Last month, we blogged about Audi's confirmation that the RS 3 will return to the US for an all-new generation later this summer. The high-performance variant of the A3 compact luxury sedan is particularly enticing as the most accessible model in Audi Sport GmbH's top-tier RennSport portfolio. In this entry, we'll tell you a bit about one of the 2022 RS 3's most unique and noteworthy attributes, the Audi five-cylinder powerplant.

Intriguing Sound, Storied Performance

Well-known for the distinctly sonorous tone of its particular 1-2-4-5-3 firing order, the Audi 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder has earned the title of "International Engine of the Year" nine times since 2010. However, its history dates back much further than that. In the 1970s, Audi engineers faced the challenge of finding a replacement for the four-cylinder mill that was more powerful but still offered good fuel economy. A six-cylinder solution was ruled out due to concerns about weight, space, and efficiency. And so, the iconic five-cylinder was born, debuting in the 1976 Audi 100.

Audi's skillful blend of a five-cylinder powerplant with its legendary quattro® all-wheel-drive brought the company's racing team much success, claiming victories on the World Rally Championship circuit as well as the IMSA GTO and SCCA Trans Am sports car racing series. While not the first implementer of a five-cylinder engine, Audi became the first carmaker to optimize it with a fully electronic map-controlled ignition system and catalytic converter as standard in vehicles like the Audi 100 (C3), the Audi Coupe (B3), and the Audi 90 (B3). Further advances were made in 1994 with the first series production RS model, the RS 2 Avant. And in 2009, Audi implemented TFSI turbocharging and gasoline direct injection with a transversely mounted engine in the TT RS.

Performance Evolved

The 2022 RS 3 embodies the latest evolution of Audi's iconic engine, achieving the highest performance rating of a production Audi five-cylinder ever, with a top track speed of 180 mph and a 0–60 time of just 3.6s. The 2.5-liter's 401 horsepower equates to a truly impressive 160.4 horsepower per liter and helped the RS 3 break the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record time for compact cars in a time of 7 minutes 40.748. The result equaled the time of the Bugatti Veyron in 2005, which made 123.4 horsepower per liter.

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