The power base at Audi is changing yet again as a 180PS version of the all-new 2.0-litre TFSI unit takes over from the 1.8 TFSI in the A5 coupé – the latest step in an exhaustive engine development programme bringing average CO2 reductions of as much as 10 per cent for core Audi models within the past 12 months. The A5 2.0 TFSI (180PS) is priced from £26,710 OTR and will reach its first UK customers in October.

  • New 2.0 TFSI 180PS engine replaces 1.8 TFSI 170PS unit in A5 range, and is positioned below existing 2.0 TFSI 211PS version
  • Max power is raised by 10PS and delivered 800rpm earlier at 4,000rpm, peak torque is boosted from 250Nm to 320Nm and delivered equally low down at 1,500rpm
  • 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds (8.4 seconds in A5 1.8 TFSI), top speed 148mph (143mph in A5 1.8 TFSI), combined mpg 42.8 (39.8 in A5 1.8 TFSI), CO2 for six-speed manual version 154g/km (169g/km in A5 1.8 TFSI)
  • Available now in standard and Sport forms with manual transmission for £26,710 OTR and £27,660 OTR, or with the addition in each case of unique-in-class multitronic CVT automatic transmission for £28,185 OTR and £29,135 OTR. First UK deliveries in January 2009.

Derived from the 211PS version of the turbo charged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder FSI engine introduced earlier this month in the A5, and sharing its new, economy enhancing Audi valvelift technology, the new 180PS unit holds a 10PS power advantage over the 1.8 TFSI, and delivers its peak output 800rpm earlier. Torque also increases by 70Nm to 320Nm, which is available from 1,500rpm to 3,900rpm, ensuring that the A5 2.0 TFSI can out-accelerate its predecessor to 62mph by 0.6 seconds, taking 7.8 seconds to go the distance, and can continue to 148mph.

All-important fuel economy and emissions control have naturally taken a step forward compared with the outgoing model as well, the A5 2.0 TFSI registering 42.8mpg in the combined cycle test – a 3mpg or 7.5 per cent improvement over the 1.8 TFSI – and emitting 154g/km of CO2, down from the 1.8 TFSI’s 169g/km – a 9 per cent reduction.

This enhancement to the A5 engine range is yet more evidence of the pursuit by Audi of a 20 per cent decrease in fleet-wide CO2 emissions by 2012, as pledged by Audi Board of Management Chairman Rupert Stadler. Within the past 12 months, Audi engineers have managed to make significant progress towards this target in the core ranges, reducing average CO2 output by around 9 per cent for the A5, 10 per cent for the A3 hatchback, 6 per cent for the A4 Saloon and 8 per cent for its Avant equivalent.

Standard specification for the new A5 2.0 TFSI 180PS includes 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, 3-zone electronic climate control, a 10-speaker Concert CD audio system, full Milano leather upholstery and rear acoustic parking. Sport models with sports suspension ride 20mm lower on larger 18-inch 10-spoke V design alloy wheels, and inside upgrade to sports seats.