New Audi engine name badges: what they mean

Audi is replacing its engine name badges with a new system based on power: we explain all

BuyaCar team
Sep 4, 2017

Size no longer matters - at least when it comes to engines, says Audi. The German manufacturer has announced a new way of labelling the engines in its cars, which is completely different from its current system, based on the size of the engine.

It should make it easier for customers to compare electric cars with conventional models.

From this autumn, the manufacturer will scrap the digits that show the engine size and replace them with a number that indicates the car’s power. By next summer, all of the range will be using the same format.

This new number doesn’t display the exact power of the engine, but is an indication of its output, and rises as power increases.

For example, the numeral ‘25’ will appear on the rear of all models whose engines produce less than 107 horsepower (hp). Higher up the power range, ‘45’ will represent power outputs of between 230hp and 252hp. Full information is in the table at the bottom of this page

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It’s in response to increasingly advanced engine technology that can mean that a small 1-litre engine is more powerful than a 1.4-litre motor that’s 40% larger, making engine size less useful to buyers.

The system will also provide a standardised way of comparing petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric cars, which will all carry the same badging at the back.

The new badge system will combine the existing model name for example, A4) and engine type (for example, TDI for diesel TFSI for petrol and e-tron for an electric motor) with the two-digit number indicating power.

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So the least-powerful Audi A1, which is currently called the A1 1.0 TFSI 95PS, will become the A1 25 TFSI. At the other end of the power spectrum, the A8 3.0 TFSI 340PS will become the A8 55 TFSI.

The new naming system will be rolled out over the coming months with the first model to carry it being the new Audi A8, on sale this autumn. All new Audis will use the new format by next summer, but the company will continue to offer a ‘delete badge’ option, which will remove the power figures.

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New Audi engine badges: provisional information

Audi has published the range of power outputs that each of its new badges represents, but this is expected to change, as there are gaps in the power output range. For example, it’s not clear what badge a car with 130hp would carry.

New badge Power range
25 Under 107hp
30 108hp to 127hp
35 145hp to 159hp
40 165hp to 198hp
45 223hp to 244hp
50 278hp to 304hp
55 324hp to 363hp
60 423hp to 449hp
70 Above 529hp

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