The Audi S5 is now a mild-hybrid diesel V6, no more pops & crackles?

For the first time in the history of the Audi S5, the Sportback and Coupe are now powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel TDI engine coupled with a 48V mild hybrid system. The new powerplant promises best in class power, torque and efficiency.

The 3.0-litre TDI pushes out 347 hp and 700 Nm of torque paired to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. A rear-biased Quattro permanent all-wheel drive (40:60 front to rear) is standard, allowing the S5 Coupe to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds (4.9 seconds for the Sportback) and will continue to accelerate to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

To refresh your memory, the 3.0-litre V6 TFSI S5 packs 354 hp/500 Nm and completes the century sprint a touch quicker at 4.7 seconds. Most importantly, the V6 petrol engine makes some authentic pops and crackles, something a diesel engine can’t produce without some electric trickery.

However, the new oil burner is a far more efficient than the TFSI unit especially with the additional onboard 48V integrated starter generator (ISG) which reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.4 litres per 100 km. The new ISG system also provides greater comfort during engine start/stop operations.

The updated S5 is still a dynamic model at its core with S-specific tunings for the steering rack, adaptive dampers, multi-link suspension and optional sport differential to give the car an engaging driving experience.


Audi S5 3.0L V6 TDI


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