What will Audi’s last internal combustion engine be?
We can already start counting the days until Audi completely stops production on the internal combustion engine. With the brand having already announced plans to stop making piston engines, there is a deadline for such things. But what will be the last Audi heat engine?
By 2026, Audi will stop producing new internal combustion engine vehicles. Although it will stop producing piston engine cars after that, it will not launch new ones after 2026. However, the last engine it will develop before 2026 will be a special engine.
“Audi’s latest internal combustion engine will be the best we’ve ever built,” said Markus Duesmann, CEO of Audi.
If this is the best Audi engine ever made, it will be something really special, and not just four-cylinder diesel for the Audi A4. If I had to guess I would say it will be a new five-cylinder engine, something that will serve as an additional bookend for Audi’s entry into the world of performance car engines, the original turbo-five from 2 , 2 liters of the Audi Quattro. Not only would that be poetic, it would make sense in today’s automotive climate.
As emissions regulations become more stringent and fuel economy standards keep rising, brands are going to have to keep reducing the size of gasoline engines until they are gone. completely. So a small 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder would make more sense than a big V8, or something even bigger.
Making a new five pot would also make sense as it could be used in several different cars. If Audi were to make something like the R8 supercar’s naturally aspirated V10, it wouldn’t be a very flexible engine. It really could only be sold in one car. Additionally, Audi has said that another R8 supercar is unlikely. A V8 or even a V6 is possible, but Audi has just invested a lot of money in a common V6 / V8 engine platform with Porsche, so we doubt it wants to invest more money in a new one.
I would like Audi to make another turbocharged five-cylinder engine that is more powerful, better sounding and more exciting than ever. It would be very fitting for Audi to pay its latest engine homage to the engine setup that put it on the performance map.