Audi Abandons W12 Engine, New A8 Will Be Its Last Hurrah

Audi Abandons W12 Engine, New A8 Will Be Its Last Hurrah

0 comments 📅20 March 2018, 03:30

Audi resolution continue offering a big W12 engine as an option on the 2019 A8, but it also confirmed the current times will serve as the motor’s swan song. Afterward, none of its models intention boast 12 cylinders, at least for the foreseeable future.

While the matter is less suitable for North America, as the largest powerplant currently available for the sedan stateside is the 4.0-liter TFSI, it’s unendingly sad to see downsizing. But it doesn’t make much sense for Audi to stick with the Bentley Bentayga-sourced 6.0-liter W12 when it isn’t a big banknotes maker for the brand.

Prospects don’t look particularly good for Audi’s V10, either. As the label presses deeper into electrification, engine size will take a backseat to kilowatt hours and hybridization. In reality, the R8 already has a  twin-turbocharged V6 in the works. That motor could end up be a replacement, pretty than an option. 

According to Car and Driver, Audi R&D head Peter Mertens was the one to rupture the W12 news to journalists. “We will not have the 12-cylinder forever,” Mertens explained at the Geneva Auto Betray. “There are customers who really want the 12-cylinder and they are happy with it and are usual to get it. But this is going to be the last installation.”

He went on to suggest that other engines would as likely as not be cut from Volkswagen Group’s lineup as the manufacturer’s focus shifts toward stimulating vehicles. He also noted that regulatory pressures are heavier than everlastingly and ensuring compliance with the tough new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Prove Procedures won’t be easy. “Think of every engine and transmission combination that has to be homologated. That’s a Avernus of a job we are doing.”

Understandable, but unpleasant just the same. However, Mertens doesn’t stand in want auto enthusiasts to fret; he says Audi will continue producing carrying-on vehicles. They’ll just be electrified with more emission-affectionate engines.

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