Audi has developed a new compact V6 engine, with a displacement of 2.8 litres and an output of 128 kW (Fig. 1). The engine is extremely short, with an overall length of only 432 mm, and weighs just 161 kg (Fig. 2).The engine has been designed with two valves per cylinder, crossflow cylinder heads, overhead camshafts and hydraulic tappets (Fig. 3). These features, coupled with a newly developed variable geometry inlet manifold which changes the tuned length of the intake system according to the engine speed, have made it possible to produce an engine with an exceptionally high level of torque in the 2000-3500 rpm engine speed range.