German carmaker Audi has shelved its high-power tubocharged four cylinder engine codenamed EA888 which was first seen in the Audi TT quattro sport concept car from 2014.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine produced 414bhp and 450Nm of torque and was capable of taking the concept car from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds.
The fire-breathing four-cylinder engine was concieved and developed by Friedrich Eichler, the man behind AMG's ballistic 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine found under the hood of the Mercedes A45 AMG.
When it was being developed by Volkswagen's engineers at Wolfsburg, Audi's own engineering team at Quattro went to work on its existing five-cylinder 2.5-litrre engine.
The old engine block was replaced by an all-alloy block with a magnesium oil pan to cut down its weight while the power and torque levels were boosted.
he changes along with the rather expensive nature of the EA888 engine thanks to an ultra-high-strength crankshaft, a special heavy-duty cast-alloy crankcase, and uniquely-engineered aluminum pistons with integrated cooling channels finally finally lead to the engine's demise.
Speaking at the launch of the Audi TT RS, the engineering boss of Audi's Quattro GmbH division, Stephan Reil said, "The 400-horsepower EA888 engine is dead. "