FSI direct injection petrol engines, power upgrades and stunning RS 6 quattro models make September 2002 debuts.
September 1st sees the arrival of the latest car number plate change, which comes at a time when Audi is offering its widest ever choice across its eight model ranges. Seven new additions to the UK line-up during this summer alone will reinforce the marque's reputation for technical innovation, design flair and unparalleled quality.
Sophisticated FSI direct injection petrol engines make their debuts in September in the recently revised A2 compact and the A4 saloon and Avant, while updated petrol and TDI units have been adopted by the A4 and A6. The A4 Cabriolet also becomes the first convertible to offer the option of a smooth and refined V6 diesel engine.
Equally importantly, the A6 range is, of course, now headed by a remarkable new super car - the 450bhp V8 RS 6 quattro - the most powerful Audi road car ever built. V8 power is also now imminent for the rugged allroad quattro.
The Audi A2
By combining sophisticated new direct petrol injection technology with advanced lightweight aluminium construction, Audi has now created an even more exceptionally efficient version of the pioneering A2 variable compact.
The new A2 1.6 FSI features a new four-cylinder, 1.6-litre petrol engine directly fuel injected by a new FSI injection system derived from the Audi Le Mans racing cars. It delivers 110bhp, and enables a 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 126mph. Equally impressively, it delivers this significant performance advantage over the A2 1.4 while at the same time bettering its fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures. The A2 1.6 FSI can cover up to 47.9 miles per gallon (combined cycle), and emits 142g/km of CO2 (A2 1.4: 75bhp/46.3mpg/144g/km), ensuring that it remains with its 1.4 counterparts in the lowest taxation bracket for business users (15 per cent).
The FSI engine is designed to run highly efficiently on 95 RON unleaded and 97 RON super unleaded fuels, but for ultimate 'lean burn' performance, sulphur-free or ultra-low sulphur fuels are recommended. These fuels will become more widely available in the UK from the end of this year, and will attract government duty incentives to encourage their production and use*, further increasing the cost-cutting potential for FSI-equipped cars.
The new A2 1.6 FSI heads up a recently revised A2 model line-up, which also includes four-cylinder 1.4-litre petrol models and three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI diesels, both offering 75bhp and available in standard, SE and Sport trim levels.
Among the updates is a new 42-litre fuel tank (up from 34 litres), giving an increase in range between fuel stops of over 20 per cent.
New Sport versions
Available allied to all petrol and TDI engines, the new A2 Sport models feature sports suspension tuned by Audi bespoke vehicle subsidiary quattro GmbH, and ride on 17-inch, nine-spoke alloy wheels with 205/40 ZR 17 tyres.
Prices for the revised A2 range from £13,145 OTR for the A2 1.4 to £15,125 OTR for the A2 1.4 TDI Sport.
* Source: SMMT Response to Budget 2002 press release, 17th April 2002