Due to high demand in the US for smaller and more fuel efficient engines, Audi says they will be dropping the 3.2-liter V6 from the A3, A4, and TT for the 2010 model year in the States. I happen to like this smooth engine quite a bit, but the numbers show that it might not be worth it. The 2.0T engine offered in the A4 makes only 54 horsepower less power, and gets 4mpg better fuel economy than the V6. The four-cylinder also happens to get 15 lb-ft of torque more than the six.
Audi also states that there could be a possible overlap with this engine and the upcoming supercharged V6 in the S4 model. I wouldn’t see that creating any problems, but who am I to say? They hope their plans which include the A3 TDI, TT RS, and S4 will fill the gap left by the absence of the 3.2 V6.
An AudiWorld forum member recently spotted this in Florida, between Tampa and Sarasota. As you can see, this soon-to-be-released A5 Cabriolet test mule is sporting a 2.0-turbo four cylinder engine instead of the current 3.2-liter V6.
The AudiWorld member said the “hot chick” driver of the A5 Cabriolet confirmed that there is an Audi test facility nearby, and that the car was an automatic. Check out more pictures below: