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Audi A5 2.0T quattro: Sipping fuel without sacrificing performance

Audi A5 2.0T quattro

Nice road test report with the Audi A5 2.0T quattro.

Although it gives away 54 horses to its 3.2-liter V-6 sibling, the A5 2.0T with the standard 6-speed manual transmission doesn’t feel as down on power as you’d expect with just a four-pot engine under the hood. In our testing, the all-wheel-drive car scooted to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, just 0.7 sec. off the V-6. And it actually exhibited more grip by pulling 0.94g on the skidpad and hitting 68.9 mph through the slalom, bettering the 0.91g and 67.1 mph of the more expensive model, most likely due to the fact the 2.0T weighs almost 100 lb. less.

As a result, the car feels lively and it’s quite entertaining to row through the silky smooth 6-speed gearbox. A later drive in the much more expensive and heavier cabrio version also revealed that the 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission didn’t sap as much spirit from the car as I expected.