Audi’s engineering expertise and reputation grows with 2.0 l TFSI winning the “International Engine of the Year Award 2009”

Published on July 4th, 2009

Audi’s recent accolade of winning the “International Engine of the Year Award 2009” represented their fifth win in a row for the potent, quadruple ring blazing 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine.

To date, Audi has astonishingly already sold over 1.3 million units worldwide, and the sales figures are a clear testament to Audi’s engineering prowess and finesse.

The 2.0L TFSI force-fed induction powerplant boasts even greater torque and efficiency all thanks to Audi’s innovative valvelift system.

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A jury of 64 leading motoring journalists from all over the globe deliberated and voted the 2.0-L TFSI powerplant as the “International Engine of the Year” in the competitive 1.8 to 2.0-L category.

“A blend of performance and efficiency. An example to all engine manufacturers,” was the conclusion and verdict delivered by the learned and experienced jury. The hard to please jury were particularly impressed by the way the quadruple ringed-developed engine cleverly combined pulling power, economy and excellent handling.

The latest version of the 2.0-L TFSI engine in the Audi A4, A5 and Q5 is equipped with Audi’s innovative valvelift system that regulates the valve lift in two stages. It acts on the turbo engine’s exhaust valves. Together with the intake camshaft that can be adjusted through 60 degrees, it improves the charge cycle and boosts pulling power. The driver of any of the above mentioned Audi models will experience the Audi valvelift system as a technology designed to enhance and heighten driving fun, pleasure and offcourse, adrenaline – it guarantees a spontaneous, dynamic torque buildup all the way up from really low revs. Such an engine characteristic means the engine encourages the driver to shift up sooner, promoting lower revving and therefore a supposedly more economical driving style.

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The 2.0 TFSI is available in performance categories ranging from a respectable 170hp to a whopping 265hp for the A3, S3, A4, A5 and A6 car line-ups, as well as for the Audi Q5 and TT, though more than half of these models and potent engine variants are rather disappointingly not made available in the Malaysian market. In its most powerful guise, with an output similar to quite a few renowned Japanese performance cars of 272hp, the engine is able to launch an Audi TTS Coupé, equipped with the optional S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in a rather quick 5.2 seconds.

Audi boasts the enviable distinction of being the first manufacturer in the world to combine gasoline direct injection with turbocharging in volume production. The success story of the 2.0 TFSI started in mid-2004, when it made its debut in the popular Audi A3 Sportback that is sadly not officially available in Malaysia. Over the next five years it was not only accorded the award of “International Engine of the Year” on five occasions, but also the preferred engine of choice for over 1.3 million discerning customers.

text: Azdee Simon  pix: Audi

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