of Audi, turbocharging and direct gasoline injection once again perfectly comprise a technological one-two punch. Thanks to an aluminum crankcase, this four-cylinder engine weighs just 89.5 kilograms (197.31 pounds); this remarkably low weight also boosts its efficiency.

The 1.2 TFSI has been optimized to minimize friction. Eight valves are actuated by a single camshaft. A common-rail system injects the fuel. An electric control valve operates the turbocharger's wastegate valve; boost pressure builds up spontaneously and scavenging losses drop.

This small engine generates 175 Nm (129.07 lb.-ft.) of torque between just 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. It propels the three-door A3 1.2 TFSI from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 11.1 seconds; the Sportback, in 11.3 seconds. Both versions reach a top speed of 190 km/h (118.06 mph) and, on average, consume just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (42.77 mpg) - emitting just 127 grams of CO2 per kilometer (204.39 g/mile).

Sales of the A3 and A3 Sportback 1.2 TFSI will begin in the first quarter of 2010. The new engine will initially be paired with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Since the new S4 came out at $46 to $48k base, I would expect this to replace the old 3.2 gas V6 in priceing.... which would be a $40k base
      • 5 Years Ago
      The A3 TDi excites me. Although, I wouldn't be against just getting a Golf TDi with HID's...

      • 5 Years Ago
      The reason the 335d isn't selling well and the A4 3.0 TDI won't either is that they will A) be priced way to high and B) are not/will not be game changer with respect to fuel economy. The need to sell the 4cyl 320d and 4cyl 2.0 TDI versions in the US if they want to gain traction with deisels. They have enough torque to satisfy the average person looking for some sportiness and they get an order of magntiude better gas mileage than the 6cyl deisel models. Audi/BMW think people in the US will look down on 4cyl diesels unless they are going for a budget/compact car, but I can tell you there are a lot of environment conscious consumers in the US that bought a prius but would much rather be driving a 3 series or A4 if only it got MPG in the 40s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As much as Audi likes to ignore them, the mpg ratings actually do matter and this car won't do 31/40. And US figures are always significantly lower than European figures (even when measured both in US gallons) because of differences in the EU testing process.

        For comparison, a 2.0T TDi A3 5-door non-quattro 6-speed auto (170HP version) is rated at 32.6/51.1/42.0 in Europe (US gallons). It's rated at 30/42/34 in the US.

        So how is a car using similar technology that is rated at 34.6mpg (US) going to suddenly go up 20% when it comes here instead of down 10-20% like its brethren did?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The same person buying the Prius is not even close to the same market. That's an apples to bacon comparison.

        They don't have to be the fastest OR most economical to be well-rounded. That's Audi's niche.

        Sporty but not too much. Conservative styling. Comfort, convenience. If the driving experience is enjoyable witha few mpg benefit, the affluent American may very well spring for it.

        Up to 30% of German full-sized SUVs sold in the US right now are diesels. They aren't the most fuel efficient vehicles out there, but enough so that rich people buy them over gassers with decent frequency.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great point asus, it's very telling because it works both ways. The only reason I have a pair of hybrids is because VAG stopped producing TDIs the year I moved to new vehicles. Once the A4 TDI hits the market I'll ditch the hybrid camry (same highway mpg? awd? actually fun to drive? real interior quality? doesn't look like a grandma's car? dope). The highlander will stay because seating 5+ with awd and 27 combined isn't going to be beaten by the Q7 any time soon, and I don't really need a luxury brand for the purposes it serves.

        The point? There are people like myself who prefer diesels and who will be returning to the fold with this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The same person buying the Prius is not even close to the same market. That's an apples to bacon comparison."

        Actually I think you'd be surprised by how many people cross shop luxury cars and the prius. The prius isn't neccesarily bought by low income people looking to save money. Its over 30k with options. Its not called the "smugmobile" for no reason. There are plenty of people who traded their lexus/BMW/etc... for a prius and its not because they couldn't afford 4$ a gallon gas. Its for social responsibility/environmental/political reasons. The prius is not that nice of a car, the Audi is. These people can afford and like nice cars. This same upper middle class educated consumer would probably buy a BMW/Audi/Lexus again if they got prius mileage.

        My own mother traded an LX350 for a prius. And it wasn't because she couldn't afford another Lexus SUV.

        So sure, people don't cross shop an M3 or an RS4 with a Prius. But there are a reasonable number of people who cross shop A4s/328s/TSX/etc... And for every person like my mother who did pull the trigger on a Luxury->Prius trade, there are probably a few others who didn't, but would if there was a car luxury that got Prius milage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Avant? AVANT? !!!

      A4 TDI avant would so be my next car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't give a rat's rump about the A4 (i know lots will though), give NA the A5 3.0TDI with the new system, give it to us now. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      This A4 is the one I've been waiting for. Gobs of torque and great gas mileage. Please bring it to the U.S. Audi and price it right!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why wait? BMW will drop a large pile of cash on you to buy a 335d and it gets better MPG than this thing and is almost exactly the same speed (a few tenths slower from what I can tell).
        • 5 Years Ago
        because the 335d is ugly inside and out?
        • 5 Years Ago
        probably becauase he likes getting 34mpg WITH AWD, or prefers the interior or approach to MMI,or looks. There's quite a few reasons i'd see someone choosing the A4 over the 335d, I think it's one of the rare situations the Audi has a bit more going for it than the BMW
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure Audi can sell the A3 TFSI at the price they want given that 105 hp isn't all that impressive (doesn't the Prius have more horsepower AND better fuel economy?) with 40ish mi/gal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised to see the A4 Diesel come here. But given that BMW has to give away $4500 with their 335d in order to get it to move, I doubt the A4 Diesel will be a huge success, especially given that with the normal EU->US cycle correction factor to this highway rating, the highway figure is going to be an appalling 30mpg. The BMW does far better on fuel, the same on performance and they still have to give it away.

      If you have your heart set on an A4 V6 Diesel, might be wise to jump at it when it appears, because it likely will be gone in short order.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well I guess i'm baised because i'm looking to replace a camry hybrid with the a4 3.0TDi and pick up an A5 for fun (love the body style, almost s5 pace and MPG). If it flops i'll eat my words but I doubt it will. We can't have an audi vs bmw discussion and ingore that it's not only the TDI's bmw's lobbing cash on, it's EVERYTHING, because bmw's sales are down significantly more than Audi's, in the US and World Wide. If audi was seeing declines in the 30+% we'd see incentives to. They're not, and we're seeing few incentives as a result.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good call on the A3 tdi quattro....as the current A3 tdi will lose out almost every time to a 4 door Golf tdi.

        Add quattro, and people will justify the luxo cost (I include myself in that group of people).

        I was waiting for a diesel Subaru Outback, but had something smaller in mind....so an A4 diesel or the imaginary US bound A3 tdi quattro will have to do. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        They can sell significantly more TDis than BMW is selling 335ds and still have it be a flop.

        Honestly, the real money is in the A3 2.0 TDi. They should just make a quattro version of that and be done with it.

        The A3 2.0 TDi is already the right intersection of customers, wagon fans, high mpg, still pretty sporty. Add in quattro for the "Keep Tahoe Blue" crowd and they will have hoovered up almost all the people in the market for a Diesel Audi anyway, they won't even need to make an A4 V6 TDi to pick up the remaining scraps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Right, because no automaker has been using incentives this year to move cars.


      TDI models have been 20-30% of VW sales in 2009. They are limited in supply, not demand. Especially the sportwagon.

      The A4 comes in a wagon. If Audi builds a diesel wagon, it will be like an upscale Jetta. For all you know it could sell like hotcakes.

      Just because BMW didn't make a hit with a diesel 'sports car', which is an oxymoron, imples nothing about Audi's utilitarian family-oriented luxury cars.

        • 5 Years Ago
        BMW started the Diesel cashback before C4C started. And C4C is already over, it ended last Monday. I don't get how you tie Sept 1st to C4C, given that C4C was supposed to run to Labor Day anyway.

        I also don't get your last sentence.

        Thanks for the VW figures.
        katatonics
        • 5 Years Ago
        Volkswagen TDIs (and therefore Audi as well) are sought after engines, and have been for years, whereas BMW diesels...aren't. Although the A4 and 3-d are aimed toward the same general demographic, the Audi has the benefit of using the VW TDI history; in that way, I think the Audi buyer will be different than the BMW buyer.

        If Audi produces these power-trains in the same percentage as VW has for its Jettas, then the demand will likely outpace the supply, keeping the TDI fresh.

        VW has always made its TDIs more desireable by not flooding them through the market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I realize that Jetta sales aren't 100% of VW sales. That's why they're selling 30% Touaregs as diesels as well.


        June VW sales figures:

        5,072 clean diesels. 81% Sportwagons, 40% sedans, and 29% Touaregs.

        VW sold a total of 19,027 units in the same period.

        5,027 > 25% of 19,027.


        July VW sales figures:

        "Volkswagen's award winning clean diesels, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, and Touareg TDI, once again posted their best sales month since their re-launch with 6,320 units -- accounting for more than 30 percent of total sales."


        BMW offers better financing rates on the gas versions than the diesels. 1.9% financing on 328 or 335i.

        You can only get 4.9% financing on the diesel with the 'Eco credit.'

        The only reason they chose $4500 is to pretend it's related to C4C. Give off the image of 'greeness' by using a number the gov't chose for improving average fuel consumption of drivers.

        It's just shifting the money around.


        They say so on their website. Likewise, BMW's 'Eco credit' ends Sept. 1st, same as C4C.

        I don't know why its so simple to you if you are 100% speculating.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't say no other automaker is using incentives. But if BMW's Diesels were selling as well as their other cars they wouldn't have incentives on them, like their other cars.

        I believe your info about TDI making up such a high percentage of VWs sales is incorrect. The figure is something like 25% of Jetta sales. But Jetta sales are not 100% of VWs sales, so the percentage of VW's sales will be a lot lower.

        For all I know it will sell like hotcakes? I can't argue with that. I suspect otherwise, but you are correct, neither of us can be sure.

        If this were a 2.0TDi, I'd agree with you and say this is a more utilitarian car. But it's not. It's a V6 TDi. It's going to be sporty, it's going to have relatively low mpg, seemingly only a bit better than the 2.0T gas engine.

        I just think there is evidence Americans aren't interested in a sporty Diesel. And who can blame them? You're gonna pay $40,000 for this car (base!) and gas only costs about $2K a year for it. Can you blame people for not going out of their way to try to reduce a figure which only amounts to less than 5% the price of the car and probably pales next to how much they drop at Starbucks each year?

        In the end, it's pretty simple to me. With BMW's cash back, this car will cost more than a BMW 335d, it'll get worse mpg and it's a brand that is perceived to cost less. I just don't see how it's going to be a huge hit. That doesn't mean they won't sell any at all, but I would be mildly surprised to see it pull its own weight in Audi's lineup.
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