• Audi working on new four-cylinder that will find its way into the A8, A6, and other premium models

      This is not really a surprise as automakers downsize motors across the lineup. What is interesting is that even the premium models such as the top of the line Audi A8 sedan will get a four-cylinder gasoline engine option. Europeans are used to small motors in premium cars but does a four-cylinder make sense for something as large and expensive as an A8? With the output of some of the new turbo four-cylinder engines it really should not be a problem.


      Audi's new four-cylinder though is a radically different design that is not an I4 layout. If Audi intends to replace eight cylinder and six cylinder motors in premium models they want to reduce the vibration of a stressed four-cylinder. Audi was granted a patent for their new design which is described as an “internal combustion engine with multi joint crank drive and additional masses on articulated connecting rods for damping free inertia forces.”

      Will upscale buyers care that their A8 has a four cylinder? Will they just opt for the larger motors instead? No matter what get ready to see smaller and smaller motors.

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      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        As long as power is adequate and fuel mileage is good, I doubt people will mind. Also, as you know, automakers are trying to make car lighter in weight, so the smaller engines + light weight chassis just may work...
      1. AlexQuattro's Avatar
        AlexQuattro -
        Automakers are downsizing yes, but this is going to be a big and heavy 4 cylinder.

        Still nice to see Audi innovate. Looks like variable compression ratios will be possible with this setup.