What in the name of everything at Ingolstadt is a 55 TFSi? Does it have 55 horsepower or is the engine a 5.5L monster? Sadly, none of those are true and Audi’s new boot-lid numbers are merely a range of escalating / sliding power categories.
|30||81 – 96||109 – 128|
|35||110 – 120||147 – 160|
|40||125 – 150||167 – 201|
|45||169 – 185||226 – 248|
|50||210 – 230||281 – 308|
|55||245 – 275||328 – 368|
|60||320 – 340||429 – 455|
These new nomenclature / numbers still appear in front of the usual TFSi or TDi badges, denoting turbo- (and/or super-charged) petrol as well as turbo-diesel engines. In some cases, e and e-Tron will also be used.
And the reason why?
“As alternative drive technologies become increasingly relevant, engine displacement as a performance attribute is becoming less important to our customers,” explained Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG.
There is a degree of truth to this statement as we often receive questions on our Youtube Channel (www.youtube.com/GalimotoMedia) about the power outputs of VWAG products. Especially the performance videos of 2-litre petrol and diesel models tend to get people leaving comments to the tune of: “Is this the 140 or 180PS version?”
South(ern) Africa often receives de-tuned or less powerful derivatives of the VW Group’s many available engines so it makes sense to re-badge their various products according to power outputs.