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Audi adopts new naming structure

Audi's badges will denote power rather than engine displacement in future, with the new A8 being the first to use the new system

Words ByDarren Moss

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Future Audi models will adopt a new naming structure, with their badges denoting engine output rather than size.

Audi says the move is designed to reflect the extra performance offered by electrified cars – which include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles – and make its range easier to understand for buyers.

While the actual names of the models won't change (the Audi Q5 will still be the Audi Q5, for example), the badges at the rear of the cars will show a new number of between 30 and 70. What number a car gets is decided by the power output of its engine.

The full naming scheme is broken down like this:

  • Models with 107-127bhp will be badged as '30'
  • Models with 145-159bhp will be badged as '35'
  • Models with 165-198bhp will be badged as '40'
  • Models with 223-244bhp will be badged as '45'
  • Models with 278-304bhp will be badged as '50'
  • Models with 423-449bhp will be badged as '60'
  • Models with more than 529bhp will be badged as '70'

There will be a 55-badged range of models, too, and while Audi has yet to release power brackets for those models, it's likely to be used for cars with 328-468bhp. The usual TDI, TFSI or e-tron badges will continue to be used, denoting whether a car features a diesel, petrol or electric powertrain respectively.

The first model to use the new naming system will be the new A8 luxury saloon, which is due to go on sale in October. The new system means the 3.0-litre TDI diesel will instead be known as the 50 TDI, while the 3.0-litre TFSI petrol will be called the 55 TFSI.

These names will apply to all of Audi's future mainstream models, regardless of whether they're powered by petrol, diesel or electricity. Sporty S and RS versions, as well as the R8 sports car, retain their classic badges.

Audi is on the cusp of adding more electric models to its range, with the first being the new E-tron SUV next year. That car should offer around 496bhp from its electric motors, meaning it will carry a '60' badge.

Explaining the changes, Audi's head of sales and marketing Dr Dietmar Voggenreiter said: "As alternative drive technologies become increasingly relevant, engine displacement as a performance attribute is becoming less important to our customers. The clarity and logic of structuring the designations according to power output makes it possible to distinguish between the various performance levels."

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