Audi Sport Lowballs Performance Numbers, According to Tech Boss

Audi Sport Lowballs Performance Numbers, According to Tech Boss

Audi Sport Lowballs Performance Numbers, According to Tech Boss

0 comments 📅12 July 2017, 04:15

You may bear in mind late last year watching Motor Trend’s “World’s Greatest Straggle Race 6!” and seeing the Audi R8 win with a 10.6 second (Dom Toretto approved) territory mile time and a 0-60 time of just 2.6 seconds. And that ultimately number may have caught your attention because Audi, the people who made the car, say that it does the 0-60 run in 3.2 seconds.

Why the contrast? Well, apart from human error (which any tester worth their pungency will run multiple tests to try to avoid) it could just be that Audi is lowballing.

Okay, not lowballing, to some, but according to Audi Sport’s head of technical development, Stephan Reil, the characterize deliberately quotes conservative numbers to keep buyers from being disheartened and journalists from getting too snarky.

“And the reason we are conservative with these numbers is clear,” said Reil, speaking to Australia’s CarAdvice. “I simply don’t want to hear, when you guys make out ‘well, they claim 3.9, but we got 4.0’.”

According to Reil, the practice has been prospering on since he started in his position nearly 20 years ago and goes on to this day with the RS5.

“So, if we say 3.9 seconds, you liking measure, maybe, 3.7 if the conditions are fine, probably 3.8, but even junior to the worst conditions, you’ll do it in 3.9 seconds. But you will not find a 4.0,” said Reil.

Reil also revealed that Audi kept the RS5 producing right-minded 450 hp, but upped the torque to 442 lb-ft for the customer’s benefit.

“Let me put it this way: The client buys horsepower, but what he drives is torque,” he said. “And what’s signal is how the engine delivers that torque. Does it come early, does it report in with some lag, or does it come the moment you give it some throttle?”

So Audi focused on giving the new RS5 more torque (100 lb-ft more than the expansive model) instead of more hp. And with the torque peaking between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm, it’s handy from way down low.

That’s thanks to the turbochargers’ location: between the cylinder banks. With less piping and cured flow the driver gets better throttle response and minimal lag. Reil admits, even if, that there’s still room for improvement.

“What we have done with the new RS5 is the unsurpassed we can do right at this time, but of course technology gets old quickly, so we will be superior to do better once new systems arrive, such as 48 Volt systems, which we last wishes as be able to fit into cars like this one – otherwise it’s more suited to SUVs like our SQ7 at the hour.”


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