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Audi S5, S6 and S7 get V6 mild hybrid V6 diesel

Audi has updated its S5, S6 and S7 models with a new V6 diesel featuring mild hybrid tech to bring enhanced efficiency compared to the previous petrol units.

Audi S5 Sportback TDI

Already available in the SQ5, the 347hp 3.0 TDI teams up a 48-volt primary electrical system with an electrically powered compressor to bring improved response.

The most powerful unit in the Audi V6 diesel engine line-up, the engine – which complies with the Euro 6d-Temp standard – arrives in the summer for the S6 Saloon, S6 Avant and S7 Sportback and later this year for the S5 Coupé and the S5 Sportback.

According to Audi, the mild hybrid system – which features a 48-volt belt alternator starter with a DC/DC converter for components in the 12-volt electrical system and a compact, air-cooled lithium-ion battery – can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 0.4 litres per 100km and can coast for up to 40 seconds with the combustion engine deactivated.

Married up with an eight-speed tiptronic and featuring Quattro all-wheel drive, it delivers 700Nm of torque and accelerates to 62mph in a time of 4.8 seconds for the S5 Coupé, 4.9 seconds for the S5 Sportback and 5.0 seconds for the V6-TDI, with the S6 Avant and S7 Sportback taking a tenth of a second longer. The top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

WLTP fuel economy values for the S6 TDI Saloon range from 35.8mpg to 36.2mpg, equating to NEDC Correlated CO2 emissions of 164g/km. The figures for the S6 Avant are 34.9mpg to 35.3mpg and 171g/km, and for the S7 Sportback 35.3mpg to 35.8mpg and 170g/km. S5 figures stand at 45.6mpg combined and 161-163g/km of CO2.

The new unit also uses an electric-powered compressor that brings increased torque at the lower end of the rpm range compared to a traditional turbocharger.

The S5, S6 and S7 models also come with an optional sport differential, sport suspension with the option of adaptive damper control and an S-specific power assist steering system for the S5 with dynamic all-wheel steering on the other models.

A range of exterior and interior styling changes complement the new engine, including sport seats for the S5 and S6 and super sport seats in the S7, along with latest MMI infotainment and navigation functionality.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.