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KIA: Now it's the edgy, wedgy Koup

Kia continues to pleasantly surprise the South African car market with its growing product choice. The addition of the sexily sporty, 225km/h, Koup, says DAVE FALL, has just made things even better.

The Audi Q5 engine range

2009-03-16 07:56

The Audi Q5 is launched on the South African market with four engines – two petrol and two TDI units. All are direct injection units, and three of the four are enhanced by  turbocharging.

Their major, common attributes reflect high performance, powerful tractability, refined operation – and impressive fuel efficiency.  The 2.0 TFSI has been redesigned from the ground up. The four-cylinder engine combines three high-tech features – turbocharging, direct petrol injection, and the innovative Audi Valvelift variable valve lift system.

Its high torque output of 350 Nm is available from only 1 500 rpm and is maintained all the way up to 4 200 rpm, while maximum power output is maintained at 155 kW from 4 300 rpm to 6 000 rpm.

The Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI with S tronic reaches 100 km/h  in just 7,2 seconds from standstill, and achieves a top speed of 222 km/h, while fuel consumption averages just 8,5 litres/100 km in a combined cycle.
 The 2.0 TDI, which owes its particular refinement to a common-rail diesel injection system, also has a displacement of two litres, and just like the 2.0 TFSI, it has two balancing shafts.

Also developing 350 Nm of torque from 1 750 to 2 500 rpm, this turbodiesel unit is capable of powerful acceleration and develops a high power output of 125 kW. Its average fuel consumption of only 6,7 litres/100 km, in a combined cycle, represents ample proof of Audi’s efficiency strategy.

 The two-litre TDI propels the Audi Q5 from zero to 100 km/h in 9,5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 204 km/h.  The 3.0 TDI is a new-generation V6 turbodiesel that delivers a full 176 kW of maximum power, accompanied by a majestic 500 Nm of torque, the latter on tap between1 500 and 3000 rpm. That’s sufficient to propel the Audi Q5 from rest to 100 km/h in just 6,5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 225 km/h.

On average the three-litre TDI engine sips a mere 7,5 litres of fuel for every 100 km travelled in a combined cycle.

Finally, the 3.2 FSI is the most powerful engine in the Q5 line-up, delivering  199 kW of maximum power at 6 500 rpm. A torque peak of 330 Nm is maintained from 3 000 to 5 000 rpm. Optimum engine performance is achieved via variable valve timing, and two-stage intake manifold.

In 3.2 FSI guise, the Q5 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in only 6,9 seconds, while the top speed is 234 km/h. The combined cycle fuel consumption figure is 9,3 litres/100 km.


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