Despite being only just recently introduced, the 1.8 litre EA888 TFSI has been phased out from the Audi A5, and replacing it is a 2.0 litre EA888 TFSI. These days manufacturers usually replace engines with ones with downsized displacement, so this move seems odd. But Audi says the larger displacement engine is better than the smaller engine.
The 2.0 litre engine produces more power and peaks earlier (180 PS at 4,000rpm versus the 1.8 litre’s 170 PS at 4,800rpm), is less polluting (154g/km CO2 versus the smaller engine’s 169g/km) and is more fuel economical (42.8mpg versus 39.8mpg). Peak torque is higher too – 320Nm between 1,500rpm and 3,900rpm versus 250Nm.
This 180 PS 2.0 TFSI slots in below another existing more powerful 2.0 TFSI model featuring Audi Valvelift and a higher 211 PS power output.
Now the question remains whether the A4 will receive a similiar upgrade. The A4 1.8 TFSI using the same engine that was replaced in the A5 has only just been introduced in our local market. Look out for a test drive report soon.