Surprisingly, it was planned as a small-volume engine for high-performance compact S4s and S5s. Now it is Audi's only V-6 available in midrange A6s and A7s, the flagship A8 sedan and Q5, SQ5 and Q7 CUVs.
While direct injection frequently is referred to as the wave of the future, the Pentastar’s chief engineer says new particulate emissions standards will have auto makers shifting back to port injection.
Despite 278 eager horses, editors logged 29.4 mpg – well above its 25-mpg combined rating. In an era when many auto makers are being hammered for not coming close to their official fuel-economy ratings, this is exceptional.