Three new engines for Audi range

05 December 2006

Audi has brought in three new engines for its A3, A6 and Q7 cars.

All the engines use FSI technology, which pumps petrol directly into the cylinders, rather than as a vapour, via a common-rail injection system. The result is lower emissions, and greater efficiency and economy.

The A3 will have a 1.8-litre turbocharged FSI engine, which develops 158bhp and 184lb ft of pull. That's enough to propel the car to 62mph in 8.0sec, and to a top speed of 136mph. It will manage an average fuel consumption of 38.6mpg.

The second new engine is a new 2.8-litre V6 FSI unit, and will be fitted to the A6 saloon and Avant. It has 207bhp and 206lb ft of pull, and can average 32.4mpg. It's also the first Audi engine to use a new valve-lift system - this allows more precise valve movement than conventional systems, which Audi claims creates around 10% more fuel economy.

With the new engine, the A6 can manage 0-62mph in 7.9sec, a top speed of 151mph.

Finally, the third new engine is a 3.6-litre V6 FSI motor, and will be available in Audi's Q7 4x4. It can muster 276bhp and 266lb ft, and will power the car to 62mph in 8.5sec and a top speed of 142mph. Fuel economy is 22.2mpg.

The cars are available now - the A3 1.8T FSI costs from £18,100, the A6 from £27,555, and the Q7 from £38,255.

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