Audi has announced that it will introduce a new model number system for all of its vehicles. Audi is not change the names of its cars, so all vehicles from the A1 to the Q7 will stay the same.
What Audi is doing is changing the different engine names within its model range for example the Audi 3.0 TFSI engine will now be called the 55TFSI and the Audi 3.0 TDI will now be called the 50 TDI.
The reference value for the new model designations is the power output of the individual model in kilowatts (kW). Audi is thus subclassifying its model range into different performance levels – each identified by a two-numeral combination. For example, the numeral combination “30” will appear on the rear of all models with power output between 81 and 96 kW. And “45” stands for power output between 169 and 185 kW. The top of the Audi model range is the performance class above 400 kW, which is identifiable by the number combination “70”. In each case the numerals appear along with the engine technology – TFSI, TDI, g-tron or e-tron.
The number combinations identifying the performance levels in the Audi product range increase in increments of five, and they represent the hierarchy within both the respective model series and the brand’s overall model range. According to the new nomenclature, in the future the spectrum will range from the Audi Q2 30 TFSI with 85 kW (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.4 – 5.1*; CO2 emissions in g/km: 123 – 117*) to the Audi Q7 50 TDI with 200 kW (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.4 – 5.9*; CO2 emissions in g/km: 168 – 154*). A special place in the line-up is occupied by the high-end, high-performance S and RS models and the Audi R8 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.5 – 11.4; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 292 – 272). They will retain their classic names in reference to their top position in the model range.
You can find out more information about these changes to the Audi model range over at Audi at the link below.