Audi is not finding middle ground in the U.S. The 3.2-liter V6 engine is the powerplant that bridges the gap between the 2.0 four-cylinder models and the the hot S models in lines like the A4 and TT (it’s the upper end in the A3 only because we don’t get the S3.) But it seems people just want either entry level luxury or full-on S hotness, and the 3.2 is only chosen about ten percent of the time.

So as Audi prepares to return the S4 to a V6, its also going to usher out the the 3.2-liter V6 as its go-between engine. For those who are die-hard 3.2 fans (really, anyone?) it’s not going away completely. Some cars like the A5 and Q5 depend solely on the the 3.2, so it will solider on in those vehicles.

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Source: Left Lane News

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Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 04.25.2009

Europe is becoming very emissions conscious. This combined with already high fuel prices (and they are still on the rise), means we’ll see smaller engines and more turbocharging.

The days of the big engine may be over in Europe, and in the car business right now, as goes Germany, so goes the world. This is not a bad thing. Unlike the emissions regulations of the 70s and 80s that strangled U.S. horsepower (catalytic converters, EGR valve, etc.), engineers are being preemptive about this upcoming shift. So in the end, it’s likely power to weight ratios won’t suffer too badly.

Myles_Kornblatt  (137) posted on 04.25.2009

This development in the Audi family intends to follow the trend of lighter, less emission green car. It’s what the car developers are planning to offer. Let’s see how it will work.

Myles_Kornblatt  (116) posted on 04.25.2009

Four cylinder, 2.0 now in the U.S. Good. After all surveys still matter.

Myles_Kornblatt  (177) posted on 04.25.2009

Certainly A5 and Q5 platforms are based on the 3.2 so Audi will surely keep it, but for smaller and newer cars I think opting the 4 cylinder 2.0 engine is the direction for low emission and lighter weight for its coming line up.

Myles_Kornblatt  (289) posted on 04.25.2009

3.2 is for old cars, 2.0 four cylinders is for new platform cars. I like this move, besides who loves heavy engine’s for small cars?

Myles_Kornblatt  (231) posted on 04.25.2009

I think it not only practical for Audi to drop it. It will also give a better lighter performance for the car. Good decision.

Myles_Kornblatt  (314) posted on 04.25.2009

My friends drove one of this and he says possitively about this new car like the weight drop from the V6 to the turbo 4 made the car “lighter” on it’s feet and actually made the cornering feel even more crisp. So why keep 3.2...besides it eats more gas...

Myles_Kornblatt  (318) posted on 04.24.2009

Yeah, I agree, coz who will surely take 3.2 if you can have it on better ones? Actually, I want the Euro spec’d S3/TT-S version of the 2.0 TFSI. 270hp and 260 lb-ft. I’ve read that it’s a fun little monster powertrain, esp with the Audi DSG 7-spd tranny.

Myles_Kornblatt  (421) posted on 04.24.2009

I think this is more of a company decision due to a combination of greater demand for the four-cylinder base engine as well as potential overlap with the upcoming supercharged V6 in the S4. What do you think?

Fink  (2) posted on 04.24.2009

These are actually two different V6’s that are being dropped. The 3.2 liter unit in the TT and A3 is the narrow angle VR-6. The A4 is the only vehicle in the Audi lineup that uses the traditional 3.2 liter V6 to not offer the option anymore. Personally this makes so much sense, as although the V6 makes more horsepower than the 2.0T, it makes less torque.

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