The A4-based car won’t be coming to America, but Europeans have six engines to choose from at launch, all of them direct-injected, and all of them turbocharged. Three TDI diesels are on offer: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 170 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, a 2.7-liter V-6 good for 190 hp and 295 lb-ft, and a 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 240 hp and a mouth-watering 369 lb-ft. Acceleration to 62 mph is claimed at 8.7 seconds, 8.2 seconds, and 6.1 seconds, respectively.
There are gasoline engines on tap, too, including the ubiquitous VW Group 2.0-liter turbo four—it comes in 180-hp/236-lb-ft or 211-hp/258-lb-ft flavors—and a 3.2-liter V-6 rated at 265 hp and 243 lb-ft. Zero to 62 mph takes 6.6 seconds with the two most powerful motors, according to Audi.
The assortment of engines are bolted to either a six-speed manual, Audi’s Multitronic CVT, or the seven-speed S tronic double-clutch gearbox, but the permutations are myriad enough to give us headaches—and that’s not even factoring in the front-wheel-drive and Quattro all-wheel-drive variations—so we won’t go into it here. If we didn’t find it confusing enough, Audi also says it plans to offer a further three engines in the car, including a less-powerful version of the 2.0 TDI and a 1.8-liter gas engine, the latter to serve as an entry-level model that will be offered only with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.