Audi introduces new engine naming system

Ascending numbers to describe power output of petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric engines

Audi is rolling out a new worldwide classification for its cars, which will see their power outputs rated with a pair of numbers. Everything from the dinky Audi A1 supermini to the Audi A4 saloon and Audi Q7 SUV will be badged according to the new system, which is being introduced towards the end of 2017. The new Audi A8 will be the first car to use it, with other models following suit in 2018.

Although the potent S and RS models and the R8 supercar will be excluded from the new system, all other Audis – be they fitted with a petrol or diesel engine, or the brand’s e-tron hybrid setup – will be badged accordingly*:

30 = 109-122bhp35 = 148-161bhp40 = 168-201bhp45 = 227-248bhp50 = 282-308bhp55 = 245-329bhp60 = 429-456bhp70 = 536bhp+

*figures converted from kW

For example, an Audi Q2 with the 114bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine and it will be badged Q2 30 TFSI, while the Q7 with a 3.0-litre 268bhp diesel engine will be badged Q7 50 TDI. The forthcoming A8 with the 3.0-litre 282bhp diesel engine will be badged Audi A8 50 TDI, while the same car with a 3.0-litre 335bhp petrol engine will be badged Audi A8 55 TFSI

If all that sounds confusing, it should make sense once you get to an Audi showroom: regardless of engine setup, the higher the number, the more power the car has. The new system is the brainchild of Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, a senior Audi member of staff in charge of sales and marketing. As well as simplifying Audi’s naming strategy across three engine setups, the new system may help ‘upsell’ customers to a more powerful model once they’re in a showroom.

Recommended

Audi A3 Saloon review
Audi A3 saloon
6 Jan 2021

Audi A3 Saloon review

Audi Q5 SUV review
Audi Q5
5 Jan 2021

Audi Q5 SUV review

Audi Q5 owner reviews
Audi Q5
5 Jan 2021

Audi Q5 owner reviews

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000
Honda Civic Type R front
Toyota
5 Jan 2021

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000

Most Popular

Best 4x4s and SUVs
Peugeot 3008 SUV rear 3/4 tracking
Family SUVs
14 Jan 2021

Best 4x4s and SUVs

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide
Tips and advice
7 Jan 2021

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide

Best first cars
City cars
11 Jan 2021

Best first cars