Audi’s acclaimed 2.5 litre TFSI has won International Engine of the Year in the 2.0 to 2.5 litre category for the eighth year in a row.
“The five-cylinder has been indelibly linked to the Audi brand for over 40 years, and we continue to refine and develop it,” said Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi AG. “Last year we presented the Audi TT RS, the model in which the newly developed, aluminium five-cylinder is making its debut.”
The judges praised not only the outstanding performance of the five-cylinder engine, but also its unique sound in particular. Its characteristic tone is said to be highly reminiscent of the Group B rally engine of the 1980s. The current five-cylinder is 26 kilograms lighter than the predecessor unit, primarily due to the switch to a lightweight alloy crankcase. This enabled the Audi developers to further optimise the axle load distribution for improved handling.
The 2.5 TFSI is available in the TT RS Coupé and TT RS Roadster, and also powers the RS 3 Saloon and RS 3 Sportback. With 400 PS and 400 Nm of torque, the engine is the most powerful production five-cylinder on the global market. The engine accelerates the RS 3 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds.
The award for the International Engine of the Year has 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.
Our editor currently drives the 310PS version of the Audi 2.5 TFSI in a 2014 RSQ3 and prior to that drove a 2012 TT-RS with the 340PS version. He is looking to upgrade to the 400PS version when the TT-RS and RS3 become available to order here in the UK. No definitive word from Audi UK on when that will be, but rumours suggest the TT-RS will be available to order by the beginning of July 2017.