Audi is once again producing a five-cylinder engine – and a very special one at that. Arriving at dealerships this summer, the Audi TT RS has a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with direct gasoline injection; it produces 340 bhp and 450 Nm (331.90 lb.-ft.) of torque. The blazing five-cylinder engine enables the Audi TT RS to perform extraordinary feats. In conjunction with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a high-performance chassis, the engine makes the compact Audi TT RS a top-notch sports car – available as a coupé or roadster.
Sporty five-cylinder gasoline engines have a long legacy at Audi. The most famous is arguably the turbocharged 2.1-liter engine in the Audi quattro. The first version, which was launched in 1980, offered an impressive 200 bhp. And the Audi Sport quattro from 1984, directly inspired by motorsport, delivered a whopping 306 bhp. For 25 years, turbochargers and quattro have been a dynamic formula for success.