Sunday, December 14, 2008

Audi S5 to drop V8 for supercharged V6

Can't say we didn't see it coming. According to an Audi source that spoke with InsideLine, the next Audi S5 will carry a V6 instead of a V8 following in the footsteps of the recently launched 2010 Audi S4. Audi will swap the current 354-hp 4.2L V8 for the same supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 producing 333-hp from the S4.

According to an Audi spokesperson the new engine gets nearly the same horsepower and more torque than the gas-guzzling V8. It will also improve fuel-efficiency of the S5 by 30 percent.

The source also said that the next Audi S6 will drop its V10 for a twin-turbocharged of the 4.2L V8 previously used in the S4 and S5. The V10 will be left to the high-performance 'RS' lineup and the V10 R8 due out next year.

InsideLine says that the supercharged V6 from the 2010 S4 may even find its way into the Audi R4, a baby version of the R8 currently in the works.

Source: InsideLine


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