Audi has an unbelievably small 610 HP engine
And we almost wish they put that in their road cars
The DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) touring car series has announced stringent engine requirements for the Class 1 race cars. This means the cars now require smaller, turbocharged engines since each car is limited to just 25 gallons of fuel per hour. But the engineers at Audi however, have decided to use this chance to create a one-of-a-kind engine. And that is very evident from the fact that they've used a 2.0-litre I4 turbocharged engine to produce 610 HP. Yes, that's roughly the same amount of power you might get from an R8 V10 Plus.
That's just 4-cylinders of pornography
Development of this new engine took nearly two and a half years, and to make sure that it's reliable, it's been tested for more than 1000 hours on the dynamometer. They say it is designed to last for the entire season, so expect it to last for around 6000 kilometres. As an added touch, it comes with a "push-to-pass" feature, giving it a temporary boost of 30 HP. I would definitely want that feature on my car.
This is a massive upgrade (or downgrade) since the same RS5 DTM used a NA 4.0 litre V8 last year, which produced a rather puny 500 HP. This means not only does the car benefit from all that extra power but weighs only 85 kilograms, which is half as much as the V8. And that means the car weighs just over 1000 kilos (2200 pounds). To put that in perspective, it has the power of an R8 V10 Plus and weighs as much as a Ford Fiesta.
This little engine makes its debut at Hockenheimring on May 4 for the season opener. However, there's no news of this engine making its way into your everyday Audi A3, so don't get your hopes high.
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