|Audi RS 3 Saloon|
Audi continued its winning streak at the International Engine of the Year Awards collecting the prestigious award for the ninth time in a row in the 2.0 - 2.5 category, writes Trish Whelan.
The car’s 400hp engine makes it the most powerful series-production five-cylinder on the global market.
The judging panel praised the engine’s impressive torque of 480Nm, available at just 1,700 rpm, as well as the distinctive sound of the turbo unit.
This powerful engine is described as an ‘Icon of the Audi brand’. While at the heart of the Audi TT RS Coupe and RS Roadster, it also powers the Audi RS 3 Saloon and Sportback.
This engine allows the TT RS and TT RS Roadster to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.7 and 3.9 seconds respectively with the RS 3 saloon and Sportback achieving this in 4.1 seconds. The top speed for all four models is 250km/h as standard, with the option of increasing this to 280 km/h.
The International Engine of the Year awards have been presented annually since 1999.
An international panel of 65 motorsport journalists select the best engines of the year in a number of different categories. Padraic Deane, managing editor, Automotive Publications in Ireland is the Irish juror on the panel.