Taking a step back in time.
One of Audi’s biggest technological advancements that it is still known for today is their Quattro all-wheel drive system. But real Audi and automotive enthusiasts will tell you that the German automaker was once known for their turbocharged five-cylinder engines that helped catapult them to leaders in motorsport.
Audi’s latest video takes a look at the history of their turbocharged five-cylinder engine with the 1989 Audi 90 race cars. The new 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five, named the 2.5 TFSI, is the brainchild of the engine used in the Audi 90 racecars in 1989. The racers were able to keep up with the more powerful and torquey V-8 opponents on the straightaway and beat them in the corners thanks to the compact, lightweight five-cylinder engines. They allowed the Audi 90s to brake later, have better driving lines, and handle with greater ease than their heavier-engined opponents.
The new Audi TT-RS has brought back the famous five-cylinder engine to the model lineup and offers superb power, performance, and handling thanks to its compact size and high-output.
[Source: Audi of America]