Engine Audi CREC

The 3.0-liter Audi CREC 3.0 TFSI turbo engine has been produced at the concern’s factories since 2014 and is installed on such popular models of the German company as the A6, A7 and the Q7 crossover. This unit is equipped with combined fuel injection and belongs to the EA837 EVO series.

The EA837 series includes: BDW, AUK, BDX, CAJA, CGWA, CGWB, CREC.


Production years since 2014
Displacement, cc 2995
Fuel system MPI + FSI
Power output, hp 333
Torque output, Nm 440
Cylinder block aluminum V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 84.5
Piston stroke, mm 89
Compression ratio 10.8
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator on all shafts
Turbocharging compressor
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 6.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Audi Q7 2016)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi A6 C7 (4G) in 2014 – 2017;
  • Audi A7 C7 (4G) in 2014 – 2016;
  • Audi Q7 2 (4M) since 2015.

Disadvantages of the Audi CREC engine

  • The use of new cast-iron sleeves reduced the problem with scuffing to almost nothing.
  • However, catalysts from low-quality fuel are destroyed just as quickly.
  • The cause of severe crackling of timing chains is most often the wear of hydraulic tensioners.
  • In difficult operating conditions, the capricious high-pressure fuel pump quite often fails.

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